Dundee 4
Peterhead 0
League Cup (1st Round)

4 - 0

League Cup (1st Round)
Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,079
3:00 PM Kick-off

Simon Ferry (19)
Greg Stewart (44)
Peter MacDonald (77)
Luka Tankulic (81)

Team Managers
Paul Hartley
Jim McInally

Starting Eleven
1. Kyle Letheren
19. Paul McGinn
4. Thomas Konrad
17. Kyle Benedictus
3. Willie Dyer
11. Simon Ferry
18. Paul McGowan
29. Gary Harkins
10. Kevin Thomson
21. Luka Tankulic
15. Greg Stewart
Graeme Smith .1
Reece Donaldson .2
Steven Noble .3
Scott Ross .4
Graeme Sharp .5
Ross Smith .6
Ryan Strachan .7
Jamie Stevenson .8
Jamie Redman .9
Rory McAllister .10
Andy Rodgers .11

27. Grant Adam
30. Cammy Kerr
8. Kevin McBride
9. Peter MacDonald
23. Martin Boyle
Paul Jarvie .12
Ryan McCann .14
Dean Richardson .15
Jordan Brown .16
David Cox .17
Bryan Gilfillan .18

Peter MacDonald for Greg Stewart (63)
Kevin McBride for Simon Ferry (67)
Martin Boyle for Luka Tankulic (85)
David Cox for Andy Rodgers (51)
Bryan Gilfillan for Ryan Strachan (70)
Jordan Brown for Jamie Stevenson (82)

None. Ryan Strachan (42)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Willie Collum (Referee)
Michael Banks & Scott Love (Assistants)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee safely made their way through to the second round of the Communities League Cup with a comfortable 4-0 win over Peterhead at Dens Park. Simon Ferry and Greg Stewart put the Dee 2-0 up half time, with Peter MacDonald and Luka Tankulic completing the scoring in the second half. The Dark Blues were in charge throughout and pleased the home fans with their attractive passing game.
Paul Hartley opted for an adventurous formation, fielding two strikers, Tankulic and Stewart, with Harkins in the free role between the strikers and midfield.

The Dark Blues moved smoothly into gear right from the start. Tankulic worked a clever move with Harkins, who smashed a 15 yard shot against the crossbar.

The new German striker then glided past three defenders before crossing for Stewart to glance a header wide. A wicked cross from McGowan flew across goal with Harkins and Tankulic both hurtling in and failing to connect.

Dundee were impressing the fans with their passing, movement and vision while the Blue Toon were struggling to get out of their own half.

The Dee should have taken the lead after 15 minutes. Thomson's excellent through pass sent Harkins clear, but his second touch was heavy and allowed Smith enough time to block the shot for a corner.

The goal that Dundee were threatening soon arrived. A fast, incisive move down the right from McGowan to McGinn and on to Ferry gave Tankulic space to shoot. Keeper Smith managed to parry but he was helpless when Simon FERRY followed up to stab home his first goal for the Dee from four yards.

Harkins nearly added a second with a fierce 22 yard shot that Smith tipped over the bar. Dundee looked firmly in control, but it took an astonishing goal line clearance from Kevin Thomson to preserve their lead. Ross Smith's powerful header from a corner was heading inside the post till the Dee skipper dived sideways to head the ball away.

This was in one of Peterhead's few first half attacks and Dundee settled down again to control the game. Konrad had a free header from a corner, but the ball struck a defender and bounced wide.

Dundee looked dangerous with every attack and the Blue Toon struggled to pick up the intelligent runs from the Dundee midfield. In the last minute of the half Dundee scored the second goal they deserved.

Thomson took a quick free kick to McGowan who found Greg STEWART in space to rifle in his first goal for the Dee from 12 yards.

Dundee started the second half sluggishly and the Blue Toon should have pulled a goal back only a minute after the break. Sloppy play, following a Dundee goal kick, allowed Rogers to fire in a low cross from the left. Rory McAllister has scored in each of his last 11 matches, notching 16 goals. He should have made it 12 matches on the bounce, but skyed the ball over the bar from close in.

More carelessness in defence allowed Rogers a half chance from a quick McAllister free kick, but he flicked the ball well wide.

Dundee settled down again and looked every bit as smooth and dangerous in the first half. Peter MacDonald and Kevin McBride came on for Stewart and Ferry. The game entered a flat spell for 10 minutes. Peterhead pushed forward more, but offered little threat.

The Dark Blues sprang to life for the last 15 minutes and scored two more fine goals. Tankulic combined superbly with McGinn on the right and his cross picked out MACDONALD, who headed in the third.

Dundee nearly scored a fourth almost straight from the kick off. McGowan's through ball found Harkins, but Smith dived at his feet to save.

The final goal followed quickly. Harkins broke down the left wing and swept over an inviting cross. Luka TANKULIC gratefully accepted the invitation, crashing a fierce volley past Smith.

Tankulic was immediately substituted to let Martin Boyle have a run out for the last few minutes. The German striker got a well deserved standing ovation as he left the park.

Peterhead ran away with last season's League Two, scoring freely and would have approached this cup tie confidently. However, Dundee looked a full two divisions above their visitors today and were never in danger of being the fall guys in a cup upset.

Paul Hartley will surely be delighted that three of his strikers opened their account for the season today. Four goals, a clean sheet and an impressive determination to keep playing attractive football all added up to a very pleasing afternoon. If there was anything to quibble about it would have been a few careless moments in defence that a Premiership side would have punished.

The Dark Blues now have a team of players who are comfortable in possession. They are clearly happy to move the ball around trying to unpick a defence, rather than than attempting to bludgeon their way through to goal. It is certainly very easy on the eye. Every fan will be hoping fervently that the Dee can maintain the high quality of football and rack up the points they need when the league campaign starts next week.

Match report written by James Christie for the official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at August 2nd, 2014)

2014-15 All Time
Kyle Letheren (GK)27 1 - 42 -
Kyle Benedictus22 1 - 992
Thomas Konrad24 1 - 1 -
Paul McGinn23 1 - 1 -
Willie Dyer27 1 - 27 -
Paul McGowan26 1 - 1 -
Simon Ferry26 1111
Kevin Thomson28 1 - 1 -
Gary Harkins29 1 - 10125
Luka Tankulic23 1111
Greg Stewart24 1111
Kevin McBride (sub)33 1 - 684
Peter MacDonald (sub)33 114222
Martin Boyle (sub)21 1 - 444

League Table (as at August 2nd, 2014)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Myself and the staff would like to welcome you back to Dens Park for our first competitive match against visitors Peterhead.

This is where it all starts and where it truly matters. The hard work continues.

You, the fans, have been brilliant pre- season, turning out in large numbers, following the team on lengthy journeys and we hope that you have enjoyed what has been on offer.

We really appreciate the turnout pre-season and we look forward to your backing today and right throughout the season. In return we hope to show you some entertaining football with something to shout about. There's no doubt that getting behind the team helps all of us.

I would also like to extend to Jim Mcinally, the players and back room staff from Peterhead Football Club.

Pre-season has seen a lot of hard work put in to put together a strong side and I'm pleased with how the new and current players have gelled together,. The fitness levels, creativity and link-up play has been improving all the time and we have seen some good performances as well as some interesting partnerships out on the field. We are always looking to improve and that hasn't changed with lots of work continuing to go on behind the scenes.

Overall we have been pleased with how pre-season has gone an we are looking forward to the challenge of competitive matches starting with today's League Cup match, Looking at this tournament and the teams involved, this will provide us with a real challenge and one which we are looking forward to taking on. This is where it all starts and where it truly matters. The hard work continues.

Enjoy the game.