Hamilton Academical 1 - 5 Dundee Utd

League - Premier Division
Saturday, September 20th, 1986, 3:00 PM at Douglas Park
Attendance: 2,876
Referee: Sandy Roy (Aberdeen)
Hamilton Academical Dundee Utd

Jim Liddle (89) Paul Sturrock (30)
Paul Hegarty (36)
Paul Hegarty (58)
Iain Ferguson (62)
Iain Ferguson (70)

Team Managers
John Lambie Jim McLean

Starting Eleven
David McKellar
Jimmy Sinclair
Adrian Sprott
Kevin McKee
John McVeigh
Graham Mitchell
Steve Clarke
John Pelosi
Tom McAdam
Tommy O'Neill
John Brogan
Billy Thomson
Dave Beaumont
Maurice Malpas
Paul Hegarty
Chris Sulley
Eamonn Bannon
Ian Redford
Jim McInally
Iain Ferguson
Paul Sturrock
Kevin Gallacher

Jim Liddle
Alex Hamill
Dave Bowman
Ralph Milne

Alex Hamill for Kevin McKee (60)
Jim Liddle for John Brogan (60)
Ralph Milne for Paul Sturrock (69)
Dave Bowman for Ian Redford (84)

Graham Mitchell (86) None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 65 apps -
Dave Beaumont 55 apps2 goals
Maurice Malpas 246 apps8 goals
Paul Hegarty 575 apps77 goals
Chris Sulley 2 apps -
Eamonn Bannon 354 apps96 goals
Ian Redford 54 apps12 goals
Jim McInally 1 app (debut) -
Iain Ferguson 6 apps8 goals
Paul Sturrock 505 apps158 goals
Kevin Gallacher 34 apps9 goals
Ralph Milne (sub) 272 apps74 goals
Dave Bowman (sub) 10 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (19 years 306 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (32 years 65 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 1 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kevin Gallacher (19 years 306 days)
Oldest Player:Paul Hegarty (32 years 65 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 251 days
Domestic Players:12 (92.31 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Jim McInally(Signed May 16th, 1986)


We stretched our unbeaten domestic run to 11 matches this term, though this proved the least demanding outing against an Accies' side obviously lacking confidence after their dismal start to life in the Premier Division. It took us around half an hour to make the breakthrough. Gallacher was the architect of that first goal. His alertness allowed him to latch on to a McVeigh pass back and Kevin teed up the chance for Paul Sturrock to hammer in a low drive. The second came from a corner from which Paul Hegarty bulleted in a header to the extreme top right hand corner of the goal.

Accies enjoyed their best spell of the game early in the second half, pinning us down at the back. However, when we cut loose from this the goals flowed. Eamonn Bannon's run through the centre ended with him laying on the chance for Paul Hegarty to strongly side foot his second of the match. Paul Sturrock then set up Iain Ferguson who lashed in a shot from 8 yards. A Kevin Gallacher cut back was then slotted in by Iain Ferguson for the fifth. After easing off we almost got another when Iain Ferguson saw a cracking drive rebound from the cross bar. A goal did come just before the finish, but it was that the other end, with Jim Liddle notching, scant consolation for the despondent home side.

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