Dundee 3
Hamilton Academical 2 (AET)
Scottish Cup (Quarter Final Replay)

3 - 2

Scottish Cup (Quarter Final Replay)
Thursday, March 9th, 2006
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,460
7:45 PM Kick-off

Bobby Mann (56)
Simon Lynch (68)
Steven Craig (91)
Carricondo Juanjo (75)
Pat Keogh (82)

Team Managers
Alan Kernaghan
Billy Reid

Starting Eleven
1. Kelvin Jack
2. Stuart McCluskey
3. Bobby Mann
4. Lee Wilkie
5. Paul Dixon
6. Tam McManus
7. Scott Robertson
8. Kevin McDonald
9. Garry Brady
10. Simon Lynch
11. Bryan Deasley
David McEwan .1
Stuart Balmer .2
Mark McLaughlin .3
Brown Ferguson .4
John Robertson .5
Steven Thomson .6
James McArthur .7
Alex Neil .8
Scott Tunbridge .9
Brian Wake .10
Mark Gilhaney .11

12. Scott Murray
14. Graeme Law
15. Callum MacDonald
16. Steven Craig
17. Andy Ferguson
Raymond Jellema .12
David Elebert .14
Pat Keogh .15
Marvyn Wilson .16
Carricondo Juanjo .17

Steven Craig for Bryan Deasley (76)
Andy Ferguson for Tam McManus (98)
Callum MacDonald for Simon Lynch (116)
Carricondo Juanjo for Brown Ferguson (31)
Pat Keogh for Scott Tunbridge (70)
Marvyn Wilson for Steven Thomson (70)

Kevin McDonald (76)
Tam McManus (80)
Steven Thomson (27)
Stuart Balmer (80)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Dougie McDonald (Referee)
Francis Andrews & Brian McGarry (Assistants)
Dave Somers (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Steven Craig fired the goal that sent Dundee to a Hampden Tennent's Scottish Cup semi final against Gretna after a simply magnificent evening in front of the SKY cameras at Dens. Roared on by the bulk of a seven thousand plus crowd Dundee led two nil via strikes from Bobby Mann and Simon Lynch but were pegged back by goals from Juanjo and Pat Keogh, the latter with just eight minutes of the ninety left.

The whistle which signaled the end of 120 minutes of great cup tie action brought wild scenes of celebration amongst the home fans and players, but devastation to the followers and combatants from the Accies, who had played a full part in a wonderful advert for football contested by two First Division sides.

The visitors came close to snatching a lead in the very first minute, forcing a corner from which Mark McLaughlin heading narrowly wide.

It was Dundee, though, who dominated the first-half, McEwan doing well to tip a corner off Wilkie's head in 17 minutes, but at the other end, Kelvin Jack blocking Mark Gilhaney's drive from distance in 28 minutes.

Lee Wilkie was causing problems at set pieces and in 35 minutes went close when he got on the end of Dixon's cross only to be denied by McEwan.

Dixon and Wilkie were involved again five minutes later as Dundee threatened from another set piece. This time it was the left back's long throw that caused problems for the Accies defence, Wilkie nodding it on and Kevin McDonald heading just wide.

The suspicion amongst the Dark Blue support at half time was that Dundee could suffer for not carving out a first half lead despite their domination, but the team started the second half in the way they had ended the first, attacking the visiting back line.

Tam McManus fired a shot just over after being sent free by Deasley in 48 minutes, but seven minutes later the Dark Blues were ahead.

Dixon again launched a long throw, and Bobby Mann met the ball with a beautifully cushioned header that beat McEwan at the near post.

Hamilton came back with a high cross fired into the six yard box almost immediately, but Kelvin Jack rose to clutch the ball amidst a forest of players.

On 65 minutes Dundee almost scored again as Wilkie flicked a header goalward, McEwan doing very well to react quickly and tip the effort away. It was telling that the effort came from another Dixon long throw, a weapon that has brought reward on a regular basis recently and which looks even more potent with Wilkie available to get on the end of them.

The second goal wasn't delayed long though and again it came with help from McManus. He worked a short corner with Garry Brady in 68 minutes and whipped in a cross that Lynch beautifully diverted home with a glancing header.

At this point with Tam McManus and Garry Brady having the best matches of their Dundee careers and every player working his socks off, Dundee seemed likely to coast home with some ease.

