Dundee 3
Queen of the South 1
League Cup (3rd Round)

3 - 1
Queen of South 

League Cup (3rd Round)
Wednesday, September 25th, 2002
Dens Park
Attendance: 2,190
7:45 PM Kick-off

Juan Sara (16)
Fabian Caballero (21)
Juan Sara (39)
Peter Weatherson (28)

Team Managers
Jim Duffy
John Connolly

Starting Eleven
12. Julian Speroni
16. Jonay Hernández
3. David Mackay
23. Tom Hutchinson
6. Lee Wilkie
10. Giorgi Nemsadze
26. Garry Brady
8. Gavin Rae
25. Steve Lovell
7. Fabian Caballero
9. Juan Sara
Stuart Robertson .1
Robbie Nielsen .2
Robbie Henderson .3
Brian McCoullgin .4
Andy Aitken .5
Derek Anderson .6
Brian McLaughlin .7
Steve Bowey .8
Peter Weatherson .9
Paul Shields .10
Joe McAlpine .11

1. Jamie Langfield
2. Barry Smith
19. Lee Mair
14. Gavin Beith
15. Steven Milne
Jon Crawford .12
John O'Neill .14
Jim Thomson .15
Derek Lyle .16
Eric Paton .17

Gavin Beith for Giorgi Nemsadze (60)
Steven Milne for Fabian Caballero (72)
Jim Thomson for Robbie Henderson (62)
Derek Lyle for Brian McLaughlin (74)
Eric Paton for Peter Weatherson (85)

Gavin Beith
Brian McCoullgin
Robbie Henderson

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John Rowbotham (Kirkcaldy) (Referee)
Colin Brown & Gordon Middleton (Assistants)

Match Report

Juan Sara opened his scoring account for the season with a brace against First Division Queen of the South as the Dark Blues advanced to the last sixteen of the CIS League Cup. It was a performance which won him the sponsor's man of the match award and Jim Duffy said afterwards that he was "delighted" to see our top scorer for the last two season's get off the mark for this campaign.

As had been expected, Nacho Novo missed out on the tie.

It was soon apparent that Dundee had the edge, but Queens were always eager to get forward and have a dip at every opportunity.

The visitors were particularly adept when shooting from long range with top goalscorer Weatherson always keen to try his luck. Queens looked like a side who will finish further up the table than results this season so far suggest, and they were backed by a noisy support despite the long journey. However, it was Dundee who went ahead when Brady chased down a through ball and robbed McAlpine before squaring to Sara who netted easily.

A second followed four minutes later when Fabian Caballero got to a long Hernandez pass just before the keeper and stroked the ball home. The Dumfries side hit back in spectacular style in 28 minutes when Weatherson crashed home a drive from 25 yards, but the two goal advantage was restored in nine minutes later as Sara spun to fire a Caballero cross into the net.

There were plenty more chances for both sides in the second period of an entertaining encounter with Sara coming close to a hat-trick as his thirty yarder was superbly tipped onto the bar by Robertson, seconds after the striker had contrived to miss a gilt- edged opportunity to complete his treble, firing over from right in front of goal after a fine burst down the left from Lovell.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at September 25th, 2002)

2002-03 All Time
Julian Speroni (GK)23 9 - 30 -
Jonay Hernández23 9 - 9 -
Lee Wilkie22 9 - 571
Tom Hutchinson20 5 - 5 -
David Mackay21 9 - 271
Giorgi Nemsadze30 8 - 603
Gavin Rae24 9219320
Garry Brady26 3 - 3 -
Steve Lovell21 6161
Juan Sara25 927932
Fabian Caballero24 936519
Gavin Beith (sub)20 2 - 7 -
Steven Milne (sub)22 4 - 6611

League Table (as at September 25th, 2002)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Before giving you my thoughts on tonight's tie, I would like to dwell for a few moments on last Sunday's match against Celtic, which I thought was a very entertaining one.

Whilst no manager likes losing, the result for me was the only disappointing aspect of the day because I felt that for the vast majority of the game we competed very well against the current champions

Now hopefully, we can build on the teamwork, because we will need to be equally as focused this evening, as we were on Sunday, if we are to be in the hat for the third round draw.

Every manager tries to impress the importance of a good cup run on his players, but there are always going to shocks and surprises in one-off games like this, but the risks of this happening can be minimised if the players show the desire and attitude.

I have a lot of admiration for John Connolly both as a person and for what he has achieved as a manager with Queens.

They play some excellent football, which will make this a tricky tie for us.

Because we are at home, the onus will be on us to take the tie to them, but if we keep the tempo up and play as we did on Sunday, then we are more than capable of getting through for what will hopefully be the start of a lengthy run in this competition.