Airdrieonians (1878) 1
Dundee 0
Challenge Cup (1st Round)

Airdrie (1878) 

1 - 0


Challenge Cup (1st Round)
Wednesday, August 13th, 1997
Broadwood Stadium
Attendance: 799
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Unknown. John McCormack

Starting Eleven
P Connolly
Robert Douglas .1
Barry Smith .2
Brian Irvine .3
Dave Rogers .4
Craig Tully .5
Dariusz Adamczuk .6
Jim McInally .7
Darren Magee .8
Iain Anderson .9
James Grady .10
Jerry O'Driscoll .11

G. Connelly
Eddie Annand .12
Ray Farningham .14
John Elliot .15

G. Connelly for Lawrence (71)
McLelland for Mackay (73)
McPhee for Cooper (89)
Eddie Annand for Jerry O'Driscoll
Ray Farningham for Brian Irvine
John Elliot for Iain Anderson

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

M. McCurry (Glasgow) (Referee)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Courier.

Recently signed keeper Robert Douglas almost single handedly defied Airdrie for 88 minutes in this Challenge Cup tie.

But even he had to admit defeat just two minutes from time when Steve Cooper at last turned the pressure into a winner to send Airdrie into today's second round draw.

Airdrie must wonder if there is a jinx on their games at Broadwood, for during a nervous afternoon there were worries that the game would go ahead.

First, the stadium was hit by lightning, but quick work restored the electrics.

Then a fault in the fire warning system meant that the gates remained closed and the fans were left to queue outside in the rain.

Dundee supporters were still arriving half an hour after the kick-off, which had been delayed for 13 minutes because of an accident on the motorway near Cumbernauld.

After all that, it was Dundee who threatened first when the game did get started and it took an acrobatic save from keeper Andy Rhodes to deny Ian Anderson.

However, after that it was Airdrie who seized the advantage and forced the Dens Park side gradually back, until in the final half hour it was almost one-way traffic.

Douglas first denied Airdrie when he turned over a superb Paddy Connolly lob as he back pedalled.

Then he was in action again early in the second John Davies drive.

Next it was Connolly, again with another fierce effort which the keeper turned on to his post and past.

Just when it seemed as if the backs to the wall dis play by Douglas would send the tie into extra time, he was at last beaten.AM

Airdrie substitute Gordon Connelly sent his corner searching towards the far post, where the leaping Cooper yet again out jumped the Dens Park defence to power his header into the roof of the net.

Airdrie-Rhodes, Stewart, McCann, Johnston, Smith, Davies, Lawrence (G Connelly 71), Wilson, Cooper (McPhee 89), Mackay (McLelland 73). P Connolly.

Dundee Douglas, Smith, Tully, Adamczuk, Irvine (Farningham 46), Rogers, Anderson (Elliot 79), Magee, O'Driscoll (Annan 63), Grady, McInally.

Referee-M. McCurry, Glasgow.

Squad Statistics (as at August 13th, 1997)

1997-98 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)25 3 - 3 -
Brian Irvine32 3 - 3 -
Dave Rogers21 3 - 3 -
Craig Tully21 1 - 31 -
Barry Smith23 3 - 68 -
Jim McInally33 3 - 142
Iain Anderson20 3 - 8311
Darren Magee20 3 - 5 -
Dariusz Adamczuk27 3 - 662
James Grady26 3 - 3 -
Jerry O'Driscoll19 323314
Ray Farningham (sub)36 2 - 10110
Eddie Annand (sub)24 3183
John Elliot (sub)17 3181

League Table (as at August 13th, 1997)

No league table has been added for this season.