Arbroath 1
Dundee 2 (AET)
Challenge Cup (1st Round)


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Challenge Cup (1st Round)
Saturday, July 23rd, 2011
Gayfield Park
Attendance: 1,761
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jordan Elfverson (77) Steven Milne (79)
Stephen O'Donnell (92)

Team Managers
Paul Sheerin Barry Smith

Starting Eleven
1. Darren Hill
2. Mark Baxter
3. Beau Busch
4. Stuart Malcolm
5. Kieran McAnespie
6. Josh Falkingham
7. Brian Kerr
8. Paul Sheerin
9. Gavin Swankie
10. Lee Bryce
11. Steven Doris
Robert Douglas .1
Gary Irvine .2
Kyle Benedictus .3
Rhys Weston .4
Matt Lockwood .5
Jamie McCluskey .6
Stephen O'Donnell .7
Ross Chisholm .8
Ryan Conroy .9
Steven Milne .10
Jake Hyde .11

12. Michael White
14. Keith Gibson
15. Jordan Elfverson
16. Lee Sibanda
17. Craig Wedderburn
John Gibson .12
Neil McGregor .14
Craig McKeown .15
Leighton McIntosh .16
Jamie Reid .17

Keith Gibson for Lee Bryce (67)
Jordan Elfverson for Josh Falkingham (73)
Lee Sibanda for Brian Kerr (109)
Leighton McIntosh for Jake Hyde (71)
Craig McKeown for Kyle Benedictus (109)

Paul Sheerin (2)
Stuart Malcolm (62)
Lee Sibanda. (114)
Ross Chisholm (8)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Craig Charleston (Referee)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee edged past Arbroath to the 2nd round of the Ramsdens Cup after a hard, tight game at sunny Gayfield.

The Lichties looked likely to win when Jordan Elfverson headed them into the lead 13 minutes from the end, but Steven Milne quickly equalised with another header and Stephen O'Donnell grabbed the winner early in injury time, heading in from a corner.

For most of the game a skilful and hard working Arbroath side matched Dundee. It was only in extra time that Dundee were able to dominate their hosts as Arbroath ran out of steam.

New signing Jamie McCluskey started, and Craig McKeown was on the bench with Kyle Benedictus partnering Rhys Weston in central defence. Ross Chisholm and Ryan Conroy both returned from injury. Arbroath should have taken the lead after six minutes when Doris hustled Weston off the ball and squared for Swankie, who was free in front of goal 12 yards out. He had all the time he could have wanted to control the ball and pick his spot, but he carelessly shot against the post and Dons's follow up shot was turned away for a corner by Douglas.

Arbroath's pressing was causing the normally composed Weston and Lockwood to make mistakes, and the youthful Benedictus looked the most comfortable defender.

The Lichties had more to offer than physical pressure, and were playing neat football with Sheerin, Swankie and Kerr prominent. Dundee were also pushing the ball around well, but in the first half they looked lightweight and the players were being brushed off the ball to easily. Towards half time Dundee started to impose themselves more in midfield, building good passing moves and putting real pressure on the home defence. Hill saved well from McCluskey and then Chisholm had a shot blocked after Hyde stole the ball from Malcolm to set up the chance.

Dundee passed up a great chance early in the second half when good passing across the field gave Conroy the chance to chip the ball across for Milne, unmarked eight yards out, but his header was straight to Hill when he should have scored.

Both sides survived scares midway through the half. McAnespie turned the ball into the net from a Swankie shot, but the linesman's offside flag cut the home celebrations short. At the other end McCluskey raced in from the right wing and his 20 yard shot was tipped onto the bar by Hill. Milne's follow up was blocked for a corner.

Arbroath's tall substitute, Jordan Elfverson, replaced the diminutive Falkingham and immediately gave Dundee problems in the air. He headed over from a Sheerin free kick, but was on target moments later. Swankie worked the ball out to the right, and Doris swung a deep cross over to the far post for ELFVERSON to score with a simple header. Dundee fought back immediately and equalised within two minutes.

Stephen O'Donnell cracked a fierce rising shot from 20 yards off the cross bar and MILNE nodded the bouncing ball back into the empty goal.

The game had turned in Dundee's favour and they looked more likely to grab a later winner. McIntosh had come on for Hyde, and he was worrying the home defenders with his pace and strength.

Straight from the start of extra time McIntosh won the ball on the right with the keeper out of position. He crossed for Milne, who would have had a tap in, but Malcolm was able to turn the ball out for a corner with a desperate lunge. Dundee's second goal was delayed only by seconds. Conroy's comer found O'DONNELL unmarked only a few yards out and he headed powerfully into the net.

Dundee were comfortably in charge now and looked far more likely to score another than concede an equaliser, though they had a late fright when Swankie shot over from 15 yards after a Sheerin free kick wasn't cleared. Arbroath are a side clearly on a high after their impressive season winning the 3rd Division. They look as if they will be a force in the 2nd Division this season and they could well have beaten Dundee today. They will be very disappointed at losing the initiative after taking the lead and conceding an equaliser so quickly.

Dundee on the other hand will be relieved simply to survive a difficult tie. By the end O'Donnell and Chisholm were dominating the game but the midfield took too long to gel. The final ball to the strikers was seldom good enough, even when Dundee were in charge. The defence looked uncharacteristically nervous and were surprisingly vulnerable to simple long balls and crosses. There is still plenty of scope for improvement.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at July 23rd, 2011)

2011-12 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)39 1 - 229 -
Matt Lockwood34 1 - 365
Kyle Benedictus19 1 - 36 -
Rhys Weston30 1 - 35 -
Gary Irvine26 1 - 371
Ryan Conroy24 1 - 1 -
Jamie McCluskey23 1 - 1 -
Stephen O'Donnell28 11394
Ross Chisholm23 1 - 1 -
Jake Hyde21 1 - 33
Steven Milne31 1111826
Craig McKeown (sub)26 1 - 731
Leighton McIntosh (sub)18 1 - 134

League Table (as at July 23rd, 2011)

No league table has been added for this season.