Brechin City 2
Dundee 2 (1-3 on pens)
League Cup (2nd Round)

Brechin City 

2 - 2
(1-3 on pens.)


League Cup (2nd Round)
Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
Glebe Park
Attendance: 1,090
7:45 PM Kick-off

Rory McAllister (63)
Rory McAllister (64)
Leigh Griffiths (71)
Leigh Griffiths (74)

Team Managers
Jim Weir Gordon Chisholm

Starting Eleven
1. Craig Nelson
2. Gerry McLauchlan
3. Ewan Moyes
4. Andrew Cook
5. Paul McLean
6. Barry Smith
7. Neil Janczyk
8. Craig Molloy
9. Charlie King
10. Rory McAllister
11. David McKenna
Robert Douglas .1
Gary Irvine .2
Craig McKeown .3
Rhys Weston .4
Matt Lockwood .5
Gary Harkins .6
Jamie Adams .7
Charlie Grant .8
Craig Forsyth .9
Leigh Griffiths .10
Colin McMenamin .11

12. David Scott
14. David White
15. Callum Booth
16. Mark Docherty
17. Kevin Byers
Scott Fox .12
Eric Paton .14
Stephen O'Donnell .15
Nicky Riley .16
Brian Kerr .17

Callum Booth for Neil Janczyk (56)
Mark Docherty for David McKenna (75)
Kevin Byers for Charlie King (81
Stephen O'Donnell for Charlie Grant (46)
Nicky Riley for Gary Irvine (70)
Eric Paton for Jamie Adams (72)

Paul McLean (31)
Paul McLean (57)
Charlie King (76)
Craig Molloy (89)
Rhys Weston (42)
Jamie Adams (45)
Leigh Griffiths (66)
Craig McKeown (99)

Red Cards
Paul McLean (57) Craig Forsyth (120)

Match Officials

Stephen Finnie (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee tonight crashed out of the cup to lower league opposition for the second time this month.

This time it was the cruel lottery of penalties that decided the outcome but in a match that Dundee played over an hour with a man advantage the tie should never have made it that far.

Down to ten men Brechin raced into a two goal lead which seemed to stun Dundee into action. Leigh Griffiths hit back with a double and but for a late penalty miss from the striker Dundee would have sealed the tie before extra time.

Gordon Chisholm made one change with Rhys Weston coming back into the starting line up and Nicky Riley dropping to the bench. This meant Jamie Adams was moved into midfield and Weston slotted in at the back next to Craig McKeown.

Dundee started the match on the front foot but an early Craig Forsyth cross failed to find anyone in the middle. It was actually the host who had the first shot on goal soon after when David McKenna shot wide after a Rory McAllister knock down.

The first real time that Brechin keeper Craig Nelson was called into action the Glebe Park man did superbly to push away a Adams headed from a corner with one hand to deny the Dundee midfielder. It was to be the start of a busy night for Nelson in the Brechin goal.

Moments later is was another set piece and header, this time from McKeown, that troubled the Brechin defence but again Nelson stood strong and held.

Brechin's best chance of the half actually fell to a man on loan from Dundee. Barry Smith who looks after Dundee's under 19s was turning out for Brechin in a defensive midfield role. He impressed throughout the night and when the ball fell to him on the edge of the box he fizzed a shot just wide of the post.

There was one other chance for either side before the break. First McAllister testing Douglas with a free kick from range and although well hit, Douglas got his body behind the ball and held well and for Dundee Griffiths shot wide from the edge of the box.

Chisholm made a change at the break with Stephen O'Donnell replacing Charlie Grant in central midfield.

The first chance of the second period, like the first, fell to Brechin and it was a simple long ball over he top that saw McAllister run through, Weston kept up with him well and managed to hold him up before getting a block in on the eventual shot.

A Charlie King cross then fell to McAllister, who was coming much more into the game, in the box and Douglas had to be alert to hold the striker's shot. Moments later though Brechin were down to ten men and looked like they were heading for an uphill struggle.

Paul McLean who had already been booked was shown a second yellow for a swipe at Forsyth and the 2nd division side were a man down. That should have seen Dundee take control but the exact opposite was about to happen.

