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League (Division One)
Saturday, August 29th, 2009
Excelsior Stadium
Attendance: 1,516
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jim Lauchlan (o.g.) (42) Colin McMenamin (36)

Team Managers
Kenny Black Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Stevie Robertson
2. Bobby Donnelly
3. Marc Smyth
4. Simon Storey
5. Tom Parratt
6. Scott McLaughlin
7. Darren Smith
8. Kevin McDonald
9. Frank Lagana
10. Scott Gemmill
11. Kevin Watt
Tony Bullock .1
Eric Paton .2
Kyle Benedictus .3
Jim Laughlan .4
Eddie Malone .5
Paul McHale .6
Colin Cameron .7
Brian Kerr .8
Gary Harkins .9
Leigh Griffiths .10
Colin McMenamin .11

12. Lee Hollis
14. Alan Trouten
15. Paul Lovering
16. John Baird
17. Paul Keegan
Bobby Geddes .12
Gary Mackenzie .14
Craig Forsyth .15
Richie Hart .16
Sean Higgins .17

Paul Lovering for Simon Storey (49)
John Baird for Kevin Watt (75)
Paul Keegan for Scott Gemmill (75)
Richie Hart for Colin Cameron (68)
Sean Higgins for Leigh Griffiths (76)

Kevin McDonald (45)
Tom Parratt (70)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Steven Nicholls (Referee)

Match Report

ocky made three changes from the last J league outing with midweek goalscorer Leigh Griffiths coming in for his first league start in place of Sean Higgins. Gary Mackenzie and Richie Hart also both dropped to the bench with Colin Cameron coming into central midfield and Kyle Benedictus in the defence.

Cameron in the midfield meant that Paul McHale found himself starting on the right side of a midfield four.

Unbeaten to this stage Dundee headed to bottom of the table Airdrie in search of their first away league win of the season, Almost straight away they had a start which could well have set them on their way. Griffiths flicked the ball through to Colin McMenamin and he raced down the left before dragging a shot just past the far post.

Dundee pushed on from that and Gary Harkins saw a low shot from wide easily saved and Cameron and Griffiths linked up before Cameron had a shot blocked. Harkins had another effort when a comer fell to him at the edge of the box but the left sided midfielder swept a shot over the bar.

The hosts had their first chance when Scott Gemmill fired straight at Bullock with a tuning effort. They carried on from there and had a spell of pressure but the Dundee defence held them off well.

Bhan Kerr hooked a long ball forward and sent Griffiths into space but with pressure he was pushed wide and his cross was knocked behind, from the corner though it was Airdrie who should have taken the lead Kerr took it and it fell again to Harkins on the edge but sloppy play allowed Airdrie to nick to ball and set off on a counter attack which saw three against two in the home sides favour. After getting it wide right it was pulled back and Frankie Lagana had a fresh air swipe. before Scott McLaughlin's shot went just wide of Bullock's goal.

The game died down a bit with Eric Paton having a low drive just wide being the only action before out of nothing Dundee were ahead McMenamin cut inside from the left and with nothing on fired a shot past Robertson and into the back of the net

Dundee should have kicked on from there but as against Raith and Caley Thistle they were unable to hold onto the lead and only six minutes later Airdrie were level

Smith skipped past a solid challenge by Malone and headed wide right. The wingers cross was looking from Gemmill at the front post but Jim Lauchlan got his foot to it and turned it up in the air. Instead of heading clear though it looped over the head Bullock and into the goal.

The final chance of the half fell to Paul McHale after Kerr pulled it back into his path but the midfielder's volley was over just before referee Steven Nicholls blew for half time.

Goalscorer McMenamin had the first chance of the second period but it was a slow start to the half and even his chance was from a wide angie after battling his way through the box and ended in an easy take for Robertson.

That was the best either side could muster before Harkins slipped it through to Griffiths and the referee waved away penalty claims after a hard challenge went in on striker and shouts went up from the traveling support

Griffiths then had an effort on goal as the pace of the game upped. A Bullock long kick forward bounced over the head of Airdrie's trialist right back and the pacey stiker was off and in behind. He was slightly to the left and his low shot was saved well by Robertson before Airdrie deared

Jocky Scott made his first change which saw Richie Hart on for Colin Cameron and McHale pushed into the middle.

Airdrie came into it a bit more but when they did get a chance it was a hame player who halted the attack. Darren Smith hit a low shot from an angle but it hit the incoming Kevin Watt and Bullock was out quickly to hold.

Watt almost made up for it minutes later though when he got free down the right but his low cross was met by no one and Paton cleared at the back post. Dundee then headed up the other end and might have taken the lead.

Griffiths found himself on the ball after an attack broke down and after a neat tum he was in space on the edge of the box. He took his time before curling the ball just past the post. At this stage the game was end to end and Smith again hit a low shot which Paton did well to turn away at the back post.

That chance would be Griffiths' last involvement as he was replaced by Sean Higgins.

It was Higgins who was so close to turning provider when another Bullock long kick was flicked on by the former Ross County man McMenamin was on the end of it but tried a first time effort to lift over Robertson and it was wide of goal.

One final break for Dundee saw Hart play Harkins down the left but his cross came to nothing and it was Airdrie who came so close to grabbing all three points. Striker Lagana found himself in loads of space just outside the box and he curled a shot inches past Bullock's left hand post.

A draw is looked at as two points dropped but it keeps Dundee's unbeaten run going With a break next weekend for international and the Challenge Cup and potential new squad members before the transfer deadline passes on Tuesday hopefully by the time league business comes round again Dundee can start making up for these points dropped.

Match report written by Tommy Young - Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at August 29th, 2009)

2009-10 All Time
Tony Bullock (GK)37 7 - 7 -
Kyle Benedictus17 4 - 16 -
Jim Laughlan32 7 - 24 -
Eddie Malone24 6 - 722
Eric Paton30 6 - 404
Colin Cameron36 7 - 16 -
Gary Harkins24 7575
Brian Kerr27 7 - 7 -
Paul McHale27 6 - 754
Leigh Griffiths19 7373
Colin McMenamin28 645018
Richie Hart (sub)31 5 - 5 -
Sean Higgins (sub)24 5252

League Table (as at August 29th, 2009)

No league table has been added for this season.