Dundee 4
Dumbarton 0
League Cup (2nd Round)

4 - 0

League Cup (2nd Round)
Tuesday, August 17th, 1999
Dens Park
Attendance: 2,782
7:30 PM Kick-off

Steven Boyack (17)
Willie Falconer (31)
Willie Falconer (35)
Steven Boyack (90)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
Jimmy Brown

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Barry Smith
5. Steven Tweed
15. Lee Sharp
4. Willie Miller
8. Gavin Rae
7. Steven Boyack
14. Hugh Robertson
11. Willie Falconer
9. Eddie Annand
25. Michael Yates
Kenny Meechan
Jamie Bruce
Michael Dickie
Billy Melvin
Craig Brittain
Stephen Jack
Toby King
Joe Robertson
Alex Grace
Paddy Flannery
Andy Brown

13. Jamie Langfield
17. Frank van Eijs
6. Robbie Raeside
12. Shaun McSkimming
22. Graham Bayne
John Dillon
Martin Melvin
Scott McHarg

Frank van Eijs for Willie Miller (46)
Shaun McSkimming for Hugh Robertson (72)
Robbie Raeside for Michael Yates (78)
Scott McHarg for Billy Melvin (56)
Martin Melvin for Joe Robertson (56)
John Dillon for Alex Grace (64)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Tom Brown (Referee)
F. W. Y. Smith & G. I. Middleton (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee cantered into the third round of the CIS Insurance Cup last night, easily disposing of third division Dumbarton.

The Dark Blues ensured that there would be no repeat of the humiliating exit handed them by lowly Alloa last year by racing into a three-goal lead inside the opening 35 minutes.

And the only criticism that could reasonably be levelled at them was their failure to run up a scoring tally which more accurately reflected their almost total control of the the.

In absolute command of midfield, they created a host of chances but slapdash finishing let them down.

And that annoyed manager Jocky Scott, who did not spare even Willie Falconer or Steve Boyack, both of whom grabbed braces, from criticism.

"The most important thing is that we got through and it was good we did that with a clean sheet and a few goals," said Scott.

"But if we'd continued to do the right things and not had everyone trying to get in on the action we'd have scored a lot more.

"Falconer and Boyack might have had hat-tricks but they both tried to chip the keeper-something they wouldn't have done if the game had been standing at 0-0."

Sons' boss Jimmy Brown admitted that he was grateful to leave Dens Park having avoided an absolute hammering.

"I'd real fears of that happening when the second goal went in," he confessed. "From then on it was a case of damage limitation for us and fortunately they took their foot off the pedal.

"It's a hit or miss playing Premier clubs. Either you cause an upset or get a doing.

"Dundee scored at the right time for them and punished every mistake we made."

The Dark Blues struck first in the 17th minute when Eddie Annand head-flicked a Willie Miller through ball into the path of Boyack who, with Kenny Meechan expecting a low driven shot, coolly curled round the flat footed keeper and into his postage stamp corner.

They went two up after 31 minutes when Annand gathered a long cross- field ball from Michael Yates and four minutes later Falconer grabbed his second of the night when after Gavin Rae had broken from his own six-yard line and fed Boyack, he latched onto Boyack's ball inside and hit an unstoppable first-time shot past Meechan.

Falconer almost completed his hat-trick when he met another Yates cross, only for Meechan to turn the ball on to the underside of crossbar.

Despite being utterly outplayed, Dumbarton nearly pulled a goal back just before half-time but Robert Douglas came to Dundee's rescue, turning Joe Robertson's rasping free-kick round his right hand post for a corner.

The Dark Blues picked up where they'd left off following the break but with Falconer, Hugh Robertson, Rae. Barry Smith and Annand all failing to convert fine openings, Rae being denied by a post and the aforementioned chip from Boyack narrowly clearing the bar, Sons were let off lightly.

It wasn't until the dying seconds that Dundee found the net again. although to be fair the goal was worth the wait.

Skipper Smith thought he'd had a spectacular final say with a 40-yard effort which cannoned back off the inside of Meechan's right hand post.

However, the visitors failed to clear the loose ball and it was Boyack who pounced from the edge of the area.

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at August 17th, 1999)

1999-00 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)27 4 - 85 -
Willie Miller29 4 - 33 -
Lee Sharp24 2 - 81
Steven Tweed27 4 - 151
Barry Smith25 4 - 1461
Hugh Robertson24 3 - 321
Steven Boyack22 42124
Gavin Rae21 4 - 683
Eddie Annand26 318127
Willie Falconer33 45399
Michael Yates19 3 - 3 -
Frank van Eijs (sub)27 2 - 2 -
Robbie Raeside (sub)27 1 - 816
Shaun McSkimming (sub)29 41656

League Table (as at August 17th, 1999)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

The story of the season so far has been one of very much mixed fortunes.

Following defeat by Dundee United on the opening day, the manner of the defeat by Hibs was particularly to take.

Twice we got back into the game after an ineffective first half performance, only to disappointingly lose out at the death.

There is no doubt in my mind that we should have come out of the game with something, even on the strength of our enlivened second half performance alone.

At that stage some people were reminding us of our poor start twelve months ago, but felt that the big difference this season is that we were playing much better, reflected by the fact that we scored against both United and Hibs.

Fortunately, that continued at Pittodrie on Saturday when Willie Falconer scored with two excellent headers during an opening forty-five minutes in which we completely dominated the Dons

At half-time, we could easily have been further ahead. Unfortunately, in the second half, we allowed Aberdeen too much freedom which could have proved costly because they had a couple of great chances near the end, but big Robert Douglas was in top form to keep both out.

None-the-less, the first victory of the season is a big confidence booster and it also good to come through the game with a clean sheet.

Hopefully, we can carry our first half performance at Pittodrie, where we passed the ball well and the movement was excellent, into the whole ninety minutes of tonight's tie against Dumbarton and at the same time maintain our scoring momentum.

And I can assure you that because our opponents are in the Third Division that we will not be underestimating them We have had them watched and can tell you that they are a very good side who try to play football. Consequently, we will be showing them every respect.

For our part, we must ensure that we go out and give a good performance and not take them lightly just because they play in a lower league.

If we do, I am confident that we can progress to the next round.