Cowdenbeath 1
Dundee 3
League (First Division)


Cowdenbeath 

1 - 3

Dundee


League (First Division)
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
Central Park Stadium
Attendance: 977
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Greg Stewart (55) Sean Higgins (23)
Matt Lockwood (pen.) (48)
Craig Forsyth (85)

Team Managers
Jimmy Nicholl Barry Smith

Starting Eleven
1. David Hay
2. John Armstrong
3. Bob Malcolm
4. Kenny Adamson
5. Scott Linton
6. Mark Baxter
7. Colin Cameron
8. Mark Ramsay
9. Archie Campbell
10. Stevie Crawford
11. Greg Stewart
Robert Douglas .1
Gary Irvine .2
Kyle Benedictus .3
Rhys Weston .4
Matt Lockwood .5
Nicky Riley .6
Gary Harkins .7
Stephen O'Donnell .8
Craig Forsyth .9
Graham Bayne .10
Sean Higgins .11

Bench
12. Ludovic Roy
14. John Dempster
15. Craig Winter
16. Marc McKenzie
17. Lewis Coult
John Gibson .12
Connor Rennie .14
Jonny Stewart .15
Gary Bartlett .16
Allan Tulleth .17

Substitutions
Marc McKenzie for Stevie Crawford (76)
Lewis Coult for Bob Malcolm (84)
Jonny Stewart for Sean Higgins (73)

Cautions
Bob Malcolm (52) None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Brian Colvin (Referee)





Photography by David Young

Match Report


Last time Dundee were at Cowdenbeath was on 25th September 2010, they were dreadful and lost it. It was a beautiful sunny Indian summer's day. Since then we've had the traumas of administration, and a long, long, hard winter. So much has happened, so much has changed. But one thing has been constant. The Dee haven't lost in the league.

Barry Smith's heroes have marched on and on and on, and they equalled the club record of 19 league games undefeated with a deserved win over Cowdenbeath, a team who looked far more dangerous than when they tamely succumbed at Dens in December.

This match was an open affair, hugely more entertaining than the muddy stalemate in Dundee's previous game at Firhill. The players on both sides deserve credit for trying to play good football in wet and windy conditions. Inevitably there were mistakes, and too often players did resort to lashing the ball forward just to get rid of it, but there was more good football to enjoy than we had any right to expect.

Barry Smith made two changes to Saturday's line up. Kyle Benedictus came into central defence in place of the suspended Craig McKeown, and Graham Bayne started in place of Jonathan Stewart, who was on the bench.

Craig Forsyth caused Cowdenbeath problems all night, and he nearly got the Dee off to a perfect start. He raced away from Baxter and into the penalty area, but his shot flew across the face of the goal.

Cowdenbeath came closest in the first half following a comer, which resulted in a massive scramble with no home players able to get a shot in Dundee had difficulty at set pieces throughout the game and this was far from the last scary moment in the Dundee goalmouth.

However, it was Dundee who deservedly took the lead on 23 minutes. Baxter tried to shepherd the ball out for a goal kick, but Forsyth robbed him, raced along the goal line, and set up Sean Higgins for a simple tap in.

Higgins could have had a quick second when a Gary Irvine clearance got an extra boost from the wind and caught out Armstrong, Higgins nicked the ball away from him, ran into the box and shot wide.

Towards the end of the half Cowdenbeath made a series of good attacks, passing their way down the wings, but they couldn't open up a clear chance. It was Dundee who came closest to another goal when Irvine had a good run and fierce shot, which flew just over from 25 yards.

Dundee were slow to come out for the start of the second half, but when the whistle went they flew at Cowdenbeath Within seconds Forsyth was racing down the wing, but the supporting players didn't arrive in time for his cross. The Dee seemed determined to kill the game quickly. Matt Lockwood's fierce low cross in the penalty area caused panic. Malcolm misskicked to Nicky Riley, who was bundled over by Crawford Lockwood put the resulting penalty away with no

problems. Dundee looked in control and good for more goals, but surprisingly the next goal came at their end. A long throw from the left was allowed to bounce, and Stewart lashed the ball home from 12 yards; a poor goal to concede.

Dundee responded exactly the same as they did when Raith equalised at Stark's Park. They took charge and tore into Cowdenbeath, but this time they passed up the chances.

Hay saved well from Higgins, who was clean through on goal. The keeper then had good saves from Gary Harkins and Bayne in quick succession. Harkins headed narrowly wide from a Bayne cross. Gary Harkins was having a purple patch in which he opened up the home defence time and again. He seemed certain to score after Forsyth sent him through, but had to watch aghast as Hay foiled him with a brilliant save.

Higgins was withdrawn and Stewart came on to play wide on the night, with Riley moving into the middle as a striker alongside Bayne.

It looked as if Dundee might regret the wasted chances when Cowdenbeath started to press for an equaliser. They played some good eager football as they pushed the Dee back, but they were most dangerous from set pieces. The Dee defence struggled badly in the air for a spell, and ten minutes from the end there was a horrible scramble in the away penalty area when the defenders just couldn't clear their lines.

The Dundee fans nerves were settled five minutes from time. Bayne spotted Stewart in space on the right and swung out a fine pass. Stewart's cross was perfect for Forsyth to rise and score a text book centre forward's header from eight yards. The points were safe, and Dundee looked more likely to add to their lead than lose another goal.

When the final whistle went the Dundee supporters applauded the men who have overcome so much adversity to equal a club record. It is truly remarkable what these guys have achieved.

There were just under a thousand people at Central Park, most of them Dees. For those Dark Blues who were there, this was a special occasion that they will look back on with a smile as they remember the night when a tiny squad of men with huge hearts equalled a club record by going 19 matches undefeated. Terrific!

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at March 8th, 2011)


2010-11 All Time
Age
Robert Douglas (GK)38 28 - 219 -
Gary Irvine25 27 - 27 -
Kyle Benedictus19 4 - 27 -
Rhys Weston30 26 - 26 -
Matt Lockwood34 254254
Stephen O'Donnell27 292292
Craig Forsyth22 2946710
Nicky Riley24 285285
Gary Harkins26 3147622
Sean Higgins26 2996116
Graham Bayne31 2 - 231
Jonny Stewart (sub) - 11 - 11 -






League Table (as at March 8th, 2011)


No league table has been added for this season.