Dundee 3
Cove Rangers 0
League (Championship)

3 - 0
Cove Rangers 

League (Championship)
Sunday, February 12th, 2023
Kilmac Stadium
Attendance: 4,208
2:00 PM Kick-off

Zach Robinson (49)
Alex Jakubiak (51)
Lyall Cameron (79)

Team Managers
Gary Bowyer
Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
1. Adam Legzdins
14. Lee Ashcroft
28. Sam Fisher
2. Cammy Kerr
6. Jordan McGhee
5. Ryan Sweeney
25. Lyall Cameron
34. Barry Maguire
17. Luke McCowan
18. Paul McMullan
9. Kwame Thomas
Scott Fox .12
Shay Logan .2
Jason Naismith .3
Scott Ross .5
Morgyn Neill .6
Connor Scully .4
Miko Virtanen .14
David Bangala .19
Cieran Dunne .22
Mitch Megginson .9
Luis Longstaff .17

30. Harrison Sharp
3. Jordan Marshall
24. Max Anderson
11. Luke Hannant
15. Josh Mulligan
22. Ben Williamson
7. Alex Jakubiak
16. Zach Robinson
37. Lorent Tolaj
Kyle Gourlay .23
Kyle McClelland .15
Mark Reynolds .26
Iain Vigurs .16
Declan Glass .25
Gime Touré .27
Tony Weston .18
Leighton McIntosh .11

Zach Robinson for Kwame Thomas (46)
Alex Jakubiak for Luke McCowan (46)
Josh Mulligan for Barry Maguire (80)
Ben Williamson for Lee Ashcroft (80)
Luke Hannant for Paul McMullan (81)
Gime Touré for Cieran Dunne (58)
Leighton McIntosh for David Bangala (58)
Tony Weston for Mitch Megginson (69)

None. Miko Virtanen (41)
Scott Fox (61)
Gime Touré (75)
Morgyn Neill (86)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Craig Napier (Referee)
Drew Kirkland & Ross Nelson (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee moved up to second place in the Championship with a straightforward 3-0 win over Cove Rangers at the Kilmac Stadium. The Dark Blues were not at their best in a forgettable first half, but tied up the points with a blistering start to the second period, scoring two goals in the first six minutes after the restart. Both were scored by half time substitutes, Zach Robinson and Alex Jakubiak. The Dee went on to dominate and win at a canter. Lyall Cameron saw his penalty saved, but made amends by scoring the third goal.

Anyone who rolled up expecting a 3 o’clock kick off would have missed nothing. The first half was something of a snoozefest. Cove sat deep, offering no threat in attack, while the Dark Blues lacked the ideas and quality to break through.

Dundee started the occasional pleasing move, but these usually ended with a poorly judged or executed pass as play entered the final third. The Dark Blues moved the ball too slowly, playing at a gentle tempo that gave Cove ample time to get their cover in place.

There was a brief flurry midway through the half when Lyall Cameron took Luke McCowan’s low cross in his path, only for his shot to be blocked for a corner. This was taken short to Cameron who set up McCowan to send his shot over the bar from 18 yards.

Cove keeper Scott Fox had to race from his goal to beat Paul McMullan to a slack backpass. Cameron collected the rushed clearance, but shot too high from 25 yards.

The home fans became increasingly irritated by Cove’s persistent time wasting. The referee obviously noticed and played a generous three minutes of injury time. In the third minute Cameron turned neatly to hit a sweet shot from 25 yards. Fox was forced to pull off the only serious save of the half, and it had to be a good one to stop the ball reaching the top corner. That was the highlight of the half, and it took a long 49 minutes to arrive.

Gary Bowyer has shown that he is willing to make decisive early changes to shake up a game, and he did it again with two half time substitutions. Zach Robinson and Alex Jakubiak came on for Luke McCowan and Kwame Thomas. Within six minutes each had scored and the points were safely tied up.

