Arbroath 1
Dundee 1


1 - 1


Saturday, July 17th, 2010
3:00 PM Kick-off

Jordyn Sheerin (17) Colin McMenamin (69)

Team Managers
Unknown. Gordon Chisholm

Starting Eleven
1. Darren Hill
2. Jay Shields
3. Danny Griffin
4. Stuart Malcolm
5. Kieran McAnespie
6. Di Malta
7. Keith Gibson
8. Josh Falkingham
9. Paul Sheerin
10. Jordyn Sheerin
11. Bryan Scott
Scott Fox .1
Jason Talbot .2
Kyle Benedictus .3
Eric Paton .4
Craig McKeown .5
Craig Forsyth .6
Nicky Riley .7
Stephen O'Donnell .8
Gary Harkins .9
Mickaël Antoine-Curier .10
Leigh Griffiths .11

12. Daryl Burns
14. Ian Nimmo
15. Kevin McMullen
16. Neil
17. Alan Rattray
18. Michael McIlravey
19. Ryan Suttie
20. David McGowan
Robert Douglas .12
John Gibson .14
Connor Rennie .15
Paul McHale .16
Gary Bartlett .17
Brian Kerr .18
Colin McMenamin .19
Sean Higgins .20

Kevin McGowan for Bryan Scott (9)
Michael McIlravey for Keith Gibson (71)
Ian Nimmo for Jay Shields (71)
McMullen for Stuart Malcolm (74)
Alan Rattray for Di Malta (74)
Ryan Suttie for Josh Falkingham (83)
Robert Douglas for Scott Fox (45)
Paul McHale for Nicky Riley (64)
Brian Kerr for Stephen O'Donnell (64)
Sean Higgins for Craig Forsyth (64)
Colin McMenamin for Mickaël Antoine-Curier (64)
Connor Rennie for Eric Paton (75)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Match Report

Dundee played their first public friendly of the season at a sunny, windy Gayfield this afternoon, giving the supporters the first chance to see new signings Scott Fox, Nicky Riley and Stephen O’Donnell, who all started. Jason Talbot, an English defender who’s been with Livingston for the last two seasons played as a trialist left back.

Leigh Griffiths had the game’s first chance when he ran on to a long ball that had eluded the home defence in the wind. Just as he was about to shoot Kieran McAnespie made a great recovery tackle to knock the ball away. The Lichties went straight up the field and ex-Dee Keith Gibson ran through after the wind had again caught out the defence, but shot narrowly wide.

Just as Dundee were starting to get their passing game going the defence was again undone by a simple long ball that held up in the wind after 17 minutes. Jordyn SHEERIN controlled the loose ball and hit a great rising shot from 20 yards into Scott Fox’s top corner.

The Lichties took heart from the goal and didn’t give the visitors a moment’s peace. Their eager pressing game unsettled the Dark Blues, and Antoine-Curier in particular took exception to the attention he was receiving from Stuart Malcolm, the Arbroath trialist centre half. The only outcome of his complaints was a lecture from the referee to remind him who was in charge.

Leigh Griffiths’ early chance was the last time that Dundee threatened the Arbroath goal in the first half. At the other end, the Lichties had a flurry of corners that were scrambled clear rather nervously.

Scott Fox’s most alarming moment, however, was from a fierce Paton backpass. Keeping his head he juggled the ball past the onrushing McGowan and cleared.

The Dundee line-up had looked like a straight 4-4-2, but Griffiths was hugging the right touchline and Forsyth was pressing on down the left. Gary Harkins was playing deep in midfield, behind Riley and O’Donnell, so the line-up was more like 4-1-2-2-1. Whatever the niceties, it wasn’t working. Griffiths was largely a spectator on the right wing, Harkins was too deep to threaten the Lichties defence, and the central midfielders were swapping crunching tackles with their counterparts rather than dictating the play.

Surprisingly Gordon Chisholm made only one change at half time, sending on Douglas. Big Rab was soon in the game, springing briskly to his right to hold a fine 25 yarder from the veteran Lichtie, Paul Sheerin, rumoured to be uncle of the Arbroath scorer, according the veteran Lichties’ supporters at the back of the stand.

Gary Harkins was now playing in front of the other two central midfielders, and this made a huge difference to the threat from Dundee. At last they were starting to make passes around the Arbroath penalty area and threaten the goal.

Midway through the half Dundee sent on McHale and Kerr in place of O’Donnell and Riley in midfield, and Higgins and McMenamin to replace Forsyth and Antoine-Curier. The aggressive 4-3-3 formation racked up the pressure on the Arbroath defence and Dundee were almost level immediately. Higgins powerful corner was flicked on by McMenamin to Griffiths at the back post but Sparky’s attempt to turn the ball in from a couple of feet was badly miscued and merely sent the ball up into the air, allowing the defence to scramble it clear.

Only a minute later Griffiths came close with a header, but the pressure soon told and the Dees were on level terms after 69 minutes.

Talbot floated a long ball over the top of the defence to send Higgins clear on the right. He shot past the keeper, but the ball was cleared off the line only as far as the inrushing McMENAMIN. Coco lunged at the ball alongside a defender, and various players tumbled into the goalmouth with the ball somewhere underneath. The pile-up ground to a halt just over the line. It might have been the messiest, most comical goal you could hope to see, but the officials decided the ball was over the line and the goal stood.

Dundee’s more adventurous formation was giving Arbroath chances to hit Dundee on the break, and they came closest to winning the match when Rattray’s 20 yarder hit the outside of Douglas’s post.

Griffiths meanwhile was far more effective and dangerous playing alongside McMenamin and Higgins, and he twice came close, cutting inside and forcing good saves from Hill.

The game finished 1-1, however, and that was the least that Arbroath deserved. They played with plenty of spirit and some skill, and seem to have put behind them the awful disappointment of relegation to the 3rd Division by losing the derby play-off final against Forfar. Their supporters and management will no doubt be pleased with their performance today.

Dundee, on the other hand, looked rusty, and often uncomfortable in the wind and facing physical opponents. The newcomers and trialist all showed nice touches at times, but the team wasn’t functioning effectively. They will have to do better than this.

Still, it was great to be watching live football today, and it’s always a pleasure to be at Gayfield when the sun’s shining!

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

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