Dundee 2
Greenock Morton 0
League Cup (1st Round)


Dundee
2 - 0
Morton 

League Cup (1st Round)
Tuesday, August 7th, 2007
Dens Park
Attendance: 2,942
7:45 PM Kick-off

Goalscorers
Jan Zemlik (47)
Gavin Swankie (52)
None.

Team Managers
Alex Rae
Jim McInally

Starting Eleven
1. Ludovic Roy
2. David Worrell
3. Danny Griffin
4. Milan Palenik
5. Paul Dixon
6. Frédéric Daquin
7. Scott Robertson
8. Kevin McDonald
9. Gavin Swankie
10. Jan Zemlik
11. Jani Šturm
Lee Robinson .1
Peter Weatherson .2
Alex Walker .3
Ryan Harding .4
Stewart Greacen .5
Kevin Finlayson .6
Chris Millar .7
Jamie Stevenson .8
Chris Templeman .9
Keiran McAnespie .10
Jim McAlister .11

Bench
12. Craig Samson
14. Derek Lyle
15. David O'Brien
16. Paul McHale
17. Robert Davidson
David McGurn .12
Adam Coakley .14
Dean Keenan .15
Jay Shields .17
Brian Graham .18

Substitutions
David O'Brien for Frédéric Daquin (62)
Paul McHale for Kevin McDonald (71)
Derek Lyle for Jan Zemlik (72)
Dean Keenan for Chris Millar (54)
Jay Shields for Kevin Finlayson (62)
Brian Graham for Ryan Harding (76)

Cautions
David Worrell
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Eddie Smith (Referee)


Match Report


Two second half goals in the space of five minutes from Jan Zemelik and Gavin Swankie saw Dundee secure their place in the second round of the CIS Cup. In what was a poor first half Dundee created most of the chances, with the away defence struggling to keep on top of the strike force of Sturm and Zemelik. With Gary McKenzie missing with a cold Danny Griffin took his place in what was to be a successful night for the back four as they recorded their second clean sheet in as many matches.

Dundee's first chance came in the second minute when summer signing Sturm re-won a lost ball which allowed him to cleverly skip past the Morton defence before being fouled on the left wing. Paul Dixon's resultant free-kick however fell just wide of the upright.

The home side continually kept up their opening pressure with delightful passing play. Jani Sturm was unlucky as he was deemed to have fouled away keeper Lee Robinson after a long Ludo goal kick into the area.

It took Morton nine minutes to create their first threatening chance when Peter Weatherson's shot from outside the area fell straight to Ludo after a throw in from the left wing. Minutes later Jamie Stevenson's free kick from the corner of the box looked to be heading towards goal before falling wide of the left upright.

Kevin McDonald constantly produced a wonderful display from midfield during the seventy minutes he was on the park. In the 12th minute after gathering the ball on the edge of the box McDonald prepared himself for the shot, but his low drive was easily saved by keeper Robinson.

Gavin Swankie looked set to open the scoring in sixteen minutes after set up play between McDonald and Dixon. A sweet across-field pass from McDonald found Dixon in space. His ball into Swankie allowed the former Arbroath man the chance to shoot, but as Swankie turned towards goal the away defence cleared the ball with ease.

The best chance for the opener came in the 29th minute as Kevin McDonald, Freddie Daquin and Scott Robertson all had opportunities to put the ball in the back of the net. Gavin Swankie's pass out to Jani Sturm was then passed back to Paul Dixon who found Swankie on the left. His shot into the box was first collected by McDonald who looked for room to get his shot in before being passed to Scott Robertson who in turn gave Freddie Daquin to get in the shot but in their haste to set up the opener for themselves, the Morton rearguard stepped up their efforts to retrieve the ball, clearing any possible danger.

Balls into the box from the wing were consistently putting Morton under pressure. Paul Dixon weaved through the defence to the by-line where he drilled a low ball across the face of goal, but the ball was deflected clear by the away defence. Moments later keeper Robinson was in action as a David Worrell throw-in caused more problems. Worrell's throw-in found Kevin McDonald in space, with his shot into the danger area being tipped clear by the away stopper. From the resultant Freddie Daquin corner, Jan Zemelik just failed to connect, keeping the score at 0-0.

Dundee encountered their first real moment of worry in the 38th minute as Morton almost broke the home rearguard on the break. Under pressure from Chris Templeman, Milan Palenik, who only gained clearance to take part in the match earlier in the day, found himself holding off the challenge of the towering forward to allow Ludo to collect the ball at Palenik's feet as Templeman looked ready to unleash a shot.

McDonald and Dixon continued to link-up as the match continued with McDonald's cross-field ball finding Dixon who was quick to set-up Zemelik. Jan's ball into Scott Robertson was cleverly kept by the impressive Robertson as the defence bore down on the twenty-two year old. Robertson's lay-off to the in space Kevin McDonald was hit too hard and veered over the crossbar.

In the second half former-Dees defender Jay Shield made his Morton debut coming on for the injured Kevin Finlayson. He was set straight to work as Dundee broke the deadlock only two minutes after the re-start. Scott Robertson's shot looked to be heading into the arm of awaiting keeper Lee Robinson only for the ball to take a wicked deflection off Zemelik and into the back of the net. Robertson was fed the ball at the edge of the box, he set up himself for his third goal of the season, but six foot seven striker Zemelik got in the way of the shot to send the unfortunate Robinson the wrong way as the ball petered over the line.

