Dumbarton 0
Dundee 1
League (Championship)


Dumbarton 

0 - 1

Dundee


League (Championship)
Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
Dumbarton Football Stadium
Attendance: 1,222
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. Peter MacDonald (83)

Team Managers
Ian Murray Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
1. Stephen Grindlay
24. Michael Miller
5. Mark McLaughlin
16. Scott Linton
4. Andy Graham
2. Paul McGinn
15. Jordan Kirkpatrick
6. Chris Turner
21. Chris Kane
17. Colin Nish
9. Mitch Megginson
Kyle Letheren .1
Willie Dyer .5
Kyle Benedictus .17
Declan Gallagher .18
Gary Irvine .2
Ryan Conroy .11
Kevin McBride .8
Nicky Riley .7
Iain Davidson .6
Jim McAlister .20
Christian Nadé .27

Bench
19. Jamie Ewings
8. Scott Agnew
26. Hugh Murray
7. Mark Gilhaney
11. Steven McDougall
14. Gary Fleming
12. Bryan Prunty
Dan Twardzik .27
Matt Lockwood .3
Adam Cummins .25
Gavin Rae .10
Peter MacDonald .9
Steven Doris .16
Craig Beattie .29

Substitutions
Mark Gilhaney for Chris Turner (66)
Garry Fleming for Jordan Kirkpatrick (75)
Bryan Prunty for Scott Linton (
Gavin Rae for Kevin McBride (23)
Peter MacDonald for Christian Nadé (59)
Craig Beattie for Ryan Conroy (76)

Cautions
None. Gary Irvine (56)
Kyle Benedictus (78)
Nicky Riley (89)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Brian Colvin (Referee)



Photography by David Young

Match Report


Dundee stayed on top of the Championship after a nerve shreddingly tense 1-0 win at Dumbarton. Peter MacDonald came off the bench to grab the vital goal after 83 minutes, but it took a penalty save by Kyle Letheren in the closing minutes to seal the win. The Sons had been the better side throughout the first half and must be wondering how they lost this match.

Paul Hartley reacted to Tuesday night's disappointing performance at home to Raith by making four changes. The lack of creativity in that match meant that the most eye-catching changes were up front. Top scorer Peter MacDonald dropped onto the bench along with Steven Doris. Nicky Riley, Ryan Conroy and Christian Nadé came in, while Martin Boyle was missing from the squad. In central midfield Kevin McBride returned from illness to replace Gavin Rae, who was a substitute.

Dumbarton started more strongly and were the better side throughout a deeply uncomfortable first half for the Dark Blues. The Sons first chance came with only 30 seconds on the clock. Letheren parried Linton's awkward 20 yard shot, which bounced just in front of him. He then had to react smartly to block Kane's follow up.

After four minutes Megginson spun on the edge of the penalty area and forced a good save from Letheren, who touched the ball over the bar.

Dundee had a huge escape after 12 minutes. Letheren fumbled Turner's weak header from six yards over the goal line. The Dumbarton players were already heading back to the centre circle celebrating when they realised that referee Mr Colvin had disallowed the goal. It seemed a very late decision, and few supporters could have spotted the infringement, possibly a push by Turner. It looked a very fortunate decision for the Dee.

Undeterred the Sons continued to dominate. Chris Kane's speed and clever linking with his teammates always threatened to open up Dundee. The young striker, on loan from St Johnstone, had a series of shots that flashed around Letheren's goal. He also teed up Kirkpatrick to shoot from 12 yards, but Letheren pulled off a great save.

The Dee keeper didn't look so smart when he ballooned a clearance off Kane for a goal kick. He then hit the kick against ex-Dee Colin Nish on the edge of the area, but managed to scramble the rebound clear.

The Sons' final chance of the half fell to Kane who scooped his eight yard shot on the turn over the bar.

Dundee's only chance in the first half fell to Nadé, who headed Dyer's dangerous cross inches wide.

The Dark Blues stepped up their game after half time and the second half was an even affair. It was anyone's guess who might win as Dundee tried to push the Sons back, and the home side responded strongly, clearly believing in their ability to win.

Nadé managed to get onto Dyer's cross, but his header was easily taken by Grindlay. At the other end a McLaughlin header from a free kick drifted wide.

Chris Kane remained extremely dangerous, and he found space on the edge of the penalty area, but Dyer's challenge took the sting out of his shot.

Dundee had spells of good pressure, but couldn't create good chances. Peter MacDonald came on for Nadé, then Craig Beattie replaced Conroy.

The Dark Blues may not have been at their best, but they were determined to try and dig out a win and got their break after 83 minutes.

Home keeper Stephen Grindlay had to come out of his area to challenge Beattie for a high through ball. He managed only to head it sideways to the wing, where Peter MACDONALD collected the ball and from a very tight angle he stroked a low shot 30 yards into the empty net. The ball took ages to roll over the line with defenders chasing back in vain. By the time it crossed the line the Dark Blues' support were in a frenzy of delight.

Two minutes later there was another explosion of joy from the away fans. Kane got the break of the ball in the penalty area and Benedictus dived in to concede a penalty. Substitute Bryan Prunty had only just come onto the pitch and he took the spot kick. He smashed his shot down the middle, but for once the keeper didn't move and Kyle Letheren was able to push the ball away.

Dundee then took a grip of proceedings and ran the clock down without too much trouble. Dumbarton tried frantically, but lacked the composure to unsettle Dundee, who spent most of injury time keeping possession in the home half.

For all of the first half this had all the makings of a costly defeat. The Dark Blues may have played poorly in that first half, but in fairness to Dumbarton it should be said that they played very well and made Dundee struggle.

This win was all about character, and admittedly a big slice of luck. The Dee managed to hang on when things were looking tough and grabbed their chance when it came. Still, it's another clean sheet, four on the bounce, and six in seven games since Paul Hartley arrived. But oh boy, that was stressful for the fans today!

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at March 22nd, 2014)


2013-14 All Time
Age
Kyle Letheren (GK)27 34 - 34 -
Willie Dyer27 19 - 19 -
Gary Irvine29 34 - 1522
Declan Gallagher23 354635
Kyle Benedictus22 181972
Jim McAlister28 354779
Iain Davidson30 242643
Nicky Riley27 24 - 12011
Kevin McBride32 263644
Ryan Conroy26 32611225
Christian Nadé29 7171
Gavin Rae (sub)36 35129631
Peter MacDonald (sub)33 34193419
Craig Beattie (sub)30 144144






League Table (as at March 22nd, 2014)


No league table has been added for this season.