Dundee 2
Airdrieonians (2002) 0
Scottish Cup (4th Round Replay)


Dundee
2 - 0
Airdrie (2002) 

Scottish Cup (4th Round Replay)
Tuesday, February 14th, 2006
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,824
7:45 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Bryan Deasley (8)
Simon Lynch (71)
None.

Team Managers
Alan Kernaghan
Sandy Stewart

Starting Eleven
1. Kelvin Jack
2. Stuart McCluskey
3. Bobby Mann
4. Callum MacDonald
5. Paul Dixon
6. Scott Robertson
7. Barry Smith
8. Kevin McDonald
9. Garry Brady
10. Simon Lynch
11. Bryan Deasley
Stephen Robertson .1
Steven McKenna .2
Alan McManus .3
Neil McGowan .4
Paul Lovering .5
Graeme Holmes .6
Steven McDougall .7
Stephen McKeown .8
Willie McLaren .9
Bryan Prunty .10
Brian McPhee .11

Bench
12. Scott Murray
14. Alan Kernaghan
15. Craig O'Reilly
16. Tam McManus
17. Robert Hendry
Lee Hollis .12
Frazer Coyle .14
Kevin Barkey .15
Stephen Docherty .16
David Dunn .17

Substitutions
Craig O'Reilly for Bryan Deasley (79)
David Dunn for Paul Lovering (8

Cautions
Simon Lynch (57)
Kelvin Jack (74)
Paul Lovering (58)
Stephen McKeown (66)
Brian McPhee (74)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Craig Mackay (Referee)
James Bee & Andrew Seymour (Assistants)
Willie Collum (Fourth Official)



Match Report


Dundee booked their place in the quarterfinal of the Tennent's Scottish Cup quarterfinal at New Douglas Park in style. Turned in their best ninety minutes of the season the Dark Blues dominated the replay to dump their 'Airdrie Jinx'. Having scored early through Deasley, they continued to push forward at every opportunity. Progress was sealed via Lynch's predatory finish in 72 minutes and with the visitors not managing a shot on target all night, this was a thoroughly comprehensive victory.

As the had been in the first tie, Dundee were in about Airdrie from the off and Bryan Deasley repeated his trick of an early goal, striding onto Scott Robertson's header, and despite Alan McManus' challenge, clipped the ball over the advancing keeper to put Dundee one up.

The Dee continued to press and a succession of shots flew close to the visitors goal, Lynch with a left footer just over and Kevin McDonald coming closest as the Dark Blues didn't give Airdrie an minute's peace. Deasley was running the defence ragged and he was unlucky to be forced wide as he won a race for the ball with keeper Robertson. It's often been the case this season that Dundee have faded after the interval, but there was little danger of that here, indeed they pressed even more than before the break. Brady, Deasley and McDonald were all close to extending the lead with shots from the edge of the box, while Robertson pulled off a fantastic stop as Bobby Mann powered in a header from Brady's free kick.

The home support were by now baying for more goals and they had their appetite satisfied on 72 minutes as Dixon fired across as superb low cross which gave Lynch a half chance, the sort that he doesn't miss.

Airdrie briefly rallied and had a shout for a penalty as a shot was fired off the arm of the grounded Barry Smith and Brian McPhee was a little unlucky to see the ball bobble off a divot as he took aim, the resultant shot flying a couple of feet too high.

Remarkably that was Airdrie's only attempt on goal of the evening as Dundee closed them down all over the park in a top class hard working display.

Manager Alan Kernaghan was full of praise for his side after the win, "That's our best performance over ninety minutes this season, we started as we had in the first match but this time we kept it going throughout. I thought we had good performances

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at February 14th, 2006)


2005-06 All Time
Age
Kelvin Jack (GK) - 16 - 18 -
Bobby Mann32 323643
Barry Smith31 32 - 4204
Callum MacDonald22 22 - 641
Stuart McCluskey - 9 - 9 -
Paul Dixon19 261261
Kevin McDonald17 202202
Garry Brady29 29 - 1342
Scott Robertson20 311411
Bryan Deasley17 9393
Simon Lynch23 31173117
Craig O'Reilly (sub)18 134134






League Table (as at February 14th, 2006)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


We welcome Sandy Stewart and his Airdrie United side to Dens tonight for this Tennent's Scottish Cup replay and if the two teams serve up as much excitement as they did in the first encounter then the fans who are here tonight are in for a treat.

The lads put in a performance early on that ranks with anything they have shown this season, we should really have scored the goals to win the tie in that period but unfortunately we couldn't keep up that standard right through the match, Airdrie coming back strongly after the half time break and by full time we were happy to still be in the cup.

There was a bit of that kind of display on Saturday too when we lost to Queen of the South, who co-incidentally beat Airdrie in their previous game, we failed to do the right things when ahead and let them back into the match. It was disappointing to say the least and I wasn't at all happy at the end. It baffles me that we've let teams back into games, when we are on top and should be killing them off - We should be learning from the experience and preventing it happening again.

The cup gives us an opportunity to put some spark back into our season and if we play as we did in the early part of the first match we have every chance of progressing to the quarter final. It's a target we intend reaching.

Thanks for your backing tonight, we hope to reward your support.