Hibernian 4
Dundee 4
League (Premier League)


Hibernian 

4 - 4

Dundee


League (Premier League)
Saturday, August 28th, 2004
Easter Road
Attendance: 9,344
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Dean Shiels (23)
Derek Riordan (41)
Garry O'Connor (46)
Garry O'Connor (50)
John Sutton (7)
Garry Brady (65)
Glen Atle Larsen (79)
Jonay Hernández (90)

Team Managers
Tony Mowbray Jim Duffy

Starting Eleven
1. Simon Brown
15. Steven Whittaker
4. Gary Caldwell
5. Colin Murdock
3. David Murphy
18. Scott Brown
14. Guillaume Beuzelin
11. Stephen Glass
22. Dean Shiels
9. Garry O'Connor
10. Derek Riordan
Kelvin Jack .13
Jonay Hernández .16
Callum MacDonald .17
Bobby Mann .5
Brent Sancho .3
Barry Smith .2
Iain Anderson .11
Neil Barrett .14
Mark Fotheringham .8
Steve Lovell .9
John Sutton .10

Bench
30. Alistair Brown
23. Alen Orman
17. Stephen Dobbie
7. Thomas McManus
20. Sam Morrow
12. Kevin Nicol
21. Jonathan Baillie
Scott Murray
Garry Brady .12
Chris Hegarty .24
Glen Atle Larsen .7
Neil Jablonski .15
Bobby Linn .21

Substitutions
Kevin Nicol for Stephen Glass (19)
Jonathan Baillie for Gary Caldwell (46)
Sam Morrow for Garry O'Connor (87)
Garry Brady for Neil Barrett (63)
Glen Atle Larsen for Mark Fotheringham (76)

Cautions
None. Steve Lovell (45)
Barry Smith (45)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Charlie Richmond (Referee)






Match Report


Dundee and Hibernian served up a fitting tribute to one of their greatest sons at Easter Road as the match dubbed a tribute to Gordon Smith turned into a pulsating, and entertaining encounter.

Throwing away a three goal lead is how the home fans will view this match, but every neutral, and every Dundee fan who stayed to the thrilling end, will remember this for decades, watching the modern game might be expensive, but this one was worth every penny.

Jim Duffy restored Mark Fotheringham to the starting eleven and Neil Barrett was given his first start of the season, Neil Jablonski and Garry Brady dropping to the bench, which also included youth team keeper Scott Murray.

Early on, Dundee controlled midfield and stopped Hibs from playing any free flowing football, and that solid start was reward in seven minutes when they scored a cracking goal. Fotheringham passed the ball back to Kelvin Jack who launched a massive kick fully seventy yards, which John Sutton was on the end of. His first touch took the ball well away from Gary Caldwell, allowing him the time to look up and pick his spot with a left foot screamer from 25-yards that flew into the postage stamp corner.

Though having been well in control, midway through the half Hibs levelled when Sancho slipped while trying to intercept a through ball. There may have been a suspicion of handball as O'Connor raced past the grounded defender, but not in the ref's opinion and the striker steadied on the edge of the area, before firing in a shot that Jack parried, but Shiels raced in to net the loose ball.

As half time approached Gary O'Connor gathered the ball on the edge of the box, Bobby Mann was marking him and stood his ground as the forward tried to turn, only to be harshly penalised with the award of a free kick against him. Derek Riordan had scored five times in the previous four games between the clubs and he made it six in five matches with a dipping strike that gave

Jack no chance. The teams went in at half time with Dundee finding it hard to believe that they were behind after a half when they had looked comfortable for so long.

Yet within seconds of the re-start, they went further bebind.

Beuzelin picked up the ball after it had bounced off Macdonald's shin and the Frenchman looked up to see O'Connor racing into space and his well- flighted found O'Connor who steadied before picking his spot with a low angled drive.

Worse was to follow, as Hibs began to turn on the style, Macdonald had kept Riordan quiet, but he began to assert himself as Dundee suddenly looked hesitant.

Five minutes into the second period, the Dark Blues gave the ball away on the edge of their own box and it eventually found it's way to Shiels wide on the left. He curled in a cross to which O'Connor got the barest of head flicks. To the disbelief of most in the stadium, his effort floated off the inside of the post and into the net.

It was shootie in time for Hibs now, and a minute later it seemed much worse as Riordan screamed in a volley that zipped past Jack and into the net, Dundee looked finished, but the linesman in front of the mass of Hibs fans bravely raised his flag for a marginal offside decisions.

Hibs remained assured and confident, but Dundee couldn't keep the ball for more than a couple of passes as panic seemed to set in. Jim Duffy had to change something, if only to avoid further humiliation, and in 64 minutes he did just that, introducing Brady for Barrett. Within seconds the midfielder had put in a telling tackle and dinked away a neat pass. Not much, but it was more than his teammates had managed in the previous quarter of an hour. Better was to follow as the former Portsmouth man embarked on his finest 25 minutes in a Dundee shirt to date.

His next touch was one of real quality and heralded the start of a remarkable turnaround in this match. Sutton challenged for a Hernandez cross and the ball fell to Brady twenty yards out, and his right foot screamer round the top corner of the net.

At 4-1 down, 50 or so of the 373 travelling Dees had decided enough was enough. But hope now sprung eternal for the fans who had stayed on.

Hibs were now the team who looked tentative and Dundee eager. That impression was reinforced in 77 minutes as Larsen took to the stage. He'd only been on for two minutes when Jonay launched a long throw to Lovell at the near post, and the Englishman missed it but so did marker Murdock, and Glen pounced to slide the ball home from six yards.

Now the away support really believed, and they gave frantic support as Dundee pushed forward. Sutton and Macdonald both came close, but in a rare break Riordan came closer still with a 20-yarder, which skimmed inches wide.

It was edge of the seat stuff and the three minutes injury time indicated on the board offered Dundee a little more hope.

And in the first minute of stoppage time, Anderson twisted and turned before feeding Macdonald in space on the right and the full back fired in a low cross which was dived at and missed by Larsen, only for Hernandez to race in at the back post and fire home despite the best efforts of Simon Brown in the Hibs goal. It was a moment to savour for all those who had stuck by their team.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at August 28th, 2004)


2004-05 All Time
Age
Kelvin Jack (GK) - 1 - 1 -
Jonay Hernández25 51792
Callum MacDonald21 5 - 12 -
Bobby Mann30 5 - 5 -
Brent Sancho27 4 - 29 -
Barry Smith30 5 - 3534
Iain Anderson27 5115821
Neil Barrett22 2 - 151
Mark Fotheringham20 5 - 344
Steve Lovell23 556726
John Sutton20 5252
Garry Brady (sub)27 51822
Glen Atle Larsen (sub) - 3131






League Table (as at August 28th, 2004)


No league table has been added for this season.