Falkirk 0
Dundee 2
Scottish Cup (3rd Round Replay)


0 - 2


Scottish Cup (3rd Round Replay)
Monday, February 12th, 2001
Brockville Park
Attendance: 6,068
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Juan Sara (72)
Claudio Caniggia (85)

Team Managers
Alex Totten Ivano Bonetti

Starting Eleven
Myles Hogarth
Andy Lawrie
Jamie McQuilken
Kevin Christie
Steven Rennie
David Nicholls
Kevin McAllister
John Henry
Mark Roberts
Mark Kerr
Gareth Hutchison
Marco Roccati .1
Steven Tweed .6
Barry Smith .2
Chris Coyne .22
Giorgi Nemsadze .10
Beto Carranza .25
Javier Artero .18
Alessandro Romano .29
Gavin Rae .14
Claudio Caniggia .33
Juan Sara .9

Andy Seaton
Ian Morris
Darren Hill
Alex Burke
Steven Craig
Jamie Langfield .3
Walter Del Rio .26
Marco Russo .28
Steven Milne .15
Willie Falconer .11

Alex Burke for Jamie McQuilken (86)
Steven Craig for Mark Roberts (86)
Steven Milne for Claudio Caniggia (89)
Willie Falconer for Juan Sara (90)
Marco Russo for Beto Carranza (90)

Kevin Christie
Gareth Hutchison
Giorgi Nemsadze
Javier Artero

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Mike McCurry (Referee)

Match Report

Argentinian hit-man Juan Sara grabbed his 12th goal of the season at Brockville last night to secure Dundee their first victory since Boxing Day and with it a Tennents Scottish Cup fourth round trip to Tynecastle this weekend.

Sara-guilty of several bad misses earlier in the game-shattered the stubborn resistance of Alex Totten's first division Bairns in the 72nd minute.

And with five minutes left, Claudio Caniggia set the seal on a match that Dundee always looked liked winning but which remained in the balance while they continued to let themselves down in front of goal with a series of poor final passes, by applying a suitable finish to terrific creative work by Javier Artero. Overall this was a thoroughly professional performance from the Dark Blues who matched Falkirk's enthusiasm and work-rate, allowing their quality to see them through.

Player boss Ivano Bonetti said, "Everyone said this would be a difficult stadium to win at so we prepared to win and our concentration was good. We never took big risks at the back and we created five or six chances and 2-0 is a good result, especially against a team that really wanted to beat us."

The tie was 12 minutes late in kicking off to allow the fans in but Bonetti wasn't complaining.

"The supporters, and I mean both sets of them, should be congratulated," he said.

"Having the fans so close to the pitch just wouldn't happen in Italy but it made for an unbelievable atmosphere."

Dundee had threatened to sweep Falkirk aside during an impressive opening 15 minutes.

When Caniggia took a Beto Carranza pass, stepped inside Andy Lawrie and crossed, only a fine clearing Steven Rennie header denied Sara a clear sight of goal. Then David Nicholls took the ball off the toes of Gavin Rae as he was about to pull the trigger from a Carranza centre.

But the closest Dundee went to converting this pressure into a first half lead came when Chris Coyne glanced a header which the diving Myles Hogarth managed to smother on his line.

Falkirk, however, gradually asserted themselves and might easily have nosed in front thanks to a dreadful throw by Marco Roccati.

The Italian keeper's attempt to turn defence into attack landed straight at the feet of Lawrie who set up Mark Kerr-being watched by Rangers number two Bert van Lingen-to cross for Gareth Hutchison to power in a header which was meant for the postage stamp corner but was well off target.

Dundee, though, ought to have gone ahead in the 33rd minute when Sara, picked out by Artero, nodded the ball straight at the keeper.

And the Dark Blues finished the first half as they started it with Sara, under pressure from Nicholls, blazing the ball over the bar after latching on to a Lawrie pass back and a shot on the turn from Coyne just clearing the bar via a deflection off a defender which referee Mick McCurry failed to spot awarding a goal kick in error.

The second period saw more of the same with the Dark Blues doing the bulk of the pressing but Falkirk always a threat on the break.

The Bairns were very nearly gifted a goal when, in attempting to clear a Mark Roberts header from a Hutchison cross, Alessandro Romano sliced the ball over his own bar.

And they were sorely aggrieved when McCurry ignored appeals for a spot kick when Nicholls' drive was clearly handled by Carranza although the offence did seem to occur just outside the area.

But, after a hopeful Tweed 30 yarder had tested Hogarth and Caniggia had a net-bound effort blocked by Rennie, Dundee finally found a way through.

A Rae thunderbolt had "goal" written all over it until Rennie managed to nod it to safety. But, from the resultant Caniggia corner, Coyne got in a header which Sara defected past the wrong-footed Hogarth from four yards.

For once, following his dismissal at St Mirren, Sara's celebrations did not involve exposing a tee-shirt with a religious theme.

"That decision was Juan's although we did suggest to him it was better if he didn't lift his shirt," revealed Bonetti.

Sara might have struck again from another Caniggia corner but on that occasion Rennie, guarding the nearnpost, was able to clear off the line.

However, that merely delayed Dundee putting the game beyond Falkirk's reach for, with time running out, Artero ran from deep inside his own half before pulling the ball back for Caniggia to net.

"I felt the game was very even and that we were denied a stonewall penalty at 0-0," said Totten.

"My players did their very best but just didn't get a break. However, Dundee are a good side, a quality side, and my young lads will learn from this experience."

Two players from each side were booked-Dundee's Georgi Nemsadze and Artero and Falkirk's Kevin Christie and Hutchison.

Match report written by The Courier

Squad Statistics (as at February 12th, 2001)

2000-01 All Time
Marco Roccati (GK)25 15 - 15 -
Steven Tweed28 281784
Chris Coyne22 10 - 10 -
Barry Smith26 29 - 2081
Gavin Rae23 23212710
Alessandro Romano31 14 - 14 -
Javier Artero25 272363
Beto Carranza28 152152
Giorgi Nemsadze28 281281
Juan Sara24 24122412
Claudio Caniggia34 157157
Marco Russo (sub) - 3 - 3 -
Willie Falconer (sub)34 1618721
Steven Milne (sub)20 163183

League Table (as at February 12th, 2001)

No league table has been added for this season.