Turriff United 0
Dundee 3

Turriff Utd 

0 - 3


Thursday, July 7th, 2011
The Haughs
8:00 PM Kick-off

None. Matt Lockwood (pen.) (54)
Steven Milne (65)
Leighton McIntosh (83)

Team Managers
Unknown. Barry Smith

Starting Eleven
Robert Douglas .1
Gary Irvine .2
Matt Lockwood .3
Kyle Benedictus .4
Craig McKeown .5
Ross Chisholm .6
Stephen O'Donnell .7
Ryan Conroy .8
Nicky Riley .9
Graham Bayne .10
Jake Hyde .11

John Gibson .12
Connor Rennie .14
Graham Webster .15
Steven Milne .16
Leighton McIntosh .17

None. Leighton McIntosh for Jake Hyde (51)
Steven Milne for Graham Bayne (51)
Connor Rennie for Nicky Riley (66)
Graham Webster for Ross Chisholm (66)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Martin Kerrigan (Referee)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee started the season with a comfortable 3-0 win at Turriff United’s lovely ground deep in the heart of Aberdeenshire.

Barry Smith sent out a strong line-up. Rhys Weston was unfit and replaced by Kyle Benedictus. Ross Chisholm and Ryan Conroy started in midfield and the strikers were Graham Bayne and Jake Hyde.

Fielding their smart new change strip the Dee soon took charge and kept Turriff pressed back for long spells in the first half. It was the hosts, however, who managed the first serious shot when Allan brought the ball down neatly before testing Douglas with a fierce 20 yard shot. Brownlie was the next home player to have a go from distance, forcing another good save from Douglas.

Apart from that Turriff did little to worry Dundee in the first half, most of their energy going into keeping the visitors at bay.

In spite of endless possession and 10 corners Dundee couldn’t force an opening goal. There was plenty of neat passing and hard work, but the final ball was seldom good enough to set up a clear chance.

Graham Bayne cleverly dummied an O’Donnell pass to let Riley run free, but Coutts saved well at the expense of a corner.

Chisholm should have scored just before half time, but he blasted the ball over the bar after Bayne had set him up.

Turriff made four changes at half time and started to lose shape and tire against stronger and fitter opponents.

Five minutes into the second half Dundee swapped their strikers; Milne and McIntosh replacing Hyde and Bayne. Milne was involved almost immediately when he was bundled over by a clumsy Simpson challenge just inside the penalty area. LOCKWOOD blasted the penalty home in his usual style.

McIntosh should have made it 2-0 when he was clean through, but substitute keeper Pennett saved well.

The second goal soon arrived. Riley picked up a loose pass in midfield, raced forward and played MILNE in to score with a cool finish.

Rennie and Webster came on to replace Riley and Chisholm. The newcomers slotted neatly into the midfield and Dundee remained in complete control. Only some careless finishing and over-elaborate approach play stopped the Dee adding to their tally until seven minutes from time. Connor Rennie surprised the defence by stopping the ball going out for a corner and swept the ball across for MCINTOSH to pass the ball into the net from eight yards.

This was a sound start to Dundee’s pre-season campaign. There was nothing flashy or dramatic, but it was a good runout, a good base to build on as the team gets ready for the serious action to come.

Dundee played a straight 4-4-2 throughout, with the new midfielders, Chisholm and Conroy giving a good shape and balance to the heart of the team. Already there seems to be a good understanding in midfield, and this bodes well for the season to come.

The defence was never really stretched tonight, but did nothing wrong. It will be interesting to see which will be first choice starting partnership. McIntosh and Milne had more joy than the first half pairing of Hyde and Bayne, but they were facing a tiring team.

Dundee’s short pre-season tour of Aberdeenshire continues at Pitmedden on Saturday when they play Formartine.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at July 7th, 2011)

2011-12 All Time

League Table (as at July 7th, 2011)

No league table has been added for this season.