Dundee 0
Motherwell 3
Scottish Cup (4th Round)

0 - 3

Scottish Cup (4th Round)
Saturday, January 18th, 2020
Dens Park
Attendance: 2,407
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. Chris Long (22)
Chris Long (30)
Chris Long (75)

Team Managers
James McPake
Steven Robinson

Starting Eleven
1. Jack Hamilton
2. Cammy Kerr
23. Jordan Marshall
3. Jordan McGhee
6. Josh Meekings
8. Shaun Byrne
14. Graham Dorrans
11. Declan McDaid
10. Paul McGowan
4. Jamie Ness
28. Kane Hemmings
Mark Gillespie .20
Richard Tait .2
Declan Gallagher .31
Peter Hartley .5
Jake Carroll .3
Mark O’Hara .52
Allan Campbell .6
Liam Polworth .19
James Scott .17
Chris Long .9
Jermaine Hylton .14

12. Calum Ferrie
5. Jordon Forster
20. Ross Callachan
25. Lyall Cameron
19. Finlay Robertson
27. Luke Strachan
18. Danny Johnson
Trevor Carson .1
Bevis Mugabi .24
Liam Grimshaw .4
Liam Donnelly .22
Sherwin Seedorf .11
Christy Manzinga .12
Mikael Ndjoli .44

Ross Callachan for Jamie Ness (46)
Danny Johnson for Shaun Byrne (66)
Lyall Cameron for Paul McGowan (76)
Sherwin Seedorf for Jermaine Hylton (31)
Liam Donnelly for Liam Polworth (64)
Mikael Ndjoli for James Scott (76)

Jordan McGhee (69)
Graham Dorrans (83)
Cammy Kerr (89)
Chris Long (69)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Steven McLean (Referee)
David Doig & Andrew McWilliam (Assistants)
Barry Cook (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee’s 2020 Scottish Cup campaign ended at the first hurdle when they went down 3-0 to Motherwell at the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park. Chris Long scored all Well’s goals. The first two came in the first half. Dundee came back strongly after half time but Long’s third goal killed the game and allowed Well to see the game out comfortably.

Jamie Ness, Shaun Byrne and Declan McDaid all returned to the starting line up, with Finlay Robertson and Danny Johnson moving onto the bench and Sean Mackie out through injury. Motherwell made two changes, both in defence. Richard Tait and Peter Hartley came in for Liam Grimshaw and Bevis Mugabi.

Motherwell started the better side without creating any real danger in the opening quarter of an hour. They gradually stepped up their game and started to exert serious pressure on the Dark Blues.

Liam Polworth had the first shot on target, flicking on a cross but Jack Hamilton took that effort comfortably. He’d have been struggling to reach the next shot, a minute later. James Scott cut in from the right and from 18 yards thundered a shot narrowly wide.

Dundee now started to create problems in Well’s penalty area. Shaun Byrne picked up a loose pass, drove forward and found Declan McDaid whose low, angled shot was saved by Gillespie.

However, it was Motherwell who took the lead from a free kick a yard outside the Dundee penalty area. Chris LONG didn’t bother with anything subtle and hammered his shot at the end of the Dee wall. The ball took a huge deflection off Graham Dorrans and sailed into the net leaving Jack Hamilton without a chance.

Dundee responded strongly after falling behind and came desperately close to an equaliser just before the half hour mark. Josh Meekings stayed up after launching a long throw and when the ball came back to him he swept in a great cross that had the Well defence in trouble. Kane Hemmings beat goalie Gillespie in the air, heading the ball goalwards only for Richard Tait to launch himself into a clearance on the goalline.

Instead of being level the Dark Blues were two goals behind within a minute. Well went up the park and Liam Polworth played LONG in to curl his shot round Hamilton from 12 yards.

Dundee continued to push forward. Without being particularly composed or smooth they managed to work their way into positions to send in crosses that Motherwell’s defence often struggled to cope with.

