Dundee 1
Partick Thistle 2
League Cup (2nd Round)

1 - 2

League Cup (2nd Round)
Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
Dens Park
Attendance: 2,507
7:45 PM Kick-off

Paul McHale (80)
Ian Maxwell (78)
Gary Harkins (pen.) (87)

Team Managers
Alex Rae
Ian McCall

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Eric Paton
3. Gary Mackenzie
4. Darren Williams
5. Eddie Malone
6. Frédéric Daquin
7. Paul McHale
8. Chris Pozniak
9. David O'Brien
10. Mickaël Antoine-Curier
11. Colin McMenamin
Jonathan Tuffey .1
Paul Paton .2
Marc Twaddle .3
Simon Storey .4
John Robertson .5
Ian Maxwell .6
Scott Chaplain .7
Ryan McStay .8
Damon Gray .9
Mark Roberts .10
Gary Harkins .11

12. Ludovic Roy
14. David Cowan
15. Bryan Deasley
16. Robert Davidson
17. Mark Gilhaney
Craig Hinchcliffe .12
William Kinniburgh .14
Kevin McKinlay .15
Steven Lennon .16
Simon Donnelly .17

Mark Gilhaney for Frédéric Daquin (64)
Bryan Deasley for Mickaël Antoine-Curier (70)
David Cowan for Chris Pozniak (76)
Simon Donnelly for Mark Roberts (46)
Steven Lennon for Damon Gray (60)
Kevin McKinlay for Scott Chaplain (85)

Gary Mackenzie (62)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Willie Collum (Referee)
Willie Conquer & Roddy Cobb (Assistants)
Frank McDermott (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee went out of the Co-operative Insurance Cup, losing 2-1 to Partick Thistle at Dens. The winner coming via an 88th minute Gary Harkin's penalty after Eddie Malone had dived into a challenge on Partick sub Steven Lennon.

That winner came after Dundee had fought back to level after lan Maxwell's cross had ended up in the Dundee net to give Thistle a 76th minute lead. Two minutes later the Dark Blues equalised through Paul McHale who hammered a low 16 yarder home.

The defence which had previously only conceded one goal in four games was breached twice as Partick Thistle progressed into the third round of the Co-operative Insurance Cup.

The game looked to be heading into extra time when Paul McHale's effort cancelled out lan Maxwell's opener, but with three minutes remaining Harkins stepped up to the mark to send Douglas the wrong way after Eddie Malone fouled sub Steven Lennon in the area.

Alex Rae kept faith in the same sixteen which beat Morton three days previously: Douglas retaining his place as number one, Mackenzie and Williams flanked by Malone and Paton in defence, O'Brien, McHale, Pozniak and Daquin making up the midfield with McMenamin and Curier completing the line-up.

It was a game billed as one of the ties of the round by Alex Rae and it failed to disappoint. There were chances a-plenty in the opening stages as Douglas reacted well to an early Chaplain effort while Pozniak blasted his volley over the crossbar from twenty yards.

Douglas was again forced into action in the 10th minute collecting Paul Paton's cross before saving superbly from Gray after the forward was played in behind the defence.

Action switched from end to end as Curier forced Jon Tuffy into his first save of the game from Daquin's corner as Harkins again came close from McStay's own corner. Dundee continued to build momentum and Eddie Malone was unlucky to see his curling shot fly past the post.

Curier did have the ball in the back of the net in the 43rd minute but the score line stayed level as the Frenchman failed to beat the offside trap with his run sending the teams in goalless at half time.

Ian McCall changed his strike force at the break when Simon Donnelly replaced Mark Roberts as the game picked up where it left off: Curier's close range header saved at the upright by Tuffy while at the other end Damon Gray dragged his shot wide.

Dundee had the first of two penalty claims brushed away in the 57th minute as Colin McMenamin looked to be fouled by McStay on the edge of the area but referee Collum waved away the forward's protests.

Sub Donnelly was keeping the Dens defence on their toes and he was forced to look on as his shot from the edge of the area was blocked for a corner. The former Celtic man then again went close moments later but Douglas got down low to save well.

With fifteen minutes remaining Dundee had their second penalty claim of the night waved away when McHale was shoved in the box but as is so often the case the opposition gained the advantage. Maxwell's short throw- in to Lennon was presented back to the midfielder whose cross looped right over Douglas and into the net leaving the defence stunned.

Within two minutes Dundee produced the reply. Malone's ball across the box was too high for O'Brien but Paul McHale timed his run into the box perfectly to slot home at the back post.

Having had two claims of their own waved away the home side's fans and players alike were astounded when referee Collum pointed to the spot with three minutes remaining as Malone challenged Lennon in the area.

Up stepped Harkins to fire home the winner from twelve yards, sending Douglas right while calmly slotting the ball into the bottom left corner to send the Firhill side into the hat for the third round draw.

Match report written by Joanna Topping - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at August 26th, 2008)

2008-09 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)36 5 - 138 -
Darren Williams31 5 - 5 -
Chris Pozniak27 5 - 5 -
Eric Paton29 6262
Eddie Malone23 6 - 341
Gary Mackenzie22 5 - 661
David O'Brien24 5 - 292
Paul McHale26 61494
Colin McMenamin27 6 - 186
Frédéric Daquin29 6 - 433
Mickaël Antoine-Curier25 631712
David Cowan (sub)26 4 - 18 -
Bryan Deasley (sub)20 4 - 416
Mark Gilhaney (sub)23 6 - 6 -

League Table (as at August 26th, 2008)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good as it is to be sitting at the top of the league, I can only re-iterate what I wrote in Saturday's programme, by repeating it is far too early in the season to attach any significance to that.

Equally that applies to the fact that Partick Thistle, whom we welcome this evening, lie second.

All that indicates is that both clubs have had decent starts, but it is far too early in the season to attach any extra significance.

If this was three quarters of the way through the season and we were still the top two, then you would say things like the team that won might get and edge in the league, but not when it's still August.

However, I do believe that this could be the tie of the round.

True, the Premier clubs are in now, and there are a few interesting games, but a meeting of two teams who are going well in the same league makes this tie one of the more appealing ones.

Thistle will also bring a decent support with them, so I think the atmosphere will be good and it should be a good game. We go into this tie on the back of a good win over Morton on Saturday.

Overall, I felt we were quite comfortable.

I can only recall them having one real chance when the ball

went over the top and big Rab pulled off a decent save. So it was another really good three points to keep us going in the right direction in the league.

Fortunately, there were no fresh injury worries after Saturday's game so I should have the same squad available to me this evening.

Injured trio Jim Lauchlan, Colin Cameron and Derek Young will attempt to step up their work over the next few days and there is a chance they could see some action next week.

However, with this cup-tie it will not be this week, but I am looking to arrange a game for the middle of next week.

Craig McKeown will be involved and I am hoping at least some of the other three will be as well.

But returning to tonight's tie, hopefully we can continue our unbeaten run and progress into the last sixteen of the CIS Insurance Cup.