5 - 1
5 - 1
Scottish Cup (5th Round)
Jim McAlister (29)
Lewis Toshney (65)
Colin Nish (71)
John Baird (74)
Declan Gallagher (82)
|Michael Tidser (31)
1. Robert Douglas
18. Declan Gallagher
2. Gary Irvine
26. Brian Easton
25. Lewis Toshney
20. Jim McAlister
7. Nicky Riley
8. Kevin McBride
6. Iain Davidson
10. John Baird
24. Colin Nish
Derek Gaston .1
Kevin Rutkiewicz .2
Willie Dyer .3
Craig Reid .4
Scott Taggart .5
Fouad Bachirou .6
Michael Tidser .7
Martin Hardie .8
David O'Brien .9
David Graham .10
Peter MacDonald .11
17. Kyle Benedictus
11. Ryan Conroy
15. Steven Milne
10. John Baird
27. Mark Stewart
David Hutton .12
Tam O'Ware .14
Kyle Wilkie .15
Tony Wallace .16
Peter Weatherson .17
Steven Milne for Colin Nish (80)
Ryan Conroy for Kevin McBride (86)
Mark Stewart for John Baird (86)
Peter Weatherson for David Graham (72)
Kyle Wilkie for Martin Hardie (72)
Bobby Madden (Referee)
It might have been a long bleak winter in the league, but there was definitely a more cheery spring in the air at Dens Park this afternoon. Dundee spanked Morton 5-1 to cruise through to the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup. And who is waiting there? None other than Dundee United - the perfect draw for the fans, and the bank manager!
Morton haven't lost an away game in any competition this season, but that impressive run came to a crunching halt as Dundee went nap with goals from Jim McAlister, Lewis Toshney, Colin Nish, John Baird and Declan Gallagher. Michael Tidser's first half equaliser allowed the visitors to reach half time on level terms, but they were blown away in a devastating four goal second half.
The only change to the Dundee line-up was the return of Kevin McBride in place of the cup tied Gary Harkins. McBride played at the base of a four man midfield diamond with Davidson and McAlister in front of him. Nicky Riley took a free role at the front of the diamond, often heading out to either wing.
Dundee started the better side, patiently holding the ball and passing it around looking for openings. The first chance came from a set piece, however. Baird's glancing header from McAlister's corner was cleared off the line. Nicky Riley was looking dangerous and sent a 20 yard shot just past the post after cutting in from the left.
Baird was next to have a go, but fired into the side netting after racing onto Nish's flick.
Morton were struggling to get through the Dundee defence, but Douglas had to move smartly to turn a 25 yard free kick from Hardie round the post.
Dundee should have taken the lead after a lovely piece of wing play by Riley. He skinned his man and whipped over a cross that looked gift wrapped for the strikers. Unfortunately Baird missed it five yards out and the ball bounced off a surprised Nish and out of play.
The opening goal was delayed by only a minute. After 29 minutes Easton played a diagonal ball in to Nish, who sent a cushioned header into the path of McALISTER who scored with a crisp shot inside the near post from 10 yards. It was Jim McAlister's first goal for Dundee, but his celebration was decidedly muted after scoring against the club who gave him his chance in senior football.
Dundee had been playing well and deserved their lead. Morton had posed little danger, so it was galling for the Dee that they conceded a quick and cheap equaliser. A low ball in from the right was poorly defended. The first shot from MacDonald was blocked, but with the home defence at sea TIDSER's follow up from eight yards crept over the line. Douglas got a hand to it, but couldn't quite keep it out.
Dundee kept their heads and continued to look the better side, mixing up a neat passing game with the odd high ball for Nish.
Just before half time a cross from Riley on the left produced a scramble similar to the one from which Morton scored, but this time the defence escaped when Baird turned and shot wide.
The second half started with the Morton defence getting into a mess trying to defend a high ball and Nish nearly forced the ball past keeper Gaston. That set the pattern for the rest of the game as Morton struggled to cope with Dundee's threat, whether in the air or on the ground.
Dundee were well on top now and an excellent flowing move through Baird, Nish and McAlister ended when Riley was crowded out before he could get his shot away. McAlister then made space with a skillful turn, but Gaston held his 25 yard shot comfortably.
Dundee's pressure was forcing Morton to defend deeper. The visitors mounted the odd breakaway, but couldn't unsettle a confident looking Dee defence.
