Dundee 2
Livingston 2 (6-5 on pens)
League Cup (2nd Round)


Dundee
2 - 2
(6-5 on pens.)
Livingston 

League Cup (2nd Round)
Tuesday, August 28th, 2007
Dens Park
Attendance: 2,355
7:30 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Scott Robertson (33)
Derek Lyle (pen.) (86)
Scott Mitchell (8)
Steven Craig (49)

Team Managers
Alex Rae
Mark Proctor

Starting Eleven
1. Craig Samson
2. David Worrell
3. Gary Mackenzie
4. Milan Palenik
5. Paul Dixon
6. Frédéric Daquin
7. Scott Robertson
8. Kevin McDonald
9. Gavin Swankie
10. Jan Zemlik
11. Robert Davidson
Mariusz Liberda .1
Scott Mitchell .2
James McPake .3
Dave MacKay .4
Des McCaffrey .5
Liam Fox .6
Jason Kennedy .7
Steven Craig .8
Tomas Pesir .9
Graham Dorrans .10
Robert Snodgrass .11

Bench
12. Jani Šturm
14. Paul McHale
15. David O'Brien
16. Derek Lyle
17. Danny Griffin
Colin Stewart .12
Craig James .14
Mark Torrance .15
Steven Weir .16
Leigh Griffiths .17

Substitutions
Jani Šturm for Jan Zemlik (61)
David O'Brien for Gavin Swankie (72)
Derek Lyle for Robert Davidson (72)
Steven Weir for Steven Craig (49)
Leigh Griffiths for Steven Weir (94)

Cautions
None. Tomas Pesir (85)
Mariusz Liberda (86)
Dave Mackay (120)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

C. Mackay (Referee)


Match Report


Goalkeeper Craig Samson was Dundee's hero in the second round of the CIS Cup as he saved two Livingston penalties after the score had finished 2-2 after the 120 minutes. The keeper was in top form as he saved spot-kicks from Leigh Griffiths and Jason Kennedy to send Dundee into the third round draw after winning the penalty shoot out 6-5.

It was a game in which both teams had their share of the possession but failed to create much real sustained attack or dominance.

Having scored on Saturday against Partick Thistle, Gavin Swankie was the only choice for a free kick won in the first minute after Davidson had been felled outside the box, but this time Swankie's effort was only destined to find the Livi wall.

With their first shot of the match, Livingston took the lead with a superb 20-yard drive. Steven Craig's flick- on set up Jason Kennedy in the area with his shot tipped round the post for a corner by Samson. The resultant corner from Graham Dorrans found Scott Mitchell in space on the right wing, sending his shot high into the top corner past Samson who could do very little to stop the shot going in.

Bob Davidson was handed numerous chances of his own to draw the score line level in a ten minute spell of pressure for the home side. After winning a long ball in front of Dave MacKay, he turned in the box before hitting his shot straight at keeper Marius Liberda with Jan Zemlik failing to connect with the rebound. Minutes later a Zemlik's slight touch sent Davidson through after he had narrowly avoided the offside trap. Again Mackay was left chasing as Davidson headed for goal but his shot was rushed and again the chance went amiss.

In the 38th minute Dundee drew level after a glorious individual goal from Scott Robertson. After receiving the ball from David Worrell just past the half way line the midfielder weaved past the defence taking the ball into the box. His shot past Liberda took the twenty-two year old's tally to three goals for the season, with the hat-trick of goals all coming against Mark Proctor's men.

It took the visitor's just four minutes after the half time whistle to once again take the lead. Referee Craig Mackay waved play on after Kevin McDonald looked to have been fouled on the half way line. Dorrans collected the ball and proceeded to make his run down the wing, his cross into the box was met by Steven Craig, whose volley from the edge of the box looped over Craig Samson to give the visitors the edge.

In the 61st minute Jan Zemlik, who returned to the team after a one match suspension, was replaced by Jani Sturm.

Sturm made an impact as he held up a long ball forward on the wing before cutting the ball across the park to Scott Robertson. The goal-scorer reached the ball at the by-line and curled the ball back into the box for Gavin Swankie but the stand-side linesman had already raised his flag to signal the ball had gone out of play.

