Falkirk 3
Dundee 1
League (Championship)


3 - 1


League (Championship)
Saturday, September 21st, 2013
Falkirk Stadium
Attendance: 3,349
3:00 PM Kick-off

Rory Loy (12)
Jay Fulton (55)
Rory Loy (65)
David McCracken (o.g.) (74)

Team Managers
Gary Holt John Brown

Starting Eleven
1. Michael McGovern
2. Kieran Duffie
5. Johnny Flynn
6. Will Vaulks
3. Stephen Kingsley
7. Jay Fulton
8. Blair Alston
11. Conor McGrandles
10. Craig Sibbald
9. Philip Roberts
33. Rory Loy
Kyle Letheren .1
Gary Irvine .2
Declan Gallagher .18
Willie Dyer .5
Nicky Riley .7
Gavin Rae .10
Jim McAlister .20
Iain Davidson .6
Ryan Conroy .11
Carlo Monti .15
Steven Doris .16

12. Graham Bowman
34. David McCracken
22. Kyle Turnbull
19. Luke Leahy
13. Rakish Bingham
Dan Twardzik .27
James Thomson .21
Matt Lockwood .3
Kevin McBride .8
Peter MacDonald .9
Martin Boyle .23
Craig Beattie .29

David McCracken for Will Vaulks (59)
Rakish Bingham for Rory Loy (68)
Luke Leahy for Craig Sibbald (80)
Peter MacDonald for Carlo Monti (46)
Craig Beattie for Steven Doris (58)
Martin Boyle for Nicky Riley (61)

Kieran Duffie (76) None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Iain Brines (Referee)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee slumped to a dreadful 3-1 defeat at the Falkirk Stadium today. Without playing consistently well or looking particularly convincing the Bairns ran out easy winners. Poor defending handed Falkirk a 3-0 lead with two goals from Rory Loy and one from Jay Fulton. A David McCracken own goal briefly lifted the Dee, but by then the game was lost and Dundee never looked remotely like saving a point.

John Brown made four changes after last week's draw against Hamilton. Riley, Conroy, Doris and Monti came in for Benedictus, McBride, MacDonald and Beattie as the Dee reverted to a 4-4-2 formation. However, Nicky Riley was playing at the front of a midfield diamond, behind the strikers, with McAlister and Conroy on either and Rae as the holding midfielder.

Dundee's run of four clean sheets in the league was extended by only another 12 minutes. Stephen Kingsley was allowed too much space on the left. His hard low cross in between the keeper and defenders caused indecision in the Dee defence and Rory LOY smashed the ball home at the far post.

Dundee had already passed up two good chances by that stage. Carlo Monti headed into the path of Steven Doris, who shot weakly straight at keeper McGovern. Jim McAlister then swapped passes with Doris to race into the penalty area, but fired narrowly wide.

Neither side was able to get the ball down and play good football. Falkirk did try harder than Dundee to play a composed game. Too often the Dee took the easy option of lumping the ball forward to Doris and Monti. On the odd occasion that Dundee did manage to play the ball through the middle the Bairns' defence looked uncomfortable. However, Falkirk were more successful in getting players into space in wide positions and Dundee always looked likely to ship more goals.

Ryan Conroy came close to an equaliser, hitting the outside of the post after the ball broke to him from a Riley cross. Riley again got in a good cross after neat skill on the left, but Conroy blasted Doris's knock down well over the bar.

At the other end Fulton combined well with Sibbald before drilling a low cross into the danger area that Davidson did well to hack clear.

Conroy pulled an 18 yard shot wide after beating a man to make space. Riley then sent a hurried shot too high from just outside the after Flynn had given the ball away.

A farcical episode late in the first half summed up Dundee's sloppy defending. A poor long ball into space on the Dundee left was ignored by the defence and Loy was able to jog up the pitch and cut in on goal. The Dark Blues were fortunate to escape in the scramble that followed his cut back, but that was to be the last time they would get away with amateurish defending.

There was still hope at half time that Dundee could get something out of the match. The overall quality of the game had been very poor, and Falkirk could have been in trouble if Dundee had got their game together. Sadly, in the second half the Dee went from bad to worse and handed the points to the Bairns in an atrocious 30 minute spell.

Fulton cleverly found space on the right and Irvine did well to turn his low cross over the bar. Next time Dundee were opened up on the flanks their luck ran out. Roberts' low cross took a deflection that deceived Letheren and his defence, and allowed FULTON to score at the far post. Gallagher managed to scoop the ball away, but the ball looked well over the line.

Two years ago in the Deefiant season Dundee reacted to falling two goals behind with determination and belief. Today the second goal finished the Dark Blues. There was no reaction and no sign of any conviction that the players could dig themselves out of the hole.

All over the park Dundee were careless and sluggish. Peter MacDonald came on for Monti at half time, but struggled to do anything with the poor service he was getting. Doris and Riley were replaced by Beattie and Boyle, who moved to the right wing as Dundee switched to a flatter midfield four. The changes made no difference and it was no surprise when Dundee fell further behind.

Yet again Falkirk opened up Dundee on the right. Alston and Fulton exchanged passes, and Fulton's cut back was blasted high into the net by LOY from close in.

The scoreline might quickly have got even worse. A mistake by Davidson allowed Roberts to run in from the left wing. Letheren managed to save and when the resulting corner came over the keeper had to dive to save a header from substitute McCracken.

A rare good move through the middle from Dundee ended with MacDonald setting up Conroy to shoot, but McGovern saved. Beattie then powered through the middle and forced the ball through to Conroy. The midfielder's shot was heading wide but McCRACKEN stuck out a leg and the ball pinged past his own keeper.

Dundee did rouse themselves to spend more time in Falkirk's half, but the only real effect of the goal was to persuade the home side to settle for a comfortable 3-1 win. The Bairns had no difficulty running the clock down as Dundee's new found urgency only meant they were making mistakes faster and losing the ball quicker.

There were no positives from this performance, no hard luck stories and no excuses. Falkirk looked less impressive than Hamilton did last week, but they were much better than Dundee. The Dark Blues rode their luck against Accies, but today they were found out and got what they deserved.

There's nothing positive I can say about this game. The Dee were sloppy and error prone in defence, one paced and lacking composure in midfield, and lacking width and penetration in attack. Games between Falkirk and Dundee in recent seasons have been entertaining and high scoring with the Dee generally having the edge. The Bairns have played better in many of these games than they did today, but Dundee's dreadful display meant that it was an easy three points for the hosts. The 535 Dundee supporters in the away stand would have every right to feel badly let down by this performance.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at September 21st, 2013)

2013-14 All Time
Kyle Letheren (GK)26 10 - 10 -
Gary Irvine28 9 - 1272
Declan Gallagher22 102383
Willie Dyer26 8 - 8 -
Nicky Riley27 5 - 10111
Gavin Rae35 10 - 27130
Jim McAlister27 101526
Iain Davidson29 61462
Ryan Conroy26 10 - 9019
Carlo Monti23 9292
Steven Doris25 7 - 7 -
Craig Beattie (sub)29 2 - 2 -
Peter MacDonald (sub)32 106106
Martin Boyle (sub)20 7 - 17 -

League Table (as at September 21st, 2013)

No league table has been added for this season.