Dundee 0
Heart of Midlothian 1
League Cup (Quarter Final)

0 - 1

League Cup (Quarter Final)
Wednesday, September 5th, 1984
Dens Park
Attendance: 8,818
7:30 PM Kick-off

None. Roddy MacDonald (40)

Team Managers
Archie Knox
Alex MacDonald

Starting Eleven
1. Tom Carson
2. George McGeachie
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. Stuart Rafferty
5. John McCormack
6. Bobby Glennie
7. Ray Stephen
8. John Brown
9. Walker McCall
10. Colin Harris
11. Albert Kidd
Henry Smith .1
Walter Kidd .2
George Cowie .3
Sandy Jardine .4
Roddy MacDonald .5
Craig Levein .6
Dave Bowman .7
Jimmy Bone .8
John Robertson .9
Alex MacDonald .10
Donald Park .11

12. Jim Smith
14. Derek McWilliams
Brian Whittaker .12
Willie Johnston .14

Derek McWilliams for Albert Kidd (62)
Brian Whittaker for Alex MacDonald (70)
Willie Johnston for Walter Kidd (75)

John McCormack (70)
Roddy MacDonald
Dave Bowman

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Brian McGinlay (Balforn) (Referee)
G. Cowper (Perth) & K. Rice (Bearsden) (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Courier.

A Roddy McDonald header in the 40th minute of a rip-roaring cup-tie saw Hearts into the lucrative semi-final draw of the Skol Cup tomorrow. But even the Hearts players will have difficulty in believing that they are there.

Dundee can consider themselves the unluckiest team in the world not to win this hectic tie.

With almost total dominance of the second half-Hearts had only two attempts at goal in this period-Dundee failed to overhaul the Maroons half-time lead and for that they have to blame themselves for some incredible misses.

They included two shots which came off the woodwork and two world-class saves by Henry Smith in the Hearts goal.

That second half really was almost unbelievable. It was all Dundee pressure with Hearts pinned in their own penalty box. But Dundee just couldn't emphasise their outfield superiority by scoring a single goal, far less the two they required to win. Inches wide

An incredible match but an even more incredible result and once again Dundee take nothing from a game to which they contributed so much.

The Dundee fans stayed behind at the end to applaud their team off the field and that is the ultimate salute to a team who deserved so much more than they got.

Hearts immediately put Dundee under pressure and it almost paid off within two minutes when a McKinlay mistake allowed Robertson in for a shot which was deflected inches wide of the near post.

Four minutes later it was Hearts again and this time McKinlay rescued Dundee when he was on the spot to cut out Robertson's low cross into the goalmouth with several Hearts players waiting to connect.

Three minutes later, in Dundee's first real attack, Kidd got his head to a Rafferty cross, but flicked the ball well wide of the target.

The hectic pace from the start continued and it was taking Dundee a long time to settle, but in 14 minutes they almost went ahead when a Brown free-kick allowed McKinlay in for a cross which McCall got his foot to but prodded narrowly past.

McCall again, four minutes later, beat two defenders cleverly and was not all that far away with his finishing shot from 25 yards. Dundee at last looked like settling down after Hearts' bustling start, but there was no let-up in the pace and neither team was being allowed to play any calculated football.

Offside spoiled a promising Dundee move after 27 minutes when McCall put Harris clean through with a header, but it was still anybody's game.

Robertson had a free-kick deflected just wide of the Dundee goal and on the half-hour mark McKinlay found McCall with a great crossfield pass, but Harris headed past from McCall's cross from good position.

It needed desperate tackles from both sides to keep a clean sheet, but Hearts finally broke the deadlock after 40 minutes. They forced a corner on the left and when Park's cross was cleared back out to him he despatched it quickly into the goalmouth, where centre-half Roddy McDonald netted with a powerful header from eight yards.

Dundee resumed with McCall heading just over the bar from a McKinley cross and in 48 minutes Albert Kidd missed a golden chance of the equaliser when McCall cut back a McCormick cross into his path and the wee fellow ballooned the ball over the bar from eight yards.

Hearts immediately moved upfield and in a goalmouth melee George McGeachie cleared an anxious moment. Dundee's luck was right out two minutes later when a McCormick header hit the bar with Smith beaten and rebounded to safety.

Dundee were cramming on the pressure and pinning Hearts back. Brown hit the post for Dundee from a Stephen corner and McCall had a shot blocked two yards from goal when it seemed the equaliser was imminent.

ith in the It was all Dundee, and Smith in the Hearts goal was lucky when Harris got his foot to a McCall cross and the ball hit the goalkeeper's shoulders before rebounding into his hands and safety.

In 62 minutes Dundee brought on McWilliams for Kidd and the siege on Hearts goal continued with Man of the Match, Tosh McKinley, sending cross after cross into the Hearts goalmouth without success. McWilliams fluffed another chance for Dundee and with 70 minutes gone McCormick was booked for a foul on Alec Macdonald who was immediately replaced by Whittaker.

The Dundee pressure continued and with 15 minutes to go Hearts sent on Johnston for the injured Walter Kidd. Five minutes later Hearts provided their only real attempt at goal this half with a long range effort from Levein which went inches over the bar.

With five minutes left to play Henry Smith in the Hearts goal came to their rescue twice with brilliant saves from John McCormick and Stewart Rafferty-and in between Bobby Glennie had a miss from six yards!!

The final whistle brought relief to Hearts and disbelief from Dundee and their fans who cheered them off the park.

Squad Statistics (as at September 5th, 1984)

1984-85 All Time
Tom Carson (GK)25 6 - 6 -
John McCormack29 7 - 7 -
Tosh McKinlay19 7 - 553
George McGeachie25 7 - 2038
Bobby Glennie26 7 - 2724
John Brown - 6161
Stuart Rafferty23 7171
Ray Stephen21 7313629
Colin Harris23 5 - 222
Walker McCall30 614620
Albert Kidd22 7 - 10410
Derek McWilliams (sub)24 5 - 5 -

League Table (as at September 5th, 1984)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Tonight's visit of Hearts gives this club a marvellous opportunity to qualify at this very early stage in the season for the final stages of one of Scotland's major competitions.

The players are keenly aware that the home and home semi-finals give us a golden chance of a Cup Final appearance and they know, too, what a great boost that would be to this club.

Hearts have had a couple of good results lately and we know we'll get a hard game from them. Last season's encounters were always good, open matches and I'm hoping that tonight's will be no exception.

Despite the disappointment of another point less League match on Saturday, I remain convinced that we're on the right lines. So we'll continue to play football and go forward.

No-one can say we've performed badly in our last two outings but unfortunately we've been punished by mistakes that shouldn't really happen.

And I believe that the supporters, who have given us great encouragement, recognise that we're working on the right lines. I've got every faith in the players to get results for this club but although there has been plenty of good football of late this has not been enough. So it's my job to get more out of the players until our luck changes for the better and I will be giving this my closest attention.

I'm still concerned about our problem in failing to put away the chances we're making but I'm a great believer that the breaks even out over the season providing you keep working at the game and don't lose faith.

In other words there's no point in looking for sympathy. Our turn will come so long as we keep applying ourselves and work hard at making our own breaks.

Saturday's game showed all present that the team has the right appetite for the game with a willingness to make passes and go forward at every opportunity.

Perhaps this has made the settling in period for our newcomers that bit more difficult because we're always trying to be positive and inventive and make things happen.

But all the players have shown the understanding and team work is beginning to fit into place and hopefully they'll be able to provide further evidence of that in tonight's match.