Morecambe 2
Dundee 4


2 - 4


Saturday, July 19th, 2014
Globe Arena
3:00 PM Kick-off

Padraig Amond (1)
Ryan Edwards (66)
Kieron Cadogan (25)
Gary Harkins (39)
Martin Boyle (71)
Peter MacDonald (89)

Team Managers
Jim Bentley Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
25. Andreas Arestidou
2. Shaun Beeley
22. Andy Parrish
5. Mark Hughes
19. Laurence Wilson
3. Jamie Devitt
10. Ryan Williams
17. Andy Fleming
13. Alan Goodall
27. Padraig Amond
12. Paul Mullin
Kyle Letheren .1
Willie Dyer .3
James McPake .5
Gary Irvine .2
Paul McGowan .18
Gary Harkins .29
Kevin Thomson .10
Iain Davidson .6
Kevin McBride .8
Phillip Roberts .14
Kieron Cadogan

21. Aaron McGowan
6. Ryan Edwards
23. Chris Doyle
8. Andy Wright
4. Alex Kenyon
11. Kevin Ellison
7. Jack Redshaw
9. Jack Sampson
14. Marcus Marshall
Grant Adam .27
Cammy Kerr .30
Kyle Benedictus .17
Paul McGinn .19
Nicky Riley .7
Jim McAlister .20
Simon Ferry .11
Greg Stewart .15
Peter MacDonald .9
Craig Wighton .33
Martin Boyle .23

Aaron McGowan for Shaun Beeley (46)
Ryan Edwards for Andy Parish (46)
Chris Doyle for Mark Hughes (46)
Marcus Marshall for Jamie Devitt (46)
Andy Wright for Ryan Williams (46)
Alex Kenyon for Andy Fleming (46)
Kevin Ellison for Alan Goodall (46)
Jack Redshaw for Padraig Amond (46)
Jack Sampson for Paul Mullin (46)
Paul McGinn for Gary Irvine (46)
Kyle Benedictus for Iain Davidson (46)
Simon Ferry for Kevin McBride (46)
Jim McAlister for Kieron Cadogan (46)
Greg Stewart for Gary Harkins (46)
Peter MacDonald for Phillip Roberts (46)
Nicky Riley for Kevin Thomson (58)
Martin Boyle for Paul McGowan (58)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

S. Duncan (Referee)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

The Dee pleased their large and noisy support with an entertaining 4-2 win over Morecambe at the Globe Arena this afternoon. After conceding an early goal to Padraig Amond the Dee responded with goals by Kieron Cadogan and Gary Harkins to take a 2-1 lead into the second half. Kyle Letheren, James McPake and Willie Dyer were the only players to play the whole game.

The Shrimps came back strongly after making nine substitutions on the hour and deservedly equalised through Ryan Edwards. However, the Dee sealed the win with further goals from Martin Boyle and Peter MacDonald, to produce a final score that was rather harsh on a dangerous Morecambe side.

Paul Hartley has stressed the importance of keeping clean sheets this season, so he can't have been impressed with the soft goal that the Dee conceded after only 90 seconds. Padraig AMOND was left with an astonishing amount of room as he ran away from the high defensive line and slotted the ball calmly past Kyle Letheren.

The Shrimps had the better of the opening 20 minutes, but their promising attacks failed to give Letheren much to do in the Dundee goal. The Dark Blues were far from impressive in the opening exchanges, but still offered hope they'd be able to break through the home defence.

After seven minutes Roberts beat his marker and shot narrowly wide from 20 yards. Gary Irvine's volley from Harkins' low corner to the near post flew too high. Meanwhile the Dundee defence was settling into its game, and the whole team grew in confidence.

The equaliser came midway through the half. Iain Davidson played a long crossfield ball from the left. Kieron CADOGAN's first touch knocked it past Wilson and the young trialist ran on to score with a beautiful low shot from 22 yards across keeper Arestidou.

The Shrimps were perhaps slightly unfortunate to be pulled back at that stage, but the Dark Blues were the better side for the rest of the first half.

10 minutes from the break Gary Irvine didn't give up on a long ball from Harkins and dragged it back across goal, catching the keeper by surprise, who was glad to see the ball pass inside him and past both posts.

Gary HARKINS was proving increasingly influential in Dundee's attacks, and scored a lovely goal after 39 minutes. He flicked McGowan's pass past the last defender, ran through and stroked the ball neatly round the keeper to delight the noisy travelling Dees.

Dundee's recast team started the second half well, but the Shrimps stepped up their game and threatened an equaliser. Morecambe changed nine of their outfield players after an hour, leaving only Wilson and keeper Arestidou on the field.

THe changes gave the Shrimps fresh energy and they had their best spell of the match, looking dangerous with every attack. Letheren made a great save from Sampson's close range header, pushing the ball over the bar. Central defender Doyle headed narrowly wide from a corner. His defensive partner EDWARDS grabbed a deserved equaliser after 66 minutes, neatly glancing a header from Wilson's free over Letheren and into the top corner.

Morecambe looked like going on to win at this point and Letheren had to make another fine save from Redshaw after Marshall's strong run on the right had set up the chance.

The Dee dragged themselves back into the game and started to take charge in midfield and put further pressure on the home goal. Stewart took the ball from Ferry to drive a shot across goal and just past the post.

A smart break out of defence allowed the Dark Blues to regain the lead after 71 minutes. Ferry chipped a pass over the Shrimps' defence and Martin BOYLE ran on to knock the ball through the keeper's legs.

Play was now surging from end to end in a fine game that had both sets of fans roaring. MacDonald's diving header went wide of the Morecambe goal, and then the Shrimps went close twice. Sampson's header back across goal found Ellison in space, but he couldn't get any power in his header and Letheren saved easily. In Morecambe's next attack the ball broke kindly for Redshaw in a great position, but McPake flung himself in the way of the shot to block.

The Dark Blues should have clinched the win when McGinn set up MacDonald, but with the goal gaping he shot carelessly wide. However, he made amends in the last minute. Boyle and McGinn worked the ball up the right, and the full back rolled the ball across the 18 yard line for MACDONALD to hit a clever first time shot just inside the post.

The final score was perhaps unfair on Morecambe who contributed hugely to an exciting game. If they had equalised in the frantic late exchanges no-one could have begrudged them the draw. However, it was the Dee who got the goals and the win. There was plenty of good football to please the large Dee support, but they will be hoping the defence will tighten up for the league campaign. It was great to see Kyle Letheren back in action, and the Welsh keeper had to be at his best especially in the second half.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at July 19th, 2014)

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League Table (as at July 19th, 2014)

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