Dunfermline Athletic 3
Dundee 1
League Cup (2nd Round)


3 - 1


League Cup (2nd Round)
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015
East End Park
Attendance: 3,806
7:45 PM Kick-off

Faissal El Bakhtaoui (11)
Joe Cardle (86)
Faissal El Bakhtaoui (94)
Kane Hemmings (48)

Team Managers
Allan Johnston Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
1. Sean Murdoch
2. Lewis Martin
4. Callum Fordyce
5. Ben Richards-Everton
10. Faissal El Bakhtaoui
14. Jason Talbot
6. Josh Falkingham
11. Joe Cardle
12. Andy Geggan
15. Michael Paton
16. Michael Moffat
Scott Bain .1
Julen Etxabeguren .16
James McPake .5
Paul McGinn .19
Kevin Holt .3
Thomas Konrad .4
Gary Harkins .29
Nick Ross .17
Paul McGowan .18
Greg Stewart .7
Kane Hemmings .15

20. David Hutton
18. John Potter
14. Shaun Byrne
17. PJ Crossan
15. David Hopkirk
12. James Thomas
16. Ryan Wallace
David Mitchell .12
Gary Irvine .2
Daryll Meggatt .6
Kostadin Gadzhalov .26
Dylan Carreiro .28
Jesse Curran .27
Andrew Black .24

Ryan Wallace for Michael Moffat (74)
David Hopkirk for Joe Cardle (95)
Dylan Carreiro for Julen Etxabeguren

Joe Cardle (60) Gary Harkins
Paul McGinn

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Stephen Finnie (Referee)
Joseph Lawson & Ralph Gordon (Assistants)
David Munro (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee threw away the chance of a League Cup run with a dreadfully careless 3-1 defeat at Dunfermline tonight. Faissal El Bakhtaoui gave the Pars an early lead. Kane Hemmings equalised just after half time, but with the Dark Blues chasing a winner they were caught out by late goals on the break by Joe Cardle and El Bakhtaoui.

The Dee were unchanged from Saturday's match against Aberdeen. The Pars made only one change, Falkingham coming in for Byrne.

The Pars gave Dundee a scare after only 30 seconds when Cardle shot wide after Moffat's run had opened up the Dee defence. Dundee also threatened early on when Julen Etxabeguren met Gary Harkins free kick at the far post and a good save from Murdoch. The Spanish defender also went close with a header from a corner.

However, it was the home side who looked more likely to score from open play. Scott Bain had to beat away Cardle's fierce shot after Moffat had headed the ball down. Dundee's defence was looking worryingly uncomfortable and conceded a simple goal after 11 minutes.

Martyn's cross from the right found EL BAKHTAOUI unmarked 10 yards out and he scored with a neat volley inside Bain's right hand post.

Dundee nearly pulled off a quick equaliser when Ross swept a fine pass out to McGinn, whose hard, low cross across the goalmouth was just too far in front of Hemmings.

The Dark Blues were now much improved, but they had another huge scare after 21 minutes when Kevin Holt tangled in the penalty box with his former Queen of the South teammate Michael Paton. It looked a fair shout for a penalty, but Mr Finnie infuriated the home fans by waving play on.

Dundee were able to impose themselves on the midfield for the rest of the half and put the home defence under some serious pressure. Paul McGinn was being allowed a huge amount of space on the right, but Dundee couldn't exploit the Pars' defence's suspect positioning. James McPake came closest when he burst forward and flicked Gary Harkins' pass onto the top of the crossbar.

Dundee started the second half strongly and quickly equalised. McGowan's pass was headed across the penalty area by McGinn, Ross dummied and HEMMINGS smashed the ball home from 10 yards.

The Dark Blues were looking much more dangerous now and pressed Dunfermline back relentlessly. From a corner Murdoch had to paw a Hemmings header out from under his bar. The keeper then saved brilliantly, just getting his fingertips to a McGowan shot arrowing for the top corner.

Julen Etxabeguren was injured as he crossed from the byline and was replaced by Dylan Carreiro. The Dark Blues now reverted to 4-4-2, but the full backs were still pushing forward keenly.

Stewart went close with a curling shot from 18 yards after swapping passes with Carreiro. Hemmings had a great touch and turn in the penalty area, but Murdoch saved again. Only a minute later Hemmings burst through again, but his lob sailed wide.

Murdoch again saved the Pars, pushing Harkins' low drive wide, and seconds later turned a ferocious 25 yard shot from Holt over the crossbar.

The Dark Blues were piling forward looking for a winner, and were caught out by a sucker punch goal on the break after 86 minutes. The defence wasn't in place to deal with El Bakhtaoui's cross from the right and CARDLE had time to chest the ball down and squeeze the ball past Bain. The Dee keeper nearly managed to stop it, but the ball trickled over the line.

Dunfermline might have grabbed a third goal as the Dark Blues pushed forward frantically, but his shot was deflected into Bain's arms.

Dundee lost all their defensive shape and poise as they pushed forward desperately. McGinn got clear on the right and Fordyce headed over his own bar. Murdoch saved yet again from McPake's low shot, and then had to claw out Stewart's dangerous cross into the goalmouth.

Deep into injury time Dunfermline broke out of defence. With the Dundee defence in disarray EL BAKHTAOUI had all the time he wanted to pick his spot and score number three with the last kick of the ball.

Dundee started this game slowly and Dunfermline were much the more dangerous side in the early stages. After riding their luck, especially with the penalty appeal, Dundee then took charge and put the Pars under the cosh. Failing to turn a succession of second half chances into a win and throwing away two goals when they were dominating the game makes this a desperately frustrating defeat.

Dundee were much the better side for most of the game and the Pars were hanging on by their fingertips in the second half. The home side had offered no threat till Dundee lost their poise chasing the win. Crashing out of the cup at the first stage was an entirely avoidable and self-inflicted blow. There can be no complaints, however. Dundee had so many chances to win, but gifted soft goals to the hard working Pars. Dunfermline took advantage of Dundee's dreadful careless, converting their chances, and for that reason deserved the win.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at August 22nd, 2015)

2015-16 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)23 6 - 32 -
Paul McGinn24 6 - 452
James McPake31 52434
Julen Etxabeguren24 6 - 6 -
Thomas Konrad25 5 - 422
Kevin Holt22 6 - 6 -
Paul McGowan27 6 - 401
Nick Ross23 6 - 6 -
Gary Harkins30 6 - 13729
Greg Stewart25 634518
Kane Hemmings24 6363
Dylan Carreiro (sub)20 2 - 3 -

League Table (as at August 22nd, 2015)

No league table has been added for this season.