Dundee 3
Cowdenbeath 1
League Cup (1st Round 2nd Leg)

3 - 1

League Cup (1st Round 2nd Leg)
Saturday, September 1st, 1979
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,553
3:00 PM Kick-off

Eric Sinclair (8)
Jim Shirra (25)
Jim Shirra (38)
Kane (81)

Team Managers
Tommy Gemmell

Starting Eleven
1. Ally Donaldson
2. Les Barr
3. Stuart Turnball
4. Stewart MacLaren
5. Bobby Glennie
6. George McGeachie
7. John Fletcher
8. Billy Williamson
9. Eric Sinclair
10. Jim Shirra
11. Jimmy Murphy
Davie Cooper .1
John Ferguson .2
Alan Carpenter .3
George Hunter .4
Bobby Russell .5
Alan Dyce .6
Harley .7
Purdie .8
Jim Liddle .9
Jimmy Marshall .10
Kane .11

12. Alec McGhee
14. Willie Watson
Billy Steele .12
Brian Ferrier .14

Alec McGhee for Eric Sinclair
Billy Steele for Harley
Brian Ferrier for Purdie

None. Harley

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

J. A. R. Wales (Cumbernauld) (Referee)
B. K. Holgate (Aberdeen) & C. McBeth (Aberdeen) (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee have yet to proventhey are Premier League material, but there was no doubt they were streets ahead of Cowdenbeath. With a three goal cushion from the first leg, they added another three in the first 45 minutes.

It was so one-sided the only question after the interval was-how many more would they score?

They dominated much of the second period, but still left manager Tommy Gemmell with a gia nt-size problem-how on earth could his side create so many chances and squander the lot?

The Fifers, a bag of nerves at the start, lost a goal in eight minutes when Sinclair prodded home from close range with the Cowdenbeath defence in utter confusion.

It was all Dundee, and no surprise when with a move as simple as it was classic, they scored again. Right-back Leslie Barr collected the ball round the halfway mark, surged forward leaving defenders in his wake before sending a perfect pass to Jim Shirra, whose parting effort left 'keeper Cooper sprawling.

Harley was then booked for a tackle on Glennie, and, seven minutes from the interval in a three-man move, Jim Shirra, notched his second and Dundee's third.

The final 15 minutes gaventhe Fifers a chance to salvage some pride. With Dundee easing off, they got a fine consolation goal when Kane gave Donaldson from 20 yards no chance.

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at September 1st, 1979)

1979-80 All Time
Ally Donaldson (GK) - 7 - 369 -
Bobby Glennie - 7 - 622
George McGeachie20 2 - 232
Les Barr - 7 - 331
Stuart Turnball - 7 - 7 -
Stewart MacLaren - 6 - 306
Jimmy Murphy - 7 - 262
Billy Williamson - 6 - 7321
Jim Shirra - 746812
John Fletcher26 7 - 7 -
Eric Sinclair - 7413748
Alec McGhee (sub) - 2 - 242

League Table (as at September 1st, 1979)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Our first league game of the season away from Dundee produced that disappointing result at Easter Road. But the result was not as bad as the 5-2 score line suggests.

I have to accept part of the blame for the score because I made a small change in our tactics in the hope that we could steal something from the game in the later stages. At the time I thought we were playing as well as Hibs were so we had a wee go at them and we were caught at the back. So I take part of the blame for changing the system.

Other major mistakes were made. We worked well through the first half and for the first twenty minutes of the second period. Hibs were 3-2 ahead and we were in with a chance. When the Easter Road side scored their fourth it was the end for us.

So we have played two away matches and got nothing from them. Some clubs. have played twice at home and have nothing from these games. It is early days yet. We still have 33 league games to play. We are hoping for good results at home and to pick up points here and there away from home.

When a side does not get anything in an away game it is not a disaster in this Premier League. I'll say again it is all a question of being patient.

One reason I accept part of the blame for the Easter Road result is that I lost patience and changed things on the field. It is a case of continuing to plug away and hoping and sometimes that presents difficulty.

Today we are playing in the second leg of a Bell's League Cup tie and welcome Cowdenbeath. We hope the sides will give the fans an entertaining afternoon.