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Honours even as Dees draw with Steelmen

Dundee FC 1

Curran 72

Motherwell FC 1

MacLean 31
  • Monday, 06 November 2017
  • Dens Park
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

Andrew Creegan

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Jesse Curran’s second half goal salvaged a point for Dundee in their Development League clash with Motherwell. The Steelmen led after Ross MacLean fired past Scott Bain after half an hour, but Curran’s cool finish midway through the second half earned the young Dees a point. 
The visitors started the game on the front foot, but failed to trouble Scott Bain in the Dundee goal. Ross Turnbull fired over from 25 yards before James Scott shot into the side netting from a tight angle after being sent in behind the Dundee defence.

Scott passed up another opportunity when he failed to hit the target from 15 yards after the Dee were caught in possession. Matty Henvey had the dark blues first half chance when he let fly from 20 yards, but Well keeper Russell Griffiths was more than equal to his strike.

With half an hour gone, Motherwell broke the deadlock through Ross MacLean. The Motherwell man ran on to a clever flicked pass from Turnbull, and fired a powerful shot past Bain from 12 yards.

This kicked Dundee into life, and they would have been level if Henvey had connected with a superb cross from Cammy Mooney. John Smith’s first-time effort was turned on to the roof of the net after a dangerous ball from Jesse Curran.
  • Half Time:
  • Dundee FC
  • 0-1
  • Motherwell FC
The visitors carried their momentum into the second half, and nearly had a second when Luke Watt powered into the Dundee box, but he failed to hit the target. Griffiths had been a spectator for most of the game, but made a fine fingertip save to deny John Smith just after the hour mark.

Dundee were starting to dominate, and after 72 minutes equalised through Curran, when the right back drove into the Motherwell box, and fired a low shot under Griffiths into the bottom corner.

The Dees were in the ascendancy, with Curran causing problems for the tiring Motherwell defence. His cross was met by Ian Smith, but the forward couldn’t keep his header on target. Smith set up Lyall Cameron in the final minute, but his shot was saved by Griffiths, as both sides shared the spoils.
  • Full Time:
  • Dundee FC
  • 1-1
  • Motherwell FC


Dundee FC
Motherwell FC
1. Scott Bain
2. Jesse Curran
3. Brian Rice
4. Sam Dryden
5. Kosta Gadzhalov
6. Callum Moore
7. Cammy Mooney
8. John Smith
9. Matty Henvey
10. Scott Allan
11. Ian Smith
12. Macallan Whyte
14. Max Anderson
15. Taylor Berry
16. Lyall Cameron
13. Russell Griffiths
1. Peter Morrison
2. Shaun Bowers
3. Adam Livingstone
4. Luke Watt
5. Barry Maguire
6. Jordan Armstrong
7. Ross MacLean
8. David Turnbull
9. James Scott
11. Dylan Falconer
12. Dylan King
14. Liam Brown
15. Kyle MacDonald
16. Alfredo Agyeman
17. Jamie Semple
Star Player
Dundee FC
Motherwell FC
Jesse Curran – The full back was a thorn in Motherwell’s side all night long. Put in some tantalizing crosses and scored the equaliser.
James Scott – Put himself about and was unlucky not to have a goal to show for his efforts.
Magic Moment
Dundee FC
Motherwell FC
Curran’s Goal – A superb run from Curran past countless defenders, and a cool finish at the end of it.
MacLean’s Goal – Fantastic interplay between MacLean and Turnbull, and a thumping finish at the end of it.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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