Dundee Utd 3 - 1 Heart of Midlothian

League - Premier Division
Saturday, December 20th, 1986, 3:00 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 11,749
Referee: Douglas Hope (Erskine)
Dundee Utd  Heart of Midlothian

Paul Sturrock (81)
Eamonn Bannon (83)
Iain Ferguson (89)
John Robertson (27)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex MacDonald & Sandy Jardine

Starting Eleven
Billy Thomson
Maurice Malpas
Gary McGinnis
Dave Beaumont
Dave Narey
John Holt
Eamonn Bannon
Ian Redford
Jim McInally
Paul Sturrock
Iain Ferguson
Henry Smith
Walter Kidd
Brian Whittaker
Sandy Jardine
Neil Berry
Roddie McDonald
John Colquhoun
Kenny Black
Sandy Clark
Gary Mackay
John Robertson

John Clark
Paul Kinnaird
Wayne Foster
Iain Jardine

None. None.

John Holt (45)
John Robertson (67)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Billy Thomson (GK) 88 apps -
Maurice Malpas 265 apps8 goals
Gary McGinnis 48 apps1 goal
Dave Beaumont 75 apps2 goals
Dave Narey 627 apps36 goals
John Holt 375 apps23 goals
Eamonn Bannon 374 apps100 goals
Ian Redford 75 apps17 goals
Jim McInally 22 apps1 goal
Paul Sturrock 522 apps162 goals
Iain Ferguson 23 apps16 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jim McInally (22 years 310 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (30 years 198 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 233 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Paul Kinnaird (20 years 44 days)
Oldest Player:Dave Narey (30 years 198 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 292 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Eamonn Bannon scored his 100th goal for the Club.

Ten minutes were left on the clock and Hearts led by a single goal. The prospect of a united win looked remote to say the least. Yet the final scoreline made a mockery of such gloomy thoughts amongst the Tannadice faithful. To be fair they had earlier seen Hearts dominate the first half, during which the visitors had the ball in the net on three occasions. Fortunately only one counted. That came in the 27th minute when Colquhoun bore in on goal only to have his shot blocked by Billy Thomson. The ball broke to John Robertson who gratefully accepted the rebound. With Dave Narey and John Holt both clearing goal bound shots off the line you can see that it was an uncomfortable first 45 minutes. Penalty claims for a push on Maurice Malpas was about the closest we came to any form of threat on Henry Smith's goal.

Gradually as the second half progressed Hearts' stranglehold of the midfield was prised open. Ian Redford might have equalised midway through the half, but his chip drifted marginally past, Then Jim McInally and Eamonn Bannon combined to give Paul Sturrock a clear view of goal and Luggy slotted the ball past Smith. Two minutes later Eamonn Bannon embarked on a run from midfield, and from the edge of the box he dragged the ball wide to the left before firing in a superb low shot to the far post. Remarkably, Iain Ferguson's last minute goal was even more breath-taking. Fergie robbed Sandy Jardine 40 yards out and promptly propelled a lob high into the net over a bemused Henry Smith. That completed a blistering ten minute spell which plucked two points out of the jaws of defeat.


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