But Hamilton boss Billy Reid made a double substitution that turned the game in his side's favour. Up to now Dundee had dominated in the air, but with Pat Keogh arriving from the bench to partner Wake up front, they began to pose a threat in the air.

However, it was Dundee who threatened next, Brady playing in Lynch and the striker's effort going just over.

Accies were back in the game in 74 minutes when they were awarded a free kick wide on the left. Juanjo whipped in an inswinger that plenty of players challenged for, but none got a touch though with Kelvin Jack's view blocked the ball landed up in the back of the net.

Ten minutes from time, Kevin McDonald went on a surging run and with McManus free, it looked certain that Dundee would score until the midfielder was tripped. The Dundee support screamed for a red-card, but referee Dougie McDonald decided that a yellow would do. McEwan did well to get down to save Dixon's free kick.

There was consternation two minutes later, because Hamilton were level. There was more than a hint of offside about the counter. Juanjo fired in another free kick which was half cleared, but clipped back into the danger area and Keogh bundled the ball over the line.

The Hamilton fans had been subdued since their side had gone behind but now they were ecstatic, and all reasonable logic suggested that their side would capitalise on the change in fortune as extra time started.

Instead, Dundee made the perfect start to the extra half hour, scoring just two minutes in and in controversial circumstances. Steven Craig used a hand as he brought the ball down on the edge of the box and went past McLaughlin. He still had much to do though and he did it in style firing a great left-foot drive past McEwan to put Dundee back on course.

There were several half chances at both ends during the extra period, but Dundee had done just enough to earn their semi final spot from a rip roaring tie.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at March 9th, 2006)

2005-06 All Time
Kelvin Jack (GK) - 18 - 20 -
Stuart McCluskey - 14 - 14 -
Lee Wilkie25 211347
Bobby Mann32 374694
Paul Dixon19 311311
Kevin McDonald17 252252
Garry Brady29 33 - 1382
Scott Robertson20 352452
Tam McManus25 2664010
Bryan Deasley17 133133
Simon Lynch23 35183518
Callum MacDonald (sub)22 27 - 691
Steven Craig (sub)25 144144
Andy Ferguson (sub) - 182182

League Table (as at March 9th, 2006)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Welcome to Dens tonight for a match which everyone has been looking forward to for the last twelve days. It's a game which gives both clubs a massive opportunity and it's one that my players must grasp. We've had very much an up and down season and much of recent months have been about building for next season, but this game isn't it's about grabbing a chance at glory and it's a situation that footballers live for. Hopefully we're ready for it.

I was annoyed at the players' preparation for last weekend's dress rehearsal between the clubs, because obviously from that display their minds were elsewhere for the weekend's game. We told them on Friday and on the day of the match, more than once, that the game in hand was what they needed to be concentrating on, it was obvious to anyone watching that they didn't do that.

I'd exempt Wilkie and McManus from that, Wilkie showed what a good player he is, and Tam did his wee bit, he put a decent cross into the box which Lee converted.

Lee did alright, Bobby had had a whack on his calf and it was a little bit tight so we took him off as a precaution, we took McCluskey off because we thought he was getting a little bit hot-headed, and we can't do with a sending off, so that was the reason we took him out of the game.

We need to learn that we can't just turn up and expect to play. That starting eleven have no complaints if they aren't in the team tonight, it's as simple as that, but those who featured then and are included tonight have to perform.

We weren't at the races, and when the opposing fans are shouting 'Easy' then that should be embarrassment enough that you try to fix it next time out.

I could sense a little bit that their minds weren't fully concentrated on it, but I didn't expect that performance, a minute and eleven seconds for the first goal, that's not the first time that's happened, we're not good enough to be able to overcome shooting ourselves in the foot like that, and I think it's down to how individuals mentally prepared for the game.

That was Hamilton's second string, near enough, that we were playing and that should embarrass us too. It surprised me a bit that they made so many changes, but it worked for them, unfortunately we can't do that, at least not to the extent of nine changes.

For tonight we're restricted to a few options for change, but I've given it a lot of thought it's annoying because we go so far and then take a step backwards, we go from top to bottom too readily unfortunately.

We need to be at the top this evening, we've had to lift the players this week after that weekend performance and they'll need your support too tonight. With your help we can win this game and give the club a much needed lift.