Ross County 3
Dundee 0
League (First Division)

Ross County 

3 - 0


League (First Division)
Saturday, April 14th, 2012
Victoria Park
Attendance: 4,350
3:00 PM Kick-off

Michael Gardyne (9)
Colin McMenamin (61)
Michael Gardyne (64)

Team Managers
Derek Adams Barry Smith

Starting Eleven
1. Michael Fraser
2. Scott Boyd
3. Scott Morrison
4. Grant Munro
5. Gary Miller
6. Michael Gardyne
7. Iain Vigurs
8. Richard Brittain
9. Paul Lawson
10. Rocco Quinn
11. Colin McMenamin
Robert Douglas .1
Gary Irvine .2
Kyle Benedictus .3
Craig McKeown .4
Matt Lockwood .5
Mark Fotheringham .6
Stephen O'Donnell .7
Kevin McBride .8
Ryan Conroy .9
Steven Milne .10
Leighton McIntosh .11

12. Joe Malin
14. Marc Fitzpatrick
15. Mark Corcoran
16. Steven Craig
17. Sam Morrow
John Gibson .12
Rhys Weston .14
Ross Chisholm .15
Nicky Riley .16
Jake Hyde .17

Steven Craig for Richard Brittain (84)
Mark Corcoran for Michael Gardyne (84)
Sam Morrow for Colin McMenamin (84)
Jake Hyde for Mark Fotheringham (65)
Nicky Riley for Steven Milne (65)

Rocco Quinn (18)
Iain Vigurs (58)
Stephen O'Donnell (52)
Craig McKeown (85)

Red Cards
None. Kevin McBride (80)

Match Officials

John McKendrick (Referee)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee's hopes of being the party poopers at Dingwall today were comprehensively dashed as they went down tamely to a 3-0 defeat to the new 1st Division champions.

Two goals from Michael Gardyne and an own goal by Gary Irvine gave Ross County a convincing and deserved win.

In the absence of Jamie McCluskey Dundee looked unbalanced and lacking in penetration. They had no answer to the more direct style of County, whose defence never looked in danger of conceding a goal.

Mark Fotheringham came in for the injured McCluskey, but it wasn't a straight swap. Kevin McBride was sitting deep just in front of the defence, with Fotheringham and O'Donnell in front. As a result Dundee had plenty of the ball, but little penetration.

The afternoon got off to a bad start when County took the lead after nine minutes. Benedictus made a good tackle on McMenamin 35 yards out, but GARDYNE pounced on the loose ball, ran through, checked inside Irvine and slipped the ball past Douglas.

Dundee then settled into a lengthy spell of neat possession with no end product. County seemed happy enough to watch the Dee passing the ball round the midfield without getting anywhere. One move produced 34 passes without the ball ending up in the penalty area.

Gary Irvine did try his luck with a curling shot from 20 yards, and it took a marvellous save from Fraser to tip the ball round the post when it seemed to be heading into the top corner.

County's direct approach looked far more dangerous as they broke fast when Dundee moves came to nothing. Kevin McBride carelessly lost the ball to McMenamin, who gave Vigurs the chance to shoot from the penalty area, but Douglas saved well at the expense of a corner.

Quinn should have put County two up at the end of the best move of the half but he stabbed the ball wide after Gardyne had cut inside to open up the defence.

The first half might have been fairly even, but the Staggies came out determined to finish off the match. They had Dundee on the ropes for the first 20 minutes of the second half and only eased off with the game won.

Gardyne managed to wriggle free on the left and Douglas did well to save his cut back. The keeper did even better only a minute later saving brilliantly from McMenamin who had ran clear of the defence.

The second goal wasn't long delayed, and it came from a fine diagonal pass from Brittain to Vigurs, who hooked the ball over Douglas from the byline. McMenamin seemed sure to nod into the empty net, but a desperate challenge from Gary IRVINE only succeeded in turning the ball in for an own goal.

The final goal came three minutes later when Vigurs fired a hard, low cross to the near post where GARDYNE flicked the ball home.

Dundee immediately sent on Riley and Hyde for Milne and Fotheringham. This made them look more balanced, but little more threatening.

With the match safely won the tempo dropped. There was still time for a spot of utter stupidity from Kevin McBride and Rocco Quinn, which rightly saw the pair of them sent off. McBride challenged Quinn, with a daft and totally unnecessary swipe. Fortunately he didn't connect properly, but Quinn reacted angrily, the two players squared up to each other and others pitched in.

Both McBride and Quinn had already been booked, so it wasn't a very difficult decision for Mr McKendrick to show them both a second yellow and a red. Any sympathy the players might have received vanished when they launched into each other again at the mouth of the tunnel and they had to be pulled apart by the coaching staff.

After that Dundee probed away, and took the ball into the County penalty area a few times, but never created a convincing opening. County came close to a fourth when Vigurs' 25 yard free kick came down off the crossbar, and Craig shot wide in the scramble that followed.

At the end the Dundee players congratulated their opponents, then got off the pitch quickly to leave the home side to celebrate with their fans.

There was very little for the few Dundee supporters to enjoy today. Gary Irvine did well with the exhausting task of covering the right side of the pitch largely single handed. Kyle Benedictus made many good tackles and interceptions against difficult opponents, but none of the midfielders or strikers made any real impression on the match.

County showed why they are deserved champions; a tough, resolute defence and hard working, intelligent midfielders who never stop running and pulling defences out of position. 31 league games undefeated is an astonishing run. Some might say they're not the best champions the 1st Division has seen, but they have been far and away the best team in the division this season and thoroughly deserve the title.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at April 14th, 2012)

2011-12 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)39 40 - 268 -
Kyle Benedictus20 12 - 47 -
Gary Irvine27 401762
Matt Lockwood35 394749
Craig McKeown27 31 - 1031
Ryan Conroy24 39113911
Mark Fotheringham28 6 - 654
Kevin McBride30 9 - 9 -
Stephen O'Donnell28 374757
Leighton McIntosh19 181305
Steven Milne31 351515240
Nicky Riley (sub)25 264639
Jake Hyde (sub)21 306329

League Table (as at April 14th, 2012)

No league table has been added for this season.