First, Robinson spun his marker wide on the right. With half a yard of a start he raced down the wing and along the byline. Attackers and defenders were pouring into the goalmouth waiting for the cutback that never came. Instead ROBINSON somehow squeezed a shot between Fox and the near post. He then coolly lapped up the applause from the Bobby Cox Stand as if that sort of goal is just part of the workaday routine.

That was pleasing enough, but Robinson topped it two minutes later with a classy assist for the second goal. Again he turned away from his marker, beating another man on his way into the penalty area before teeing up Alex JAKUBIAK to slam a low shot past Fox from 10 yards. Robinson would have been fully entitled to take a shot himself, but selflessly turned a decent opportunity for himself into a golden chance for his fellow striker.

Cove were struggling to live with Dundee who were now attacking with smooth, and confident aggression. Dundee should have had a third goal on the hour mark when Cove substitute Gime Touré flattened Lyall Cameron in the penalty area. Cameron took the penalty himself. It wasn’t a great effort and Fox parried. A frantic scramble ensued almost on the goalline, and Cove escaped.

The pressure on Cove continued relentlessly. Paul McMullan cut in from the left but Fox saved well. Jordan McGhee ran onto a McMullan pass to nudge the ball past Fox, but his shot from a tight angle was blocked on the line. Ryan Sweeney’s powerful header from a corner was tipped over athletically by Fox.

Finally the third goal arrived after 79 minutes. CAMERON timed his run to find space in the box and take a pass from McMullan. He calmly controlled the ball and screwed a low shot past Fox from 10 yards, his first league goal at home.

Dundee then threw on three substitutes, whose fresh energy helped the Dee finish in complete control. Ben Williamson, Josh Mulligan and Luke Hannant replaced Lee Ashcroft, Barry Maguire and Paul McMullan.

This game closely followed the script of the previous home match. A goalless first half followed by a dominant second half that blew away the opposition to give the Dark Blues a 3-0 win. Again, two goals came from substitutes, and, er, yet again there was a missed penalty.

The final scoreline could easily have been greater. Cove struggled to create any threat to the Dee backline. They had only one half chance in the whole match, when substitute Anthony Weston shot weakly straight at Adam Legzdins.

In that long first half Dundee never clicked into gear, but as soon as they did the result was never in doubt. The two quick goals from the substitute strikers were obviously vital, but the improvement was about more than the substitutions. The Dee midfield was far more effective in the second half. The ball was moved more quickly, and players kept finding space in areas where they could hurt Cove.

The challenge for the Dee is now to sustain the level of performance they have reached for half of games over a full 90 minutes. If they can do that there is good reason to be optimistic.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at February 12th, 2023)

2022-23 All Time
Adam Legzdins (GK)36 16 - 61 -
Lee Ashcroft29 2918410
Sam Fisher21 5 - 9 -
Cammy Kerr27 3442568
Jordan McGhee26 27212010
Ryan Sweeney25 313696
Lyall Cameron20 258298
Barry Maguire24 4 - 4 -
Luke McCowan25 2876412
Paul McMullan26 3479810
Kwame Thomas27 6 - 6 -
Luke Hannant (sub)29 1 - 1 -
Josh Mulligan (sub)20 292465
Ben Williamson (sub)21 231231
Zach Robinson (sub)20 219219
Alex Jakubiak (sub)26 186337

League Table (as at February 12th, 2023)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Queen's Park 24 13 4 7 +15 43
2. Dundee 23 12 6 5 +14 42
3. Ayr Utd 23 11 6 6 +15 39
4. Morton 23 9 7 7 +6 34
5. Partick 23 10 3 10 +4 33
6. Raith Rovers 24 9 6 9 0 33
7. Inverness CT 23 8 8 7 +2 32
8. Cove Rangers 24 6 7 11 -19 25
9. Arbroath 24 4 9 11 -16 21
10. Hamilton 23 4 6 13 -21 18