Dundee 6
Alloa Athletic 0
League (First Division)

6 - 0

League (First Division)
Saturday, January 14th, 1978
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,582
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jocky Scott (20)
Billy Pirie (23)
Billy Pirie (43)
Jim Shirra (48)
Billy Pirie (88)
Billy Pirie (90)

Team Managers
Tommy Gemmell

Starting Eleven
1. Ally Donaldson
2. Stuart Turnbull
3. Dave Johnston
4. Jim Shirra
5. John McPhail
6. Alec Caldwell
7. Ian McDougall
8. Eric Sinclair
9. Billy Pirie
10. Billy Williamson
11. Jocky Scott

12. Ian Redford
14. Iain Phillip

Iain Phillip for Dave Johnston (60)
Ian Redford for Eric Sinclair (77)
Alexander for Steele (46)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

D. F. T. Syme (Rutherglen) (Referee)

Match Report

The Dark Blues made a sluggish start against an Alloa side which even in mid-January were already entrenched in what proved to be a fruitless struggle against relegation.

For the game Dave Johnston was in at left-back to replace Erich Shaedler who failed to recover from an ankle injury, whilst lain Phillip sidelined for three months through injury was on the subs bench.

Once Dundee made the breakthrough there was no stopping them. However, they had to wait until the twentieth minute, but it was a well made and well executed strike.

Billy Pirie chased a loose ball up the left touch-line and played it forward to Billy Williamson. He evaded a defender before crossing and Eric Sinclair touched the ball on to Jocky Scott who was unchallenged and knocked the ball home from ten yards, Just three minutes elapsed before Dundee forged further in front. Jocky Scott's corner from the left was missed by Cooper in the Alloa goal and in trying to clear another defender headed the ball down to Billy Pirie who was left with a simple tap in at the far post.

Although completely in control, it wasn't until two minutes from the break that a third goal arrived. McDougall did the spade work with his lob forward spinning off the foot of Wilkinson, Billy Pirie did the rest to slam in the third.

Only three minutes into the second period Dundee increased their lead. McDougall picked a stray Carberry pass and raced forward before crossing. Jim Shirra headed the ball on to Eric Sinclair whose return header was converted by Jim Shirra from 15 yards. By this stage the visitors were reeling under the pres sure, but they held out until two minutes from time. Billy Pirie moved on to a pass from Jocky Scott to score with an angular drive to make it five.

Then in the very last minute Billy Pirie hit his fourth from an Ally Donaldson clearance to complete the visitor's misery.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at January 14th, 1978)

1977-78 All Time
Ally Donaldson (GK)34 13 - 304 -
Alec Caldwell23 18 - 1314
Dave Johnston29 29 - 28915
John McPhail22 25 - 66 -
Stuart Turnbull16 2 - 2 -
Ian McDougall23 323323
Jim Shirra27 122122
Billy Williamson25 31113111
Billy Pirie28 32307674
Jocky Scott30 93411153
Eric Sinclair24 27128428
Iain Phillip (sub)26 19 - 2502
Ian Redford (sub)17 271281

League Table (as at January 14th, 1978)

No league table has been added for this season.