Dundee 3
Falkirk 0
League (First Division)

3 - 0

League (First Division)
Saturday, August 2nd, 1997
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,502
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jerry O'Driscoll (36)
Eddie Annand (60)
John Elliot (87)

Team Managers
John McCormack
Alex Totten

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Barry Smith
3. Brian Irvine
4. Dave Rogers
5. Dariusz Adamczuk
6. Jim McInally
7. Darren Magee
8. Lee Maddison
9. Jerry O'Driscoll
10. James Grady
11. Eddie Annand
Craig Nelson
Jamie McGowan
Andy Seaton
Neil Oliver
Kevin James
Christopher McCart
David Hagen
Albert Craig
Scott Crabbe
Scott McKenzie
Paul McGrillen

12. Iain Anderson
14. John McGlashan
15. John Elliot
Martyn Corrigan
Brian Hamilton
Mark McGraw

Iain Anderson for Eddie Annand (66)
John Elliot for Jerry O'Driscoll (80)
Brian Hamilton for Albert Craig (61)
Mark McGraw for Scott Crabbe (66)
Martyn Corrigan for Paul McGrillen (75)

Brian Irvine
Eddie Annand
Albert Craig
David Hagen
Kevin James
Christopher McCart

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

E. Martindale (Glasgow) (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee's new owners, the Marr brothers, couldn't have wished for a brighter opening to the term than that served up by their new-look Dens outfit.

With a healthy home support behind them, the Dark Blues humbled last season's Scottish Cup finalists with a performance of industry and finishing power, which the Brockville men seldom looked capable of equalling.

And the most encouraging aspect of the day for home boss John McCormack must have been the performances of his summer signings seven new faces starting the encounter against the Bairns.

Strikers O'Driscoll and Annand were the men whose finishing touches proved vital to an occasion which confirmed the Taysiders as pre-season favourites to capture the First Division's solitary automatic promotion spot.

After several near things at both ends, including a superb one-handed save by home newcomer Robert Douglas from a net-bound James header, Dundee struck gold.

The 36th minute saw Annand take advantage of James' untimely slip, and, as the ball sped into the danger area, O'Driscoll won the race to power home from eight yards.

On the hour mark. Dundee doubled their lead, Annand lurking at the far post to drive in danger man Grady's cutback.

Hagan wasted an opportunity to reduce the deficit 18 minutes from the end, failing to connect with a long McGowan throw from the right six yards from goal. And that only served to heighten Dundee's determination to clinch matters, Grady seeing Nelson deny him.

The score-line was completed three minutes from the end. Teenage substitute Elliot was downed by James, and the youngster dusted himself down before planting the spot-kick into the back of the net..

Six players were booked in and anything but physical contest - home men Irvine and Annand, while visiting quartet Craig, Hagan, James and McCart also had their named jotted down by referee Martindale.

Crowd - 4502

Dundee - Douglas: Smith, Maddison, Adamczuk, Irvine, Rogers, Grady, D. Magee, Annand (Anderson 66), O'Driscoll (Elliot 80), McInally. Sub not used - Mcglashan

Falkirk - Nelson: McGowan, Seaton, Oliver, James, McCart, Hagan, Craig (Hamilton 61), Crabbe (McGraw 66), McKenzie, McGrillen (Corrigan 75).

Referee E. Martindale, Glasgow.

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at August 2nd, 1997)

1997-98 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)25 1 - 1 -
Barry Smith23 1 - 66 -
Dave Rogers21 1 - 1 -
Lee Maddison24 1 - 1 -
Brian Irvine32 1 - 1 -
Darren Magee20 1 - 3 -
Jim McInally33 1 - 122
Dariusz Adamczuk27 1 - 642
Jerry O'Driscoll19 113113
Eddie Annand24 1163
James Grady26 1 - 1 -
Iain Anderson (sub)20 1 - 8111
John Elliot (sub)17 1161

League Table (as at August 2nd, 1997)

No league table has been added for this season.