Dundee 3
Montrose 0
League Cup (2nd Round)


Dundee
3 - 0
Montrose 

League Cup (2nd Round)
Wednesday, August 23rd, 2000
Dens Park
Attendance: 2,635
7:30 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Lee Wilkie (5)
Fabian Caballero (58)
Fabian Caballero (67)
None.

Team Managers
Ivano Bonetti
Kevin Drinkell

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
6. Steven Tweed
4. Marcello Marrocco
20. Lee Wilkie
2. Barry Smith
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
14. Gavin Rae
19. Patrizio Billio
11. Willie Falconer
16. Michael Yates
7. Fabian Caballero
Gary McGlynn
John Young
Craig Mailer
Mark Craib
Scott Sneddon
Steven Marwick
Tommy Harrison
Stuart Robertson
Stuart Ferguson
Mike McKenzie
James McKellar

Bench
3. Jamie Langfield
22. Chris Coyne
12. Shaun McSkimming
15. Steven Milne
9. Juan Sara
Barry Thompson
Jonathan Mitchell
Jerry O'Driscoll
R. McIlravey
Paul McIlravey

Substitutions
Chris Coyne for Steven Tweed (22)
Shaun McSkimming for Marcello Marrocco (46)
Juan Sara for Fabian Caballero (66)
Jerry O'Driscoll for James McKellar (65)
Paul McIlravey for Mike McKenzie (65)
R. McIlravey for Stuart Robertson (72)

Cautions
None. Stuart Ferguson

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Alan Freeland (Referee)
F. W. Y. Smith & S. A. Brown (Assistants)


Match Report


Dundee became the 16th, and final, qualifier for this morning's CIS Insurance Cup third round draw with an easy 3-0 win over third division Montrose.

The Dark Blues went into the tie as short as 7-1 ON with the bookmakers to go through, and any danger that those skinniest of odds would not be landed evaporated when they took the lead in just five minutes through Lee Wilkie.

A dazzling second half double from Fabian Caballero kept the 2635 crowd entertained, with manager Ivano Bonetti's biggest worry the condition of Marcello Marrocco, who had been injured in a clash of heads just before half-time and taken to hospital with concussion.

"I am going to see him just now and will take him back home with me tonight to make sure he is OK," said Bonetti.

"From what we hear it is not too bad, though, as he did not need any stitches."

Wilkie was being watched by Wolverhampton Wanderers and wasted no time making a good impression, stretching to push home his side's opener after Pat Billio had headed on Georgi Nemsadze's corner.

If Montrose keeper Gary McGlynn was fazed by the early loss of a goal he didn't show it, producing a great stop to deny Gavin Rae just a minute later.

Dundee had started with five different nationalities in their side it became six midway and through the first half when Scot Steven Tweed, who was complaining of a groin strain, left the pitch to be replaced by the Australian Chris Coyne.

Just as the tempo of the tie was starting to flag, the Dark Blues lifted their fans with two excellent moves.

The first saw Nemsadze and Billio combine on the left. The Italian found Caballero who showed expert control to spin off his marker and send a low shot just wide.

Man-of-the-match Rae was next to catch the eye, dribbling his way past a succession of defenders before letting himself down with his off-target final ball to Willie Falconer.

The half ended with the ugly clash of heads between Jim McKellar and Marrocco, which saw the former depart on a stretcher and the latter led away to the sidelines where he too, after much persuasion, took to his stretcher. It had looked as if McKellar's injury was the more serious, but he returned with his wound patched up while Marrocco was conspicuous by his absence.

Montrose started the second period encouragingly with Michael McKenzie smashing a shot into the side-netting.

What hopes the Gable Endies had, though, were quashed by Caballero's double strike.

For the first, in the 55th minute, the Argentinian, inside the penalty box, killed Nemsadze's pass with a deft touch before swerving the ball at speed into the top, right hand corner of the net.

A foul on Billio 10 minutes later set up his set piece second.

Thirty yards out, Caballero looked to have his work cut out to beat McGlynn, but that's just what he did with a shot of staggering power that fairly flew in at the keeper's left hand post.

That was about it as far as the excitement went, though Caballero's replacement, Juan Sara, should have grabbed a goal soon after being introduced.

From point blank range, though, the striker sent his effort into the ground and over the top of the crossbar.

Stuart Ferguson, of Montrose (a foul on Yates), and Dundee's Coyne (persistent fouling) were booked.

Montrose manager Kevin Drinkell was philosophical about his team's defeat.

"The lads all worked really hard but, in all honesty, playing against this opposition was the last thing we needed right now.

"As a lower division side, you look to hustle and harry the opposition which is what we did. Unfortunately, Dundee had the touch, technique and composure to deal with that. They were worthy winners."

Match report written by The Courier



Squad Statistics (as at August 23rd, 2000)


2000-01 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK)28 5 - 125 -
Marcello Marrocco31 5 - 5 -
Steven Tweed28 5 - 553
Barry Smith26 5 - 1841
Lee Wilkie20 11281
Gavin Rae22 2 - 1068
Giorgi Nemsadze28 5 - 5 -
Patrizio Billio26 41222
Fabian Caballero22 4444
Michael Yates20 4 - 101
Willie Falconer34 5 - 7620
Chris Coyne (sub)21 2 - 2 -
Shaun McSkimming (sub)30 2 - 897
Juan Sara (sub)23 5252






League Table (as at August 23rd, 2000)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


This evening we take a break from the intensity of the SPL programme when we face Montrose in the CIS Insurance Cup.

But that does not mean that we will be approaching this match with any less professionalism than we would a league game.

Having played in many cup competitions such as the Champions League, Cup Winners Cup, the Italian Cup, Super Cup and Inter-Continental Cup as well as in the English domestic knock out competitions, I am only too well aware of what a good cup run can mean..

And that is especially true here because, making an impact in both the CIS Cup and the Scottish Cup is as important to me and everyone at the Club as doing well in the Premier League.

There may be no passport to Europe for the winners of this trophy, but I fully realise how highly rated

this competition is in this country, so our supporters can rest assured that we will be doing our best to advance as far as we possibly can.

That begins when we take on Montrose this evening. Whilst we will obviously start favourites, we will show them every respect, but if we play as I know we are capable of, then we should progress.