Queen of the South 2
Dundee 2
League (First Division)

Queen of South 

2 - 2


League (First Division)
Saturday, March 17th, 2007
Palmerston Park
Attendance: 1,967
3:00 PM Kick-off

Stephen Murray (13)
Andy Barrowman (90)
Dyron Daal (31)
Robert Davidson (56)

Team Managers
Ian McCall Alex Rae

Starting Eleven
1. Jamie MacDonald
2. Murray Henderson
3. Jim Thomson
4. Jamie McQuilken
5. Eric Paton
6. Neil Scally
7. Jamie Adams
8. John O'Neill
9. Stevie Murray
10. Stephen Dobbie
11. Sean O'Connor
Ludovic Roy .1
Jay Shields .2
Gary Mackenzie .3
Gary Smith .4
Paul Dixon .5
Kevin McDonald .6
Scott Robertson .7
Paul McHale .8
Gavin Swankie .9
Dyron Daal .10
Robert Davidson .11

12. Barry John Corr
14. Scott Robertson
15. Andy Aitken
16. Andy Barrowman
17. Steve Tosh
Danny Griffin .12
Kevin Smith .14
Khalid Hamdaoui .15
Craig Higgins .16
Brian Clark .17

Andy Aitken for Murray Henderson (65)
Andy Barrowman for Stephen Dobbie (65)
Steve Tosh for John O'Neill (65)
Danny Griffin for Jay Shields (79)
Khalid Hamdaoui for Scott Robertson (88)

Jamie McQuilken (62) Jay Shields (44)
Paul McHale (61)
Dyron Daal (74)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Alan Muir (Referee)

Match Report

With just a couple of minutes injury time to go at Palmerston Park on Saturday the small but noisy band of Dundee fans who'd travelled to support their team were reflecting on a day in which a biting wind and constant rain had failed to damp their spirits but a last gasp equaliser from. substitute Andrew Barrowman left them suddenly feeling the cold and facing the long trek home with considerably less satisfaction than had appeared likely throughout the previous near 90 minutes.

That goal robbed the Dee of, what would have been, a fully deserved win as Alex Rae's troops turned in one of their most accomplished performances of the season in difficult conditions, they handled the weather much better than Queen of the South, there were few moments when they were under real pressure and when Dundee drove forward they looked likely to score on a good few occasions.

Dens boss Alex Rae was pleased with his team's performance though not the result, describing himself as, "Bitterly disappointed I thought we did more than enough to win the game, it's never easy to lose an equaliser in the ninetieth minute, but if we keep doing what we did in this game then I'm sure the future looks good for us."

Going into this game the absence of ankle injury victim Derek Lyle appeared as if it could be a major disadvantage, after all Lyle had scored five times in five games against his former club, but his replacement Dyron Daal made the Dundee support forget Lyle's absence with an impressive debut, and a goal Rae was full of praise for the 6' 4" Dutchman.

"I was very pleased with the way Dyron Daal performed" he said.

"He gives us another option, he's got a lot of height and he's technically good with a bit of pace, it was good for him to come in and get a goal, and Bob Davidson's got another one, all round I thought we were superb."

That Daal goal, running onto a Paul Dixon through ball and hitting an early shot home from 20 yards levelled the score after Steve Murray had given the home side a lead very much against the run of play. The fifteenth minute strike from the diminutive winger was well crafted though, Dobbie finding Jamie Adams and the ball being laid into the path of Murray who smashed a low fifteen yarder past Ludovic Roy.

When Daal spoke after the match his enthusiasm at getting a full ninety minutes for his new team was quite striking "I really liked playing in my first game for Dundee, we tried to play football and didn't resort to hitting long balls all the time, it was good for me.

He was happy too with his link up with fellow striker Bob Davidson, who put Dundee ahead eleven minutes after the half time break.

"We seemed to have a good partnership up front" said Daal.

"If I went short to get the ball Davidson went long and vice versa-it was good for the first time playing together, I enjoyed it."

Davidson's goal came through persistence and an error from home defender Murray Henderson who failed to take an opportunity to clear the ball ten yards outside the penalty area, Davidson dispossessed him and then jinked clear before hammering his shot past home keeper Jamie MacDonald.

MacDonald was blameless there, and indeed the keeper had been the main reason that the scores were level at that point, he'd made top notch first half saves from McHale and Swankie, and as Dundee pushed for a clincher after taking the lead he had to be alert on several occasions.

Kevin McDonald, McHale, Scott Robertson and Paul Dixon all went close to extending Dundee's lead as the Dark Blues dominated with some lovely passing.

There was to be a twist in the tale though and with 88 minutes on the clock Dundee got a warning that they hadn't won yet. An excellent cross from Scally found the head of Sean O'Connor six yards out but with the goal at his mercy he headed over the bar.

Dundee hadn't defended that cross well and two minutes later they showed that they hadn't taken heed of the warning as they allowed Murray room on the left He curled in an ever better ball than the one which had led to O'Connor's miss.

This time it was Andy Barrowman on the end of it and he managed to hit the target with a downward header, Roy got a hand to the effort but it found the net via a deflection off a defender to extend the home side's unbeaten run to seven. games

Part of Rae's satisfaction at Dundee's performance was that they had been facing the division's form side, Queens hadn't conceded a goal in their last four league games but Dundee opened up their defence on numerous occasions with some neat football and should have had the points sewn up long before that late equaliser, and they appear to have brought in a player in Dyron Daal whose ability and delight at playing first team football may give a lift to the remainder of a campaign where there isn't an awful lot to play for other than pride.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at March 17th, 2007)

2006-07 All Time
Ludovic Roy (GK)29 27 - 27 -
Gary Smith36 171171
Paul Dixon20 32 - 712
Gary Mackenzie21 20 - 20 -
Kevin McDonald18 292625
Scott Robertson21 332864
Jay Shields21 16 - 16 -
Paul McHale25 9 - 9 -
Dyron Daal23 1111
Robert Davidson20 9393
Gavin Swankie23 319349
Danny Griffin (sub)29 22 - 22 -
Khalid Hamdaoui (sub) - 5151

League Table (as at March 17th, 2007)

No league table has been added for this season.