Stenhousemuir 4
Dundee 1
Challenge Cup (2nd Round)


4 - 1


Challenge Cup (2nd Round)
Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
Ochilview Park
Attendance: 665
7:30 PM Kick-off

Alex Williams (9)
Grant Anderson (16)
Paul Quinn (63)
Kevin Motion (83)
Leigh Griffiths (74)

Team Managers
John Coughlin Gordon Chisholm

Starting Eleven
1. Chris McCluskey
2. Scott Fusco
3. Gary Thom
4. Stephen Thomson
5. Willie Lyle
6. Ross Clark
7. Iain Thomson
8. Grant Anderson
9. Alex Williams
10. Stevie Murray
11. Scott Dalziel
Scott Fox .1
Gary Irvine .2
Craig McKeown .3
Rhys Weston .4
Netan Sansara .5
Nicky Riley .6
Paul McHale .7
Gary Harkins .8
Craig Forsyth .9
Leigh Griffiths .10
Sean Higgins .11

12. Alastair Brown
14. Andrew Stirling
15. Kevin Motion
16. Paul Quinn
17. Pat Scullion
Robert Douglas .12
Eric Paton .14
Stephen O'Donnell .15
Brian Kerr .16
Colin McMenamin .17

Kevin Motion for Ross Clark (22)
Paul Quinn for Alex Williams (46)
Pat Scullion for Grant Anderson (84)
Eric Paton for Rhys Weston (17)
Stephen O'Donnell for Paul McHale (46)
Colin McMenamin for Nicky Riley (66)

Scott Fusco None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Iain Brines (Referee)

Match Report

Holders Dundee slipped out of the Alba Challenge Cup in feeble style at Ochilview tonight.

Dundee have never won a competitive match on an artificial pitch, and didn't ever look capable of improving on that dismal record. Stenhousemuir thoroughly deserved their win. They were faster, more eager and did the simple things much better than Dundee all night long.

No part of the Dundee team worked effectively, but the problems were worst in defence, which was a shambles. Rhys Weston was injured after the first goal, and limped off just after the second. From then on the defence only looked remotely comfortable when the ball was at the other end of the pitch.

This was a strong Dundee side, and there can be no excuses. The artificial pitch wasn’t to blame, and neither was the foul weather. It was simply a very poor performance.

Dundee made only two changes from Saturday for tonight’s 2nd round Alba Cup match at Stenhousemuir. Scott Fox replaced Rab Douglas in goal and Sean Higgins came in for Colin McMenamin up front.

While Dundee started with a series of patient, plodding attacks that got nowhere, when Stenhousemuir had the ball they ripped into the Dees' defence with speed and enthusiasm, deservedly racing into an early two goal lead.

The Dark Blues had an early escape when Sansara tried to shepherd the ball out and was robbed by Dalziel. Williams was slow to react to the cutback and Dundee cleared.

The opening goal soon arrived, however. Lyle beat Sansara and his low cross was met perfectly on the half volley by WILLIAMS 10 yards out, and the ball zipped in off the bar.

Griffiths led Dundee’s fightback and had two chances to equalise. He nipped in behind the defence, but under pressure he couldn’t squeeze the ball past the keeper. Then Sansara hit a lovely free kick to the far post and Griffiths’ header sailed agonisingly across the face of goal and past the far post.

These misses were costly because Stenhousemuir raced away down the left to score a second. Murray’s low cross skidded across the edge of the penalty area. ANDERSON was unmarked and took a touch before hitting a great shot across Scott Fox and just inside the far post.

Alex Williams passed up two great chance to sink Dundee before half time. Yet another Murray cross zipped low across the penalty area, and Williams fired carelessly over. Gary Irvine then miscued a header back to Fox, and Williams hurried his shot allowing Fox to make an easy save.

Dundee started to pressurise Stenhousemuir, but the moves were too slow and ponderous to unsettle the defence. Griffiths should have scored when a Riley chip sent him clear, but he shot over as the keeper closed him down.

The second half continued with Dundee pressing unconvincingly and looking horribly vulnerable on the break.

Dundee fleetingly thought they'd pulled a goal back when McCluskey saved well from Forsyth's powerful 18 yard shot. Griffiths ended the ensuing goalmouth scramble by shooting into the net, but the linesman’s flag was already up for offside.

Dundee’s vulnerability to the fast break finally cost them the killer third goal. A long ball out of defence was flicked on. As the defence hesitated, QUINN let the ball bounce and lifted a fine shot over Fox an into the net from 25 yards.

GRIFFITHS pulled back a consolation goal after 74 minutes, when he powered in a beautifully controlled volley from the edge of the area, but the more Dundee pressed for another goal, the more dangerous Stenhousemuir looked on the break.

Six minutes from time Anderson broke down the right, and switched play over to the left for Murray to send MOTION through to scored with embarrassing ease.

Murray might have added a humiliating fifth goal, but fired wide after cutting in from the wing.

When the final whistle went the home players and supporters celebrated in delight, and the Dundee players couldn’t get off the pitch quickly enough.

Stenhousemuir played fast, controlled football, and never gave the Dundee players a moment’s peace. The Dundee defence, which had looked so assured on Saturday, was a collection of nervous wrecks tonight. Weston’s injury obviously unsettled the defence, but the players available should have done far, far better than this.

The midfield offered little and the strikers were hard working but ineffective. Grifffiths ran non-stop, but far too often it was carelessly into offside positions.

Stenhousemuir were hungry for cup success and they deserve great credit for their performance tonight. Dundee may have been very poor, but Stenhousemuir made them look that bad.

The disappointed Dundee fans headed home hoping that tonight’s terrible performance was an aberration, and that Saturday will see the Dee turn in the sort of fighting performance we saw against Queen of the South.

This was not the sort of display that the supporters can be expected to tolerate. If Dundee are to mount a serious challenge for promotion then they will have to do far better than this. Tonight was truly dreadful.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at August 10th, 2010)

2010-11 All Time
Scott Fox (GK) - 2 - 2 -
Gary Irvine25 4 - 4 -
Craig McKeown25 4 - 37 -
Netan Sansara21 2 - 2 -
Rhys Weston29 3 - 3 -
Craig Forsyth21 4 - 426
Gary Harkins25 414919
Paul McHale28 4 - 914
Nicky Riley24 4242
Leigh Griffiths19 424323
Sean Higgins25 41368
Eric Paton (sub)31 3 - 795
Stephen O'Donnell (sub)27 4 - 4 -
Colin McMenamin (sub)29 418824

League Table (as at August 10th, 2010)

No league table has been added for this season.