Forfar Athletic 2
Dundee 4
League Cup (Second Round)


Forfar 

2 - 4

Dundee


League Cup (Second Round)
Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
Station Park
Attendance: 1,929
7:45 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Stephen Tulloch (55)
Ross Campbell (72)
Leigh Griffiths (11)
Mickaël Antoine-Curier (15)
Mickaël Antoine-Curier (31)
Andy Todd (o.g.) (68)

Team Managers
Dick Campbell Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Ally Brown
2. Andy Todd
3. Kevin Fotheringham
4. Iain Campbell
5. Darren Brady
6. Martyn Fotheringham
7. Alastair Devine
8. Ross Campbell
9. Bryan Deasley
10. Kevin Gordon
11. Chris Templeman
Tony Bullock .1
Chris Casement .2
Kyle Benedictus .3
Jim Laughlan .4
Eddie Malone .5
Eric Paton .6
Colin Cameron .7
Gary Harkins .8
Craig Forsyth .9
Leigh Griffiths .10
Mickaël Antoine-Curier .11

Bench
12. Matthew Curtis
14. Micky Smith
15. Stephen Tulloch
16. Stuart Malcolm
17. Callum Smith
Bobby Geddes .12
Gary Mackenzie .14
Brian Kerr .15
Sean Higgins .16
Colin McMenamin .17

Substitutions
Stephen Tulloch for Brian Deasley (46)
Stuart Malcolm for Kevin Gordon (46)
Callum Smith for Alistair Divine (78)
Brian Kerr for Chris Casement (80)

Cautions
Iain Campbell (33)
Ross Campbell (65)
Kevin Fotheringham (73)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Stevie O'Reilly (Referee)



Match Report


Jocky Scott made several changes to the side which had drawn with Inverness at the weekend, Chris Casement came in at right back with skipper Eric Paton moving to a holding midfield role, Kyle Benedictus replaced Gary Mackenzie at centre-back and Craig Forsyth was on the left of midfield with Gary Harkins moved infield. Up front Leigh Griffiths and Mickael Antoine-Curier resumed the starting partnership which had seen them both score against Royal Antwerp in pre-season and at Cowdenbeath in the Alba Cup last week.

It was a front line which would pay dividends again - Griffiths had the ball in the net after 90 seconds only to be denied by the assistant referee's raised flag but it wouldn't take him long to net again and this time it counted - On ten minutes Antoine-Curier dropped deep to win the ball and found Craig Forsyth wide left, the youngster fired in a cross which evaded the defence and Griffiths had time to pick his spot and give Dundee the lead.

Four minutes later Dundee won a corner on the left when Griffiths was tacked in the box, Gary Harkins curled in the set- piece which was half deared by the home defence but only as far as Colin Cameron 22 yards out he lashed in a shot which keeper Ally Brown did well to tip onto the post but the ball rebounded nicely for Antoine-Curier and the striker had a simple task in making it two.

Forfar tried to hit back but despite winning a couple of comers couldn't find a way through and Dundee were soon sweeping forward again with Forsyth a constant threat to the home defence. And just before the half hour it was three and easy for the Dark Blues, Eddie Malone took a throw in and found Eric Paton who in turn crossed to the back post where Griffiths rose unchallenged to head down and Antoine-Curier was again on the spot to net.

Kyle Benedictus should have made it four before the break after Griffiths a free kick on the right of the box - When the set piece came in from Harkins in it fell to Benedictus but the defender appeared to have been caught by surprise and the ball rebounded across goal off his shin rather than into the unguarded net.

Antoine-Curier came close to completing a hat-trick just a couple of minutes before the interval as a through ball from Harkins set him free, he drew Brown from his goal and slid the ball past the keeper and towards the net only for Ally Divine to race back and clear off the goal-line.

At the interval Jocky Scott's men could be pleased with their first half performance, they had pretty much secured their third round place, created plenty of chances and scored three goals while restricting Forfar's opportunities at the other end it was to be a different story after the break.

Forfar looked as if they were prepared to have a go right from the start of the second half and while the first ten minutes of the period saw Dundee still dominate possession the home side now looked dangerous on the break They forced a corner in 55 minutes and from it the ball broke to Stephen Tulloch who knocked it home from close range to pull one back for Dick Campbell's side.

They almost got another shortly afterwards but it was Tony Bullock to the rescue as he blocked a close range effort.

Dundee restored the three goal margin on 69 minutes when, after Eddie Malone had been flattened on the left, the ball broke to Forsyth who whipped in a low cross which was bound for Antoine-Curier until Andy Tod threw himself into it's path and deflected it, at pace, into his own net.

Five minutes later Forfar had reduced the margin to two again and it came courtesy of the best strike of the evening, Ross Campbell picked up a loose ball in midfield and strode forward to fire a low drive from just outside the box into the bottom corner of the net.

Bullock had to be alter to hold a Tulloch 20 yarder four minutes after that goal but that was their last real chance and with Brian Kerr on for Casement and Eric Paton moved to right back it was at the other end of the park where a goal nearly came - Leigh Griffiths smashing in a screamer of a drive which flew just wide of the target.

As the final moments ticked down the tannoy announced that Craig Forsyth had been chosen by the media as the Co-operative Insurance man of the match an award which few who were in attendance would dispute.

He'd given the manager something to think about ahead of the weekend visit to Airdrie, as had the front pairing of Antoine-Curier and Griffiths, but after a decent first half display from the side the large traveling support were left frustrated by a second half performance which had taken some of the shine out of reaching the next round.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at August 25th, 2009)


2009-10 All Time
Age
Tony Bullock (GK)37 6 - 6 -
Jim Laughlan32 6 - 23 -
Kyle Benedictus17 3 - 15 -
Eric Paton30 5 - 394
Eddie Malone24 5 - 712
Chris Casement21 3 - 3 -
Colin Cameron36 6 - 15 -
Craig Forsyth20 4 - 8 -
Gary Harkins24 6565
Leigh Griffiths19 6363
Mickaël Antoine-Curier26 334927
Brian Kerr (sub)27 6 - 6 -






League Table (as at August 25th, 2009)


No league table has been added for this season.