Dundee 2
Falkirk 0
League (First Division)

2 - 0

League (First Division)
Saturday, December 7th, 1996
Dens Park
Attendance: 2,198
3:00 PM Kick-off

Iain Anderson (63)
Gavin Rae (85)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
1. Gary McGlynn
2. Barry Smith
3. Robbie Raeside
4. David Winnie
5. Craig Tully
6. Gavin Rae
7. Dariusz Adamczuk
8. Chic Charnley
9. Iain Anderson
10. Jerry O'Driscoll
11. Jim Hamilton

12. Iain Ferguson
14. Ole-Petter Skonner
15. Paul Tosh

Iain Ferguson for Gavin Rae
Ole-Petter Skonner for Jim Hamilton
Paul Tosh for Iain Anderson

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Match Report

Dundee superkid Iain Anderson ended his side's goal drought then said: "I prefer setting the goals up."

Dark Blues had gone over The 10 hours of football without net ting in a shocking six-game run. But Anderson scored the 63rd minute opener to give Dundee their first league goal since, ironically, they scored against Falkirk back in October.

The 19-year-old said: "I really enjoyed it out there today and I loved scoring the goal. It was a great cross from Jim Hamilton and I just got on the end of it and headed it into the net.

"But to be honest, my game is all about setting them up rather than scoring myself. There was a lot of talk about the games in which we hadn't scored, but I knew it would come right for us.

"Now I'm sure we can head back up the table."

The match hinged on a controversial incident in the 82nd minute when David Elliot thought he had scored after flicking the ball past young keeper Gary McGlynn.

Dundee's Barry Smith raced back to hook the ball clear-but the furious Falkirk players complained bitterly to the assistant referee that the ball had gone over the line.

Brockville manager Eamonn Bannon said: "I didn't get a clear view of the incident, but all my players are saying it was well over the line.

"The assistant referee certainly wasn't up with play and the defender who cleared the ball ended up in the back of the net, so that tells its own story.

"We have played a lot worse and won, so I'm very disappointed to come away from here with nothing.

"However, that decision was the hinge on which the game was won and lost."

Falkirk should have opened the scoring a minute before half time when Derek Ferguson raced through on goal. But he steered the ball wide and it proved a costly miss.

Dundee made the all-important breakthrough in the second half when Hamilton flighted a superb ball on the right for Anderson to coolly nod into the net.

Midfielder Chic Charnley, making his comeback after suspension, was the star of the show as he conducted proceedings for Dundee.

On a day when players struggled to keep their feet in the frosty conditions, the veteran was immense.

After Falkirk had claimed the "equaliser" in the Elliot incident, Dundee added insult to injury. They broke up the park and scored, with young Gavin Rae stabbing the ball past Craig Nelson as a static Falkirk defence looked on.

Delighted Dens boss Jim Duffy was pleased at the contributions from his youngsters. He said: "We had a number of kids out there, including Gary McGlynn in goal. They were all superb. We worked very hard and I felt we deserved the victory.

"We had Chic Charnley back and it's obvious to every one that when he plays we do better.

"He was so enthusiastic today he was pushing his own players off the ball to get involved in the game.

"We've been criticised in the past for being too tight, but today we certainly pushed for the ball and got it."

MoM: Charniey (Dundee)

Squad Statistics (as at December 7th, 1996)

1996-97 All Time
Gary McGlynn (GK)19 1 - 1 -
Barry Smith22 22 - 43 -
David Winnie30 15 - 15 -
Robbie Raeside24 233233
Craig Tully20 10 - 15 -
Chic Charnley33 161284
Gavin Rae19 61121
Iain Anderson19 191575
Dariusz Adamczuk27 191432
Jim Hamilton20 1969538
Jerry O'Driscoll18 2 - 81
Iain Ferguson (sub)34 15116459
Paul Tosh (sub)23 20412224
Ole-Petter Skonner (sub) - 2 - 2 -

League Table (as at December 7th, 1996)

No league table has been added for this season.