Dundee Utd 2 - 1 St Mirren

League Cup - Quarter Final
Wednesday, September 4th, 1985, 7:30 PM at Tannadice Park
Attendance: 7,682
Referee: Brian McGinlay (Balfron)
Dundee Utd  St Mirren

Ralph Milne (19)
Ralph Milne (38)
Brian Gallacher (55)

Team Managers
Jim McLean
Alex Miller

Starting Eleven
Hamish McAlpine
Richard Gough
John Holt
Dave Narey
Maurice Malpas
Paul Hegarty
Ralph Milne
Ian Redford
Eamonn Bannon
Paul Sturrock
Davie Dodds
Campbell Money
Tommy Wilson
Derek Hamilton
Jim Rooney
Peter Godfrey
Stevie Clarke
Tony Fitzpatrick
Peter Mackie
Frank McGarvey
Brian Gallacher
David Winnie

Billy Kirkwood
Stuart Beedie
Kenny McDowall
Gardner Spiers

Billy Kirkwood for Eamonn Bannon (31)
Stuart Beedie for Ian Redford (78)
Gardner Spiers for David Winnie (67)
Kenny McDowall for Peter Mackie (80)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Hamish McAlpine (GK) 681 apps3 goals
Richard Gough 213 apps29 goals
John Holt 330 apps23 goals
Dave Narey 558 apps36 goals
Maurice Malpas 189 apps6 goals
Paul Hegarty 518 apps68 goals
Ralph Milne 240 apps70 goals
Ian Redford 4 apps1 goal
Eamonn Bannon 302 apps80 goals
Paul Sturrock 454 apps146 goals
Davie Dodds 331 apps137 goals
Billy Kirkwood (sub) 357 apps68 goals
Stuart Beedie (sub) 46 apps8 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (23 years 38 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (37 years 236 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 313 days
Domestic Players:11 (100.00 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Maurice Malpas (23 years 38 days)
Oldest Player:Hamish McAlpine (37 years 236 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 211 days
Domestic Players:13 (100.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


This tie was anticipated as being closely fought, but at half-time the balance of power was strongly in United's favour after Ralph Milne had given us a two goal lead. However, Saints regrouped after the break and were in charge for most of the second half and almost snatched a late equaliser, but couldn't prevent United going through to no less than our seventh successive League Cup Semi-final. In the opening 45 minutes United produced probably their best football of the season as they powered their way to a two goal lead. Early signs of United's dominance came when an Ian Redford shot clipped the cross bar. A goal wasn't long delayed though. A long throw by John Holt was flicked on by Richard Gough's head and the ball arrived at the feet of Ralph Milne who blasted the ball home from close in.

The loss of Eamonn Bannon wasn't apparent when the Saints' defence failed to clear a punch out from Campbell Money and Ralph Milne pounced on the loose ball to find the net. A Davie Dodds header looked to have put us three ahead but it drifted past the far post. Without Eamonn Bannon in the second half we lost the initiative and Saints put themselves back in the match when Brian Gallacher, finding himself in the clear, flicked the ball over the advancing Hamish McAlpine.


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