Dundee 2
Buckie Thistle 0
League Cup (Group C)

2 - 0
Buckie Thistle 

League Cup (Group C)
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017
Dens Park
Attendance: 2,774
3:00 PM Kick-off

Faissal El Bakhtaoui (21)
Sofien Moussa (83)

Team Managers
Neil McCann
Graeme Stewart

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Bain
22. Jack Hendry
2. Cammy Kerr
3. Kevin Holt
34. Kerr Waddell
21. Roarie Deacon
18. Paul McGowan
28. Lewis Spence
20. Faissal El Bakhtaoui
9. Sofien Moussa
23. Randy Wolters
Daniel Bell
Andrew Skinner
Ross Anderson
Lewis Mackinnon
Craig Dorrat
Stuart Taylor
Ciaran McLean
Kevin Fraser (c)
Sam Urquhart
Steven Ross
John McLeod

36. Kyle Gourlay
10. Scott Allan
27. Jesse Curran
8. Glen Kamara
14. Mark O'Hara
4. James Vincent
11. Danny Williams
Ross Salmon
Callum Murray
Chris Angus
Shaun Carroll
Drew Copeland
John Maitland
Kai Ross

Glen Kamara for Randy Wolters (59)
Scott Allan for Lewis Spence (60)
Danny Williams for Faissal El Bakhtaoui (70)
John Maitland for Craig Dorrat (65)
Chris Angus for John McLeod (65)
Kai Ross for Steve Ross (80)

None. Ciaran McLean (26)
Stuart Taylor (73)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Craig Charleston (Referee)
Andrew McWilliam & David Doig (Assistants)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee won the new season’s first competitive match at Dens Park, beating Highland League champions Buckie Thistle 2-0 in the Betfred Cup. Faissal El Bakhtaoui put the Dee ahead in the first half and Sofien Moussa sealed the win late in the game. In spite of dominating possession and near constant attacking Dundee were foiled again and again by Buckie’s keeper Daniel Bell, who thoroughly deserved his man of the match award.

The Dark Blues made four changes from the team that beat Raith Rovers on Tuesday night. Glen Kamara, Mark O’Hara and Scott Allan moved onto the bench while captain Darren O’Dea was rested. Kerr Waddell, Paul McGowan and Sofien Moussa kept their places after coming on as substitutes and Lewis Spence also moved up from the bench. Buckie listed three changes after losing at home to Dundee United. Craig Dorrat, Sam Urquhart, and Steven Ross came in for John Maitland, Drew Copeland and Kris Angus.

Buckie started eagerly, keen to attack the Dee and spent most of the opening minutes in the home half without threatening Scott Bain’s goal. Once the Dark Blues started to take the ball and probe Buckie’s defence it was quickly clear that the visitors were vulnerable down the wings. Roarie Deacon and Randy Wolters were seeing lots of the ball and had plenty of space in which to attack.

Sofien Moussa put the ball into the net from an offside position after 10 minutes. That might not have counted, but the ease and speed with which the Dee had won the ball and opened up Buckie was ominous.

The traffic was flowing mostly towards Daniel Bell in the Buckie goal, but Kevin Fraser gave the Dee a fright when Kevin Holt lost the ball in midfield and Thistle’s captain ran through to shoot wide from 20 yards.

The opening goal soon followed, from a similar distance. Buckie couldn’t relieve the pressure following a Dundee corner. Faissal EL BAKHTAOUI picked up the ball 25 yards from goal, wheeled quickly losing two defenders in the process and fired a lovely shot into Bell’s top corner.

Bell had to put in a hard shift keeping the Dark Blues at bay for the rest of the first half, making a string of saves. The Buckie keeper saved twice with his feet in quick succession from El Bakhtaoui and Deacon. He was beaten by Jack Hendry from a Wolters free kick, but Lewis Mackinnon scrambled the ball off the goalline. Bell had to use his feet again to keep out a swerving low shot from 25 yards by El Bakhtaoui.

