The Dundee United Football Club Historical Archive. Preserving United History Since 2006.
Our long-running hold over the Dons in the League Cup ended with this 2-0 aggregate win. Adding further gloom to the night s proceedings were the injuries to Hamish McAlpine and Dave Narey. In fact, those casualties were contributory factors in the loss of the second half goal which virtually killed-off any hopes of pulling the game out of the fire. The first half was evenly contested, but it was United who almost cancelled out Dons' first leg advantage. Only a superb one-handed save by Jim Leighton, from a Richard Gough header, kept the ball out of the net. After a couple of near things around Hamish McAlpine, Ralph Milne produced another fine save from Leighton. Then came the injury to Hamish McAlpine as he cleared from Frank McDougall as he broke free. The crucial goal came from John Hewitt, who outstripped a limping Dave Narey, and his cross was slammed past Hamish McAlpine by Frank McDougall. Hamish was almost immediately replaced by Paul Hegarty in goal, with Billy Kirkwood coming on for the final ten minutes, which United dominated, Billy went close on a couple of occasions which might have given us a draw.