Gretna 1
Dundee 0
League (First Division)


1 - 0


League (First Division)
Saturday, December 30th, 2006
Raydale Park Stadium
Attendance: 1,541
3:00 PM Kick-off

Chris Innes (65) None.

Team Managers
Rowan Alexander Alex Rae

Starting Eleven
1. Alan Main
2. Martin Canning
3. Chris Innes
4. Danny Grainger
5. Derek Townsley
6. Gavin Skelton
7. Erik Paartalu
8. Allan Jenkins
9. David Nicholls
10. David Graham
11. Colin McMenamin
Ludovic Roy .1
Danny Griffin .2
Gary Mackenzie .3
Gary Smith .4
Paul Dixon .5
Jay Shields .6
Scott Robertson .7
Alex Rae .8
Kevin McDonald .9
Derek Lyle .10
Bryan Deasley .11

12. Greg Fleming
14. Craig Barr
15. Brendan McGill
16. Matthew Berkeley
17. Ryan McGuffie
Bobby Mann .12
Robert Campbell .14
Ross Harris .15
Scott Johnston .16
Craig Forsyth .17

Ryan McGuffie for David Nicholls (55) Robert Campbell for Kevin McDonald (64)
Ross Harris for Jay Shields (74)

Derek Townsley (69)
Danny Grainger (71)
Paul Dixon (36)
Jay Shields (52)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Stephen Finnie (Referee)

Match Report

In a match where perspiration was always much more obvious than inspiration, Gretna came out on top, the ability to win games consistently while not playing at your best is the mark of champions and Rowan Alexander's side have that look. In recent weeks the Raydale side have often won without dominating and it's something Alex Rae's men must gain in order to take the next step forward. As it is the Dens Parkers are experiencing an up and down campaign with wins being followed by defeats while Gretna grind their way on, seemingly towards the Premier League.

Much of that comes with experience and Gretna have plenty of that, they learn quickly too When Dundee had visited Raydale in September Rae had got his troops set up to come out of the traps quickly, win all the early tackles and dominate the early stages of the match That was never going to happen again and it was Gretna who started at pace here. They dominated much of the possession in the opening spell but didn't really create many chances.

In fact the first really dangerous moment didn't come until the 16th minute, Chris Innes fed the ball down the left and David Graham found space to fire in a shot from 12 yards which brought the best from Ludovic Roy. The Dark Blues' custodian had, uncharacteristically, looked uncomfortable while fielding a couple of balls into the box prior to that, but the save seemed to steady him down and thereafter he turned in his usual solid display.

Dundee weathered that early pressure and the game settled down into a midfield battle, indeed it was the Dark Blues who carved out the next chance, Scott Robertson won a challenge on the edge of his own penalty area and fed the ball short to Bryan Deasley, the youngster scampered forward, with no challenge until he approached the Gretna box, before finding Derek Lyle with a sweet pass, unfortunately the striker had strayed inches offside.

Deasley came closer himself in 33 minutes when he showed a fine touch and turned on the edge of the box before striking a shot towards the top corner which Alan Main tipped over at full stretch and as half time approached Paul Dixon was inches over with a free kick.

At the interval Dundee could be reasonably pleased, they had restricted Gretna's chances and as the half progressed made a couple of their own.

The second half continued in the same vein, Roy having to save from Townsley's header from Graham's cross in 56 minutes but otherwise the keepers were untroubled in the early part of the second period.

Gretna had got their tempo up a bit though and if anyone looked likely to break the deadlock it was them, and that's the way it panned out with a scrambled goal in 65 minutes, Allan Jenkins curled in a corner from the left and although it was half cleared Eric Paarpalu headed the ball back across goal for Chris Innes to nod home.

Dundee pushed forward in numbers to try to rescue a point but it was late on before they looked likely to do so, In 88 minutes substitute Robert Cambell fed Rae who showed fantastic close control to jink past three men in the space of ten yards inside a crowded Gretna penalty area but as he tried to pull the trigger Martin Canning flew in with a desperate challenge and between his touch and the slightest touch of Main's hand the ball looped agonisingly inches over.

A minute later came the last chance as Deasley squirmed past a couple of challenges in midfield and zipped in a shot from 22 yards but Main wasn't in the mood to let anything in by this stage and dived to his right to smother the shot.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at December 30th, 2006)

2006-07 All Time
Ludovic Roy (GK)29 15 - 15 -
Gary Mackenzie21 8 - 8 -
Paul Dixon20 21 - 602
Gary Smith35 6161
Scott Robertson21 21 - 742
Jay Shields21 4 - 4 -
Danny Griffin29 16 - 16 -
Alex Rae37 203203
Kevin McDonald18 201534
Bryan Deasley18 132325
Derek Lyle25 146146
Ross Harris (sub)22 181181
Robert Campbell (sub) - 16 - 16 -

League Table (as at December 30th, 2006)

No league table has been added for this season.