Montrose 0
Dundee 2
League Cup (Premier Sports Group C)


0 - 2


League Cup (Premier Sports Group C)
Wednesday, July 21st, 2021
Links Park
Attendance: 1,090
7:45 PM Kick-off

None. Jason Cummings (pen.) (70)
Luke McCowan (73)

Team Managers
Stewart Petrie James McPake

Starting Eleven
1. Allan Fleming
5. Kerr Waddell
14. Sean Dillon
4. Matty Allan
3. Andrew Steeves
15. Mark Whatley
19. Liam Callaghan
6. Terry Masson
7. Graham Webster
22. Craig Brown
10. Lewis Milne
Adam Legzdins .1
Jordan Marshall .3
Cammy Kerr .2
Liam Fontaine .4
Lee Ashcroft .14
Jordan McGhee .6
Shaun Byrne .8
Paul McGowan .10
Charlie Adam .26
Paul McMullan .18
Alex Jakubiak .7

21. Aaron Lennox
8. Paul Watson
12. Chris Antoniazzi
11. Blair Lyons
24. Sam Garnham
16. Craig Johnston
23. Martin Rennie
Ian Lawlor .21
Ryan Sweeney .5
Corey Panter .27
Christie Elliott .16
Declan McDaid .11
Max Anderson .24
Finlay Robertson .19
Jason Cummings .35
Luke McCowan .17

Blair Lyons for Craig Brown (64)
Craig Johnston for Liam Callaghan (64)
Paul Watson for Graham Webster (73)
Chris Antoniazzi for Craig Johnston (73)
Martin Rennie for Terry Masson (80)
Jason Cummings for Alex Jakubiak (46)
Christie Elliott for Cammy Kerr (46)
Max Anderson for Charlie Adam (61)
Luke McCowan for Paul McGowan (61)
Finlay Robertson for Jordan McGhee (82)

Kerr Waddell (89) Charlie Adam (51)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Alan Newlands (Referee)
Stuart Stevenson & Steven Traynor (Assistants)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee went to the top of the Premier Sports Cup group C with a 2-0 win over Montrose at Links Park. The Dark Blues dominated the first half but couldn’t find their way through a well organised home defence. The Gable Endies held out for the first 25 minutes of the second half until two quick goals gave the Dee the win they deserved. Jason Cummings scored from a penalty, and Luke McCowan added the second, allowing the Dee to see the game out comfortably.

Not surprisingly James McPake kept the same starting eleven that dispatched Brora Rangers so convincingly last week.

The first 20 minutes passed quietly with only one goal attempt; Liam Fontaine headed well over the bar from a free kick. Montrose were competing well with their midfield proving a difficult barrier when the Dee tried to play through the middle.

Alex Jakubiak had the Montrose defence in trouble when he nicked the ball away from Kerr Waddell, but the ex-Dee made a desperate saving tackle, with referee Mr Newlands unimpressed by appeals for a penalty. Apart from that blip the Montrose defence were organised and careful, giving the Dark Blues no chances in open play.

Midway through the half the Dark Blues moved up a gear and started to put Montrose under serious pressure and the chances started to arrive.

A Charlie Adam free kick from 25 yards was clutched safely by goalkeeper Allan Fleming. Adam then headed over from Jordan McGhee’s cross after Jakubiak had again forced an error.

Liam Fontaine twice went close from corners. He smacked a header against the crossbar from one, and then headed wide from another when he should really have hit the target. In between Alex Jakubiak ran onto a lovely pass from Charlie Adam, but Fleming made a smart save from his flicked header.

Jordan McGhee hooked a shot over the bar as he was falling to the ground after Montrose couldn’t clear yet another Dee corner.

The Dark Blues’ corner count kept rising as Montrose clung on. Lee Ashcroft sent a header from a corner straight at Fleming, and with the last touch of the half the big Dee centre back smashed another header off the crossbar with Fleming beaten.

Dundee made two changes at half time. Christie Elliott and Jason Cummings came on for Cammy Kerr and Alex Jakubiak.

After the restart Fleming was quickly back in action, making a fine reaction save from Paul McMullan’s deflected shot.

The game entered another quiet spell. Dundee were in charge but not creating enough danger. Montrose were allowed few oportunities to attack, and were unable to force Adam Legzdins into action.

Dundee shook the match up with two substitutions midway through the half. Max Anderson and Luke McCowan replaced Charlie Adam and Paul McGowan, and the youthful energy of the substitutes allowed the Dee to take total control and finish off the Gable Endies.

Six minutes after coming on McCowan played a delightful ball inside the right back. Jordan Marshall raced into the penalty area but was brought down by Graham Webster. Jason CUMMINGS duly thumped home the opening goal from the penalty spot with 70 minutes on the clock.

Three minutes later Cummings turned a McMullan cross into the path of McGhee, allowing him to shoot from 18 yards. Fleming saved well, but Luke McCOWAN followed up to blast in his first goal for the Dark Blues.

After the goals Dundee were able to cruise through to the final whistle with the minimum of fuss. There was one scare when Adam Legzdins misjudged a long ball heading wide of the goal, allowing it to fly over his head. Blair Lyons turned the ball goalwards from a tight angle but Lee Ashcroft was on hand to clear.

Jason Cummings came close to a third goal right at the end when he turned on the edge of the penalty area and shot against the outside of the post.

For the second game running Dundee finished with 10 men after Paul McMullan was chopped down by a reckless tackle. After receiving treatment he sat out the last couple of minutes on the bench.

The Dee were patient and professional tonight against difficult opponents. The Gable Endies were disciplined and well organised, restricting the Dark Blues’ chances in open play very effectively for the first hour. Dundee were always dangerous from set pieces, however. When the Dee stepped up the pace in the last half hour they proved too strong for Montrose.

The impact made by the substitutes showed the value of a strong squad and a bench that allowed the Dee to change the game and see off their League One opponents.

Montrose managed just two shots tonight, and only one was on target. The whole Dundee team, but especially the defenders, will be delighted with another clean sheet.

The win puts the Dee in pole position in group C and they have the chance to confirm top spot when they play Forfar at the Kilmac Stadium on Saturday.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee Website

Squad Statistics (as at July 21st, 2021)

2021-22 All Time
Adam Legzdins (GK)34 2 - 18 -
Jordan McGhee24 2 - 547
Lee Ashcroft27 2 - 357
Liam Fontaine35 2 - 264
Cammy Kerr25 2 - 1834
Jordan Marshall24 2 - 571
Charlie Adam35 2 - 347
Paul McGowan33 2125419
Shaun Byrne28 2 - 63 -
Paul McMullan25 22222
Alex Jakubiak24 2171
Christie Elliott (sub)30 1 - 391
Max Anderson (sub)20 2 - 294
Finlay Robertson (sub)18 2 - 34 -
Luke McCowan (sub)23 2121
Jason Cummings (sub)25 21209

League Table (as at July 21st, 2021)

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Pld W D L +/- Pts

* - Table split into two divisions of six.