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Dundee victorious in Tayside derby

Dundee FC 1

Coupe 35'

St Johnstone FC 0

  • Tuesday, 27 September 2016
  • Links Park
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

Andrew Creegan

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Dundee U20’s picked up their third win of the Development League season against Tayside neighbours St Johnstone. The Dees dominated the first half and lead through Connor Coupe’s goal. The Saints rallied in the second half but couldn’t find an equaliser as the Dees held on to take all three points.
Dundee’s first clear cut chance came the way of Mark Smith. Conor Quigley linked up well with Smith, before the striker’s low drive was saved by Saints goalkeeper Ben Mackenzie. Connor Coupe followed up and put the ball into the net, but the midfielder was adjudged to have kicked the ball out of Mackenzie’s hands, and the goal was disallowed.
With 22 minutes gone, St Johnstone almost took the lead. The Saints won the ball on the edge of Dundee’s penalty area and Joe Gormley fired a low effort just wide of the mark.
The Dee’s were nearly ahead four minutes later. Jesse Curran picked out Coupe inside the area and the midfielder did well to work a shooting opportunity but his effort came crashing off the crossbar and was then gathered by Mackenzie.
Neither Mackenzie or the woodwork could deny Coupe 10 minutes before the interval. Josh Skelly’s cross from the right evaded Mark Smith, but Coupe was on hand at the back post to fire the ball past Mackenzie. The Dees had the lead that their early dominance had merited.
Dundee’s good work was nearly undone after 41 minutes. Saints Daniel Jardine intercepted the ball in midfield and sent Gormley in one-on-one with Gourlay. The striker attempted to lift the ball over the onrushing keeper, but Gourlay got a hand to the ball and thanks to some unorthodox goalkeeping gathered the ball.
  • Half Time:
  • Dundee FC
  • 1-0
  • St Johnstone FC
Dundee started the second half impressively and would have been two to the good if not for a stunning double save by Mackenzie. Coupe flicked the ball into the path of Curran who’s stinging volley was well saved by the Saints keeper. Curran managed to get to the rebound but saw his low effort tipped round the post by Mackenzie.
Dundee’s failure to add to their lead meant Saints still had hope of taking something and with 75 minutes gone the visitors almost got their goal. Connor McLaren was given to much space, but the midfielders effort came crashing off the crossbar.
Three minutes later, McLaren went even closer. The midfielder got on the end of a low cross from Gormley but turned the ball onto the crossbar from six yards out. In the time remaining St Johnstone failed to work Gourlay and the Dees held on for a valuable three points.
  • Full Time:
  • Dundee FC
  • 1-0
  • St Johnstone FC


Dundee FC
St Johnstone FC
1. Kyle Gourlay
2. Matty Allan
3. Conor Quigley
4. Matty Smyth
5. Kerr Waddell
6. Calvin Colquhoun
7. Craig Wighton
8. Jesse Curran
9. Mark Smith
10. Josh Skelly
11. Connor Coupe
12. Calum Ferrie
14. Taylor Berry
15. Matthew Henvey
16. Brian Rice
1. Ben Mackenzie
2. Cameron Lumsden
3. Cameron Thomson
4. Eoghan McCawl
5. Jason Kerr
6. Greg Page
7. Connor McLaren
8. Alastair McCann
9. Joe Gormley
10. Daniel Jardine
11. Paul Simpson
12. Ross Sinclair
14. Joseph Johnson
15. Robbie Polson
Star Player
Dundee FC
St Johnstone FC
Jesse Curran - The Dundee midfielder ran the show from the first minute to the last. Excellent range of passing and an incredible engine. Would have been on the score sheet if not for some top drawer goalkeeping.
Ben Mackenzie - Produced some good saves and could do little about the goal. A good shift from the Saints stopper.
Magic Moment
Dundee FC
St Johnstone FC
Coupe's Goal - A composed finish that secured all three points for his side.
Mackenzie's Saves from Curran - Superb goalkeeping that kept his side in the match.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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