Airdrieonians (2002) 3
Dundee 0
League (Division One)

Airdrie (2002) 

3 - 0


League (Division One)
Saturday, March 20th, 2010
Excelsior Stadium
Attendance: 1,178
3:00 PM Kick-off

Scott McLaughlin (54)
Diarmuid O'Carroll (60)
Scott Gemmill (75)

Team Managers
Kenny Black

Starting Eleven
1. Stevie Robertson
2. Bobby Donnelly
3. Marc Smyth
4. Paul Lovering
5. Simon Storey
6. Scott McLaughlin
7. Ryan McCann
8. Ricky Waddell
9. Alan Trouten
10. Scott Gemmill
11. Diarmuid O'Carroll
Robert Douglas .1
Bob Malcolm .2
Gary Mackenzie .3
Craig McKeown .4
Eddie Malone .5
Andrew Shinnie .6
Brian Kerr .7
Maroš Klimpl .8
Gary Harkins .9
Ben Hutchinson .10
Colin McMenamin .11

12. Lee Hollis
14. Tom Parratt
15. John Baird
16. Paul Keegan
17. Kevin McDonald
Tony Bullock .12
Richie Hart .14
Colin Cameron .15
Sean Higgins .16
Pat Clarke .17

John Baird for Alan Trouten (77)
Paul Keegan for Diarmuid O'Carroll (84)
Kevin McDonald for Scott McLaughlin (88)
Colin Cameron for Gary Mackenzie (4)
Sean Higgins for Ben Hutchinson (68)

Paul Lovering (40) Bob Malcolm (86)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

S. Finnie (Referee)

Match Report

Dundee went down 3-0 to bottom of the table Airdrie United after a disastrous second half performance.

Manager Jocky Scott said afterwards, "It was an embarrassment in the second half and I can only apologise to the support that we had down here today, because it was a great support."

"In the first half we did ok apart from creating chances but the second half was non existence, a total embarrassment."

It was a lovely spring afternoon in Airdrie today. For Dundee fans, however, it felt like dark and bleak midwinter as their side crashed to a dreadful defeat against an Airdrie side who are still nine points adrift at the bottom, even after today's win.

Airdrie worked hard and fully deserved their comfortable win, but at no stage looked better than ordinary. Today they didn't have to be They just had to be on hand to pick up the points as Dundee imploded after half time.

Jocky Scott started with the players who finished Wednesday night's match, less the suspended Griffiths. Colin McMenamin and Ben Hutchinson came into the side to play together up front.

The day got off to a bad start when Gary Mackenzie was injured attacking a corner in the second minute. After lengthy treatment he was stretchered off. Colin Cameron came on to play in midfield, and Maros Klimpl moved to right back, with Bob Malcolm going to central defence.

There was no sign of what was to come in a first half in which the home side barely featured in attack. Dundee dominated without ever looking really impressive, and without posing much threat in the Airdrie penalty area. Ben Hutchinson's terrible first touch lost him the best chance of the half when McMenamin's cross found him in space in front of goal. Klimpl and Shinnie combined neatly down the right, and Harkins looked occasionally threatening on the left, but Airdrie reached half time on level terms without too much trouble.

Eight minutes after the restart Klimpl conceded a soft and unnecessary foul 25 yards out, directly in front of goal. For the third time in the last two months Dundee conceded a simple goal from such a free kick, as McLaughlin's fierce shot bypassed the wall, possible taking a slight deflection, and flew past Douglas, who might have done better.

This should have been the signal for Dundee to pull together and take charge. Instead, the unexpected goal seemed to sandbag them. Six minutes later Airdrie scored a second, embarrassingly simple goal. Trouten flicked the ball on to O'Carroll who ran through to shoot past Douglas.

Dundee's composure completely evaporated. They had lots of possession, but had no idea what to do with it. The players ran through the full repertoire of blunders in midfield and attack. Passes were fluffed, crosses sailed out play, shots were invariably both high and wide, players ran into dead ends when they found themselves surrounded by defenders with no close support.

After a long spell of aimless and incompetent pressure by Dundee, Airdrie came forward to win a corner. It was taken short, and the ball was crossed low to the near post. Gemmill was left unmarked to volley past the helpless Douglas. It was a truly awful goal to concede from a corner, but it came as no surprise to the dejected Dundee fans.

There was booing, but not as much as you might expect; probably not as much as this performance deserved. Most of the fans sat and watched in stunned silence.

Airdrie saw out the remainder of the match with embarrassing ease. They might even have had a fourth when they managed to get two players clear in the penalty area, but fortunately for Dundee they showed the lack of composure that the visitors had been guilty of throughout the game.

Two minutes into injury time the Airdrie keeper, Robertson, made an easy save, tipping over a Klimpl header. It was his first save of the match, even though Dundee had had most of the possession, and had had countless attacks.

This was a truly abject second half display. There can be no excuses. Airdrie did not tear Dundee apart with brilliant football. The referee was not to blame. The pitch was good enough. This was a humiliating, self-inflicted defeat for a team that barely looked like a team at all by the end.

The Dee fans' spirits were in their boots after this shambles.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at March 20th, 2010)

2009-10 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)37 20 - 191 -
Maroš Klimpl29 18 - 18 -
Gary Mackenzie24 3011122
Bob Malcolm29 2 - 2 -
Eddie Malone24 3721034
Craig McKeown25 2 - 24 -
Gary Harkins25 36163616
Brian Kerr28 351351
Andrew Shinnie20 6 - 271
Ben Hutchinson22 4141
Colin McMenamin29 3377721
Colin Cameron (sub)37 15 - 24 -
Sean Higgins (sub)25 235235

League Table (as at March 20th, 2010)

No league table has been added for this season.