Forfar Athletic 1
Dundee 2


1 - 2


Tuesday, July 11th, 2006
Station Park
Attendance: 1,066
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. Gary Mackenzie (12)
Andy McLaren (54)

Team Managers
Unknown. Alex Rae

Starting Eleven
Unknown. Ludovic Roy .1
Danny Griffin .2
Paul Dixon .3
Alex Rae .4
Bobby Mann .5
Gary Mackenzie .6
Ross Harris .7
Kevin McDonald .8
Tam McManus .9
Andy McLaren .10
Scott Gates .11

None. Scott Murray .12
Stephen McNally .14
Gavin Swankie .15
Andy Ferguson .16
Scott Robertson .17

None. Scott Robertson for Ross Harris (69)
Andy Ferguson for Tam McManus (72)
Gavin Swankie for Andy McLaren (78)
Stephen McNally for Danny Griffin (83)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

C. Mackay (Referee)

Match Report

Alex Rae was pleased with the performance of the side after his first match in charge had ended in a 2-1 win at Station Park, Forfar, he said afterwards, "We were good at times and they worked hard throughout, it was a good second half performance, we stepped it up a bit and played some good football in spells. We've obviously got to iron out the bits of slackness but overall I was pleased with them, all of them."

Dundee dominated possession for much of the game against a gutsy Forfar side who were nevertheless always dangerous, the corner count though was heavily in favour of the Dee, Forfar winning their first in the last five minutes.

The Dark Blues had to come from behind though, after former Dee Paul Tosh had taken advantage of a miscued eighth minute clearance from new signing keeper Ludovic Roy, the ball falling to Michael Lombardi. The Forfar striker's shot was blocked but fell to Tosh who lashed it high into the net from ten yards.

Just a minute earlier new home keeper Sandy Wood had got away with a similar error as Tam McManus charged down his clearance, the ball falling to Andy McLaren but the debutant's clipped effort from a tight angle drifted across the face of goal and narrowly wide.

It didn't take Dundee long to level the score and when they did it came courtesy of the head of Gary Mackenzie, Trialist Ross Harris found Tam McManus at the back post and when he nodded the ball back across the face of goal Mackenzie rose to head home.

Midway through the half Alex Rae tried his fuck with a 25 yard effort but it was just too high, and, although Dundee's corner count was piling up as they enjoyed the lion's share of possession, Forfar were working hard and looked dangerous in spells.

Roy had to look lively to block Lombardi's effort as half time approached and Tosh wasn't far away with a headed effort as hall time approached.

It was Dundee who came closest before the interval however, Harris and McLaren combined well on the right and when a fired cross came in Scott Gates was only inches away from connecting at the back post.

Seven minutes after the break Harris overhit a corner but Gates returned it into the danger area and Mann headed goal-wards with Wood saving well.

Two minutes later the new home keeper couldn't keep Andy McLaren out as the striker fed Harris on the right before racing into the box to head the resultant cross into the net with a neat glancing header at the near post.

Dundee were dominant now and Rae fired a long range effort just wide two minutes after the goal.

As time went on Dundee began to utilize their substitutes with Scott Robertson being first to arrive on 70 minutes with Harris departing. Two minutes later Andy Ferguson replaced McManus but Dundee still continued to press.

With quarter of an hour to go Scott Robertson raced onto a through ball and fired an angled volley inches wide of the near post from 16 yards.

Two minutes later a fine passing move ended with a cross which McLaren half-volleyed narrowly wide. That was to be his last involvement as he was replaced by Gavin Swankie with twelve minutes remaining, he departed to an ovation from the traveling support after a lively debut up front, topped off with that winning goal.

Scott Gates was next to have a go at goal racing down the left and firing a low angled drive just off target, both he and Kevin McDonald seemed to be reveling in the more compact 4-4-2 formation deployed by the new management team.

Eight minutes from time Stephen McNally arrived on the scene to warm applause after being out for eight months with a back injury With Forfar pressing for a late equaliser McNally was involved in mopping up after a fine 88th minute close range stop from Roy had kept Dundee ahead.

It was a good block from the keeper but it was eclipsed at the other end just a minute later as Wood pulled off a simply magnificent save from a seemingly unstoppable Paul Dixon effort, the young full back lashed in a dipping thunderbolt from 30 yards which seemed destined for the top corner until Wood twisted in midair to finger tip the ball over the bar.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at July 11th, 2006)

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League Table (as at July 11th, 2006)

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