Eventually Dundee's patience paid off with a well deserved second goal after 65 minutes. Baird won a corner on the left. McAlister swung the ball over and Lewis TOSHNEY met the ball perfectly to score with a firm near post header that O'Brien on the line couldn't keep out.
Morton now had to open up to try and stay in the cup. That left them wide open for Dundee, who punished the Ton ruthlessly. The final 25 minutes delighted the Dark Blue support as the Dee ran riot.
Riley was running the Morton defence ragged, and caught them out when he cut in from the right and stabbed a fizzing early cross into the goalmouth with the outside of his foot. Right back Taggart was flat footed and let the ball skim off the top of his head. Colin NISH was standing a couple of yards behind him, in the right place at the right time to let the ball bounce off his head and fly into the net! Lucky? Well, there are times you make your own luck. Dundee had opened up the Morton defence, and Nish was there to take advantage.
The fun continued when Riley was fouled on the touchline. McBride's free kick was headed down by Nish for John BAIRD to rifle a low shot from 15 yards into the net for his first goal at Dens.
Morton looked shell shocked and had a go at trying to make the scoreline more respectable. It took a classic Rab Douglas save to deny them, as he leapt across his goal to stop Tidser's 20 yard shot arrowing into the top corner.
Normal service was quickly resumed at the other end. Declan Gallagher chased a loose ball out towards the corner flag after a corner. There seemed to be nothing on for him, so he shielded the ball to win a free kick. GALLAGHER trotted back into the goalmouth to score with an emphatic far post header from McAlister's cross.
Steven Milne came on for the last 10 minutes, replacing Colin Nish who got a good round of applause after his goal and two assists. Milne was soon involved in a wonderfully entertaining stramash in the Morton goalmouth in the last few minutes.
Nickey Riley showed great skill and persistence to burrow his way clear of the defence and into the penalty area. His cut back was touched wide as far as Baird who pinged it straight back into the goalmouth. Riley and Milne then played a thrilling game of pinball with the Morton defence. The ball zipped to and fro, seeming to defy the laws of physics as it refused to cross the line; the Dundee players frantically trying to force it into the net and the defenders hurling themselves around to thwart them. Eventually the ball was pushed round the post for a corner. It might not have been a goal, but an amazing, extended goal-line scramble like that was almost as good for entertainment value.
Entertainment was very much the theme today, and the DJ played the Jam's "That's Entertainment" as the players left the field to well earned applause. It was a smashing, action packed cup tie, with loads of thrills and goals. It was all played in a good spirit too, with no bookings.
Dundee's defence again looked solid. The midfield was creative, hard working and effective. Up front Dundee looked dangerous throughout, and after the second goal went in they looked like scoring every time they came forward.
This was a really pleasing, feel good result. It was great to see the players getting their reward for hard work and some very good football too. It was also marvellous to see three players getting their first ever goals in Dark Blue; McAlister, Toshney and Gallagher, with Baird grabbing his first at Dens.
Now boys, let's see you carry this forward into the league! And the quarter final too please, PLEASE!
Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website
|Robert Douglas (GK)
|Ryan Conroy (sub)
|Steven Milne (sub)
|Mark Stewart (sub)
No league table has been added for this season.
Last Sunday's game was both easing and frustrating in equal measures, and I'm delighted we have the opportunity to play in front of our home fans again today.
We were the team going forward for the majority of the second half against Kilmarnock and created good chances in the first half as well. The four strikers that we started with did extremely well, and all worked hard.
I'm delighted for the defence to get a clean sheet. They've had a difficult time of late, but it's now about building on that clean sheet. A couple of decisions went against us last Sunday, but if we keep performing how we've done in the past two games it's only a matter of time before we get the rub of the green and start hitting the back of the net.
Today we welcome Greenock Morton to Dens Park and despite being in a division below us, we certainly won't be going into this game with any complacency. Allan Moore has his team playing well and they'll be high on confidence, especially away from home where their form has been remarkable. We will have to keep our work rate as high as ever and trust that the quality we have will take us through.
We also have reason to go into this game with self belief given recent performances. The boys are working hard as ever and know there is still much more to come from this team.
Whilst we all know that the league is our priority, the Scottish Cup is a fantastic competition and one in which we are keen to go as far as we possibly can.