Dundee 2
St Mirren 3
League (Scottish Premiership)

2 - 3
St Mirren 

League (Scottish Premiership)
Saturday, May 18th, 2019
Dens Park
Attendance: 5,595
3:00 PM Kick-off

Cammy Kerr (14)
Scott Wright (74)
Cody Cooke (52)
Cody Cooke (56)
Cody Cooke (78)

Team Managers
James McPake
Oran Kearney

Starting Eleven
1. Jack Hamilton
2. Cammy Kerr
5. Genséric Kusunga
15. Ryan McGowan
6. Darren O'Dea
3. Nathan Ralph
18. Paul McGowan
52. Finlay Robertson
16. Ethan Robson
20. Kenny Miller
21. Andrew Nelson
Václav Hladký .1
Paul McGinn .2
Mateo Mužek .3
Jack Baird .15
Mihai Popescu .16
Stephen McGinn .4
Kyle Magennis .7
Ryan Flynn .8
Brad Lyons .14
Danny Mullen .18
Kyle McAllister .23

31. Sieng Dieng
24. Josh Meekings
42. Max Anderson
53. Lyall Cameron
27. Jesse Curran
54. Josh Mulligan
10. Scott Wright
Jordan Holmes .26
Anton Ferdinand .35
Laurentiu Corbu .33
Lee Hodson .21
Ethan Erhahon .39
Cody Cooke .20
Duckens Nazon .9

Jesse Curran for Andrew Nelson (56)
Scott Wright for Kenny Miller (65)
Josh Mulligan for Finlay Robertson (70)
Lee Hodson for Brad Lyons (24)
Cody Cooke for Mateo Muzek (46)
Ethan Erhahon for Kyle Magennis (71)

Paul McGowan (18)
Ethan Robson (54)
Mihai Popescu (78)
Cody Cooke (87)

Red Cards
Darren O'Dea (20)
Match Officials

Andrew Dallas (Referee)
Graham Chambers & Sean Carr (Assistants)
Barry Cook (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee signed off at the end of an unhappy season with a 3-2 defeat at home to St Mirren. Cammy Kerr gave the Dee an early lead but lost Darren O’Dea to a red card after 20 minutes. Substitute Cody Cooke put the Buddies ahead with two quick goals at the start of the second half. The Dark Blues had to play the last 20 minutes with nine men after Genseric Kusunga was injured with all three substitutes having been used. Dundee still managed to equalise through Scott Wright, but Cooke completed his hat trick to give St Mirren a win that will send them into the play-offs in confident mood.

James McPake made two changes to the side that won at Livingston last week. Jack Hamilton returned in goal and 16 year old Finn Robertson made his debut. They replaced Seny Dieng, who was a substitute, and Martin Woods, who was not in the squad. Max Anderson, Lyall Cameron and Josh Mulligan from the under 18s were on the Dee bench along with club captain, Josh Meekings, returning from injury to make his first appearance in a match squad since 1st September. St Mirren also had two changes as Gary Mackenzie and Simeon Jackson dropped out with Jack Baird and Ryan Flynn starting.

After a well balanced opening to the game the Dark Blues took the lead after 14 minutes with a beautifully crafted goal. Paul McGowan measured a perfectly weighted pass through the heart of the Buddies defence for Cammy KERR to run in and smack his first time shot high into the net from 12 yards.

Dundee came close to repeating the trick when a clever pass by Andrew Nelson almost set up Kerr again, but St Mirren scrambled clear. The Buddies were getting forward regularly without creating serious danger, but they went close with a Paul McGinn header from a corner that flew wide.

After 20 minutes St Mirren received a big boost when Dundee were reduced to 10 men. Darren O’Dea lost the ball to Brad Lyons 30 yards from goal, then caught the St Mirren man as he tried to recover. Referee Andrew Dallas decided it was a clear goalscoring opportunity and pulled out his red card.

Dundee reverted to a four man defence and St Mirren went on to have more of the ball in the middle of the park, and able to cause problems on the flanks where the full backs weren’t receiving full support from an outnumbered midfield. The Buddies still couldn’t find an end product to their frequent attacks, however. Kyle McAllister went closest when he cut in from the left and his shot through a crowd of players brought a fine save from Jack Hamilton.

The Dark Blues’ attacks were more restricted after the sending off and, like St Mirren, they couldn’t find the right final ball when they neared the penalty area.

St Mirren brought on striker Cody Cooke for full back Mateo Muzek at half time. They had a loud and unsuccessful shout for a penalty right at the start of the second half when a corner struck Ethan Robson. That was turned down but the equaliser soon followed. A neat build up ended with Paul McGowan chipping a cross to the far post where COOKE headed past Hamilton.

The momentum was with the Buddies and Dundee made life much harder for themselves by falling behind after giving the ball away easily in midfield. With the defence out of position Hamilton did well to save from Ryan Flynn but COOKE followed up to stroke home his second goal.

Hamilton pulled off an instinctive save from Danny Mullen’s close range shot after St Mirren played their way through the Dark Blues’ defence. Any hope of the Dark Blues salvaging anything from the game seemed to have gone when Genseric Kusunga went down after being challenged and left the park clutching his hamstring. Nathan Ralph moved to centre back, with Cammy Kerr at left back, and substitute Jesse Curran filling in at right back.

Even with a two man advantage St Mirren allowed themselves to be caught shorthanded at the back when Dundee equalised with a fast and perfectly executed break. Ethan Robson raced away on the left and floated a pass infield to release Scott WRIGHT, who took the ball in his stride before sliding a scoring shot across the keeper and inside the far post from the edge of the penalty area.

The Dark Blue’ makeshift defence was punished only two minutes later when they failed to clear their lines and COOKE completed his hat trick with a shot from 16 yards that Hamilton got his hands to, but couldn’t keep out.

St Mirren should have been reduced to 10 men when centre back Popescu put in two bad challenges on Scott Wright, but was booked for only the first. Retaining their two man advantage they made no more mistakes and saw out the later stages comfortably. Dundee did manage to free Jesse Curran to reach the byline, but his cutback was cleared and the Buddies weren’t troubled again.

This was a frustrating match for the Dark Blues at the end of a desperately disappointing season. They had looked comfortable until the red card tilted the game in St Mirren’s favour. Young Finn Robertson had an assured and promising debut in midfield, but apart from that there was little for Dundee fans to remember from a game that ended a season to forget.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at May 18th, 2019)

2018-19 All Time
Jack Hamilton (GK)25 20 - 20 -
Cammy Kerr23 3411322
Genséric Kusunga31 291392
Ryan McGowan29 15 - 15 -
Darren O'Dea32 22 - 1025
Nathan Ralph26 321321
Paul McGowan31 36318611
Finlay Robertson16 1 - 1 -
Ethan Robson22 132132
Kenny Miller39 358358
Andrew Nelson21 144144
Jesse Curran (sub)22 402542
Josh Mulligan (sub)16 1 - 1 -
Scott Wright (sub)21 133133

League Table (as at May 18th, 2019)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good afternoon and welcome to today's Ladbrokes Premiership match against St. Mirren. I'd like to start by welcoming Oran and Jimmy and their extended backroom staff.

It's an honour to be asked to take charge of the first team this week.

We have had a busy week preparing for today's match.

The staff and the players have been brilliant and everybody wants to build on last week's win and end the season on a high most importantly for the fans.

It's been a long hard season and I know how much this club means to people. I have had five great years with this club and have seen first hand the passion the supporters have for this club.

It has only been a week but there has been a real togetherness inside the club this week and we are looking forward to getting out on the pitch today and seeing the backing from the support.