Dundee 0
Airdrieonians (2002) 1
League (First Division)


Dundee
0 - 1
Airdrie (2002) 

League (First Division)
Saturday, April 11th, 2009
Dens Park
Attendance: 2,870
3:00 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
None. Simon Lynch (18)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
Kenny Black

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Eric Paton
3. Gary Mackenzie
4. Jim Laughlan
5. Eddie Malone
6. Andrew Shinnie
7. Darren Williams
8. Colin Cameron
9. Mark Gilhaney
10. Mickaël Antoine-Curier
11. Colin McMenamin
Lee Hollis .1
Bobby Donnelly .2
Marc Smyth .3
David Nixon .4
Willie McLachlan .5
Stephen McKenna .6
Scott McLaughlin .7
Darren Smith .8
Paul di Giacomo .9
John Baird .10
Simon Lynch .11

Bench
12. Ludovic Roy
14. Kyle Benedictus
15. Chris Pozniak
16. Darren Young
17. Bryan Deasley
Andrew Collier .12
Kevin Watt .14
Matthew Hazley .15
Steven McDougall .16
Kevin McDonald .17

Substitutions
Darren Young for Darren Williams (68)
Bryan Deasley for Mark Gilhaney (81)
Matthew Hazley for Simon Lynch (46)
Steven McDougall for Darren Smith (46)
Kevin McDonald for Paul Di Giacomo (73)

Cautions
Eric Paton (20)
Gary Mackenzie (56)
Bobby Donnelly (23)
Marc Smyth (48)
Stephen McKenna (75)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Chris Boyle (Referee)
Craig Young & Graham Fraser (Assistants)


Match Report


A solitary goal from former Dee Simon Lynch lifted Airdrie's survival hopes in front of the lowest crowd of the season.

The result only succeeded in adding to Dundee's recent dismal record of five games without a win as well as ending any remaining promotion hopes for another season. Craig McKeown, Giorgos Efrem, David Cowan and David O'Brien all missed out while Paul McHale missed the game through suspension, Darren Williams returned to the starting line-up from the bench to replace McHale in the only chance from the squad who suffered defeat at the hands of Morton seven days previous. He slotted in at right back allowing Eric Paton to take up his midfield role.

In the opening stages of the game a shot by McMenamin lacked any punch and failed to test the keeper while at the other end an Airdrie corner was cleared only as far as Lynch who fired over.

Wide man Gilhaney was receiving plenty of the possession and but for keeper Hollis and a weak McMenamin header his efforts could have mounted to more.

The game was stopped for treatment to Malone and Smith in the 12th minute as a badly timed aerial challenge by the former resulted in a clash of heads. However both were OK to continue as the two sides looked for an opening.

A Di Giacomo shot was deflected well wide for Airdrie corner in the 18th minute. When Dundee failed to clear, Di Giacomo made space very well, his shot well saved but it left an easy chance for Lynch.

A free kick just into the Diamond's half presented Dundee a chance to attack but Eric Paton's free kick was allowed to drift out for a goal kick.

As the clock ticked down to half time a Dundee corner could have produced so much more than yet another free kick to the visitor's, the ball was swung into the area but a collision between Mackenzie and the keeper saw the latter gain the advantage in the form of a foul handing possession back to United.

A scrappy end to the first forty-five but ultimately Airdrie turned their possession into a goal while Dundee have been unable to muster any sign of attack.

Airdrie boss Kenny Black made two substitutions for the second half as the teams took their place for the restart: Matthew Hazley and Steven McDougall replacing Simon Lynch and Darren Smith respectively. However it was Dundee who looked to have started with more vigour, winning a corner and free kick within minutes of the restart, both disappointingly mounting to nothing. At the other end Di Giacomo turned Mackenzie allowing him to cut the ball back but it was blocked and just scurried wide for corner.

As with the first half, Gilhaney again was receiving plenty of possession out on the left but on this occasion his run was halted by Smyth, resulting in a yellow card for the latter and a free kick to the home side but the set piece was wasted and it was back to the grind. With 56 minutes on the clock Dundee created their first meaningful attack on keeper Hollis goal. Shinnie ran onto McMenamin's through ball and with the keeper advancing from his line the midfielder came off second best as Hollis saved his side's slender lead with his first save of the game.

This attack served to spur Jocky's men on as Curier then tried his luck. The Frenchman brought the ball down on his

chest before blasting a shot towards goal but once again Hollis got himself in the way, sending the ball up in air. McMenamin looked odds on favourite to draw the game level but the Airdrie defence tracked back to beat the fonward to the header sending the ball out for a corner instead of into the open goal.

But Airdrie weren't content to hang onto their 1-0 lead, Hazley's driving ball across goal was searching for the deftest of touches to send it goal bound but no-one made the run for Airdrie while Di Giacomo scuffed at McDougall's cross sending his shot wide without testing Douglas.

In the latter stages of the game Bryan Deasley came on to replace sponsor's MOTM Gilhaney but there was little time remaining to make an impact. Both sides gave away silly free kicks and corners in the last ten minutes presenting either of the two the opportunity to score but the game continued in the same fashion it had been played in and neither team could produce a goal that would have led to a comprehensive victory for the visitor's or an undeserved point for the home side.

There were five bookings in the game: Paton and Mackenzie for the Dees, Donnelly, Smyth and McKenna for the visitor's.

Match report written by Joanna Topping - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at April 11th, 2009)


2008-09 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK)36 34 - 167 -
Eddie Malone24 341622
Eric Paton30 334334
Darren Williams31 19 - 19 -
Gary Mackenzie23 19 - 801
Jim Laughlan32 13 - 13 -
Colin Cameron36 9 - 9 -
Andrew Shinnie19 171171
Mark Gilhaney24 22 - 22 -
Colin McMenamin28 2854011
Mickaël Antoine-Curier26 33154424
Darren Young (sub)30 4 - 4 -
Bryan Deasley (sub)20 141517






League Table (as at April 11th, 2009)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


It was a great disappointment last weekend at Greenock when we played good football for long spells but failed to score when the opportunities arose. That, following three draws away from home which under normal circumstances would be considered decent results but in the context of the position we are in and what we are trying to achieve it just wasn't good enough.

We still have plenty to play for in the next five games with a target of finishing strong and in as high a position as possible. We need to try to win the five remaining games starting with Airdrie today.

Kenny Black's side are battling for survival and I am sure they will prove difficult opponents. Your support, as always, will be very important to the team.

Enjoy the game.