In a bold move by Alex Rae, Bob Davidson and Gavin Swankie were replaced by David O'Brien and Derek Lyle, as the manager looked to pull his team back into the tie.

Kevin McDonald made a run through midfield before passing the ball out to Lyle. His cross into the box was headed out for a corner by James McPake. Daquin's corner into the area found Mackenzie but the centre-half was adjudged to have fouled McPake as he made his way to the ball.

Craig Samson showed on a few occasions that he will be an able deputy for the injured Ludovic Roy. He was in top-form as he first palmed away Steven Weir's shot before then denying him the rebound.

The last ten minutes of the regulation ninety saw Dundee muster up every attack possible with Derek Lyle and Freddie Daquin heavily involved. A combination of Mackenzie and Sturm sent the ball in the direction of Daquin in space at the back post.

His well struck shot looked to be pulling the home side level but for the intervention of Liberda.

With five minutes remaining Paul Dixon's free kick let Kevin McDonald in for a shot towards goal but his effort was deflected away from goal. Daquin's corner was then handled in the box, with referee Mackay having no option but to point to the spot. Derek Lyle stepped up to put the ball past Liberda, sending him the wrong way in the process, to score his first goal of the campaign.

The action however was not over, with Livi determinedly battling for the winner. In the 89th minute the home defence struggled to clear the ball in their own area, allowing Scott Mitchell to get his shot in. There was a moment when hearts were in mouths as his shot bounced off the crossbar and down onto the goal line before eventually being cleared by David Worrell.

There was one last moment of panic before extra time loomed as Gary Mackenzie misjudged his pass back to Samson, but the impressive keeper cleared the ball ahead of Steven Weir.

Both teams had their fair share of chances in extra time as Dundee looked to make the most of their possession. Scorer Scott Robertson had a header from inside the box held by keeper Liberda while a Derek Lyle free kick was deflected wide for a corner.

The best chance to take the lead fell to Leigh Griffiths who had come on to replace Steven Weir Having looked comfortable with the ball, Gary Mackenzie seemed to have a momentary lapse as his short header back to Samson was intercepted by Griffiths. He brought the ball down and sent a low shot towards goal which looked to be heading into the back of the net until Samson re-aligned himself to tip the ball away in what was the save of the match. Mackenzie almost redeemed himself a minute later

as his header skimmed over the crossbar after Freddie Daquin had chased down the ball at the by- line. Daquin himself and Derek Lyle both had chances from crosses into the box to score but nothing could stop the impending penalty shoot-out.

Livi opted to go first with Liam Fox stepping up to take the first spot kick which he duly scored along with team-mates Dave Mackay, Graham Dorrans and Robert Snodgrass. Dundee sent Derek Lyle, Paul Dixon, Kevin McDonald, David Worrell and Scott Robertson up to the hot spot for their first five penalties. After five spot-kicks the score stood at 4-4 with Leigh Griffiths and Kevin McDonald missing their pens.

It then went to sudden death, with Des MacCaffery and David O'Brien keeping the score level at five a-piece after each team's sixth penalty. Craig Samson then brilliantly saved Jason Kennedy's spot kick before Jani Sturm made sure of the win before rushing to celebrate with his team-mates and the home support.

There were three bookings in the game: Tomas Pesir was booked for going in with a high boot, keeper Marius Liberda was booked for protesting about Dundee's 86th minute penalty, while Dave Mackay was also cautioned for provoking the Dundee fans after he had scored his spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out.

Match report written by Joanna Topping - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at August 28th, 2007)


2007-08 All Time
Age
Craig Samson (GK)23 3 - 3 -
Paul Dixon20 6 - 822
Gary Mackenzie21 5 - 29 -
Milan Palenik - 5 - 5 -
David Worrell29 7 - 7 -
Kevin McDonald18 61736
Scott Robertson22 63927
Frédéric Daquin28 6161
Robert Davidson21 53206
Gavin Swankie23 624611
Jan Zemlik29 5151
David O'Brien (sub)23 7 - 7 -
Derek Lyle (sub)26 313316
Jani Šturm (sub)25 6161






League Table (as at August 28th, 2007)


No league table has been added for this season.