Ross County 0
Dundee 1
League (Division One)

Ross County 

0 - 1


League (Division One)
Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
Victoria Park
Attendance: 2,005
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. Gary Harkins (69)

Team Managers
Derek Adams Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Michael McGovern
2. Scott Morrison
3. Scott Boyd
4. Gary Miller
5. Alex Keddie
6. Stuart Kettlewell
7. Michael Gardyne
8. Iain Vigurs
9. Richard Brittain
10. Paul Lawson
11. Paul Di Giacomo
Robert Douglas .1
Eric Paton .2
Gary Mackenzie .3
Jim Laughlan .4
Eddie Malone .5
Gary Harkins .6
Richie Hart .7
Brian Kerr .8
Craig Forsyth .9
Leigh Griffiths .10
Colin McMenamin .11

12. Joe Malin
14. Martin Scott
15. Daniel Moore
16. Steven Craig
17. Garry Wood
Derek Soutar .12
Kyle Benedictus .14
Colin Cameron .15
Darren Young .16
Pat Clarke .17

Steven Craig for Paul Di Giacomo (68)
Martin Scott for Iain Vigurs (77)
Garry Wood for Stuart Kettlewell (84)
Darren Young for Richie Hart (84)
Pat Clarke for Leigh Griffiths (84)

Richard Brittain (76)
Paul Lawson (77)
Steven Craig (88)
Leigh Griffiths (48)
Richie Hart (71)
Jim Laughlan (78)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Steven Nicholls (Referee)

Match Report

undee went clear at the top of the First Division with a hard fought 1-0 win away to Ross County.

Dundee made one enforced change from the team which started the Alba Cup Final with ex County man Sean Higgins missing out after failing to recover from a knee injury picked up in that match.

Eric Paton came through a late fitness test and started at right back with his right leg bandaged up. Dundee set out with a 4- 3-3 shape with Gary Harkins joining Colin McMenamin and the now brown haired Leigh Griffiths (pictured right) upfront.

Throughout the match the front three would alternate between each position of the front line, Harkins taking the central role for most of the second period. In midfield Alba Cup winner Craig Forsyth was alongside ex County man Richie Hart on his first return to Victoria Park since joining Dundee from the Highland side in the summer and Brian Kerr.

Malone started on the left hand side of the defence with Jim Lauchlan and Gary Mackenzie in front of Rab Douglas in the central roles. Mackenzie must have been keen to put his last trip to Victoria Park behind him when he was sent off late on in an attempt to protect Dundee's 1-0 lead only for now team mate Sean Higgins to curl the free kick into the back of the net.

It was a chilly night in the highlands, though nothing like as bad as had seemed likely on the trip up through the snowy conditions on the A9 - which had players and supporters alike wondering if the match would even go ahead. On arrival in Dingwall despite the cold conditions it was clear the game was in no doubt although those players and supporters behind the goal would have to put up with drizzly rain fall for most of the 90 minutes.

The home side had the first chance of the night but it was an easy take for Douglas when Richard Brittain tried his luck from the edge of the area. Soon after Rab was called into more strenuous action when Paul Di Giacomo set off towards a long ball over the top and the goalkeeper had to rush from goal to clear before the striker could get there.

Dundee's first chance came after good work from Griffiths down the right and cut it back to Harkins who smashed a shot wide and into the side netting. The next chance came thanks to a combination of the two again but this time it was Harkins who flicked it into the path of the ex Livi man who cut in from the right and hit a low shot just wide.

The game at this stage was pretty even but the home side ended the first half the strongest and firstly Brittain tried his luck from 30 yards but Douglas was more than equal to it The sloppy defensive play from Dundee allowed Morrison to overlap and have two attempts to cut it back before Hart hacked it clear.

Di Giacomo then beat the offside trap and slotted it under Douglas sending the home fans at the far end of the stadium wild, the ball however hit the wrong side of the net and rolled behind but the Dundee defenders let the linesman know they thought he should have been flagged before he even had the chance to shoot.

Michael Gardyne saw a shot tipped over by Douglas before almost finding a way through when Di Giacomo robbed Lauchlan and played it to him but Mackenzie was alert to clear.

Both sides then had arguably their best chances to take the lead just before the break. A low cut back from Vigurs found Di Giacomo who turned goalwards but could only muster up a weak shot which was another easy take for Douglas. Straight up the other end and a Dundee corner looked to be overhit but Paton coming round the back volleyed over when it looked like he would score.

Dundee did have one more chance and the ball in the net before the half time whistle but the linesman's flag was up well before Griffiths slotted it home. The half time break had most Dundee fans hoping for another Jocky Scott master class at the break of the kind which saw the team turn around a two goal deficit in the ALBA cup final last week.

An early attack which saw Forsyth find McMenamin gave the impression another second half of Dundee domination was about to begin, but it could not have been much further from the truth as the home side went about passing the ball well and providing most of the pressure early on.

Vigurs saw a shot fly well over the bar and County got the ball out wide plenty but every move seemed to break down when it came to the final ball. Brittain had another effort which flew over Douglas goal and after a few comers for the home side the deadlock was broken, but surprisingly it was the away side who were celebrating.

Craig Forsyth's comer was headed home by Gary Harkins at the front post to give Dundee the lead with their first effort on target.

Dundee then came more into the game as County tried to play it long over the top but the defence held strong. Griffiths had a free kick held by McGovern before both sides made changes as County tried to get level and The Dees tried to hold onto the lead

Darren Young and Pat Clarke replaced Leigh Griffiths and Richie Hart and County pushed on trying to find a way through. Brittain saw a shot fly over the bar and time ran out for the team from the Highlands meaning Dundee left Victoria Park with three points which could be vital in the title race this season.

Match report written by Tommy Young - Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at December 1st, 2009)

2009-10 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)37 6 - 177 -
Jim Laughlan32 16 - 33 -
Eddie Malone24 221883
Eric Paton31 22 - 564
Gary Mackenzie24 1911012
Craig Forsyth20 184224
Gary Harkins24 22102210
Brian Kerr28 20 - 20 -
Richie Hart31 16 - 16 -
Colin McMenamin28 1956319
Leigh Griffiths19 21122112
Darren Young (sub)31 2 - 102
Pat Clarke (sub)24 101101

League Table (as at December 1st, 2009)

No league table has been added for this season.