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Scottish Cup (4th Round)

Airdrie (2002) 

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Scottish Cup (4th Round)
Saturday, February 4th, 2006
Excelsior Stadium
Attendance: 3,557
3:00 PM Kick-off

William McLaren (59) Bryan Deasley (21)

Team Managers
Sandy Stewart Alan Kernaghan

Starting Eleven
1. Stephen Robertson (GK)
2. Stephen Docherty
3. Paul Lovering
4. Neil McGowan
5. McManus
6. Graeme Holmes
7. Steven McDougall
8. Stephen McKeown
9. Bryan Prunty
10. Brian McPhee
11. William McLaren
Scott Murray .1
Barry Smith .2
Bobby Mann .3
Callum MacDonald .4
Paul Dixon .5
Garry Brady .6
Scott Robertson .7
Kevin McDonald .8
Steven Robb .9
Simon Lynch .10
Bryan Deasley .11

12. Lee Hollis
14. Stephen McKenna
15. Gary Twigg
16. Kevin Barkey
17. David Dunn
Gerry Britton .12
Stuart McCluskey .14
Craig O'Reilly .15
Tam McManus .16
Steven Craig .17

Stephen McKenna for Stephen Docherty (79)
Gary Twigg for Brian McPhee (82)
Tam McManus for Simon Lynch (46)
Stuart McCluskey for Kevin McDonald (60)
Craig O'Reilly for Bryan Deasley (81)

Neil McGowan (40) Callum MacDonald (13)
Scott Robertson (67)
Barry Smith (77)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

John Underhill (Referee)
James Bee & Andrew Seymour (Assistants)
Willie Collum (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Forget that Valentine night out if you dare because being here tonight to see the second instalment of this rip roaring Tennent's Scottish Cup tie is a must. That's if 1-1 draw at New Broomfield. Dundee is anything to go by.

Dundee took the lead in twenty minutes through pocket dynamo Bryan Deasley and threatened to run riot in the first half hour.

However, after the interval, the home side came back strong though and equalised through Willie McLaren. Much is at stake with prize for tonight's winners is a quarterfinal tie at Hamilton which means that a semi-final place is also very

much up for grabs

Dundee started at whirlwind pace and in the first couple of minutes Kevin McDonald rapped a drive from the edge of the box off the bar. The Dark Blues pushed forward almost continually during the early part of the game, roared on by a massive and noisy Dark Blue support, Bryan Deasley twice tested home keeper Robertson with efforts which the home custodian did well to stop,

Dundee's clever through balls were causing Airdrie's defence big problems and making the best use of Deasley's pace, in twenty minutes the 17-year-ol and another chance and this time he made no mistake. Although Robertson blocked his first effort, Bryan followed up to score before wheeling away to celebrate with that army of delirious fans. Bobby Mann was next to try his luck firing in a shot that was deflected over shortly after that opener.

Gradually, Airdrie began to come into the game and came close when a header hit the bar. It was a real opportunity missed, but unfortunately a portent of things to come.

Simon Lynch had been caught with an elbow and required treatment, but left him with the legacy of blurred vision, which forced him to come off at the break, and Tam McManus replaced him.

The Diamonds came out with greater determination and fire after the interval putting The Dees on the back foot right from the start.

They deservedly equalised on the hour, though there was a hint of controversy about the goal with Brian McPhee appearing to handle before feeding McLaren who fired home with a low drive.

Just a minute later it was Bobby Mann to the rescue as McLaren again broke free and dinked the ball over the advancing Murray.

Fortunately, the veteran defender did superbly well to get back, and clear off the line to prevent a certain goal.

Kevin McDonald was looking tired and Alan Kernaghan made a change bringing on Stuart McCluskey and moving Barry Smith into midfield.

Play raged from end to end for a period, but it was the home side that were having the upper hand now with Paul Dixon this time having to make a second goal-line clearance and Scott Murray doing well to deny McPhee.

At the other end, Dixon's snapshot nearly caught out Robertson, the keeper reacting quickly to get down at his post to tip the ball behind for a corner.

It would have been hard on either side to have lost this game and overall a draw was a fair result. Dundee were superb in the first half hour, and although they fell out of the game under intense

Airdrie pressure post interval by work their socks off, they kept the tie alive.

Supporters of both sides will look forward to more of the same high tempo, passionate football tonight and with the second half of the Old Firm exiting the tournament there isn't a club left in the competition that isn't dreaming of cup glory.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at February 4th, 2006)

2005-06 All Time
Scott Murray (GK)17 10 - 10 -
Paul Dixon19 241241
Callum MacDonald22 20 - 621
Bobby Mann32 303623
Barry Smith31 30 - 4184
Garry Brady29 27 - 1322
Kevin McDonald17 182182
Steven Robb23 24 - 884
Scott Robertson20 291391
Bryan Deasley17 7272
Simon Lynch23 29142914
Stuart McCluskey (sub) - 7 - 7 -
Tam McManus (sub)24 214358
Craig O'Reilly (sub)18 114114

League Table (as at February 4th, 2006)

No league table has been added for this season.