Falkirk 0
Dundee 1
Scottish Cup (3rd Round Replay)


Falkirk 

0 - 1

Dundee


Scottish Cup (3rd Round Replay)
Wednesday, January 16th, 2002
Brockville Park
Attendance: 4,739
7:45 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
None. Fan Zhiyi (10)

Team Managers
Alex Totten Ivano Bonetti

Starting Eleven
1. Myles Hogarth
2. Andy Lawrie
3. Kevin Christie
4. Garry McStay
5. Jamie McQuilken
6. Ian Morris
7. Mark Kerr
8. Lee Mair
9. Lee Miller
10. Andy Rodgers
11. Steven Craig
Julian Speroni .12
Fan Zhiyi .31
Massimo Beghetto .30
Barry Smith .2
Walter Del Rio .17
Javier Artero .18
Gavin Rae .8
Beto Carranza .5
Alessandro Romano .21
Fabian Caballero .7
Juan Sara .9

Bench
12. Steven Rennie
14. Chic Pearson
15. Darren Hill
16. Kenny Deuchar
17. Ricky Waddell
Jamie Langfield .1
David Mackay .24
Temur Ketsbaia .6
Gavin Beith .25
Khaled Kemas .28

Substitutions
Ricky Waddell for Andy Rodgers (66)
Kenny Deuchar for Gary McStay (77)
Temur Ketsbaia for Juan Sara (46)
Gavin Beith for Javier Artero (61)
Khaled Kemas for Fabian Caballero (78)

Cautions
Jamie McQuilken
Mark Kerr
Steven Craig
Temur Ketsbaia
Fabian Caballero

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Alan Freeland (Referee)
Brian McDuffie & Steve McGeouch (Assistants)



Match Report


Dundee will play Partick Thistle for a place in the Tennent's Scottish Cup quarter-finals a week on Saturday, with Fan Zhiyi's early strike good enough to carry them through an edgy third round replay at Brockville last night.

The Chinese captain, who also hit the winner against Hibs at the weekend, blasted home from fully 30 yards in the 10th minute to give his side an advantage which Falkirk were to fight desperately to erase.

However, with goalkeeper Julian Speroni in inspired form-his second half penalty stop from Steven Craig one of two spot kicks saves on the night-the SPL side hung on to go through.

Victorious manager Ivano Bonetti said, "Julian's penalty save was vital because it came at a time in the game where we were vulnerable.

"He played very well throughout and showed the quality that we have always known he possesses. This is a big opportunity for him and he is taking it.

"We knew tonight was going to be very difficult, just as it was when Falkirk took us to a replay here last year, but the important thing is that we have got through.

"We want to go as far as we possibly can in the Scottish Cup and we will make sure that we know all about Partick before we play them next week."

Falkirk manager Alex Totten, meanwhile, paid tribute to his players' commitment. He said, "I really could not have asked for more from any of them.

"If Steven had scored with the penalty OK, they had a penalty in the first half as well-then it would have made a tremendous difference as they were on the back foot at the time.

"But my players are learning, and over the two games their performances have got to give them encouragement for the future and stand them in good stead.

"I think all we needed was a wee break in the box. Dundee are a quality side, with a lot of very good players, but I think we matched them in every department.

"I'm disappointed for the players and they are very disappointed too. But in the end Dundee got one more goal."

Dundee pushed straight on to the attack and looked to have won a free-kick in good position when Fabian Caballero tumbled at the feet of his on-loan clubmate Lee Mair.

Referee Allan Freeland was not impressed, though, and showed the Argentinian the yellow card for diving.

It was to be only a temporary reprieve for Falkirk with the visitors grabbing the early lead they craved.

Mark Kerr's foul on Beto Carranza gave him a free-kick 30 yards out from where Alessandro Romano touched the set piece to Fan to drill a right foot shot low past Myles Hogarth into the corner of the net.

Falkirk reacted well to the loss of the goal with Lee Miller forcing a good stop from Speroni after Gary McStay split the defence with a clever through ball.

Dundee needed a second goal to steady the nerves and got a glorious opportunity in the 34th minute when Freeland adjudged Kerr's foul on Caballero worthy of a penalty.

Caballero opted to take the kick himself-the wrong option as it turned out, with Hogarth stopping his weak effort with ease.

The tie was getting tousy and Mair had no complaints when he was booked for a rash challenge on his landlord Gavin Rae.

The Bairns themselves got a penalty kick early in the second half when the far side linesman flagged for a handball against Barry Smith.

Like Caballero before him, though, Craig failed to take advantage.

Speroni blocked his effort with a most vulnerable part of his body giving Andy Rodgers a chance from the rebound which he wasted by heading wide.

As Falkirk's attempts to stay in the competition grew ever more desperate, spaces started to open up for the visitors.

Second half substitutes Khaled Kemas and Temuri Ketsbaia both found themselves in on goal in one-on-one situations with Hogarth, but to the disappointment of the visiting fans they steered their efforts wide.

In the dying minutes, Speroni was required to show all his courage as high ball after high ball was slung into the box, a test he past with flying colours.

Additional bookings were Jamie McQuilken (dissent), Kerr (foul on Carranza), Craig (high feet), and Ketsbaia (foul on Christle).

Bonetti revealed that Juan Sara, Javier Artero and Caballero should all be fit for Saturday's derby match at Tannadice, their substitutions having been to rest them rather than anything else.

Match report written by The Courier



Squad Statistics (as at January 16th, 2002)


2001-02 All Time
Age
Julian Speroni (GK)22 3 - 3 -
Fan Zhiyi32 9393
Walter Del Rio25 24 - 33 -
Barry Smith27 28 - 2491
Massimo Beghetto33 12 - 12 -
Beto Carranza29 211474
Gavin Rae24 25416716
Javier Artero26 13 - 624
Alessandro Romano32 19 - 38 -
Juan Sara25 2175724
Fabian Caballero23 2354013
Gavin Beith (sub)20 2 - 2 -
Temur Ketsbaia (sub)33 142142
Khaled Kemas (sub) - 3131






League Table (as at January 16th, 2002)


No league table has been added for this season.