Dundee 1
Dundee United 0
Friendly (Evening Telegraph Challenge Cup)

1 - 0
Dundee Utd 

Friendly (Evening Telegraph Challenge Cup)
Saturday, July 22nd, 2006
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,722
3:00 PM Kick-off

Bryan Deasley (60)

Team Managers
Alex Rae
Craig Brewster

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

12. Scott Murray
14. Callum MacDonald
15. Scott Robertson
16. Gavin Swankie
17. Keith Shevlin

Callum MacDonald for Danny Griffin (48)
Scott Robertson for Ross Harris (72)
Gavin Swankie for Scott Gates (79)
Keith Shevlin for Andy McLaren (83)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Mile Ritchie (Referee)
Steve Pullar & Stuart Macauley (Assistants)

Match Report

18 year old Bryan Deasley got his first start under the new management team as Dundee faced United in the Evening Telegraph Challenge Cup at Dens, and the young striker was the man who mattered, scoring the winner with a 25 yard drive after a run of similar distance had seen him carve through United's defence.

That Deasley was keen to make his mark was evident as early as the second minute when he cut inside and fired a 20 yarder just wide. and the cunning and guile of strike partner.

Andy McLaren would also be a feature of this contest, the pair looked eager and dangerous throughout.

United's closest effort in the opening exchanges came in 14 minutes when Barry Robson curled in a cross from the left, but Alan Archibald's header was easily saved by Ludovic Roy. The visiting forwards were being well marshalled by Bobby Mann and Gary McKenzie, with the performance of youngster McKenzie particularly impressive, United's player boss Craig Brewster using all his experience to try to outfox the former Rangers man but to little avail.

For the first time in living memory both managers were on the park, and Dundee's Alex Rae was having a more successful playing afternoon than his Tannadice counterpart, he was tidying up loose balls in midfield and finding team-mates with some neat passing, as well as driving his charges forward at every opportunity.

Derek Stillie was called into action in 25 minutes when Deasley slid the ball wide to him, the veteran cutting into the box and firing in a low angled drive which the United keeper did well to parry.

Two minutes later play switched to the other end and the Dens crowd saw the best of keeper Roy for the first time, Craig Conway was looking United's best outfield summer acquisition and he fired in a fine cross from the right, Lee Miller met it with a header which screamed goalwards only for the new Dens keeper to claw it away with a superb one handed save.

Scott Gates was next to have a go in 33 minutes, cutting in from the left to meet a Kevin McDonald pass, the youngster fired in a low drive across goal but Stillie was again equal to the task. Immediately afterward McDonald was again the provider as he teed up Deasley for an overhead attempt which the United custodian again did well to save.

Half time came with the Dark Blue half of the city in a positive frame of mind, they had edged the play in the first half, and while a goal hadn't yet come there was a growing confidence that if the team continued as they were then it might well be Dundee's day.

There was a blow for Dundee at the start of the second half as Danny Griffin went down under a challenge in 48 minutes and had to leave the action, Callum Macdonald arriving to fill the right back slot.

It seemed that everyone in the Dundee side was keen to break the deadlock and in 57 minutes Paul Dixon was next to try his luck, breaking forward and firing in a 20 yarder which was blocked, but a goal wouldn't be long in arriving and it came exactly an Mark Kerr was put under pressure just inside his own half and his poor pass was intercepted by Alex Rae who instantly fed it to Deasley, he set off towards goal and incredibly the visiting defence backed off him and kept backing off, twenty five yards out he looked up and fired in a pile-driver which gave Stillie no chance as the youngster continued running until he was celebrating with the fans who he grew up sitting amongst.

The goal at last woke United up and they began to push forward in search of an equaliser, but there was little conviction about their play and Dundee were working like Trojans to deny them real opportunities, Barry Robson was the most dangerous Tangerine, having been moved forward at half time with the withdrawal of former Dee Steven Robb, who had been quiet on his return to Dens. Robson came closest with a drive from a tight angle which zipped just over in 70 minutes but Dundee always looked more dangerous on the break as time ran down.

It could have been two in 82 minutes as substitute Gavin Swankie rushed in to meet a cross at the back post, anything on target from four yards out would have resulted in a goal but his effort from waist height and at a difficult angle went flying into the crowd instead.

Trialist Keith Shevlin was on too now, and with two minutes to go he again brought a good save from Stillie, McDonald fed a ball over the visiting defence and Shelvin took a touch before whacking in a drive from the right, the keeper doing well to knock it away for a corner.

The notion that a derby could ever be played in a pre-season friendly style had been knocked on the head by the passion of the two sets of fans as well as that shown on the field, and in injury time came another indication that this mattered keepers simply don't head upfield for corners in friendly games, but United's Stillie was adding his presence to United's attack when David Robertson's diving header was saved by Roy.

Second later it was all over and Dundee had gained a moral boosting win ahead of the new competitive season beginning, if this is the standard for the new campaign then there is plenty of reason to be cheerful.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at July 22nd, 2006)

2006-07 All Time

League Table (as at July 22nd, 2006)

No league table has been added for this season.