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Challenge Cup (1st Round)

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Ross County 

Challenge Cup (1st Round)
Tuesday, August 14th, 2007
Dens Park
Attendance: 1,471
7:30 PM Kick-off

Jani Šturm (59)
Andrew Barrowman (pen.) (11)
Alex Keddie (42)

Team Managers
Alex Rae
Dick Campbell

Starting Eleven
1. Craig Samson
2. Alex Rae
3. Gary Mackenzie
4. Danny Griffin
5. Craig Forsyth
6. Bryan Deasley
7. Paul McHale
8. Brian Clark
9. David O'Brien
10. Derek Lyle
11. Jani Šturm
Tony Bullock .1
Alex Keddie .2
Andy Dowie .3
Stuart Golabek .4
Darren Brady .5
Martin Scott .6
Stuart Anderson .7
Mark McCulloch .8
Stewart Petrie .9
Derek Adams .10
Andrew Barrowman .11

12. Ludovic Roy
14. Kevin Milne
15. Gavin Burns
16. Stefan Elvin
17. David Worrell
Matthew Curtis .12
Hugh Robertson .14
Sean Webb .15
Daniel Moore .16
Sean Higgins .17

David Worrell for Bryan Deasley (46)
Kevin Milne for Brian Clark (88)
Matthew Curtis for Tony Bullock (70)
Daniel Moore for Stewart Petrie (77)
Sean Higgins for Stuart Anderson (87)

Jani Šturm (69)
David O'Brien (89)
David O'Brien (90)
Derek Adams (10)
Andrew Dowie (32)
Darren Brady (76)

Red Cards
David O'Brien (90)
Match Officials

Dougie McDonald (Referee)

Match Report

Jani Sturm's first goal in the colours wasn't enough to keep the Dark Blues in the Challenge Cup as holders Ross County beat a much changed Dundee side at Dens. A late flourish saw Dundee hit the woodwork three times in the last few minutes of the match, but it was too little too late after Dundee had started slowly and Ross County had deservedly gone in at the interval two goals to the good.

It was to prove a game of very few chances as County struck twice in the first half to book their place in the second round. In what was to be a rather low-profile first half, County's Andy Barrowman found himself booked after referee Douglas McDonald adjudged him to have dived under a challenge from Craig Samson. But moments later Barrowman out his side ahead as he converted a 12th minute penalty. Gary McKenzie felled Barrowman in the area with the forward picking himself up to dispatch the ball past Samson low at the left post for an early lead.

Bryan Deasley could have marked his return to the first team with a goal as he chased down a Brian Clark ball into the area, but the visitors were equal to the pass, with Deasley unlucky to not win a corner for his efforts.

Deasley again had a chance as Brian Clark was fouled just outside the area. Paul McHale pulled the free kick back to Deasley but the striker's shot skimmed past the upright.

Alex Keddie dealt Dundee a bitter blow just before the half time whistle as he scored to send the visitors in with a two goal advantage. Derek Adams' shot from 25 yards was tipped round the post by keeper Samson for a corner. From Adams' corner Keddie got the deftest of touches to send the ball into the top corner with the defence helpless to the attack.

Manager Alex Rae changed things at half time as Bryan Deasley made way for right back David Worrell, with manager Rae freeing himself up to move into the midfield.

The second half started in almost the same fashion as the first, with both teams gaining possession but struggling to do anything with the ball. David O'Brien cut in cleverly past the defence, but his shot was just headed past the post by Jani Sturm.

Half-time sub Worrell almost gifted County a third as his pass back to Samson fell short. Alex Keddie raced between Samson and Worrell but the former was quick of the mark to dink the ball past Keddie before clearing the immediate danger.

Derek Lyle was given a starting place in the line up having missed the first two league games of the season against Livingston and Queen of the South through suspension. Craig Forsyth's ball down the left wing found Lyle who made space for himself before hitting the ball low and hard across the box, with Jani Sturm failing to point the ball towards and open goal as Tony Bullock was left stranded.

Jani Sturm opened his Dundee goal-scoring account in the 59th minute as he latched onto an Alex Rae through ball, and after carefully evading the offside trap he chipped the ball over the advancing Tony Bullock to bring the team back into the game.

Dick Campbell's men however wouldn't give up without a fight with lain Anderson and Andy Barrowman both spurning opportunities. First Anderson fired wide of the post after Stewart Petrie cut in from the left wing. lain Anderson's free kick then caused problems as Barrowman broke free with the ball but Craig Samson was equal to his effort as he held the shot from close range.

County keeper Tony Bullock was then substituted for Matthew Curtis with what looked like a hamstring problem.

With fifteen minutes left on the clock Alex Rae pulled the strings in midfield, his ball through into the box found Clark whose shot from inside the box was headed off the line by McCulloch. O'Brien and Sturm both chased the ball but somehow the ball found its way out for a goal kick.

The last few minute saw Dundee scrap for every ball, with Derek Lyle hitting the woodwork in as many minutes. Dundee threw ball after ball into the box with the visitors holding onto their slender lead by the skin of their teeth. An O'Brien ball into the box looked to have been handled clear but referee McDonald waved away the strong claims and allowed play to continue. Derek Lyle's shot then careered back off the post with O'Brien and Sturm both following up the effort but both were helpless as substitute keeper Curtis got down to gather the ball. A small melee ensued between both sets of players with O'Brien walking away with a yellow for his part.

As the game entered injury time a McHale corner caused a scramble in the box as almost every player in dark blue tried to knock the ball goalwards with Lyle again hitting the woodwork.

O'Brien was then dismissed in the last minute of injury time as referee McDonald showed the ex- Stirling man a second yellow for kicking the ball away in frustration after an offside decision had gone against him.

In addition to David O'Brien's two yellow cards, the names of Dundee's Alex Rae and Jani Sturm, along with Ross County's Andy Barrowman and Darren Brady were also put in the referee's book.

Manager's view:

"We paid for a slow start, at half time we said a few things and changed things about a bit, putting Derek Lyle up front to give us a bit more physical presence" said Alex Rae post match.

"And I think second half we could perhaps have got something out of the match, there were ten changes though, and it kind of showed at times some of the boys weren't up to speed. I think we hit the woodwork three times at the death but it wasn't to be our night, but good luck to Ross County in the next round."

Match report written by Joanna Topping - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at August 14th, 2007)

2007-08 All Time
Craig Samson (GK)23 1 - 1 -
Gary Mackenzie21 2 - 26 -
Paul McHale25 3 - 151
Alex Rae37 1 - 293
Danny Griffin30 4 - 32 -
David O'Brien23 4 - 4 -
Brian Clark19 1 - 71
Craig Forsyth18 1 - 2 -
Bryan Deasley19 1 - 376
Jani Šturm25 3131
Derek Lyle26 2 - 3215
David Worrell (sub)29 4 - 4 -
Kevin Milne (sub)17 1 - 1 -

League Table (as at August 14th, 2007)

No league table has been added for this season.