Dundee 4
Greenock Morton 3
League (Premier Division)

4 - 3

League (Premier Division)
Saturday, September 15th, 1979
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,243
3:00 PM Kick-off

Stewart MacLaren 
Eric Sinclair 
Jimmy Murphy 
Ian Redford 

Team Managers
Tommy Gemmell
Benny Rooney

Starting Eleven
1. Ally Donaldson
2. Peter Millar
3. Erich Schaedler
4. Les Barr
5. Bobby Glennie
6. Willie Watson
7. Jimmy Murphy
8. Stewart MacLaren
9. Eric Sinclair
10. Ian Redford
11. John Fletcher
Roy Baines .1
Dave Haye .2
Jim Holmes .3
George Anderson .4
Neil Orr .5
Jim Rooney .6
John McNeil .7
Roddy Hutchison .8
Bobby Thomson .9
Billy McLaren .10
Andy Ritchie .11

12. George McGeachie
14. Jim Shirra
Jim Tolmie .12
Ally Scott .14

None. Jim Tolmie for Roddy Hutchinson
Ally Scott for Billy McLaren

None. Jim Holmes
Neil Orr
George Anderson

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

D. Murdoch (Bothwell) (Referee)
P. Tinley (Livingston) & J. Marshall (Renfrew) (Assistants)

Match Report

Sunshine and sizzle! What a performance! The game ambled along pleasantly enough for half an hour, erupted into life with a magnificent penalty save by Morton's Baines from Redford, and simply never stoppednliving thereafter.

When the Dark Blues finally got into the lead with a screamer of a goal from Murphy there was pandemonium. Redford scampered down the left and his cut back was belted first time by the wee striker from 20 yards and Baines had no chance.

Murphy and Redford were involved in the last goal as well. This time Redford nodded Murphy's cross down and in. That was 4-2, but Morton came again within a minute and an incredible scene in Donaldson's goal saw two shots hit the post and another two blocked by the 'keeper before McNeill finally poked the ball in. How different it might have been if Thomson, twice put through in the first half, hadn't been foiled both times by Donaldson going down at his feet.

As it was, Hutchison put the visitors ahead from a magnificent effort, only for McLaren to equalise.

Morton took the lead again, with Andy Ritchie tucking away McNeill's pass in fine style. It was Sinclair who got the next equaliser from a Murphy corner.

As this hectie carry-on carried on, players began to queue up for the man of the match nomination-Baines" magnificent and spectacular clutching, Sinclair's tireless industry, McNeill's brilliant running and passing, but the award goes to JIM MURPHY for some great running and that tremendous goal.

Three Morton players, Holmes, Orr, and Anderson, were booked.

Match report written by The Sporting Post

Squad Statistics (as at September 15th, 1979)

1979-80 All Time
Ally Donaldson (GK)35 10 - 372 -
Willie Watson29 6 - 45 -
Bobby Glennie21 11 - 662
Peter Millar28 1 - 17 -
Les Barr26 11 - 371
Stewart MacLaren26 91337
Erich Schaedler20 1 - 482
John Fletcher26 10 - 10 -
Jimmy Murphy22 111303
Ian Redford19 10109336
Eric Sinclair25 11614150

League Table (as at September 15th, 1979)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

We went out of the Anglo-Scottish Cup on Tuesday evening. Despite giving one of our better displays in our attempt to overhaul Sheffield United's one goal lead from the first leg, we could not get the ball in the net then lost a late goal, scored by our former club man John McPhail.

That was disappointing for the fans and for the players. It was also a blow to the club not to reach the lucrative semi-finals.

But I repeat that the Premier League must be our first priority. Our aim is still to do as well as we can in the league.

So it was a deeper disappointment that we did not get both points from our home game against Partick Thistle last Saturday, a reward I thought we richly deserved. It was another exciting encounter, particularly in the second half when all four goals were scored. There was plenty for the fans to discuss and the debate on the outcome must have gone on long after the finish.

I think we did enough to win this one. after coming back from a sticky spell just after half-time when we lost the first goal. A spirited display by the lads gave us the lead and with normal luck further goals would have come our way. The loss of a late equaliser was hard to take.

The main thing is that we got some thing from this game though everyone who was there must have felt sure we deserved more. The Premier League is so tight and difficult that if you are taking something from a game there is no failure.

We must go out this afternoon and do well against Morton, the club who share the league leadership with Celtic. The last two games were good to watch. We hope this one will be the same and that we can produce enough to win against an attractive and successful side.