Dundee 0
Peterhead 0
League Cup (Group D)

0 - 0

League Cup (Group D)
Saturday, July 20th, 2019
Dens Park
Attendance: 2,322
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
James McPake
Jim McInally

Starting Eleven
1. Jack Hamilton
5. Jordon Forster
2. Cammy Kerr
23. Jordan Marshall
6. Josh Meekings
8. Shaun Byrne
26. Josh Mulligan
19. Finlay Robertson
11. Declan McDaid
10. Paul McGowan
9. Andrew Nelson
Greg Fleming
Jamie Stevenson
Jason Brown
Cameron Eadie
Paddy Boyle
Gary Fraser
Simon Ferry
Scott Brown
Jack Leitch
Derek Lyle
Rory McAllister (c)

12. Calum Ferrie
3. Jordan McGhee
29. Sam Fisher
27. Luke Strachan
24. Max Anderson
31. Michael Cunningham
15. Craig Curran
Sam Henderson
Mick Dunlop
Wullie Gibson
Ross Willox
Ben Armour
Aidan Smith

Craig Curran for Josh Mulligan (62)
Michael Cunningham for Shaun Byrne (75)
Aidan Smith for Rory McAllister (33)
Willie Gibson for Gary Fraser (67)
Ben Armour for Derek Lyle (73)

Josh Meekings (42)
Declan McDaid (78)
Jason Brown (47)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Greg Aitken (Referee)
Douglas Ross & Joseph Lawson (Assistants)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

The Dark Blues hung onto top spot in Betfred Cup group D by taking the bonus point from the penalty shoot out after a goalless draw against Peterhead at the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park. In a scrappy 90 minutes neither side did enough to trouble the goalkeepers, although Jack Hamilton rescued the Dee with a fine save when Ben Armour was clean through late in the match.

There were three changes to the Dundee team that drew at Cove on Wednesday. Josh Meekings and Declan McDaid returned to the starting eleven, and Josh Mulligan was given his first start. Jordan McGhee and Craig Curran were on the bench, and Jamie Ness was unavailable through injury. Peterhead also made three changes. Derek Lyle, Jack Leitch and Rory McAllister came in for Michael Dunlop, Willie Gibson and Aidan Smith.

Peterhead got off to a lively start and soon had a sluggish Dee team under pressure. They had frequent excursions into the Dark Blue penalty area, winning four corners in the first ten minutes. From the last of these Derek Lyle glanced a header a couple of feet wide

Dundee produced the occasional good moment, but these were too few and never amounted to a serious threat to the away goal. Declan McDaid curled a shot wide after one slick move, and that was all the Dee had to offer in a disappointing first half.

Peterhead’s Jack Leitch went close from 20 yards after crafting a smart move with Rory McAllister. Leitch had another decent effort from further out, but Jack Hamilton touched it over the bar.

Peterhead had the better of the first half, but like the Dark Blues, lacked a cutting edge. The visitors were hampered when their prolific scorer McAllister limped out of the game after 33 minutes.

In first half injury time Josh Mulligan set up Paul McGowan to break over the half way line, but he was eventually crowded out. That summed up a poor game; a fleeting moment of promise that amounted to nothing.

The second half brought a slight initial improvement with Dundee doing more of the attacking. But the Dee still couldn’t find a final ball to worry the defence. Peterhead’s goalkeeper Greg Fleming wasn’t called upon to face any worthwhile shots until the penalty shoot out.

The longer the second half wore on the scrappier the match became. Shaun Byrne went closest with an optimistic 40 yard free kick that took a helpful deflection to send the ball looping over the keeper and a foot over the bar.

Dundee threw on Craig Curran for Josh Mulligan, and then Michael Cunningham came on for his debut, replacing Shaun Byrne. The fresh legs brought an injection of energy, but no more fluency.

Dundee tried hard to force a winner as Peterhead were happy to sit back and soak up pressure, which they did successfully. The Dark Blues’ passing was slow and the movement was never sharp enough to create space around the penalty area.

The Dark Blues’ only half chance in the last 20 minutes came when Cunningham cut the ball back for Nelson to turn and twist before screwing his shot off a defender and past the post.

The visitors almost snatched a winner when Dundee lost concentration at a Peterhead throw in, allowing substitute Ben Armour to run unchallenged through the middle. Happily Jack Hamilton pulled off an instinctive save to knock the shot away.

The penalty shoot out was taken in front of the Bobby Cox Stand, with Dundee going first. Fleming saved Declan McDaid’s penalty. Gibson then put Peterhead ahead with Craig Curran equalising for the Dee. Jack Leitch sent Peterhead’s second penalty over the bar. Cunningham and Nelson converted their spot kicks with Smith succeeding for Peterhead. Stevenson hit the bar with the visitors’ fourth penalty allowing Paul McGowan to settle the shoot out. Dundee’s number 10 did the needful and the Dee won 4-2, earning a bonus point that might prove valuable.

Dundee’s first competitive home match of the season didn’t provide much for the fans to enjoy. They never succeeded in getting their passing game going and there was little cutting edge in attack. On the bright side Jack Hamilton and his defence kept a third successive clean sheet, which is very welcome after last season’s struggles.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website.

Squad Statistics (as at July 20th, 2019)

2019-20 All Time
Jack Hamilton (GK)25 3 - 23 -
Jordon Forster25 2 - 2 -
Cammy Kerr23 3 - 1352
Jordan Marshall22 3 - 3 -
Josh Meekings26 2 - 34 -
Shaun Byrne26 3 - 3 -
Josh Mulligan16 2 - 3 -
Finlay Robertson16 3 - 4 -
Declan McDaid23 3 - 3 -
Paul McGowan31 3 - 18911
Andrew Nelson21 32176
Michael Cunningham (sub)18 1 - 1 -
Craig Curran (sub)29 31191

League Table (as at July 20th, 2019)

Pld W D L +/- Pts

No games played.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good afternoon and welcome to the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park for this afternoon's match with Peterhead

I'd like to welcome everyone connected with Peterhead along to the ground today as well as both sets of supporters.

In terms of quality it has been a mixed week. Having performed so well at Stark's Park last Saturday and coming away with a victory I fell we were lacking in that same quality at Cove on Wednesday.

I cant fault the players for their efforts again but our quality wasn't great on the ball.

As a staff we have looked back at the game and have gone through it with the players and together we will now look to react to that with a performance which is back at the level of the win over Raith.

I'm really looking forward to the team getting back out at Dens and playing in front of the home supporters. The backing can make a real difference and it will be great for some of the boys who haven't yet played a competitive match at the stadium to see that for themselves.

Like the last two games, today will be another tough match and we will have to be at our best to ensure we get the three points.