Dundee 4
Falkirk 0
League (Premier Division)

4 - 0

League (Premier Division)
Wednesday, March 25th, 1987
Dens Park
Attendance: 2,997
3:00 PM Kick-off

Alan Lawrence (24)
Ross Jack (pen.) (28)
Keith Wright (56)
John Brown (68)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Bobby Geddes
2. Stewart Forsyth
3. Tosh McKinlay
4. Stuart Rafferty
5. Bobby Glennie
6. Jim Smith
7. George McGeachie
8. Alan Lawrence
9. John Brown
10. Ross Jack
11. Keith Wright

12. Vince Mennie
14. Graham Harvey

Vince Mennie for Jim Smith
Graham Harvey for Keith Wright
Martin for Hetherstone
Eadie for Hughes

Alan Lawrence

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Colin Sinclair (Forfar) (Referee)
A. Freeland (Aberdeen) & A. R. Shearer (East Kilbride) (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Courier.

Dundee returned to the winning trail with a comprehesive victory at Dens last night.

Despite resting key men Tommy Coyne, Rab Shannon and skipper Jim Duffy, the Dark Blues completely dominated proceedings, plunging Falkirk deeper into relegation trouble with goals from Lawrence, Jack, Wright and Brown.

However, in a less pleasing note for Dundee just under 3000 people watched them record, their third win of the season over troubled Bairns.

Albert Kidd, making his first appearance at Dens since joining Falkirk on a free transfer from Dundee, scorned a golden chance in the opening minutes.

Kidd was left with only Geddes to beat after Hetherston had flicked on a Scrimgeour cross, but he blasted over from six yards.

An equally clear-cut opportunity presented itself at the other end moments later when Brown headed a McKinlay centre into the path of Jack, but he, too, was well off target.

Dundee gradually began to take command. Jack headed a Forsyth free-kick wide when well-placed to do better, and Brown had a net-bound shot deflected for a corner.

Their superiority was rewarded with a goal in 24 minutes for recent signing Alan Lawrence.

A McKinlay cross from the left was touched across goal by Jack for Lawrence, who steadied himself before driving the ball home just inside Marshall's left-hand post.

Four minutes later that lead was extended. Referee Colin Sinclair waved away a penalty claim for handball against Manley, but before the Dundee protests had died down, Kerr upended Wright just inside the area and the Forfar whistler pointed to the spot.

Ross Jack converted with ease.

Stuart Rafferty almost made it three with a 20-yard drive which only just missed the target.

Falkirk made a double substitution during the interval, Martin and Eadie replacing Hetherstone and Hughes, but those changes did little to alter the pattern of play.

The visitors had a narrow escape when Keith Wright's left foot flick from a Brown pass struck Marshall's body and spun round the post.

A third goal had to come and it duly did in 56 minutes. The Bairns' keeper was completely deceived by the bounce of a long through ball from Forsyth, leaving Wright to tap into an empty net.

A Lawrence cross almost brought further reward from the dominant Dees, but it just failed to find the head of Wright, allowing Marshall to gather.

Dundee struck again, how ever, in 68 minutes.

Forsyth cut the ball back from the by-line and Jack rolled it into the path of John Brown, who scored with a low shot from 14 yards.

Home substitutes Graham Harvey and Vince Mennie were both given a run in the closing minutes, replacing Wright and Smith, and Harvey came within inches of adding the fifth, shooting just wide of Marshall's left hand post.

There was one booking, Lawrence spoiling a fine Dens Park debut by having his name taken for an unnecessary foul on Marshall.

Squad Statistics (as at March 25th, 1987)

1986-87 All Time
Bobby Geddes (GK)26 45 - 205 -
Stewart Forsyth25 301582
Bobby Glennie29 16 - 3556
George McGeachie28 24 - 2659
Tosh McKinlay22 3211477
Jim Smith25 4112067
John Brown - 301110434
Alan Lawrence24 2121
Stuart Rafferty26 35211310
Ross Jack28 337417
Keith Wright21 165165
Vince Mennie (sub)22 251393
Graham Harvey (sub)24 39168527

League Table (as at March 25th, 1987)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

In front of a large and encouraging travelling support, we achieved a great result against Clydebank. This was a performance where everyone played his part, and we are all delighted to be through to the semi finals.

We almost scored right from the kick-off at Kilbowie, but in the event it didn't take as long to go ahead. After Keith Wright's score, two goals in quick succession, one from Tommy Coyne and one from John Brown, put us firmly in control well before the interval. Having taken such a firm grip of the game, it was perhaps unsurprising that things fell a little flat at the start of the second half, but the important thing was that we gave nothing away, and eventually John Brown finished the game in style with another shot to give us a 4-0 win.

As I write, prior to our match at Easter Road, we don't know whether we play Forfar or United in the next round; but whichever side wins through, we will have to be at our best again to make further progress. There are no easy games at the semi- final stage!

Following our success at Kilbowie, we were brought down to earth with the proverbial dull thud when Rangers called at Dens on Tuesday, and promptly did to us what we had done to Clydebank! While I cannot be happy at losing at home by 4-0, I am sure that no one could have stopped Rangers in the form which they showed at Dens. They have the bit between the teeth now, and are fully in tent on winning the Championship. Here, they hit us with three first-half goals, and followed up with another just after the interval.

It was most disappointing that we achieved our biggest gate of the season on the occasion of our worst defeat. On the brighter side, perhaps it may be as well to have got that out of our system before the vital matches ahead!