Hamilton Academical 2
Dundee 0
Challenge Cup (Quarter Final)


2 - 0


Challenge Cup (Quarter Final)
Tuesday, September 13th, 2005
New Douglas Park
Attendance: 609
7:45 PM Kick-off

Brian Carrigan (31)
Pat Keogh (54)

Team Managers
Brian Reid Alan Kernaghan

Starting Eleven
1. David McEwan
2. Derek Fleming
3. Steven Thomson
4. Mark McLaughlin
5. Scott McKenzie
6. Brown Ferguson
7. Alex Neil
8. Marvyn Wilson
9. Brian Carrigan
10. Pat Keogh
11. Scott Tunbridge
Kelvin Jack .1
Tom Hutchinson .2
Bobby Mann .3
Adrian Madaschi .4
Paul Dixon .5
Scott Robertson .6
Barry Smith .7
Garry Brady .8
Iain Anderson .9
Simon Lynch .10
Tam McManus .11

12. Tony Stevenson
14. Sandy Hodge
14. Raymond Jellema
15. Adrian Gonzalez
16. Lee Hardy
Scott Murray .12
Kevin McDonald .14
Joel Kitamirike .15
Andy Ferguson .16
Jacinto Elá Eyene Elá Eyene .17

Sandy Hodge for Pat Keogh (61)
Adrian Gonzalez for Scott Tunbridge (80)
Lee Hardy for Brian Carrigan (80)
Kevin McDonald for Barry Smith (46)
Jacinto Elá Eyene Elá Eyene for Tom Hutchinson (59)
Andy Ferguson for Tam McManus (69)

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Mike McCurry (Referee)

Match Report

"It's a bigger job than I thought," admitted Alan Kernaghan after Dundee exited the Bells Cup at the Quarter Final stage, going down tamely to Hamilton Academical.

The goals came after 34 minutes through Brian Carrigan, a carbon copy of his curling strike in the recent league meeting, and Pat Keogh who flicked home a driven cross in 54 minutes.

Kernaghan accused the side of "Looking great in training, but when they go out there in a match it all falls to bits" and added, "There's a huge amount of work to be done and I can't underestimate that. There seems to be a lack of willingness to do the simple things and to work as hard as they have to. We've certainly not been helped by a number of injuries, but that affects every club in the league."

Tam McManus was restored to the starting eleven on a warm, but windy Lanarkshire evening and around 150 Dundee fans had decided that queuing for petrol wasn't as important as travelling to New Douglas Park to watch their side.

They may have questioned their decision well before half time. Hamilton are a solid, well-organised side, a decent First Division outfit and they were the more likely from the off, as they kept the ball on the deck to defy the gale. Dundee too tried to pass the ball, but when reward wasn't gained quickly too often resorted to firing long balls, with little chance of reward.

In 21 minutes Alex Neil, the home sides most effective player, twisted away from a crowd of Dundee players and curled a shot just wide and the home side had another chance when Keogh laid the ball off to Mackenzie only for Scott Robertson to get in a good block.

Dundee had been barely seen as an attacking force and it was difficult to see where the Dark Blue invention to create chances would come from, Accies' Brian Carrigan though showed that he can create when he wants to, executing a perfect 'Maradona' turn to leave Smith on his backside much to the delight of the home side.

In 34 minutes he did it again, but this time with tangible reward, Hutchinson was his victim and once free of the close marker he stepped past Mann and curled a marvellous 25-yarder past the helpless Jack.

Kernaghan would comment on the defences part in that opener, post match, saying, "It was crazy defending for the first goal that seemed to start near the half way line."

But it certainly wasn't a fluke on Carrigan's part, he'd scored a near identical counter in the league meeting three weeks previously.

Kernaghan has shown a willingness to make attacking changes early and half time brought the introduction of Kevin McDonald for captain Barry Smith, Bobby Mann took over the armband as the youngster came on for his debut.

It was still Hamilton in the ascendancy though and in fifty-four minutes they were two up, Carrigan fed Scott Mackenzie who fired in a low cross, which Keogh flicked home.

For the first time Dundee showed some real urgency and six minutes after the goal Lynch fired in a dipping half volley from 25-yards, it was straight down the throat of keeper David McEwan though, the home custodian was made to work a little harder just a minute later as Brady fired in a low drive which the goalie held low to his left.

An extended spell of Dundee pushing forward ensued, but there was never a moment where you thought Dundee might sneak a goal and get back into this match, more substitutions came, with Andy Ferguson and Jacinto introduced, but they made no real impact and indeed Accies came close to a third goal as substitute Gonzalez hit a shot on the turn which Jack did well to tip onto the post.

With just a couple of minutes to go there was a further injury blow for the Dark Blues as Garry Brady, who'd been the one Dundee player with a bit of composure on the ball, went down and had to be stretchered off with strained ankle ligaments.

Dundee played out the remaining couple of minutes with ten men, not that it mattered by then for most of this match a workmanlike Hamilton side had looked as if they had more players on the park than a Dundee side that had now gone five matches without a win.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at September 13th, 2005)

2005-06 All Time
Kelvin Jack (GK) - 8 - 10 -
Paul Dixon18 7 - 7 -
Tom Hutchinson23 8 - 391
Adrian Madaschi - 9 - 9 -
Bobby Mann31 92412
Barry Smith31 9 - 3974
Iain Anderson28 9218425
Garry Brady29 9 - 1142
Scott Robertson20 81181
Simon Lynch23 9696
Tam McManus24 81225
Kevin McDonald (sub)16 1 - 1 -
Jacinto Elá Eyene Elá Eyene (sub) - 5 - 5 -
Andy Ferguson (sub) - 7 - 7 -

League Table (as at September 13th, 2005)

No league table has been added for this season.