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League (Championship)
Saturday, October 12th, 2013
Dumbarton Football Stadium
Attendance: 1,175
3:00 PM Kick-off

Garry Fleming (78) Peter MacDonald (49)
Ryan Conroy (68)
Peter MacDonald (pen.) (71)
Gavin Rae (88)

Team Managers
Ian Murray John Brown

Starting Eleven
19. Jamie Ewings
3. Scott Smith
5. Aaron Barry
2. Paul McGinn
4. Andy Graham
16. Scott Linton
6. Chris Turner
7. Mark Gilhaney
17. Colin Nish
12. Bryan Prunty
9. Mitch Megginson
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

1. Stephen Grindlay
14. Garry Fleming
24. Ally McKerracher
15. Jordan Kirkpatrick
10. Kevin Smith
Dan Twardzik .27
James Thomson .21
Jamie Reid .22
Steven Doris .16
Craig Wighton .33
Carlo Monti .15
Martin Boyle .23

Garry Fleming for Scott Linton (69)
Jordan Kirkpatrick for Scott Smith (76)
Kevin Smith for Bryan Prunty (79)
Craig Wighton for Craig Beattie (64)
Steven Doris for Peter MacDonald (72)
Jamie Reid for Nicky Riley (79)

Colin Nish (30)
Paul McGinn (58)
Gary Irvine (41)
Peter MacDonald (51)
Declan Gallagher (77)

Red Cards
Colin Nish (58) None.

Match Officials

Barry Cook (Referee)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee continued their fine recent form with an emphatic 4-1 win over Dumbarton at the Bet Butler Stadium this afternoon. Peter MacDonald scored with a 30 yard free kick and then a penalty. In between Ryan Conroy had extended the Dee's lead. Garry Fleming pulled a goal back for the Sons, but Gavin Rae emphasised Dundee's superiority with a fourth goal.

Former Dee Colin Nish was sent off for a second yellow card when the score was 1-0, a decision that ensured there was no way back for the Sons, though the game had already turned decisively in Dundee's favour.

The Dark Blues started the match patiently and looked the better side for most of the first half without dominating against a well organised Dumbarton side.

Dundee passed the ball around and probed the Sons' defence looking for a breakthrough, but couldn't create clear chances. Dumbarton were happy to sit back with the wing backs playing deep, effectively forming a five man defence for most of the half.

When the Sons did come forward they managed to put in a couple of dangerous cross without getting anyone on the end of them, but late in the first half they twice came close to scoring.

Kyle Letheren couldn't take a high free kick under pressure. The ball dropped into the goalmouth and Gary Irvine hacked it clear from almost under the bar. Moments later a high corner caused consternation in the Dundee defence. The ball was allowed to bounce and former Dundee player Mark Gilhaney scooped a looping shot over the defenders on the line, but the ball dropped onto the top of the bar and over.

Dundee went back onto the attack and Craig Beattie also struck the top of the bar, with a measured shot from 25 yards.

The Dark Blues started the second half strongly and took the lead within four minutes of the restart. Craig Beattie was fouled 30 yards out. Peter MACDONALD took the free kick and his shot picked up a slight deflection that gave keeper Jamie Ewings no chance.

Dundee stepped up their game after scoring and pressed hard for a second. The game was clearly slipping away from Dumbarton and any hopes they had of saving the match took a hammer blow when Colin Nish was red carded after 58 minutes. He'd been booked for wiping out Declan Gallagher in a first half aerial challenge. When his challenge on Iain Davidson left the Dundee defender clutching his face the referee pulled out both cards, giving the big striker a second booking and a red card.

Craig Beattie picked up a knock and was replaced by Craig Wighton for the last half hour. Dundee were much more comfortable than they had been in the first half and had vast areas of space to attack as the Sons left spaces as they had to open up. It was no surprise then the Dark Blues killed the game with two quick goals.

MacDonald cut in from the right and found Wighton who made a yard of space 25 yards out and slipped the ball to CONROY. The Dumbarton-born winger took a touch to set himself and hit a beautifully controlled shot into the keeper's top left corner from 20 yards.

Three minutes later McAlister chased after a long ball down the right, robbed Barry, but was then brought down by the defender as he ran along the byline towards goal. Peter MACDONALD battered the resulting penalty home and the only question that remained was how many the Dee would win by.

A moment of slackness allowed Dumbarton substitute Garry FLEMING to run clear from the left wing, and he rounded Letheren to finish calmly from a tight angle.

Dundee ensured that the goal was no more than a consolation and snuffed out any hope of a fight back by pressing the Sons back, keeping the play deep in the home half.

Craig Wighton looked very much at home and was constantly on the shoulders of the last defender looking to break free or to play team mates in on goal. The youngster nearly scored with a neat header that Ewings did well to turn over.

A further Dundee goal seemed inevitable but it didn't arrive till the 88th minute. McAlister crossed from the right to Conroy coming in from the left. He played it back to Wighton, who shaped to shoot, but instead set up Gavin RAE to pass the ball into the net from just inside the area. It was a great goal to watch, fine teamwork and a composed finish.

This was a very close and competitive match until the game swung Dundee's way early in the second half. The players did very well to step up a gear and take control of a game that could easily have swung the other way if the Dark Blues had not had the willpower and ability to take charge. In previous games this season Dundee have struggled to convert good chances into goals. In the second half today their finishing was ruthless and that is hugely encouraging for the Dark Blues.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at October 12th, 2013)

2013-14 All Time
Kyle Letheren (GK)26 14 - 14 -
Declan Gallagher22 142423
Gary Irvine28 13 - 1312
Matt Lockwood36 7 - 10910
Nicky Riley27 9 - 10511
Gavin Rae35 14127531
Iain Davidson29 101502
Jim McAlister27 141566
Ryan Conroy26 1429421
Peter MacDonald32 14101410
Craig Beattie29 6262
Jamie Reid (sub)18 5 - 71
Steven Doris (sub)25 11 - 11 -
Craig Wighton (sub)16 2 - 2 -

League Table (as at October 12th, 2013)

No league table has been added for this season.