Dundee 0
Alloa Athletic 1
League Cup (2nd Round)

0 - 1

League Cup (2nd Round)
Saturday, August 8th, 1998
Dens Park
Attendance: 2,057
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Gregor McKechnie

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
Tom Hendrie

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Barry Smith
Stéphane Pounewatchy
5. Brian Irvine
22. Willie Miller
4. Dariusz Adamczuk
23. Éric Garcin
16. Willie Falconer
21. Shaun McSkimming
9. Eddie Annand
20. Tommy Coyne
Mark Cairns
Craig Valentine
Mark Nelson
Paul McAnenay
Keith McCulloch
David Pew
Mark Wilson
Stewart Wilson
Paul Simpson
Willie Irvine
Gregor McKechnie

Steve McCormick
10. James Grady
11. Jim McInally
Llyod Haddow
Steve Ramsay
Martin Cameron

Steve McCormick for Eddie Annand
James Grady for Shaun McSkimming
Martin Cameron for Gregor McKechnie (65)
Steve Ramsay for David Pew (89)

Éric Garcin

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Jim Herald (Newton Mearns) (Referee)
George Webster (Kennoway) & Scott Robertson (Aberdeen) (Assistants)

Match Report

Second Division part-timers Alloa pulled off the League Cup first major shock when they sent Dundee crashing.

However, while the result will raise an eyebrow or two throughout Scottish football, on balance of play it was no more than Alloa deserved.

Hero for the small band of fans who made the journey east was Gregor McKechnie, who spotted the ties only goal eight minutes before half-time.

Perhaps the only surprise of that first half was that it had taken so long for his side to take the lead.

From almost the first kick, Alloa looked the likelier team to break the deadlock and early on, veteran striker Willie Irvine had a couple of decent chances to get the opener.

The normally-deadly Irvine wasted them, but McKechnie made no mistake when he was sent clear down the right. Dundee keeper Robert Douglas closed him down, but the winger remained calm and coolly slotted the ball home with a low shot from the edge of the area.

That rattled Dundee and in the second half they laid siege to the Alloa goal.

However, the well-organised visitors held firm, though not without surviving a few close scrapes.

Dundee's most likely route appeared to be left-wing corners from Frenchman Eric Garcin.

All afternoon, his delivery caused the Alloa defence problems, but poor finishing, particularly by defender Brian Irvine, let the Second Division men off the hook time and time again

Right at the death, it seemed Dundee must score when a Falconer header was cleared off the line, but fell perfectly for Coyne.

From only a few yards, the veteran striker nodded the ball at goal, but, somehow, keeper Mark Cairns kept it out and a famous victory had been secured.

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at August 8th, 1998)

1998-99 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)26 2 - 46 -
Éric Garcin32 2 - 2 -
Brian Irvine33 2 - 461
Willie Miller28 2 - 2 -
Stéphane Pounewatchy30 2 - 2 -
Barry Smith24 2 - 1091
Dariusz Adamczuk28 2 - 1063
Shaun McSkimming28 2 - 333
Eddie Annand25 1 - 4816
Tommy Coyne35 2 - 11260
Willie Falconer32 2 - 2 -
Steve McCormick (sub)28 2 - 216
James Grady (sub)27 2 - 4618

League Table (as at August 8th, 1998)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Last Saturday's return to the Premier League ended up as a disappointing one. The goals conceded were bad ones to lose, especially as they followed each other so closely.

What we must ensure in future games is: that defensive mistakes are kept to a minimum. because there is no doubt that in this league, any errors are quickly punished. It was, however, ironic that although we lost 2-0, Jim Leighton in the Aberdeen goal had to make more saves than our own Robert Douglas. But that is sometimes the way things pan out in the Premier League.

Certainly, there was nothing wrong with the commitment shown by the side. They worked hard throughout, but maybe just a little bit of naivete cost us the game I can assure you, that it is something we will work to rectify in training for the rest of the season. Today we turn our attention to the League Cup and last week Alloa, last season's Third Division Champions, recorded a very good result at Dumbarton to earn a tie here at Dens Park.

They are clearly on a high at the moment and we will have to be at our best and avoid any complacency. Otherwise, we could find ourselves facing a very tricky game.

The fact that we have home advantage gives us an early opportunity to make amends for fast week in front of our own fans and that is obviously what we will be striving to achieve this afternoon.