0 - 2
Craig Beattie (36)
Ryan Conroy (82)
1. Thomas Flynn
14. Dean Brett
5. John Armstrong
4. Thomas O'Brien
3. Kenny Adamson
7. Marc McKenzie
6. Nat Wedderburn
8. Jamie Stevenson
22. Jon Robertson
21. Kane Hemmings
9. Greg Stewart
Kyle Letheren .1
Matt Lockwood .3
Gary Irvine .2
Declan Gallagher .18
Iain Davidson .6
Gavin Rae .10
Nicky Riley .7
Ryan Conroy .11
Jim McAlister .20
Craig Beattie .29
Peter MacDonald .9
17. Grant Adam
2. David Cowan
20. Kyle Miller
18. Lewis Milne
11. Jordan Morton
10. Andy Russell
Dan Twardzik .27
Kyle Benedictus .17
Kevin McBride .8
Jamie Reid .22
Steven Doris .16
Martin Boyle .23
Craig Wighton .33
Jordan Morton for Jamie Stevenson (63)
Kyle Miller for Marc McKenzie (76)
Craig Wighton for Craig Beattie (81)
Kevin McBride for Nicky Riley (85)
Steven Doris for Peter MacDonald (89)
Nat Wedderburn (69)
Kenny Adamson (92)
Greg Aitken (Referee)
A determined Dundee team ran out convincing winners in this afternoon's Championship match at Central Park. A wonderful lob from Craig Beattie in the first half and a late clincher by Ryan Conroy sealed the Dark Blues' first away win in the league this season. Kyle Letheren made one comfortable save in the first half but was left largely undisturbed in a one sided second half when his opposite number Thomas Flynn had to perform heroics to keep the Dee at bay.
Willie Dyer was missing from the squad and Matt Lockwood stepped in to play left back. Apart from that the Dee were unchanged from last week.
Cowdenbeath offered a threat only in the opening 20 minutes, which were fairly even until Dundee took charge. Greg Stewart's neat control allowed him to cut in from the right, but his shot was taken easily by Letheren.
At the other end Dundee passed up chance after chance. Nicky Riley took Beattie's pass and shot across goal. Peter MacDonald's poor first touch cost him a good chance from Riley's pass. A spell on frantic pressure on the home goal ended with McAlister shooting narrowly wide. Peter MacDonald then flashed a shot across the goal and past the far post with Riley diving in and just failing to touch the ball home.
Eventually the Dark Blues took a deserved lead 9 minutes from half time thanks to a delicious touch of class. When Craig Beattie chested the ball into his path 35 yards from goal he had several options, but the one he chose brought Bill Shankly's famous quote to mind. “If you're not sure what to do with the ball, just pop it in the net and we'll discuss your options afterwards”. BEATTIE duly flighted a pin-point lob over the head of keeper Flynn and turned to take the delighted acclaim of the travelling Dees.
Home defender John Armstrong had a half chance when the ball broke to him on the edge of the penalty area, but his shot flew well over the bar. The pattern of the game had been set now, and the home side were struggling to get out of their own half.
The second half saw the pressure firmly on the home goal as the Dark Blues turned the screw on the Blue Brazil. Riley ran onto Beattie's pass and his firmly driven cross was scrambled out for a corner, from which Gallagher forced a good save from Flynn.
Craig Beattie had clearly taken huge confidence from his goal and he was in his element, taking the ball down and using his strength and control to hold off defenders and play his teammates into dangerous positions.
Peter MacDonald should have added to Dundee's lead but his close range header from Conroy's free kick was kept out by an amazing reflex save by Flynn.
A fleeting moment of indecision in the Dundee defence allowed a long throw by Jamie Stevenson to bounce across the goal and beyond the far post. However, the home side were struggling to keep possession on the rare occasion they ventured past the half way line as the Dark Blue poured forward in a series of dangerous attacks.
Gavin Rae's ferocious 20 yarder took a deflection that sent the ball spinning nicely into the keeper's arms. Nicky Riley then dragged the ball wide after a diagonal run across the penalty area had opened up the defence. Peter MacDonald was next to have a go, but headed over at the far post after Riley had taken Beattie's clever pass and skinned the full back. MacDonald then tried to send Conroy clear, but Flynn raced from his penalty area to clear desperately.
After 73 minutes McAlister ran onto MacDonald's pass and flicked the ball past Flynn and into the net, but was aghast to see the flag up for offside. It must have been a very tight decision.
Riley wasted a great chance when MacDonald sent him free. The winger cut inside to make a better angle, but Flynn saved brilliantly when Riley shot for the top corner. Gary Irvine got on the end of a McAlister corner, but couldn't keep his header down.
The match had become totally one sided, but frustratingly the Dark Blues couldn't put the game to bed. There was always the possibility that Cowdenbeath could fashion an unlikely equaliser whilst there was only a single goal in it.
At last, 10 minutes from time, Dundee scored the killer second goal. Peter MacDonald raced down the left onto a Lockwood pass. His clever cross wrong footed the defence allowing Ryan CONROY to run into space and calmly pass the ball across the keeper from 10 yards and inside the far post, to the huge relief of the noisy Dundee support.
In a rare Cowdenbeath attack substitute Morton sent a 25 yard rocket a foot over Letheren's bar, but the home side didn't manage to get a shot on target after the opening exchanges.
16 year old Craig Wighton had replaced Craig Beattie for his competitive debut immediately before the second goal and Steven Doris came on for Peter MacDonald shortly before the end. The newcomers nearly combined for a third goal when Wighton played the ball across for Doris, but Flynn saved Cowdenbeath yet again.
The final whistle brought sustained and delighted applause from the visiting supporters who were well pleased with the efforts of Dundee today. Central Park is a tricky venue, and Dundee have come unstuck there in the past. Today Dundee were determined to take all the points home and they were far too good for the home side. The defence was solid, the midfield supported the strikers well, and the front two worked the Cowdenbeath defence intelligently until the goals came. There should have been more goals, but this was a good, professional performance to follow up last week's convincing win against Morton.
Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website
|Kyle Letheren (GK)
|Kevin McBride (sub)
|Steven Doris (sub)
|Craig Wighton (sub)
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