Dundee 2
Stranraer 0
Scottish Cup (3rd Round)

2 - 0

Scottish Cup (3rd Round)
Sunday, January 8th, 2006
Dens Park
Attendance: 2,580
3:00 PM Kick-off

Craig O'Reilly (46)
Simon Lynch (80)
Craig Higgins (67)

Team Managers
Alan Kernaghan
Neil Watt

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Murray
2. Barry Smith
3. Bobby Mann
4. Callum MacDonald
5. Paul Dixon
6. Garry Brady
7. Scott Robertson
8. Kevin McDonald
9. Steven Robb
10. Simon Lynch
11. Craig O'Reilly
Barry John Corr .1
Alex Keddie .2
Andy Dowie .3
Murray Henderson .4
Allan Jenkins .5
David Hamilton .6
Ian Ross .7
Michael Moore .8
Leigh Hinds .9
Lee Sharp .10
Paul Walker .11

12. Derek Soutar
14. Stuart McCluskey
15. Bryan Deasley
16. Scott Gates
17. Steven Craig
Alan Morrison .12
Colin Marshall .14
Craig Higgins .15
Stephen Aitken .16
Willie Martin .17

Bryan Deasley for Craig O'Reilly (70)
Steven Craig for Simon Lynch (88)
Craig Higgins for Paul Walker (46)
Willie Martin for Lee Sharp (75)
Stephen Aitken for David Hamilton (82)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Steve Conroy (Referee)
Steve McLean & Stephen Allan (Assistants)

Match Report

Newspaper extract from The Daily Record.

Dundee wreaked revenge on Stranraer for their CIS defeat by dumping them out of the Scottish Cup with a convincing victory.

Neil Watt's men were never at the races in a game which the Dark Blues dominated from start to finish.

Second-half goals from Craig O'Reilly and Simon Lynch took them through to face a tricky away tie to Airdrie United.

For Dundee the cup provides a welcome escape from their abysmal league form which has seen them go three games without a win.

Boss Alan Kernaghan brought in Garry Brady to fill the void vacated by the departing Iain Anderson to St Mirren and from the off it proved a managerial masterstroke.

The former Spurs player orchestrated everything that flowed through midfield.

Supported in his lead role by lively winger Steven Robb down the left flank the Dark Blues went at the visitors with the vigour and intent of a team desperate to taste victory.

Kernaghan's men always looked to play a passing game and it was this approach that almost saw them open the scoring in 12 minutes.

Brady went scampering down the right flank and his pass found its way to O'Reilly.

The frontman struggled to control the ball and it fell to Robb whose effort was deflected on to the woodwork by Stranraer defender Murray Henderson and from the rebound Brady's strike smashed the side netting.

The Stranraer defence were getting used to the esight of Dundee attacking and in 20 minutes a Brady corner fell to Lynch who had a clear sight of goal from six yards out but keeper Barry John Corr made a seemingly-impossible block with his legs.

Midway through the half O'Reilly and Brady combined to free top scorer Lynch but he dragged his shot across the face of goal. The first half fizzled out with Dundee failing to capitalise on their dominance but minutes after the break they made a dream start. Rangers target Paul Dixon charged down the left and a low, driven cross saw 19-year-old Reilly stretch to get a toe on the end of it and divert it past Corr for his fourth goal in dark blue.

In 51 minutes Stranraer enjoyed a rare attack with Ian Ross coming close with a thundering strike.

Then the home fans were screaming for a penalty when Robb tumbled in the box under a challenge from David Hamilton but referee Steve Conroy rightly ignored the claims.

Stranraer came closest to scoring in 69 minutes when Lee Sharp's cleverly-taken free-kick forced keeper Scott Murray to dive full stretch to push the ball out for a corner.

But then Dundee grabbed a deserved killer second to seal victory.

Lynch collected the ball on the touchline and cut inside with a mazy run before unleashing a shot that deflected off defender Alex Keddie as it flew into the net.

Squad Statistics (as at January 8th, 2006)

2005-06 All Time
Scott Murray (GK)17 6 - 6 -
Paul Dixon19 20 - 20 -
Callum MacDonald22 16 - 581
Bobby Mann31 263583
Barry Smith31 26 - 4144
Garry Brady29 23 - 1282
Kevin McDonald17 141141
Steven Robb23 20 - 844
Scott Robertson20 251351
Simon Lynch23 25122512
Craig O'Reilly18 9494
Steven Craig (sub)24 103103
Bryan Deasley (sub)17 3 - 3 -

League Table (as at January 8th, 2006)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

First of all I'd like to wish you all a Happy new year and thank you for coming along to support us today. Today we get a break from league action and hopefully it will do us good, cup competitions often give teams a lift for the rest of the season and we could do with one. Stranraer will be tricky opponents as they've proved by knocking us out of one competition this season and performing well against us on another couple of occasions. If we work as hard as we have in the last two games and show a bit more adventure around the opposition goal area we can progress to the next round though.

We just brought pressure upon ourselves in the last home match against Airdrie, stopped doing what we were in the first half, and paid the price for it, as has happened on a number of occasions now" he said "We knew the threats, but everything went out the window."

We didn't have the game won at half time, because the players didn't know what to do to win it, that's quite simple, but for Kelvin it could probably have been more. He came and took lots of crosses and took loads of pressure off the defence, but they didn't learn from the let offs.

"The amount of youngsters in the team wasn't a factor, the back four are plenty old enough. It's a confidence thing, that's unfortunately what we've been, an up and down team.

We did really well first half in that game but second half it seemed a totally different team who went out of the dressing room door, and we could see that right from the first ten seconds of the second half, we stopped competing, didn't have desire and didn't have composure.

But at New Douglas Park and on Monday at McDiarmid Park we battled hard and at times played some good football. They are difficult places to go and a point at either ground is never a bad result. Unfortunately we're in a situation where a single point from a match isn't enough for us and we dropped further behind St Mirren, who won both games last week. They are in a situation at the top now where they can afford to lose a game and not be concerned.