Dundee 2
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2
League (Division One)


Dundee
2 - 2
Inverness CT 

League (Division One)
Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,507
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Gary Harkins (9)
Gary Harkins (29)
Dani Sanchez (20)
Lee Cox (38)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
Terry Butchart

Starting Eleven
1. Tony Bullock
2. Eric Paton
3. Gary Mackenzie
4. Jim Laughlan
5. Eddie Malone
6. Richie Hart
7. Paul McHale
8. Brian Kerr
9. Gary Harkins
10. Sean Higgins
11. Colin McMenamin
Ryan Esson .1
Grant Munro .2
David Proctor .3
Lionel Djebi-Zadi .4
Nauris Bulvitus .5
Lee Cox .6
Robert Eagle .7
Johnny Hayes .8
Daniel Stratford .9
Richie Foran .10
Dani Sanchez .11

Bench
12. Derek Soutar
14. Chris Casement
15. Colin Cameron
16. Mickaël Antoine-Curier
17. Leigh Griffiths
Kyle Allison .12
Roy McBain .14
Gavin Morrison .15
Nick Ross .16
Adam Rooney .17

Substitutions
Leigh Griffiths for Sean Higgins (67)
Colin Cameron for Richie Hart (78)
Mickaël Antoine-Curier for Paul McHale (87)
Nick Ross for Robert Eagle (79)
Adam Rooney for Johnny Hayes (88)
Gavin Morrison for David Proctor (90)

Cautions
Eddie Malone (30)
Colin McMenamin (40)
Gary Harkins (58)
Jim Laughlan (89)
Lee Cox (44)
Johnny Hayes (63)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Mike Tumilty (Referee)
James Bee & Raymond Whyte (Assistants)


Match Report


Dundee started the match with the familiar 4-4-2 formation which has seen them unbeaten thus far in league and cup. Tony Bullock again started in goal as Rab Douglas continues to recover from a stomach injury which has kept him out of action at the beginning of the season. Eric Paton and Eddie Malone were in their usual positions at full backs with Jim Lauchlan paired with Gary Mackenzie in central defence.

Gary Harkins started wide left with Richie Hart on the opposite side. Paul McHale again started in midfield but the one change from last weeks draw with Raith came in the form of former Caley midfielder Brian Kerr given his first start of the league campaign. Many had thought Leigh Griffiths would be in line for a start after his impressive performances on Challenge Cup duty midweek but Jocky stayed with Colin McMenamin and Sean Higgins in attacks.

The match didn't get off to the quickest start with a number of corner the only real action the goal mouths saw. Caley came closest with one of their attempts when after an Eric Paton header clear Grant Munro fired wide. From open play it was again Caley who came close first. Striker Danni Sanchez took in a pass with his back to goal and after a neat turn he struck a shot just over Bullock's goal.

With Caley in the ascendancy Dundee's first chance brought the opener out of nothing. The ball was played wide left to Gary Harkins and the midfielder cut inside across two Caley defenders before striking it low inside Ryan Esson's post to give Dundee the lead,

The goal didn't really break the pattern of play however as a number of set pieces came around again with very little troubling either keeper. Eric Paton saw a free kick from 30 yards come straight off the wall before David Proctor headed wide from a corner. The side from the highlands did find the net through and it was a simple goal which the much discussed Dundee defence must have felt they could have done better with.

A long ball forward found Sanchez free in the box and the little Spanish played made no mistake as he slotted it low past Bullock to level the score. Dundee were almost back in front six minutes later when good link up play on the left from Colin McMenamin and Harkins got the ball out to Malonene and his cross found Higgins who headed goalwards. The fans in the Main Stand rose to their feet but were to be disappointed when doni they discovered the ball had hit the side netting.

The visitors headed straight up the park and Paton had a rare slip which gifted Eagle with a golden chance to pick out a team mate but Lauchlan was on hand to collect and clear. The fans in the Main Stand were again on their feet with the rest of the home support during the next attack as Dundee regained the lead.

A superb Sean Higgins flick saw Colin McMenamin run clean through on goal from the half way line. He delayed his shot and looks to have squandered a real goal scoring chance but looked up and picked out the incoming Harkin's with a neat cross and the former Partick man had no problems tucking away his second of the match and his fifth in as many games for The Dark Blues.