Ross Callachan came on for his debut, replacing Jamie Ness at half time. He injected fresh energy and pace into Dundee’s build ups. Two minutes after the restart Kane Hemmings saw his header from a Dorrans free kick come back off the crossbar. A strong, driving run and pass by Callachan sent McDaid down the left and he cut inside to flash a low 20 yard shot a foot wide.

The Dark Blues were building some momentum and creating more problems for a defence that was still failing to handle Dundee’s crosses. Frustratingly Dundee couldn’t turn promising moves into clear chances against that edgy defence.

Midway through the second half Danny Johnson came on for Shaun Byrne. He was instantly into the action, latching onto a Hemmings flick, running on and shooting wide from the edge of the penalty area. McDaid had a go from 18 yards and his shot took an awkward deflection, but Gillespie recovered well to save. Cammy Kerr had a half chance with a header from a Dorrans cross but Gillespie saved.

The Dark Blues had been the better side in the second half and if they had pulled a goal back they would have made the final stages very interesting. However, their challenge was killed off by Jack Hamilton’s mistake after 75 minutes. Chris LONG tried a speculative shot from 25 yards. It was straight at Hamilton’s head but the keeper fumbled it and the ball was already over the line before he could grab it.

The soft goal sucked the spirit out of the Dark Blues and settled the game. Motherwell had no trouble taking control and seeing out the match. In the latter stages little happened except for Long trying for a fourth goal when he broke free on the right and hit an angled shot across goal and wide.

Motherwell were clearly the stronger side and looked like they belonged in a higher division for much of the first half. However, Dundee responded admirably after the break. They should really have pulled a goal back against some unimpressive defending but they could never quite find the right end to some promising moves. There was a lack of cutting edge in attack, and the defence allowed Well to help themselves to some soft goals tonight. Sadly the 2020 Scottish Cup won’t remain long in the memory of Dundee supporters.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website.

Squad Statistics (as at January 18th, 2020)

2019-20 All Time
Jack Hamilton (GK)25 21 - 41 -
Cammy Kerr24 2511573
Jordan Marshall23 22 - 22 -
Jordan McGhee23 262262
Josh Meekings27 15 - 47 -
Shaun Byrne26 23 - 23 -
Graham Dorrans32 161161
Declan McDaid24 243243
Paul McGowan32 25421115
Jamie Ness28 121121
Kane Hemmings28 2166534
Ross Callachan (sub)26 1 - 1 -
Lyall Cameron (sub)17 2 - 2 -
Danny Johnson (sub)26 217217

League Table (as at January 18th, 2020)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Dundee Utd 21 17 1 3 +32 52
2. Inverness CT 20 11 2 7 +7 35
3. Ayr Utd 20 10 1 9 +3 31
4. Dundee 20 8 5 7 -2 29
5. Dunfermline 21 7 4 10 +1 25
6. Queen of South 19 7 4 8 -2 25
7. Arbroath 20 7 4 9 -3 25
8. Morton 20 8 1 11 -11 25
9. Partick 21 6 4 11 -12 22
10. Alloa 20 4 6 10 -13 18

Manager's Programme Notes

Good afternoon and welcome to the Kilmac Stadium at Dens Park for today's William Hill Scottish Cup match against Motherwell.

I'd like to start by welcoming Stephen Robinson, his backroom staff and both sets of supporters along to Dens.

It is maybe an old cliché to talk about the romance but there is a special feel around these games, Motherwell are a Premiership club but we will have a right go and we can't wait for it. We will be facing an opposition that is different from what we normally face in terms of they will come here with a real attacking threat and have a go and not just sit In.

The only other two teams who have done that this season are Dundee United and Ayr. It should be a good game for people to watch.

We were fully prepared for last week's match and it was disappointing for the match to be called off but we have seen the benefit of a more days training for players recovering from injury. Jamie Ness amongst others got some game time during the week in a bounce game so we take the positives from the break and are ready for this afternoon's visit of Motherwell.

I love the Scottish Cup but we haven't had enough special days in the competition since I arrived. Hopefully today can be one of them.

For us to progress we need to be at our very best. Let's get this place feeling uncomfortable for Motherwell from minute one by getting right behind the boys.