Forfar Athletic 2
Dundee 1
Challenge Cup (1st Round)


Forfar 

2 - 1

Dundee


Challenge Cup (1st Round)
Tuesday, August 15th, 2006
Station Park
Attendance: 840
7:45 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Darren Gribben (52)
Fraser Coyle (67)
Gavin Swankie (90)

Team Managers
George Shaw Alex Rae

Starting Eleven
1. Sean Murdoch
2. David Keogh
3. David King
4. David Dunn
5. Alan Rattray
6. Kevin Webster
7. Paul Lunan
8. Colin Marshall
9. Paul Tosh
10. Darren Gribben
11. Fraser Coyle
Scott Murray .1
Danny Griffin .2
Callum MacDonald .3
Greg Strong .4
Paul Dixon .5
Ross Harris .6
Kevin McDonald .7
Scott Robertson .8
Scott Gates .9
Bryan Deasley .10
Robert Campbell .11

Bench
12. Gary Lynn
14. Sandy Wood
15. Gavin Beith
16. Richard Montgomery
17. Gary Fraser
Graham Hay .12
Stephen McNally .14
Alex Rae .15
Gavin Swankie .16
Steven Watson .17

Substitutions
Gary Fraser for Darren Gribben (89) Gavin Swankie for Robert Campbell (58)
Stephen McNally for Ross Harris (77)

Cautions
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Crawford Allan (Referee)
Alastair Mather & Morag Pirie (Assistants)



Match Report


Dundee went out of the Challenge Cup at Station Park, beaten by a Forfar side who deserved their victory, while Dundee had the bulk of possession and made more chances than in any previous competitive game this season Forfar looked far more dangerous than the Dark Blues when they broke forward. They took the lead in 54 minutes when Darren Gribben netted and doubled their lead 21 minutes from time with a fine strike from Fraser Coyle. Dundee pulled one back, far too late, when Gavin Swankie netted with a looping header.

Alex Rae left himself on the bench but had Danny Griffin back from. injury, Ross Harris Scott Murray and Scott Gates were also restored to the starting eleven as Dundee fielded surely one of the youngest line ups in their history.

There was an early scare as Paul Tosh got to a loose ball before Scott Murray and rolled the ball across the face of goal, Callum Macdonald came to the rescue with Kevin Webster waiting to apply the finishing touch.

Dundee should have been ahead two minutes later when Paul Dixon crossed from the left, Ross Harris returned the ball into the danger area and Greg Strong rose unopposed but directed his header just wide.

Forfar had the ball in the net midway through the half through Gribben but the effort was disallowed for offside. It came in a rare moment of Forfar pressure in a first half dominated by Dundee, but the Dee were struggling to create much for all their possession and Murdoch saved easily. from Deasley after a promising run by the youngster on the half hour.

Two minutes later the striker should have opened the scoring after Scott Gates had done well to get to the byeline and cut a low ball back along the six yard box, Robert Campbell dummied and allowed Deasley an opportunity but his shot was weak and Murdoch again saved.

Gates had a go himself in 41 minutes as Kevin McDonald found him space but his shot with his weaker right foot was saved well at the near post by the home keeper. A minute later Harris crossed from the right and Deasley got a flick at the near post but the ball ended up in Murdoch's ams.

Robert Campbell found little back up when he broke forward just before the interval so went solo, cutting across Dunn and lashing a left footer inches over from 25 yards.

In all honesty the first half hadn't been much of a cup tie but that would change after the interval as Forfar went up a couple of gears and suddenly this became a game which was enthralling for a neutral, a delight for Forfar fans and purgatory for Dundee's support, who were in no mood to watch a cup shock after

a dismal start to the season. Dundee pressed after the break but in 54 minutes they were sucker punched on the break as Forfar went ahead, a long ball forward from David Keogh set Darren Gribben scampering away from the Dundee defence and he had time to steady and pick his spot as Murray tried to shut down the angle.

Two minutes later Forfar could have been two up as Gribben headed just over following a corner from the left. Dundee quickly introduced Gavin Swankie, replacing Campbell but although they pressed forward chances weren't coming the way of Rae's men and they were soon to be two down.

That second goal came in 69 minutes and was a great strike from Fraser Coyle who cut in from wide and fired a screamer into the top corner of the net from distance.

Three minutes later Bryan Deasley came close to reducing the deficit when he lashed an angled drive inches too high, but the lack of penetration from the First Division side was amply illustrated with quarter of an hour to go when an overcooked Colin Marshall back pass made Murdoch work harder than any of the Dundee efforts had to that point. It was a rare moment of carelessness from former Dee Marshall who turned in an effective and busy performance against his old

side.

Murdoch had earned his money there and he did again with 11 minutes to go when he brilliantly tipped over Ross Harris' long range effort, from the resultant corner a goalmouth scramble ened with Gavin Swankie's poke towards goal being cleared off the line.

Murdoch again excelled a minute later when he got down to his left to palm away Danny Griffin's swerving free kick and Dundee again came close from the corner, Callum Macdonald's downward header bouncing up and going narrowly over the bar.

Forfar though could sense the end was near and they cleverly pushed the ball around to take the sting out of Dundee's push for a consolation. It was 89 minutes before Dundee managed another effort, Kevin McDonald's shot zipping over.

It seemed that the Dark Blues would never score but on 90 minutes they pulled one back with a simple goal, Danny Griffin put in a cross which had just the right amount of pace and curl to allow Gavin Swankie to direct a looping header past Murdoch and into the net.

Injury time saw Dundee urgently pushing forward but without ever looking likely to force extra time - and they wouldn't have deserved it had it come, Forfar had given Dundee a lesson in how to finish and George Shaw could be delighted with the efforts of his side as they progressed to the next round.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme



Squad Statistics (as at August 15th, 2006)


2006-07 All Time
Age
Scott Murray (GK)18 3 - 25 -
Paul Dixon19 4 - 432
Callum MacDonald23 4 - 791
Greg Strong30 3 - 3 -
Scott Gates18 3 - 11 -
Danny Griffin29 2 - 2 -
Ross Harris22 4 - 4 -
Kevin McDonald17 4 - 373
Scott Robertson21 3 - 562
Robert Campbell - 3 - 3 -
Bryan Deasley18 4 - 233
Stephen McNally (sub) - 2 - 30 -
Gavin Swankie (sub)22 4272






League Table (as at August 15th, 2006)


No league table has been added for this season.