Livingston 0
Dundee 1
Scottish Cup (Fourth Round)


Livingston 

0 - 1

Dundee


Scottish Cup (Fourth Round)
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
Almondvale Stadium
Attendance: 1,176
7:45 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. Gary Harkins (33)

Team Managers
Gary Bollan Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Roddy McKenzie
2. Jonny Brown
3. Cammy MacDonald
4. Paul Watson
5. Jason Talbot
6. Joe Hamill
7. Andy Halliday
8. Liam Fox
9. Keaghan Jacobs
10. Raffaele De Vita
11. Robbie Winters
Derek Soutar .1
Chris Casement .2
Kyle Benedictus .3
Jim Laughlan .4
Eddie Malone .5
Gary Harkins .6
Darren Young .7
Brian Kerr .8
Craig Forsyth .9
Leigh Griffiths .10
Pat Clarke .11

Bench
12. Craig Mcdowall
14. Danny Griffin
15. Marc McNulty
16. Kyle Jacobs
17. David Sinclair
Tony Bullock .12
Eric Paton .14
Maroš Klimpl .15
Richie Hart .16
Colin McMenamin .17

Substitutions
Kyle Jacobs for Liam Fox (81)
David Sinclair for Raffaele De Vita (89)
Eric Paton for Chris Casement (46)
Maroš Klimpl for Darren Young (83)
Colin McMenamin for Leigh Griffiths (92)

Cautions
Jonny Brown (48)
Cammy MacDonald (86)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Willie Collum (Referee)



Match Report


Livingston reminded Dundee tonight that they were relegated to the 3rd Division because of financial rather than footballing problems as their talented youngsters matched the 1st Division leaders throughout the match. However, it is Dundee who move forward to a 5th round tie at Dens against Ayr United. Livingston will feel they deserve to be still in the cup, and they would certainly have forced at least a replay if it had not been for a fine performance in goal from Derek Soutar, starting his first competitive match since last May.

Jocky Scott made five changes from Sunday's starting team. As well I as Soutar, Chris Casement made his first start for Dundee, and Darren Young Brian Kerr and Clarke also came into the team. Eric Paton, Richie Hart, Maros Klimpl and Colin McMenamin all dropped onto the bench while Rab Douglas had the night off.

The game took a long time to get going. The first half hour was dreadful with neither side able to build good moves. The pitch was hard and slippery and the players struggled to keep possession and stay on their feet.

It took Dundee 16 minutes to launch a serious attack Harkins broke fast from a Livingston corner and released Griffiths to run in on goal. His old teammate Roddy McKenzie saved well at the expense of a comer.

On the half hour Forsyth gave the ball away to Jacobs who crossed for Winters to glance a header that w drifting just inside the far post until Soutar managed to tip it round for a corner. When the ball came over it dropped agonisingly for Liv into space at the far post and bounced up almost begging to be popped into the gaping net, but Jim Lauchlan saved the Dees by turning it out for another corner.

Dundee were looking disjointed and nervous, but as so often this season when they've been struggling they conjured a goal from nothing. After 32 minutes Gary Harkins picked up the ball from a throw wide on the left, level with the edge of the Livi penalty area, drifted infield, moved the ball casually onto his right foot, and with little backlift hit a fierce rising shot just inside McKenzie's near post from 22 yards.

It was a goal of far higher quality than the dire match had deserved and it was rough on Livi who had been looking much more threatening. The horne side were quickly given a great chance to equalise when Darren Young dived in on De Vita just inside the Dundee penalty area, and conceded an unnecessary penalty. Liam Fox's penalty was poorly struck and Derek Soutar dived to his left to save well, with Eddie Malone hacking the ball clear to end the scramble that followed.

Chris Casement's game ended at half time when he was substituted, with Eric Paton coming on to play at right wing back. Immediately Dundee were much more purposeful. The tackling was more urgent and the passes quicker and more accurate. Within 30 seconds of the restart Paton teed the ball up for Young to shoot from 15 yards, but the net bound shot deflected off Clarke and just wide. Barely a minute later Young fed Clarke who raced into the penalty area. Instead of shooting he passed wide to Griffiths who forced a good save from Mckenzie.

Livingston fought back strongly and Derek Soutar had to pull off a marvellous double save to keep Dundee ahead. Andrew Halliday cut in from the right wing and his fierce cross shot produced a fine save from Soutar. The ball broke to De Vita who seemed certain to score, but Soutar was off the ground quickly enough to tip the shot over the bar. The penalty save may have been good, but these two saves from Soapy were the highlight of the night for the stand-in keeper. Livingston came close again when a Winters shot rebounded off Soutar's body, hit Benedictus and rolled just wide of the goal.

We now had a tense end to end match to entertain us, and with both defences looking rather nervous on the difficult pitch more goals seemed sure to come. Surprisingly that never happened. Griffiths went close with a couple of shots from distance, and the wily old Robbie Winters showed that he still has plenty of cunning and experience as he forced the Dundee defenders to work hard for their win bonuses.

Livingston created only one more clear chance when centre back McDonald headed over from one of the many corners that they won.

Their good passing, movement and non-stop effort meant that the Dundee supporters' nerves were on edge right until the final whistle, however.

On this form Livingston look certain to win promotion from the 3rd Division this season. Dundee came away from Almondvale tonight very happy to be through to the next round, and knowing that they were given a very tough match indeed. Without that moment of magic from Gary Harkins, and without Derek Soutar's fine saves, this could have been a bad night for the Dee.

Dundee were well short of their best tonight, and they will need to improve for Saturday's match. However, the Dundee players had to contend with a difficult pitch and opponents of a much higher standard than their league status would suggest, so a 1-0 win is an excellent result. But it's great that we have three top keepers!

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at January 20th, 2010)


2009-10 All Time
Age
Derek Soutar (GK)28 1 - 48 -
Jim Laughlan32 23 - 40 -
Kyle Benedictus18 8 - 20 -
Eddie Malone24 292954
Chris Casement22 6 - 6 -
Darren Young31 5 - 132
Craig Forsyth20 255295
Gary Harkins25 28142814
Brian Kerr28 27 - 27 -
Pat Clarke24 171171
Leigh Griffiths19 27172717
Maroš Klimpl (sub)29 14 - 14 -
Eric Paton (sub)31 29 - 634
Colin McMenamin (sub)28 2677021






League Table (as at January 20th, 2010)


No league table has been added for this season.