Dundee 5
Dumbarton 0
Scottish Cup (5th Round Replay)

5 - 0

Scottish Cup (5th Round Replay)
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
Dens Park
Attendance: 3,532
7:45 PM Kick-off

Paul McGinn (16)
Kane Hemmings (29)
Greg Stewart (51)
Kevin Holt (79)
Greg Stewart (90)

Team Managers
Paul Hartley
Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Bain
3. Kevin Holt
4. Thomas Konrad
19. Paul McGinn
21. Darren O'Dea
29. Gary Harkins
18. Paul McGowan
17. Nick Ross
15. Kane Hemmings
9. Rory Loy
7. Greg Stewart
Mark Brown .1
Scott Taggart .2
Gregor Buchanan .5
Darren Barr .14
Jon Routledge .17
Frazer Wright .22
Mark Docherty .3
Jordan Kirkpatrick .10
Tom Walsh .23
Kler Heh .24
Christian Nadé .27

12. David Mitchell
16. Julen Etxabeguren
26. Kostadin Gadzhalov
30. Cammy Kerr
24. Andrew Black
22. Arturo Rodriguez
33. Craig Wighton
Jamie Ewings .19
Steven Saunders .4
Calum Waters .16
Jamie Lindsay .18
Kevin Cawley .7
Donald McCallum .15
Gary Fleming .9

Arturo Rodriguez for Kane Hemmings (59)
Craig Wighton for Gary Harkins (59)
Julen Etxabeguren for Darren O'Dea (76)
Gary Fleming for Kler Heh (58)
Jamie Lindsay for Jordan Kirkpatrick (60)
Kevin Cawley for Christian Nadé (72)

Gary Harkins (25)
Kane Hemmings (45)
Rory Loy (76)
Christian Nadé (39)
Jon Routledge (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Stephen Finnie (Referee)
Willie Conquer & Joseph Lawson (Assistants)
Barry Cook (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee eased their way into the Scottish Cup quarter finals with an emphatic 5-0 win over Dumbarton. Goals from Paul McGinn and Kane Hemmings sent the Dee on their way in the first half. Two more goals by Greg Stewart and one by Kevin Holt completed the scoring in a match that the Dark Blues dominated from start to finish.

Dundee were unchanged for the fourth consecutive match. The Sons made four changes from the first game. Mark Brown, Scott Taggart, Jordan Kirkpatrick and Kler Heh replaced Jamie Ewings, Steven Saunders, Garry Fleming and Grant Gallagher.

Dundee set about the game as if they were determined to seal their place in the quarter finals as quickly as possible. All the early play was in the Dumbarton half as Dundee dominated possession and probed for the opening goal.

Both Dee full backs were pushing forward aggressively, providing extra attacking options down the wings. That route brought the first goal after 16 minutes. Paul McGINN made a great run off the ball from the right wing into the penalty area. Gary Harkins bided his time and released a perfect pass for the full back to hold off a challenge and smash the ball past Mark Brown at his near post.

The adventurous play by the full backs almost led to a quick equaliser by Dumbarton. Scott Taggart burst into space on the right wing and his cutback left Jordan Kirkpatrick with an opening from 12 yards, but he scuffed a weak shot into Scott Bain's gloves.

The miss looked like being costly for the Sons. The visitors were being forced to defend in depth, and their attempts to open up the game and go for an equaliser always looked like they would offer the chance for Dundee to exploit the extra space.

Dundee kept attacking with a series of attractive passing moves and it was no surprise when the second goal arrived just before the half hour mark. Harkins dinked a cross to the near post that seemed destined for the keeper, but Kane HEMMINGS raced in to flick the ball into the net. It won't be goal of the round, but it was a wonderful example of predatory striking.

Any doubts about the result had vanished as the game settled into a pattern of Dundee attacking in waves, showing great movement, passing and imagination.

The Dark Blues should have extended their lead only a minute into the second half. A quick, clever pass from Stewart gave Hemmings a great chance, but he clipped his shot over the bar from 15 yards.

The third goal soon arrived, and it was the same old story from Greg Stewart. Dundee supporters know the script. Rory Loy provided the pass. STEWART cut in from the right, worked the ball onto his left foot, and whipped the ball inside the far post from 16 yards.

Dundee were finding vast amounts of space in a totally one-sided match. Dumbarton had retreated into a packed defence in an attempt to keep the score down. The beleaguered visitors had some brief respite when Gary Harkins and Kane Hemmings were substituted. Both had been booked in the first half, and they were withdrawn to ensure they would not pick up a second booking and miss the quarter final.

The match entered a quiet spell as Dundee adjusted to the changes. Soon the Dark Blues were threatening the Dumbarton goal once again. A fine crossfield pass by Wighton found Stewart, who cut inside to shoot narrowly wide from 25 yards.

Darren O'Dea had been booked in the first match at Dumbarton, and a booking tonight would have ruled him out of the quarter final. That presumably explained his replacement by Julen Etxabeguren for the last 15 minutes.

Dundee should have added a fourth goal immediately afterwards. A fast break from a failed Dumbarton attack left the Dee with three players facing a solitary defender. Stewart played the ball across for the unmarked Arturo, but he fired over the crossbar.

When the fourth goal did come it owed much to Craig Wighton's skill. The youngster launched a twisting run into the penalty area from the left wing. Brown saved his shot well, but Kevin HOLT followed up to slam the loose ball into the net.

The final goal came as the match was entering injury time. Paul McGowan was fouled 25 yards from goal. Greg STEWART celebrated the announcement of his man of the match awarded by scoring with a sweet free kick round the wall and just inside the post.

In injury time Dumbarton launched a couple of attacks in the hope of a consolation goal. Dundee were in no mood to spoil their clean sheet with a cheap goal and held them off comfortably. That summed up the Dee's professional attitude tonight. Greg Stewart thoroughly deserved his man of the match award, but every player did his job well tonight as Dumbarton were well beaten in an attractive and clinical fashion. Not only were the Dark Blues lethal in attack, they earned a welcome fourth successive clean sheet.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at February 23rd, 2016)

2015-16 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)24 30 - 56 -
Kevin Holt23 263263
Thomas Konrad26 27 - 642
Paul McGinn25 291683
Darren O'Dea29 7 - 7 -
Gary Harkins31 26415733
Paul McGowan28 251592
Nick Ross24 291291
Kane Hemmings24 29192919
Rory Loy27 247247
Greg Stewart25 2996824
Julen Etxabeguren (sub)24 17 - 17 -
Arturo Rodriguez (sub)26 3 - 3 -
Craig Wighton (sub)18 3 - 343

League Table (as at February 23rd, 2016)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Welcome to Dens this evening for our Scottish cup replay against Dumbarton.

I'd like to start by welcoming Stephen Aitken and his backroom staff along with both sets of supporters.

Saturday saw us come away from Kilmarnock with a point and I was pleased with another clean sheet. It's another point away from home. I felt the first half they maybe shaded it. Scott made an excellent save but he didn't have too much more to do. We knew they would get a boost from their new manager coming in.

In the second half we had a lot more of the ball, we got into some good situations but maybe didn't make the right final decision. Overall we were pleased to come away with another clean sheet and a point.

From the final whistle at Rugby Park all the focus has been on tonight. The players have gone through the proper recovery and rest and we are ready to go again.

We faced a tough game down in Dumbarton a few weeks ago so know we will be in for another game tonight where we will have to be at our best.

Enjoy the game.