5 - 1
5 - 1
League (First Division)
Ray Stephen (21)
Eric Sinclair (53)
Ray Stephen (60)
Peter Mackie (67)
Peter Mackie (70)
|Matty McPhee (72)|
1. Bobby Geddes
2. Les Barr
3. Erich Schaedler
4. Cammy Fraser
5. Bobby Glennie
6. George McGeachie
7. Peter Mackie
8. Ray Stephen
9. Eric Sinclair
10. Billy Williamson
11. Andy Geddes
Gordon Arthur .1
George Nicol .2
David Steedman .3
John Kennedy .4
Alan Skilling .5
Alan Moffat .6
Bobby Young .7
Bobby Gray .8
Billy Steele .9
Bobby Beaton .10
Graeme Armstrong .11
12. Jimmy Murphy
14. Jim Shirra
Matty McPhee .12
John Philliben .14
Jimmy Murphy for Ray Stephen
||Matty McPhee for Bobby Beaton|
W. McLeish (Stonehouse) (Referee)
Newspaper extract from The Sporting Post.
New boy Andy Geddes plays his first game for Dundee in the No. 11 jersey against Stirling Albion. Shirra is the man - to make way for him.
George McGeachie takes over from injured skipper Stewart MacLaren, with Les Barr at right-back. Peter Mackie is on from the start, in place of Jim Murphy.
Stirling's Lloyd Irvine has not recovered from flu and his place is taken by Allan Moffat.
Dundee - R. Geddes: Barr, Schaedler, Fraser, Glennie, McGeachie, Mackie, Stephen, Sinclair, Williamson, A. Geddes. Subs - Murphy, Shirra
Stirling Albion - Arthur: Nicol, Steedman, Kennedy, Skilling, Moffat, Young, Gray, Steele, Beaton, Armstrong. Subs.-McPhee, Philliben.
Referee - N. McLeish, Stonehouse.
Andy Geddes slots into a midfield position and is given a quick pass to get the feel of things.
The first move comes from Albion and Armstrong streaks down the right wing to send a high cross into an almost deserted penalty area, where McGeachie has bags of time to head clear. Armstrong pops up again on the left to send over another fine cross. This time Glennie, Dundee's skipper, clears.
Fraser starts a good move with a run and pass to Mackle, whose cross is knocked for a corner just before it reaches Stephen. A Mackie corner kick rebounds off a defender and he sends his second effort hard across goal, needing just a touch before it flashes past the far post.
Arthur, the former Dundee keeper, has to dive to his right to hold a dodgy back pass from Steedman as Mackie worries both defenders. Williamson clears his line by sending the ball for a corner and it goes too close to goal for comfort. The cross goes to Kennedy, whose low shot is blocked on the line by Glennie.
Dundee are not thriving on this bread-and-butter league fare, partly because of a difficult wind and partly because of the height of the Stirling defence.
The home side control the wind and master the defence to score a fine opener in 21 minutes, Mackie sends a left-foot cross to the far post, where young STEPHEN controls the ball well and sends a low shot into the net just inside the post.
Mackie nearly gets one himself a couple of minutes later when he gathers a good pass from Andy Geddes to hit a 30-yard left-foot shot which bends and skims past the post.
Billy Steele gets a chance when he is unmarked as a Nicol cross drops at his feet. The striker volleys the ball wide.
Andy Geddes, who is covering a lot of territory. shows his shooting, power with a right-footer from 35 yards which crashes into Arthur's middle.
Billy Williamson is doing a close marking job on Beaton and Barr is following Armstrong everywhere. Steele sends a shot from the corner of the penalty area just wide of the post. A corner from the same player is headed a foot over by Kennedy.
Dundee break quickly and a Williamson shot from 20 yards is just wide. Stirling's Kennedy is booked for pushing the ball over the line with his hand to stop Fraser. Hall-time-Dundee 1, Stirling 0.
