Cowdenbeath 0
Dundee 3
Challenge Cup (Second Round)


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Challenge Cup (Second Round)
Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
Central Park
Attendance: 457
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. Leigh Griffiths (20)
Gary Harkins (82)
Mickaël Antoine-Curier (88)

Team Managers
Danny Lennon Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. David Hay
2. Dene Droudge
3. Joe Mbu
4. Kenny Adamson
5. Mark Baxter
6. Jay Stein
7. Jon Robertson
8. Brian Fairbairn
9. John Dempster
10. Paul McQuade
11. Gareth Wardlaw
Tony Bullock .1
Chris Casement .2
Kyle Benedictus .3
Jim Laughlan .4
David Cowan .5
Paul McHale .6
Colin Cameron .7
Brian Kerr .8
Craig Forsyth .9
Leigh Griffiths .10
Mickaël Antoine-Curier .11

12. Kris Bower
14. Marek Tomana
15. Scott Linton
16. John Ferguson
17. Scott McBride
Bobby Geddes .12
Connor Rennie .14
Jordan Timmons .15
Gary Harkins .16
Colin McMenamin .17

Scott Linton for Mark Baxter (46)
John Ferguson for John Dempster (68)
Scott McBride for Brian Fairbairn (78)
Gary Harkins for Paul McHale (66)
Colin McMenamin for Leigh Griffiths (70)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

George Salmond (Referee)

Match Report

While Dundee saw of the challenge of Cowdenbeath in the second round of the Alba Chellenge Cup they were given a much more testing evening than the 3-0 scoreline would suggest, and indeed the Dark Blues had keeper Tony Bullock to thank for still having a lead when Gary Harkins arrived off the bench midway through the second half.

A scrappy start saw little goalmouth action and indeed the white shirted "Dark Blues' first real opportunity saw them take the lead A free kick out on the left touchline was curled in by Paul McHale and David Cowans leap distracted the home defence who let the ball run to Leigh Griffiths who nudged the ball past keeper Devid Hay from six yards out.

That should have settled Dundee but it was the Blue Brazil who looked the livelier side in the period after the opener and d they came close five minutes after the goal Fairbairn got in behind the defence down the right and fired in a cross cum shot which Bullock dived to palm away, Cowan clearing the loose ball for a comer.

On 30 minutes Griffiths provided a half chance for partner Mickael Antoine-Cunes, the Guadeloupe striver racing down the right and rounding keeper Hay, but he was unable to find d the net from a tight angle

Griffiths nearly set up Antoine-Curer for a second on the half hour, Sparky spun ewey from his marker and sent his partner clear with a delightful through ball. Antoine Curier rounded the keeper, but couldn't turn the ball in from a tight angle as the defenders arrived back to cover the goal

That was a rare bit of link up play between the pair on right where their partnership didn't really click but when Griffith's went it alone just before the break he created a chance for himself clearance from keeper Bullock found the blonde striker tightly marked by two Cowdenbeath defenders but a delightful flick over the pair gave him the opportunity to volley goalwards, though he savrfd his effort.

Dunder changed from their first half 3-5-2 formation to a more familiar 4-4-2 after the interval and they had chances early in the second hall, a good passing move gave Colin Cameron a chance but he dragged his shot wide, and then Griffiths twice came close, firstly he got space wide on the right and drove goalwards before firing an angled shot which looked netbound until a home defender popped up on the line to clear, then a minute later a run down the left and cut back from Cameron ended with Griffiths shot rebounding off the upright.

Dundee should have tied the match up in the early part of the second half. Cameron shot wide after a good passing move, Griffiths had e shot cleared off the line, triggering a mighty and then Griffiths scramble which the home side survived, sclaffed a shot from 15 yards against the post.

Griffiths was in top form now and whenever the ball came near him he created danger, he came close with a lob which beat Hay but drifted wide, but Cowdenbeath weren't out of it and they pinned Dundee back for spells.

Tony Bullock had to deal with a succession of crosses into the danger area and he had to be at his is best when Kenny Anderson connected beautifully to send in a piledriver from near 30 yards Bullock diving to tip over at full stretch.

In 66 minutes Jacky Scott gave the traveling support the man they wanted when he introduced Gary Merlins for Paul McHale and the former Partick midfielder instantly showed his class with a run which left several nome defenders in his wake. There was disappointment though when Griffith's went off feeling his call Scott said post match that he was unsure if it was an injury or a touch of cramp

The goal which pretty much ensured Dundee's progress to the quarter finals came with ten minutes left and it was a third of the competitive season for fans' favourite Harkins, Brian Kerr and Colin Cameron combined well before the ball was fed to Harkins 25 yards out and the midfielder lashed a drive into the bottom comer of the net.

There was n more to come from the dancing feet of Harkins a Dundee's third in the final minuto gave the Dark Blues a margin of victory which was cruel on a Cowdenbeath side who had competed throughout Harkins picked up the bell and sant a defender the wrong with with a turm of his head before threading great pass to David Cowan the overlapping full back curled in a delicious cross which Antoine-Cuner threw himself at to net with a fine header

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at August 18th, 2009)

2009-10 All Time
Tony Bullock (GK)37 4 - 4 -
Jim Laughlan32 4 - 21 -
Chris Casement21 2 - 2 -
Kyle Benedictus17 2 - 14 -
David Cowan27 1 - 37 -
Craig Forsyth20 3 - 7 -
Brian Kerr27 4 - 4 -
Paul McHale27 4 - 734
Colin Cameron36 4 - 13 -
Leigh Griffiths18 4242
Mickaël Antoine-Curier26 114725
Gary Harkins (sub)24 4343
Colin McMenamin (sub)28 434817

League Table (as at August 18th, 2009)

No league table has been added for this season.