Five minutes later and Gavin Swankie doubled the men in Dark Blue's advantage. Peter Weatherson's free kick was dropped by Ludo before being cleared by Paul Dixon. His long ball fell to Swankie, whose initial shot was cleared by the defence, but after re-collecting the ball Swankie rounded off a superb solo effort by hitting a powerful crisp shot past Robinson.

Morton then make their second change of the game as Dean Keenan replaced Chris Millar. Dundee also. made a substitution of their own as David O'Brien came on for the injured Freddie Daquin.

In the 55th minute, just before being replaced, Freddie Daquin looked certain to open his account for the club. Paul Dixon's long throw-in into the box was the perfect weight for Daquin to connect, but as his header looked to beheading for the back of the net, Robinson got down to his near post to save what looked to be a certain third goal.

Dundee's only card of the game came in the form of a yellow for David Worrell after he fouled James McAllister, Kieran McAnespie's free kick from thirty-five yard s out from the foul crept wide of Ludo's upright. In a bit to freshen things up, Paul McHale was introduced in the place of Kevin McDonald in the 71st minute.

McHale made an almost immediate impact as his pass helped to set up goal-scorer Swankie. McHale's pass to former Stirling striker O'Brien was latched onto by Swankie whose first time shot found the side-netting.

In the game billed as the tie of the round, Morton failed to live up to the expectation, especially after their 3-1 win over Clyde on the opening day of the season. As the match drew to a close they threw everything forward in the hope of pulling themselves back into the game. That almost pulled off with fifteen minutes to go after a throw-in caused problems for the home defence. The ball failed to be cleared from the area but the home side were adamant on keeping their clean sheet and Ludo did well to get down to Kieran McAnespie's low effort.

Derek Lyle, who is suspended for the opening four games of the campaign made a return to the action in the place of Zemelik who was removed from the team with a head injury. Lyle made an immediate impact and within minutes set up O'Brien, with his diving header failing to test Robinson who held the ball at close range.

Lyle was out to prove that although he is unable to feature in the league games against Queen of the South, St.Johnstone and Partick Thistle, he is still ready to stake a claim for a starting place in the team. Lyle's first chance occurred in the 86th minute as he set himself up on the edge of the penalty box. He dinked past two defenders before firing in a goal-bound shot, but unfortunately for Lyle Robinson was equal to his shot, making a fingertip save, with O'Brien's rebound travelling along the goal line without any takers. Lyle however seemed determined to go out with a bang. He broke from a Morton attack with three helpless defenders in tow. Faced one on one with keeper Robinson, Lyle tried to chip the advancing keeper but once more Lyle was thwarted, and with no support the ball was mopped up by the Ton defence.

Morton however seemed determined until the end, with Ludo having to make a fingertip save in the last minutes of the game after a close range effort. Jim Mcinally will however have been disappointed as sub Dean Keenan's header from the resultant corner was headed wide of the goal.

Match report written by Joanna Moffatt - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at August 7th, 2007)


2007-08 All Time
Age
Ludovic Roy (GK)29 2 - 35 -
Paul Dixon20 2 - 782
David Worrell29 2 - 2 -
Milan Palenik - 1 - 1 -
Kevin McDonald18 2 - 695
Scott Robertson22 22886
Danny Griffin29 2 - 30 -
Gavin Swankie23 214210
Jan Zemlik29 2121
Jani Šturm25 2 - 2 -
Frédéric Daquin28 2 - 2 -
David O'Brien (sub)23 2 - 2 -
Paul McHale (sub)25 1 - 131
Derek Lyle (sub)26 1 - 3115






League Table (as at August 7th, 2007)


No league table has been added for this season.


Manager's Programme Notes


Welcome back to Dens Park for the first competitive game here this season.

I have to say just how delighted I was with our start to the season at Livingston.

We started the game well and most encouragingly continued in that vein and thoroughly deserved our victory.

It was very good stuff with the application and creativity shown by the players absolutely tremendous.

Livingston actually played some quite good football, so it was all the more pleasing to come away from Almondvale with all three points.

The goals that won us the game were two brilliant strikes from Robbo'. Apart from his goals, his energy levels were fantastic; mind you, that applied to most of the players.

Whilst it was difficult for Jani Sturm, because it was his first competitive game, even in the short time that he came on for Bob, it showed that we'll have to play to his strengths when he's on the park.

However, overall I was pleased with everybody on Saturday.

About the only disappointment at Almondvale was that Milan Palenik was unable to make his debut in defence.

We have been struggling to get international clearance for Milan from the Slovakian FA since his arrival three weeks ago. That is a bit frustrating, but we are doing all we can and will just have to hope that the Slovakian FA do what is required at their end.

Ironically, though we are able to play him as a trialist in our pre-season games, now he is registered as our player, we can no longer field him as a trialist and just have to wait for clearance coming through.

Hopefully, that will be soon, but one bonus of the situation was the performance of Danny Griffin. He came in and did an excellent job.

I can't leave the match at Livingston without paying tribute to our fans.

We had the majority of the fans there and they really got behind the team, which certainly helped our cause.

Several of the new boys in the team made mention of how good the support was, and I would ask for more of the same this evening as we take on Morton.

Backing of that kind can make Dens a real fortress this term and go a long way to us having a successful season.

Our visitors tonight also made a very good start to the campaign by beating Clyde and will undoubtedly provide us with a stiff test.

Though several players picked up knocks on Saturday, I expect them all to be available and with myself, Derek Lyle and Craig Samson all available again, we are in a good position going into this CIS Insurance Cup tie.