Queen's Park 2
Dundee 1
League Cup (2nd Round)

Queen's Park 

2 - 1


League Cup (2nd Round)
Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
Hampden Park
Attendance: 707
7:45 PM Kick-off

Jamie Longworth (pen.) (24)
Sean Burns (76)
Steven Milne (5)

Team Managers
Gardner Speirs Barry Smith

Starting Eleven
1. Neil Parry
2. Ricky Little
3. Peter Bradley
4. Jamie Brough
5. Andy Robertson
6. Giuseppe Capuano
7. David Anderson
8. Michael Keenan
9. Ian Watt
10. Burns
11. Jamie Longworth
Robert Douglas .1
Davide Grassi .21
Gary Irvine .2
Matt Lockwood .3
Neil McGregor .5
Ryan Conroy .11
Iain Davidson .6
Jim McAlister .20
Graham Webster .16
John Baird .10
Steven Milne .15

12. Blair Lochhead
14. Paul Gallacher
15. Owen Ronald
16. Craig Smith
17. Lawrence Shankland
Alex Baird .36
Declan Gallagher .18
James Thomson .32
Stephen O'Donnell .4
Jamie Reid .33

Lawrence Shankland for Ian Watt (63)
Owen Ronald for Sean Burns (85)
Declan Gallagher for Graham Webster (25)
Stephen O'Donnell for Steven Milne (63)

Andrew Robertson (14)
Ricky Little (28)
John Baird (38)
Gary Irvine (45)
Davide Grassi (92)

Red Cards
None. Neil McGregor (24)

Match Officials

Craig Thomson (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee plunged embarrassingly out of the League Cup at Hampden Park, losing 2-1 to 3rd Division Queen's Park. The match hinged on a 24th minute penalty which allowed Queen's to equalise Steven Milne's early goal and saw Neil McGregor sent off. Queens Park made their extra man count, Dundee couldn't match their hard running game and the Spiders sealed the game with Sean Burns goal 15 minutes from time.

Injuries forced Barry Smith into four changes to Saturday's line up, with Lockwood, Webster, Baird and Milne coming in to replace Benedictus, O'Donnell, Stewart and Nish.

The match got off to a flying start with an early chance at either end. Milne cut the ball back for Conroy, whose shot was blocked. Queens then went close when Burns crossed and Longworth's flick drifted past the post.

The first goal soon arrived, after four minutes. McAlister played a clever ball through the middle for MILNE to run on and dink the ball over the diving keeper.

Dundee were comfortably on top and could have extended their lead when Baird crossed for Conroy to blast a volley over the bar.

The match turned on its head half way through the first half when sloppy defending cost the Dee a player and a goal. A long throw was only half cleared, and the ball was quickly played back in. Anderson flicked the ball on and Longworth was in the clear. Neil McGregor's clumsy foul brought an inevitable red card and penalty, which LONGWORTH converted.

Barry Smith immediately sent on Declan Gallagher in place of Graham Webster. Dundee's composed passing game pretty much vanished after Queen's opener, and only in occasional flashes did the Dee look three divisions above the Spiders.

The Dundee defence didn't look comfortable at set pieces and nearly conceded a dreadfully soft second goal, when Burns free kick was allowed to float into the goalmouth where the ball bounced off the shins of the startled Douglas.

Dundee came close just before half time when Ryan Conroy ran past two players and fired in a fierce 20 yard shot, which was brilliantly turned over the bar by keeper Neil Parry.

The Spiders came out after half time fired up to take the game to Dundee. Their hard running, high tempo style stopped Dundee settling into comfortable possession. Queen's constant movement helped them see plenty of the ball, but neither side was able to worry the keepers.

Dundee's best move of the game saw Jim McAlister spin away from two players and race down the right. His cross found Baird running in from the left, but the volley flew too high. McAlister again showed great skill when he made space to run through the middle. His fierce 20 yard shot was beaten down by Parry, hooked clear and the Spiders raced up the park to grab the winner.

The Dundee defence had looked fairly comfortable in open play, but were caught out horribly as Queen's Park broke. Longworth's through ball found Sean BURNS in an astonishing amount of space to run in and shoot past Douglas.

Dundee tried desperately to get back into the game, but as they left space at the back a third goal for Queen's Park looked as likely as an equaliser. The centre of defence opened up again for Burns to run in, but Douglas blocked this time.

John Baird shot narrowly wide after a good move on the left. Ryan Conroy's 18 yard shot was deflected round the post, and Declan Gallagher's header was blocked on the line from the corner.

Davide Grassi moved into attack for the last few minutes, but Dundee's efforts were frantic and never had the composure to open up the Spiders' defence.

For the first 20 minutes this looked like it should be a very comfortable cup tie. The penalty incident and red card, which both looked good calls by the referee, totally changed the game. Even one man down Dundee should have been able to handle the situation, but they were never able to dominate Queen's Park, who deserved their win.

Dundee clearly had better players than Queen's Park, even allowing for the disruption through injuries. Once Queen's Park got back into the game the Dundee players couldn't impose their extra quality on the game and were constantly hustled into conceding possession, and left chasing the hard working home side.

In the early stages Baird and Milne were linking well and pulling the Queen's Park defence around. After the sending off the strikers took turns to drop deep and cover the right midfield. The result was the sole striker was always too far away from the supporting players and Dundee were largely toothless in attack, while never looking balanced in midfield.

After five matches without a goal it looked like Dundee's season might be about to pick up when they scored so early. Sadly it was all downhill for Dundee after that.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at August 29th, 2012)

2012-13 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)40 6 - 277 -
Davide Grassi26 4 - 4 -
Gary Irvine27 6 - 852
Matt Lockwood35 5 - 819
Neil McGregor27 4 - 351
Ryan Conroy25 6 - 4812
Iain Davidson28 5 - 5 -
Jim McAlister26 5 - 5 -
Graham Webster20 5 - 9 -
John Baird27 6 - 6 -
Steven Milne32 1115542
Declan Gallagher (sub)21 2 - 2 -
Stephen O'Donnell (sub)29 4 - 827

League Table (as at August 29th, 2012)

No league table has been added for this season.