Caley stuck to their game plan though and Proctor was next to have a chance but headed wide at the front post. Sanchez had a shot wide before their pressure again paid off when they leveled for a second time.

Richie Foran somehow found himself wide right with loads of room and could have picked out one of three Caley players who were all racing into the box, lining up to put the ball in the net. Lee Cox was the man who got on the end of it and made no mistake making it 2-2.

The half calmed down with only Hayes for Caley hitting a low shot which Bullock comfortably held and Higgins with a long range drive easy for Esson troubling either goal before referee Mike Tumilty blowing for half time.

The second half started in much the same slow way with little action until Dundee almost broke through again. McMenamin got free on the right and pulled it back for Higgins who saw his shot saved. The ball fell to the feet of Harkins who on a hat trick saw his shot blocked as well. Dundee weren't done though and Paul McHale struck a shot just over from the edge of the area.

McMenamin again turned provider for the next chance as he hit the bye line and cut it back to Higgins but again his shot was blocked by a stern second half Caley defence. Their first real attack of the second half ended with midfielder Jonny Hayes driving a ball across the danger area only for it to be missed by everyone when only the slightest of touches could have turned it in.

Harkins tried his luck from a free kick wide on the left but it wasn't much trouble for Esson's goal as it flew wide. Jocky Scott went about trying to grab a winner as he brought on Leigh Griffiths for Higgins. A minute later through it was Caley who could and really should have put themselves ahead.

A Dundee corner was over hit and Caley broke quickly. The counter attack saw the ball being moved from left to right and it was Lee Cox who was dean through but found Bullock in good form and the former Ross County keeper pushed his shot away. It feel to Sanchez who turned his shot just wide of the post and maybe should have score as well.

Richie Hart was replaced by Colin Cameron and Cameron was next to have a shot on goal. The substitute tried his luck from distance with not much on around him but it was just over the bar.

Both sides then had great chances to nick the three points, the first falling to Richie Foran. A long ball to the back post sees him with time to bring it down before forcing Bullock into another tremendous save to keep it at 2-2. Up the other end Harkins found Griffiths with a quick throw and the substitute striker cut inside before seeing his shot saved by Esson.

Dundee replaced Paul McHale with Mickael Antoine Curier as they pushed on but it was Harkins again who would trouble the Caley goal late on. A Hakins free kick from 25 yards is deflected and comes off the outside of the post before going wide.

A moment of controversy was still to come and it came after two Caley players went down with head knocks after a comer. Tumilty stopped the game and on the restart Foran played the ball back to Bullock but it was hit with enough force that Bullock had to again be on form to prevent the ball going in.

One final chance fell to Curier after DM Harkins had headed down to him but the flag was up before the ark Guadeloupe man turned it over the bar. In the end it was probably a case of two points dropped but Caley are a good side and if Bullock had not been on form Dundee's unbeaten run may have come to an end.

Match report written by Tommy Young - Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at August 22nd, 2009)


2009-10 All Time
Age
Tony Bullock (GK)37 5 - 5 -
Eric Paton30 4 - 384
Jim Laughlan32 5 - 22 -
Eddie Malone24 4 - 702
Gary Mackenzie23 3 - 851
Richie Hart31 4 - 4 -
Brian Kerr27 5 - 5 -
Paul McHale27 5 - 744
Gary Harkins24 5555
Sean Higgins24 4242
Colin McMenamin28 534917
Colin Cameron (sub)36 5 - 14 -
Leigh Griffiths (sub)19 5252
Mickaël Antoine-Curier (sub)26 214825






League Table (as at August 22nd, 2009)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


What a fantastic support we have had for the first two games of the season. Long may it continue! The backing the players received on the opening day definitely helped them to settle, and play the standard of football we all want to see. The second half against Morton showed the importance of the fans getting behind the team at all times.

The fans also turned out in force vocally and physically for our away fixture versus Raith Rovers which turned out to be a disappointing result but also showed good character, the team coming back from 2 - 1 down.

Today's visitors Inverness Caley Thistle had the misfortune to be relegated from the premier league last season and will be looking for a quick return. We will need to be at our best to win today, but with your help we can do just that.

Enjoy the game.