St Mirren 1 - 3 Dundee Utd

League Cup - 3rd Round
Wednesday, August 24th, 1988, 7:30 PM at Love Street
Attendance: 5,970
Referee: David Syme (Rutherglen)
St Mirren Dundee Utd

Ian Campbell (67) Kevin Gallacher (44)
Mixu Paatelainen (71)
Raphael Meade (72)

Team Managers
Tony Fitzpatrick Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
Les Fridge
Tommy Wilson
David Winnie
Tom Callaghan
Peter Godfrey
Neil Cooper
Ian Cameron
Brian Martin
Frank McGarvey
Mark McWalter
Paul Chalmers
Billy Thomson
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Dave Beaumont
John Clark
Mixu Paatelainen
Ian Redford
J Alan Irvine
Billy McKinlay
Dave Bowman
Kevin Gallacher

Norrie McWhirter
Paul Lambert
Alex Cleland
Raphael Meade

Norrie McWhirter for Callachan (72)
Paul Lambert for Frank McGarvey (77)
Raphael Meade for J Alan Irvine (40)

Tommy Wilson (52)
Neil Cooper (89)
John Clark (50)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 168 apps -
Dave Narey 714 apps36 goals
Maurice Malpas 354 apps11 goals
Dave Beaumont 99 apps3 goals
John Clark 141 apps21 goals
Mixu Paatelainen 30 apps14 goals
Ian Redford 144 apps29 goals
J Alan Irvine 21 apps4 goals
Billy McKinlay 23 apps1 goal
Dave Bowman 94 apps1 goal
Kevin Gallacher 124 apps28 goals
Raphael Meade (sub) 1 app (debut)1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Billy McKinlay (19 years 129 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (32 years 81 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 273 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Alex Cleland (17 years 262 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (32 years 81 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 48 days
Domestic Players:11 (84.62 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Raphael Meade(Signed August 3rd, 1988)

Raphael Meade scored his first goal for the Club.

This was the sixth time that we have met St. Mirren in the League Cup and we maintained our 100% record with this convincing win, our second of the season at Paisley. Apart from a twenty minute spell in the second half, the game was dominated by us.

The match started in bright late summer sunshine and Saints started in the mood of the weather with Martin trying a pot shot from 30 yards less than a minute from the kick-off. On seven minutes, Kevin Gallacher almost capitalised on a slip by Godfrey, but the danger was cleared by Cooper. A Billy McKinlay cross went tantalising across the face of the Saints goal and then Ian Redford was released by Kevin Gallacher, but again there was no takers for his hard hit ball into the middle. Billy Thomson was called into action for the first time when he had to dart from his box to hammer the ball away as McGarvey and Chalmers menacingly chased a long through ball. Alan Irvine had to limp off with a back injury two minutes before half-time, which saw Raphael Meade make his United debut. Within a minute the newcomer saw his colleagues take the lead with a superb goal. Maurice Malpas hit a first time ball out to Mixu Paatelainen out on the left, and the Finn's cross to the near post was met by Kevin Gallacher, whose glancing header entered the far corner leaving Fridge helpless.

After Mixu Paatelainen missed a good chance just after the interval, Saints began to enjoy their best spell. In 67 minutes Ian Cameron cut in from the left and fired in an equaliser from the edge of the penalty area. Two minutes later Paul Chalmers almost did likewise from the same spot, but this time Billy Thomson turned the ball round the post for a corner. Our reply was immediate and clinical. In the 71st minute, Billy McKinlay threaded the ball through to Kevin Gallacher who squared the ball for Mixu Paatelainen to turn the ball into the net from inside the six yard box. A minute later and the game was safe. Kevin Gallacher found Ian Redford free on the left and he turned the ball inside for Raphael Meade to score his first goal for the club via Saints' keeper Les Fridge. Before the end Fridge had to dive full length to turn an Ian Redford drive away to safety.

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