Dundee 3
Falkirk 1
Scottish Cup (4th Round)

3 - 1

Scottish Cup (4th Round)
Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,279
7:45 PM Kick-off

Kane Hemmings (32)
Kane Hemmings (60)
Gary Harkins (74)
Paul Watson (41)

Team Managers
Paul Hartley
Peter Houston

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Bain
19. Paul McGinn
4. Thomas Konrad
26. Kostadin Gadzhalov
3. Kevin Holt
29. Gary Harkins
17. Nick Ross
18. Paul McGowan
8. Nicky Low
15. Kane Hemmings
7. Greg Stewart
Danny Rogers .1
Luke Leahy .3
Aaron Muirhead .4
David McCracken .5
Will Vaulks .6
Paul Watson .44
Tom Taiwo .7
Blair Alston .8
Craig Sibbald .10
Mark Kerr .11
John Baird .9

12. David Mitchell
16. Julen Etxabeguren
2. Gary Irvine
30. Cammy Kerr
27. Jesse Curran
33. Craig Wighton
9. Rory Loy
Alex Tokarczyk .21
Alex Cooper .20
Alan Maybury .13
David Smith .17
Bob McHugh .19
Kevin O'Hara .30

Rory Loy for Nicky Low (71)
Julen Etxabeguren for Kostadin Gadzhalov (76)
Bob McHugh for Tom Taiwo (67)

None. Will Vaulks (55)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Willie Collum (Referee)
Alastair Mather & Alasdair Ross (Assistants)
Colin Steven (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee fought their way through to the William Hill Scottish Cup 5th round, seeing off Championship Falkirk 3-1 at Dens Park tonight. Man of the match Kane Hemmings scored twice and Gary Harkins added the third. Paul Watson brought the Bairns back into the game with an equaliser shortly after Hemmings' opener late in the first half, but the Dark Blues brought their extra attacking quality to bear in the second half and deserved their success.

Dundee made only one change from Friday night's game in Aberdeen. Kosta Gazdhalov came in for Darren O'Dea who was not registered in time for the original date. Falkirk made three changes, David McCracken for Peter Grant, Blair Alston for Connor McGrandles and Tom Taiwo for Lee Miller.

Dundee started promisingly with Nick Ross sending Nicky Low to the byline in the first minute, but there were no takers for a dangerous cross. The Bairns, however, settled quickly and took the game to the Dee. Falkirk tried to play their way through the Dundee midfield and defence with neat passing, and were sometimes allowed rather too much room to do so.

With less of the ball Dundee looked more dangerous. Kane Hemmings and Greg Stewart managed to find a surprising amount of space, and Hemmings was often on the shoulders of the last defender, trying to burst clear.

Twice in quick succession Dundee passed their way through the Bairns' defence. Delightful play between Gary Harkins and Greg Stewart almost played Hemmings in, but Danny Rogers managed to dive on the ball. Ross then blazed his shot over the bar from a tight angle after Harkins' had cleverly created the opportunity. For all Falkirk's good football they weren't convincing when they reached the penalty area. Blair Alston did force a good save from Scott Bain with a shot from 18 yards.

The home fans had been getting frustrated with a series of narrow offside decisions that went against Dundee. When they did beat the offside trap after 39 minutes they took the lead. HEMMINGS took a long pass from Paul McGowan and from 18 yards crashed his shot into the net off the underside of the crossbar.

The Bairns hit back almost immediately with a goal that owed nothing to the neat football they'd been playing. Dundee's attempted breakout from a corner broke down and Mark Kerr sent the ball straight back into the home penalty area. The unmarked John Baird was onside and he played the ball across for Paul WATSON to force in the equaliser.

The Dark Blues recovered well from that disappointment and went on to take charge of the match in the second half. It took a while for the Dee to click as a series of promising moves didn't quite come off. There was almost a scare when Craig Sibbald's run took him deep into the penalty area, but he waited far too long before shooting and lost the chance. It was just about the only time in the second half that the Bairns looked truly dangerous. Their failure to take advantage cost them dearly as the Dee went back in front shortly afterwards with a marvellous goal.

Paul McGowan found Paul McGinn on the right. The full back took a great first touch to knock the ball into space and fired over a fine cross that eluded Harkins only for HEMMINGS to smash home an unstoppable far post volley from six yards - his ninth goal in the last six games.

With Dundee in the lead the Bairns pushed forward and looked increasingly vulnerable against Dundee's skillful attackers. Paul Hartley added to Falkirk's problems by sending on Rory Loy to replace Nicky Low with 19 minutes to go. It looked a bold move and it quickly paid off with an excellent third goal.

Hemmings broke down the right with Loy in support. The Falkirk defence were all watching the ex Bairn and failed to spot Harkins' run through the middle. Hemmings timed his pass perfectly, and HARKINS took a touch before drilling a low shot into the corner of the goal from 18 yards.

Julen Etxabeguren was a welcome sight for the home support, returning from his eye injury a few minutes from full time when Kosta Gadzhalov was suffering from cramp.

Greg Stewart nearly put the Dee out of sight when he dribbled into the penalty area and shot against the outside of the post. Falkirk worked hard to try and get back into the match, but failed to create any chances except for a stinging 20 yarder in injury time from Will Vaulks that Bain did well to turn away.

Dundee now move on to Dumbarton for the 5th round against another Championship side. Tonight the Dark Blues showed that when their attackers are on form they can make life very difficult for teams from outside the Premiership. Falkirk are one of the best sides in the Championship, and they showed tonight why they are widely admired for the quality and style of their football. However, they had no answer to Dundee's attacking flair, and that was the crucial difference that gave the Dee a deserved win.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at January 26th, 2016)

2015-16 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)24 25 - 51 -
Kostadin Gadzhalov26 8 - 17 -
Thomas Konrad26 22 - 592
Paul McGinn25 24 - 632
Kevin Holt23 212212
Nicky Low24 18 - 18 -
Paul McGowan28 20 - 541
Nick Ross24 241241
Gary Harkins31 21415233
Greg Stewart25 2476322
Kane Hemmings24 24152415
Julen Etxabeguren (sub)24 15 - 15 -
Rory Loy (sub)27 197197

League Table (as at January 26th, 2016)

No league table has been added for this season.