The Buckie defenders were throwing their bodies in the way of every ball Dundee played into the penalty area and Paul McGowan saw a goalbound shot deflected over the bar for a corner. Before the half time whistle Bell was called on to make another good save, getting down well to reach Cammy Kerr’s drive from 18 yards after good approach play.

The second half continued in similar vein. The Dark Blues repeatedly played their way into good positions down either wing, but they let themselves down with poor final balls.

Bell continued to impress in the Buckie goal, pulling off a superb save from EL Bakhtaoui’s hooked shot that seemed destined for the top corner.

After 58 minutes Glen Kamara and Scott Allan came on for Lewis Spence and Randy Wolters. Allan moved into the spot behind Moussa and El Bakhtaoui went out to the left wing. 11 minutes later Danny Wiliams was the final substitute, replacing El Bakhtaoui.

The Dee defence had been given few problems but lost concentration in a very rare Buckie attack. A simple ball over the top sent Steven Ross through with only Scott Bain to beat. The Buckie striker controlled the ball then weakly flicked his shot well wide.

Daniel Bell was determined that the ball would not get past him again as the Dark Blues continued to dominate. Once more Bell used his feet to save well from Kevin Holt. Finally Buckie’s hero was beaten after Scott Allan made space to shoot from the edge of the penalty area. Bell pulled off a fine save at full length, but the ball broke to Sofien MOUSSA who shot into the unguarded net. The goal was welcome and very timely. After clinging on by their fingertips, or rather the tips of Bell’s gloves, Buckie were starting to think they might sneak a point with a late rally. Moussa’s goal ensured that wasn’t going to happen.

Two minutes after the goal Bell made possibly his best save of the match. Allan dribbled into the penalty area and pulled the ball back for Moussa to shoot from 12 yards. It looked a goal all the way but Bell reacted superbly to tip the ball over. In the last few minutes Dundee passed their way around the Buckie penalty area without calling Bell into action again.

The most important aspect of this game was that Dundee won. The Dee dominated in midfield, where Lewis Spence, Paul McGowan and Glen Kamara were highly effective at pressing their opponents and helping themselves to the ball. However, the Dee just didn’t do enough with the ball once they had it. There was little pace or intensity to the Dee’s attacks, especially in the second half. When the Dark Blues did put together good moves they let themselves down in the final third with poor final passes and crosses. Too often the players would find themselves in good positions and fail to find a Dee in the penalty area. The result was never in serious doubt, but the Dee’s performance could and should have been better.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at July 22nd, 2017)

2017-18 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)25 2 - 109 -
Jack Hendry22 2121
Cammy Kerr21 2 - 591
Kevin Holt24 2 - 836
Kerr Waddell19 2 - 2 -
Roarie Deacon25 2 - 2 -
Paul McGowan29 2 - 1106
Lewis Spence21 1 - 1 -
Faissal El Bakhtaoui24 21334
Sofien Moussa29 2222
Randy Wolters27 2 - 2 -
Glen Kamara (sub)21 2 - 2 -
Scott Allan (sub)25 2 - 2 -
Danny Williams (sub)29 1 - 29 -

League Table (as at July 22nd, 2017)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good afternoon and welcome to Dens for the first competitive home match of the 2017/18 season.

Firstly a warm welcome to Graeme Stewart and his team along to Dens.

I was absolutely delighted to start with a win on Tuesday night at Stark's Park. To win the match after conceding so late was a signal to me of where this team's mindset is at. We have been working really hard in pre-season on a winning mentality. Everything we have done has had a competitive edge to it, there is always a reward if you win the training games and that mindset absolutely kicked in towards the end. There was no quitting or settling for a draw in 90 minutes.

The most pleasing thing for me was that it was a win, it wasn't a pretty or convincing one but winning is all that matters in cup football. I don't care how we got there, it's the determination in making sure we did get there and get the victory in Kirkcaldy.

it's a very competitive group we are in and I'm sure we will face another tough match this afternoon. We have done our homework on Buckie Thistle, and like Raith, we know they will work hard to make it difficult for us.

As ever, the support was fantastic through at Raith, we are looking forward to seeing and hearing that backing again this afternoon.