Airdrieonians (2002) 1
Dundee 0
League (First Division)

Airdrie (2002) 

1 - 0


League (First Division)
Saturday, January 24th, 2009
Excelsior Stadium
Attendance: 1,303
3:00 PM Kick-off

Paul Di Giacomo (69) None.

Team Managers
Kenny Black Jocky Scott

Starting Eleven
1. Stevie Robertson
2. Bobby Donnelly
3. Marc Smyth
4. Matthew Hazley
5. Willie McLachlan
6. Stephen McKenna
7. Kevin McDonald
8. Steven McDougall
9. Joe Cardle
10. Paul di Giacomo
11. Simon Lynch
Robert Douglas .1
Eric Paton .2
Kyle Benedictus .3
Craig McKeown .4
Eddie Malone .5
Frédéric Daquin .6
Darren Williams .7
Andrew Shinnie .8
Paul McHale .9
David O'Brien .10
Colin McMenamin .11

12. Lee Hollis
14. Kevin Watt
15. Alex Murray
16. Scott McLaughlin
17. Stephen Maguire
Ludovic Roy .12
Gary Mackenzie .14
Darren Young .15
Mickaël Antoine-Curier .16
David Cowan .17

Scott McLaughlin for Simon Lynch (85)
Stephen Maguire for Paul Di Giacomo (90)
David Cowan for Darren Williams (46)
Mickaël Antoine-Curier for Andrew Shinnie (58)
Darren Young for Frédéric Daquin (78)

None. Andrew Shinnie (34)
Craig McKeown (56)
Eric Paton (79)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Brian Winter (Referee)

Match Report

Jocky made two changes from the side that was held to a 0-0 draw with Morton last week. Jim Lauchlan missed out through injury and young Kyle Benedictus was given the nod to replace him in central defence. Darren Williams also return to the starting line up replacing Mickael Antoine Curier as the manager changed the formation back to the 4-5-1 which had worked so well in the last away league outing at Queen of the South.

Dundee started the match well and got the ball out to Freddie Daquin at every opportunity. The winger was getting plenty of space on the right and managed to get the ball into the area on a couple of occasions. After only four minutes the match was brought to a halt though as the assistant referee brought it to the attention of the man in the middle that both Dundee central defenders were wearing the number 5 on their shirts. Benedictus quickly changed and the game resumed with Airdrie having their first chance.

That chance came when Steven McDougall crossed from the right and Paul Di Giacomo turned and forced Rab Douglas into a save with a low shot. Dundee broke quickly soon after an Colin McMenamin found himself in behind the defence but dragged his shot across goal just wide. That would turn out to be Dundee's best chance of the afternoon but it summed up the teams current form infront of goal.

Ten minutes later, Airdrie came close when a corner dropped to Kevin McDonald at the edge of the box, the midfield had time to control before hitting a shot which looked to be finding the net before Paul McHale turned it over the bar.

Like Airdrie's first chance, Dundee broke up the park straight away and Daquin again got in behind on the right wing, he seemed to have taken a touch too far but managed to cut it back but David O'Brien's arrival at the back post was too early and he didn't have the chance to turn it goal bound before Airdrie cleared.

Simon Lynch had a chance for the home side before Andrew Shinnie picked up a booking for a body check. Captain Eric Paton came close for Dundee when he drifted in from the right hand side and almost caught out Airdrie keeper Stephen Robertson with a chip, Paul McHale drove a low shot wide of the post and O'Brien had the last chance of the half when he knocked the ball wide at the back post.

There was time for one more booking in the half, defender Craig McKeown being cautioned for a foul. Dundee made one change at half time, David Cowan replaced Darren Williams and Eric Paton moved into the defensive midfield role which Williams had played in the 1st period.

Right from the start of the second half, Dundee didn't really get going and Airdrie had the first chance when Hazley got the ball across from the left and Di Giacomo flicked it on but it went wide. The Diamonds had a penalty appeal turned down five minutes later when former Dee Simon Lynch was brought down by McKeown just inside the area but the referee judge that the Dundee man made contact with the ball.

Joe Cardle was next to have a go for Airdrie as they upped the pressure. He cut in from the left and curled a shot just over the bar with his right foot. A minute later and Airdrie should have taken the lead and couldn't have come any closer. Lynch was played in behind the defence and crashed a shot off the bar with Douglas beaten.

Dundee had a rare second half chance when Daquin got down the right and cut it back for O'Brien on the edge of the box but the left wingers effort was well over. Something had to change and Mickael Antoine Curier replaced Shinnie as Dundee's formation change to a 4-4-2.

That didn't seem to help though as Airdrie continued to be the team in the ascendancy. Eric Paton was booked and Di Giacomo almost broke through but in the 69th minute it was him who broke the deadlock.

Colin McMenamin committed a foul on the left just inside the Dundee half and from that Matthew Hazley found the former Killie man at the back post who stabbed a shot through the legs of Douglas to give the bottom of the table side the lead.

Before Dundee could even pick themselves up from that blow they were almost two behind. Hazley delivered a corner from the left and Stephen McKenna's header was cleared off the line by Paton. Darren Young replaced Freddie Daquin as Dundee tried to get back into it and he had the next effort with a shot which went well over.

As Dundee pushed on they were almost caught out by goal scorer Di Giacomo by young Benedictus kept him head to take the ball from the Airdrie man. One last chance was left in the match and it was to bring a scramble which almost gave Dundee a point.

Sub Young crossed from the left and Robertson made a meal of what seemed an easy take, first McHale had a shot blocked which landed at the feet of McMenamin but the packed area meant that his effort was also blocked and Dundee would end another game without a goal.

Match report written by Dundee Matchday Programme

Squad Statistics (as at January 24th, 2009)

2008-09 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)36 23 - 156 -
Kyle Benedictus17 5 - 5 -
Eddie Malone23 24 - 521
Craig McKeown23 18 - 18 -
Eric Paton30 224224
Darren Williams31 14 - 14 -
Paul McHale27 171604
David O'Brien25 21 - 452
Andrew Shinnie19 8 - 8 -
Frédéric Daquin30 20 - 573
Colin McMenamin27 172298
David Cowan (sub)26 14 - 28 -
Darren Young (sub)30 3 - 3 -
Mickaël Antoine-Curier (sub)25 2273316

League Table (as at January 24th, 2009)

No league table has been added for this season.