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|Craig Johnston (63)||
Alex Jakubiak (29)
1. Ross Matthews
2. Graham Webster
3. Aidan Quinn
4. Kerr Waddell
5. Liam Callaghan
6. Lewis Milne
7. Paul Watson
8. Craig Brown
9. Mark Whatle
10. Blair Lyons
11. Martin Rennie
Harrison Sharp .30
Cammy Kerr .2
Ryan Sweeney .5
Jordan Marshall .3
Shaun Byrne .8
Josh Mulligan .15
Alex Jakubiak .7
Niall McGinn .11
Zak Rudden .20
Paul McMullan .18
12. Cameron Middleton
14. Luca Giacomini
15. Harry Alexander
16. Terry Masson
17. Andrew Steeves
18. Craig Johnston
Ian Lawlor .21
Sam Fisher .28
Jack Wilkie .44
Luke Graham .45
Luke Strachan .27
Callum Lamb .48
Paul McGowan .10
Lyall Cameron .25
Finlay Robertson .19
Luke McCowan .17
Terry Masson for Paul Watson (46)
Andrew Steeves for Blair Lyons (46)
Craig Johnston for Martin Rennie (46)
Luca Giacomini for Kerr Waddell (70)
Harry Alexander for Lewis Mile (70)
Cameron Middleton for Ross Matthews (82)
Ian Lawlor for Harrison Sharp (46)
Luke McCowan for Paul McMullan (46)
Danny Devine for Josh Mulligan (64)
Sam Fisher for Cammy Kerr (64)
Luke Graham for Ryan Sweeney (64)
Jack Wilkie for Jordan Marshall (64)
Finlay Robertson for Kyle Barker (64)
Paul McGowan for Shaun Byrne (64)
Tyler Frost for Niall McGinn (64)
Lyall Cameron for Zak Rudden (64)
Luke Strachan for Alex Jakubiak (64)
Mike Roncone (Referee)
The Dark Blues had to settle for a 1-1 draw in the friendly against Montrose at Links Park tonight. Alex Jakubiak put the Dee ahead in the first half only for Craig Johnston to equalise midway through the second half.
Dundee played with two strikers, Zak Rudden and Alex Jakubiak, and fielded a trialist in central midfield for the first half.
From the start the Dee were playing some neat football with quick interchanges coming forward. The two strikers combined well and linked effectively with the wide players.
A sweet move down the right ended with Paul McMullan sending Jakubiak into the penalty area and keeper Ross Matthews needed quick reactions to tip the ferocious shot over the bar.
Montrose had less of the ball but used it well when they attacked, passing and moving quickly, forcing the Dundee defenders to stay alert. Harry Sharp did well to hold a low 20 yarder from Paul Watson under pressure.
Rudden and Jakubiak opened up the home defence with a clever move down the right wing but Niall McGinn couldn’t make a clean connection with his shot to finish the chance.
Montrose continued to threaten when they managed to attack, finding space well but the Dee defence always managed to close the door before the Gables Endies could get a dangerous shot in.
As Dundee continued to threaten in attack Matthews again saved well to keep out Josh Mulligan’s shot after a delightful pass by Jordan Marshall gave McGinn space to cross.
The Dark Blues opened the scoring after 29 minutes from a corner. Ryan Sweeney headed down for Cammy Kerr to volley for goal with JAKUBIAK getting the decisive final touch from close range.
Mulligan almost scored a memorable goal late in the half when he beat three men in a skillful run into the penalty area, but Matthews again saved well.
The Dark Blues made five substitutions at half time, replacing the four men in midfield and sending on Ian Lawlor in goal. A trialist came on to play in left midfield. Montrose made three changes.
The quality of the game deteriorated and neither side were able to maintain the standard of the first half. Countless passes went astray in a poor second 45 minutes.
Jakubiak went close for the Dee when he burst through the middle, but Matthews pulled off another good save.
The equaliser after 63 minutes was a poor goal from the Dee’s point of view. Ryan Sweeney will be disappointed that he failed to deal with a long, high ball down the middle. He allowed Craig Johnston to run clear and the substitute finished well with a fierce, angled shot.
Dundee immediately sent on six substitutes to replace the remaining players who started the match and the Dee played the last 26 minutes with a very youthful side.
The Dark Blues did most of the attacking, but struggled to create good chances. Luke McCowan saw a rising 25 yard shot fly narrowly wide, and in the final minute Lyall Cameron headed against the crossbar from a corner.
Apart from that the latter stages were forgettable as neither side could keep possession or trouble the defences.
Almost all of the good football and entertainment came before half time tonight with the second half being disappointingly messy and disjointed. The team that takes the field in the first competitive match on Saturday will be very different from the young side that finished tonight’s match, but the youngsters in defence deserve credit for keeping a clean sheet when they were called into action.
This might have been a scrappy match but Montrose are a very good League One side and tonight they gave the Dee a hard game and a good work out.
Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website
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