A long ball down the left and McAllister was on it like a flash, he cut back inside on himself before firing the ball low past Douglas to give the home side the lead.

Just as Dundee were trying to come to terms with what had happened McAllister again picked it up in the box, this time on the right and turned past Weston before again drilling it low past Douglas to put the ten men of Brechin two up.

Dundee looked for a way back and Adams had the first chance heading over. Chisholm then sent on Nicky Riley to replace Gary Irvine and Dundee did up the pressure.

That paid off almost straight away when Griffiths picked it up on the right and cut inside before placing it past Nelson in the Brechin goal to haul Dundee back into the tie. Three minutes later Dundee were level, again thanks to Griffiths.

Pressure was firmly kept up the ten men and when Harkins flicked a delightful ball over the top it looked to have played in Riley but Griffiths was waiting around for anyone and beat his team mate to the ball before smashing it high into the net.

Eric Paton also replaced Jamie Adams before the second goal and it was really the subs who had a huge impact on the match. Stephen O'Donnell particularly seemed to drive the side on to keep the pressure up when heads could have gone down.

Dundee then went in search of a winner. Colin McMenamin couldn't get the touch required on a Lockwood cross before heading just over at the front post when he did get on the end of a ball into the box, this time from Forsyth.

When Dundee were enjoying all this pressure there was little threat from Brechin but they could have stung Dundee when they broke from a corner. Substitute Kevin Byers was played in on the right and had loads of time to pick his spot but Douglas superbly made his way off the line and denied the Brechin man in the one on one situation.

Just when it looked like extra time was upon us, Dundee won a corner and when it came in Harkins was fouled by Molloy in the box and referee Stephen Finnie pointed to the spot. Griffiths stepped up in search of his hat trick and to seal Dundee's passage to the next round but side footed high and wide.

There was time for one last chance for Dundee but again Nelson denied McMenamin when the striker turned a cross towards goal and referee Finnie called time on the normal play as the game was set for extra time.

Extra time consisted of Dundee camping out in the Brechin half and trying to find a way through. McMenamin had the first chance of it when he was played in by Griffiths but Nelson again deneid him this time pushing his shot away. The next chance saw the roles reversed.

This time Griffiths was in on the left hand side after a ball from McMenamin but the striker fired right at Nelson who again got strong hands behind it. Docherty had Brechin one and only real effort on goal of the first period but his shot was wide before McKeown ended the chances of the half with a header glanced wide.

Dundee tried to keep the pressure up and work a way in but eventually ended up with long balls forward falling to no one. Brechin kept their shape well and restricted Dundee to a couple of shots from distance.

Harkins saw and effort blocked and Riley shot just wide with an effort after a short corner was worked along the edge of the box. The final event of open play was a strong challenge from Forsyth which Finnie saw fit to level the numbers after by showing the Dundee midfielder a straight red card.

So penalties it was. All of the first three found the net and with Brechin going first it saw them lead before Eric Paton's saw his spot kick saved by Nelson. Rab Douglas continued that trend when he saved from Docherty but Dundee failed to take advantage with O'Donnell also seeing his spot kick saved.

Kevin Byers converted his for Brechin meaning a miss for Dundee would see the home side through. Nicky Riley stepped up and blasted his kick over sending the home side into celebration.

It was another disappointing night in the cup for Dundee and although they were on top for the majority should never have found themselves two down to ten men from a lower league. Encouraging signs from Griffiths grabbing the two goal and looking at his best while he did it but the third goal that would have put Dundee through just never came and they were made to pay the price during the spot kicks.

Match report written by Tommy Young - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at August 24th, 2010)

2010-11 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)38 5 - 196 -
Matt Lockwood33 2 - 2 -
Gary Irvine25 7 - 7 -
Craig McKeown25 7 - 40 -
Rhys Weston29 5 - 5 -
Jamie Adams22 4 - 4 -
Craig Forsyth21 7 - 456
Charlie Grant - 3 - 3 -
Gary Harkins25 715219
Colin McMenamin29 719124
Leigh Griffiths20 744625
Eric Paton (sub)31 4 - 805
Stephen O'Donnell (sub)27 6 - 6 -
Nicky Riley (sub)24 6262

League Table (as at August 24th, 2010)

No league table has been added for this season.