Reflections - Andy Geddes has been catching the eye of the fans with some neat moves. The game is no spectacular in awkward conditions - Dundee deserve their lead because they are more positive
Bobby Glennie breaks down the left on a Fraser pass, puts too much work on the ball and loses it to Moffat.
Dundee, with the wind at their back, are applying lots of pressure without managing to look dangerous until 53 minutes when they score a really good looking goal. Andy Geddes shares the handshakes for his neat forward flick which puts SINCLAIR through to hammer in a low shot from 15 yards. The ball glanced off Arthur's legs, but the 'keeper had no chance of stopping it.
The home lot are within a whisker of getting No. 3 when Mackie sends over a cross and Arthur just manages to block Fraser's attempt to sweep the ball home at the far post.
The third goal came in 59 minutes when Fraser sends over a corner from the right. McGeachie heads towards goal and STEPHEN knocks it home from close range.
Stephen gets another great cheer when he comes off to give Murphy a run. Stirling send on McPhee for Heaton. Bobby Geddes shows he is not frozen stiff when he dives to his left to push away a powerful shot from Gray.
Dundee are in complete control and Murphy's first corner kick brings another goal in 67 minutes It's a short one to the near post where Sinclair heads it down for MACKIE to hit the ball into the net from six yards. Three minutes later the wide awake MACKIE makes it five. A pass back from Nicol is a poor effort and the Dundee man runs between full-back and keeper to hit the ball into the empty goal.
Stirling get one back a couple of minutes later when MCPHEE is unmarked at the far post and has only to stick the ball into the net when it arrives from the left wing.
A Mackie shot nearly splits the crossbar and from the rebound, Fraser wallops the shot just wide. Steedman becomes the second Stirling player to be booked for deliberately handling the ball. Geddes tests Arthur with another of his long-range shots.
Final-Dundee 5, Stirling 1.
Summing-Up- Dundee ran riot with four goals in 17 minutes. Stephen showed his ability to snatch goals, Mackle showed the form expected of him in grabbing two in three minutes, Andy Geddes showed tons of promise and the fans showed their warm appreciation.
|Bobby Geddes (GK)||20||26||-||27||-|
|Jimmy Murphy (sub)||24||24||1||85||7|
No league table has been added for this season.
It is tremendous to have an all-Dundee final to the Bell's League Cup tournament. We won our place in a drama packed tie against Ayr United on Wednesday evening and the performance of the side made me proud.
The effort and fight shown by the boys all through was praiseworthy, particularly after the double blow of losing both skipper Stuart MacLaren and Erich Schaedler before half-time. Stuart was the more seriously injured and everyone at Dens Park hopes it will not be too long before he is fit to lead the side again.
I give full credit to the players, but we must not forget our supporters who were wonderful on that great occasion. Their support was wholehearted. They lifted the team when we needed it most and the boys responded magnificently. It was a fine example of just what sincere support I can mean for a team.
To-day it is back to bread and butter fare as we face Stirling Albion in the League. This game is made more important by our great win on Wednesday. There must be no adverse reaction to the fact that we have won our way to a cup final. Stirling will be no pushover and with promotion still our prime target we must go out with the firm intention of stretching our long run without defeat.
The game at Falkirk last week was a hard, physical match in which I was proud of the fact the Dundee players did not get involved too much in the physical side of things. This has been a failing of ours in the past. In the end, because of our composure, we came away from Falkirk with two very valuable points. Brockville is always a tricky place to go and to come away with two points by scoring three goals, after scoring only four times in eight previous league games away from Dens, nearly doubled our total and gave us confidence for future away matches.
Referees have been coming in for a lot of criticism in the Press and from some managers and I feel that if football management tried to treat referees with more respect this would make the officials job easier. They have a very difficult task and if I could find players who made as few mistakes as referees do I would have a very good team. If the Referees Association would allow us, I think it would be a good idea for club managers to try to help referees in their very difficult job.