Dundee 0
Gretna 3
Scottish Cup (Semi Final)

0 - 3

Scottish Cup (Semi Final)
Saturday, April 1st, 2006
Hampden Park
Attendance: 14,179
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Kenny Deuchar (45)
Ryan McGuffie (pen) (58)
Barry Smith (o.g.) (82)

Team Managers
Alan Kernaghan
Rowan Alexander

Starting Eleven
1. Kelvin Jack
2. Stuart McCluskey
3. Bobby Mann
4. Callum MacDonald
5. Paul Dixon
6. Tam McManus
7. Barry Smith
8. Scott Robertson
9. Garry Brady
10. Simon Lynch
11. Bryan Deasley
1. Alan Main
2. Mark Birch
3. David Nicholls
4. Steve Tosh
5. Derek Townsley
6. Chris Innes
7. John O'Neil
8. Ryan McGuffie
9. Kenny Deuchar
10. James Grady
11. Gavin Skelton

12. Scott Murray
14. Kevin McDonald
15. Graeme Law
16. Steven Craig
17. Steven Robb
12. David Mathieson
14. Jamie McQuilken
15. Martin McBride
16. Dene Shields
17. Matthew Berkeley

Kevin McDonald for Stuart McCluskey (53)
Steven Craig for Tam McManus (64)
Steven Robb for Garry Brady (76)
Jamie McQuilken for David Nicholls (78)
Dene Shields for James Grady (79)

Bobby Mann (57)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Calum Murray (Referee)
Neil Brand & John Bicknell (Assistants)
Kevin Toner (Fourth Official)

Match Report

8000 plus Dundee fans were left gutted as their team failed to shine in the Hampden sun. It's no exaggeration to say that a place in the final was handed to the league's newest club, Greta, by Dundee's individual errors. It's a story that has been repeated too many times this season, though not, until here, in the country's main cup competition.

Gretna have run away with the Second Division and had the confidence that brings, but they were not markedly better than the sides Dundee have seen off in this season's tournament, and had the Dark Blues turned up with a semblance of their previous performances in the tournament it might have been a different story.

The Dark Blues didn't come close to that form though, and Gretna took their chances well, they deserve their final place and it's a remarkable achievement for their club.

There looked no likelihood of a three goal margin during a first period which was mind numbing at times, both sides. seemed content to hammer long balls forward and while Gretna's Deuchar and former Dee James Grady did the better job of holding the ball up with Simon Lynch and Bryan Deasley always looking unlikely to get much reward via an aerial route. The Dens forwards had a little more luck on the deck on the occasions that they managed to get the ball down and Deasley carved out the one real chance Dundee created in the first half, skipping round the outside and cutting the ball back, Lynch and Robertson were rushing in but neither could get the vital touch.

That was as good as it got pre-interval and while the thousands of Dees in the North Stand had roared when the youngster got in behind the defence, deep into the first half injury time, they were stunned into silence. The man who did the damage to Dundee was deadly doctor Deucher, but in truth the goal had made at Dens Park stamped all over it. A wayward pass back from McManus saw McCluskey try to head clear, but it was an impossible task and the ball broke into the penalty area with Deuchar in hot pursuit. Kelvin Jack had to come from his line to force the striker away from his goal, but Deuchar showed he is happy to finish no matter how tight the angle, Bobby Mann being a little unlucky as he hooked the ball away, but too late, it had already crossed the goal-line.

That strike gave the borderers a massive boost going in at the break, but Dundee emerged at the start of the second half with a new enterprise and shoved Gretna back.

The Second Division side have spent most of this season on the attack, but showed they are just as happy to play on the counter.

Dundee made a change in 52 minutes replacing McCluskey with Kevin McDonald, surprisingly omitted from the starting line up, but before he had really settled back into the side Dundee were two down.

A long ball forward was whipped wide first time by Grady and McGuffie stepped inside Dixon before taking on Bobby Mann, the Gretna wing back shoved the ball past the Dens stopper before running into Mann and tumbling to the deck. On a different day, McGuffie might have been rewarded with a yellow card for his theatrics, but here he won a penalty and stepped up to fire the kick home himself.

Dundee continued to strive to get back into the game but with little imagination. An exception to that was when Deasley repeated his jink round the outside, but lashed his drive over when there were players waiting for a cut back, but in 70 minutes the diminutive front man tested Alan Main's reflexes for the first time. He cut inside and firing in a shot that Main couldn't hold, the loose ball fell for Simon Lynch, but he was crowded out as he tried to cut it back into the danger area.

Gretna were happy to hit on the break and comfortably in charge by now and with eight minutes left they put the seal on their win, Jamie McQuilken firing in a low cross which John O'Neill got the slightest of flicks to before it bounced off Barry Smith's leg and into the net at the near post

The run to the semi final had provided the Dundee support with what little joy, excitement and hope there has been in a dreadfully poor season. While few would deny that Gretna deserve their day in the final, it was a pity that Dundee hadn't managed to take their cup form to Hampden. Losing wasn't the thing that hurt here, many of the side not being able to 'get up' for this match was.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at April 1st, 2006)

2005-06 All Time
Kelvin Jack (GK) - 20 - 22 -
Paul Dixon19 331331
Callum MacDonald22 30 - 721
Bobby Mann32 394714
Stuart McCluskey - 16 - 16 -
Barry Smith32 39 - 4274
Garry Brady29 35 - 1402
Scott Robertson20 372472
Bryan Deasley17 153153
Simon Lynch23 37183718
Tam McManus25 2864210
Kevin McDonald (sub)17 272272
Steven Robb (sub)24 25 - 894
Steven Craig (sub)25 174174

League Table (as at April 1st, 2006)

No league table has been added for this season.