Dundee 1
Livingston 0
League (First Division)

1 - 0

League (First Division)
Saturday, May 5th, 2012
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,675
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jamie Reid (48)

Team Managers
Barry Smith
John Hughes

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
2. Gary Irvine
3. Kyle Benedictus
4. Craig McKeown
5. Ryan Conroy
6. Nicky Riley
7. Stephen O'Donnell
8. Kevin McBride
9. Jamie Reid
10. Steven Milne
11. Leighton McIntosh
Andy McNeil .1
Kevin McCann .2
Callum Fordyce .3
Paul Watson .4
Craig Barr .5
Kyle Jacobs .6
Bobby Barr .7
Ross Docherty .8
Rory Boulding .9
Stefan Scougall .10
Dean Cummings .11

12. John Gibson
14. Ross Chisholm
15. Mark Fotheringham
16. Jake Hyde
17. Graham Bayne
Andy Murphy .12
Jack Beaumont .14
Connor McDonald .15
Jack Downie .16
Andy Russell .17

Jake Hyde for Leighton McIntosh (46)
Mark Fotheringham for Nicky Riley (85)
Graham Bayne for Steven Milne (90)
Jack Beaumont for Kevin McCann (7)
Andy Russell for Jack Beaumont (18)
Jack Downie for Dean Cummings (82)

Stephen O'Donnell (14)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Stephen Finnie (Referee)
Gary Sweeney & Ryan Milne (Assistants)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee signed off the season with a close, entertaining 1-0 win against an attractive Livingston side. 18 year old Jamie Reid sealed the points on his debut with a well taken goal just after half time. The Dee then held on to deny Livi, who kept on plugging away with their neat, passing game and would have been worth a point.

Barry Smith made two changes after last week's defeat at Ayr. Jamie Reid and Leighton McIntosh came in to replace Matt Lockwood and Rhys Weston. Ryan Conroy moved to left back with Reid in front of him on the left wing.

Young Jamie was quickly involved in the match. In the first minute he took a McIntosh pass and burst past a defender into the penalty area but Milne couldn't turn onto his pass to get shot in.

Nicky Riley on the right had an equally lively start. After an early Livi corner he picked up the ball on the edge of the Dundee penalty area and raced nearly the whole length of the field till he lost possession deep in the opposite penalty area when he tried to cut in for a shot. Next he raced round left back Fordyce and into the penalty area, and the full back was fortunate that his recovery tackle was considered legal when the home support were appealing for a penalty.

Livingston did well to cope with the disruption caused by losing right back McCann after 8 minutes and then his replacement Beaumont only 10 minutes later.

Ryan Conroy may have been playing in defence but he was still keen to venture upfield. His rasping 30 yard shot was still rising when it rebounded from keeper McNeil's left hand post.

At the other end Livi came close when Bobby Barr tricked his way past Nicky Riley on the byline and hammered the ball across the face of goal with no teammates on hand to turn the ball in. Livi then settled into a lengthy spell of tidy possession, but they had difficulty picking their way through the Dundee defence. It was Dundee who threatened next when a trademark Conroy free kick was well saved by McNeil.

Jake Hyde came on for Leighton McIntosh at half time, and kept his head well under pressure to clear a Livi corner early in the second half. The clearance went straight to the only Dark Blue left upfield. Jamie REID flicked the ball past his marker on the half way line and he was clear on goal. On and on he ran, with more than enough time to think about the glory of scoring on his debut, or about how he'd celebrate the goal! Happily he put all such thoughts out of his mind and concentrated on keeping ahead of the defenders, then picking his moment to clip the ball past the keeper and high into the net. What a wonderful moment for a young player, and how he enjoyed it!

Dundee picked up their game and attacked Livingston with more fluency than they'd shown in the first half. Jake Hyde ended a fine move with a fierce volley just over the bar. He should then have scored when McNeil parried a shot from Milne, who'd picked up a lovely pass from Riley. Unfortunately Hyde stabbed the ball wide and lost the chance of a goal on his last appearance for the Dee.

Livingston worked their way back into the game, playing some lovely, incisive passing football. Stefan Scougall, who was outstanding in Livi's midfield, shot just wide from the edge of the area. Boulding then burst clear and lobbed the advancing Douglas, but the ball drifted just over the bar. Douglas had to be at his best when Bobby Barr was allowed to run clear, and the veteran keeper saved superbly.

Livingston might have been playing well and creating the better chances, but Dundee still looked dangerous when they attacked. Surprisingly an open and entertaining game ended with no further goals. The last chance for Livi came from a corner, which created a scramble that ended with Kevin McBride clearing the ball of the line in the last minute.

Dundee weren't at their best today, but it was a considerable improvement on recent performances. The defence played well against a very good footballing side. The players in front of them worked hard and linked well. It was good to see Nicky Riley back to something close to his best after his injury problems. But the best thing by far about today's game was seeing the euphoric excitement on the face of a teenager who'd just scored on his debut. To cap a day that Jamie Reid will never forget he was named as the sponsor's man of the match. I bet he's grinning still!

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at May 5th, 2012)

2011-12 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)40 43 - 271 -
Craig McKeown27 33 - 1051
Gary Irvine27 431792
Kyle Benedictus20 15 - 50 -
Kevin McBride30 11 - 11 -
Stephen O'Donnell28 404787
Ryan Conroy25 42124212
Nicky Riley25 294669
Jamie Reid17 1111
Leighton McIntosh19 211335
Steven Milne32 371615441
Mark Fotheringham (sub)28 8 - 674
Graham Bayne (sub)32 21 - 441
Jake Hyde (sub)21 326349

League Table (as at May 5th, 2012)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

When I think about writing my programme notes this time last year, it seems like it was an eternity away.

I think it shows how far we have come as a team and as a club, when sitting in 2nd place today is viewed by some with an air of disappointment.

From the perspective of the backroom staff, our objective at the start of the season was to stabilise the club on the park, and to look no further than the next game, trying to win every match.

That goal remains the same as we face Livingston this afternoon. John Hughes is a good manager, and is rightly renowned for his attractive style of football. We too, try to play good football, so with that in mind our last game of the season should be an attractive one.

We've announced this week that six players will not be back at Dens next season. Mark Fotheringham has played at a high level, and undoubtedly has the ability to do so again, and Graham Bayne has been a fantastic servant to this club in terms of attitude and commitment. Jake Hyde and Ross Chisholm will move on and do well at another club I'm sure, whilst Craig McKeown and Rhys Weston formed a formidable partnership last season, and we wish Rhys all the very best as he embarks on a new challenge in Iceland whilst I'm sure Craig will have no shortage of offers.

From all of the players and the management team, I sincerely thank all the fans for their backing over the past 10 months. Your support inspires us to keep improving, and that's exactly what we'll be working hard to do over the coming weeks and months.