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Dundee reached the quarter finals of the SSFA National Trophy with an exhilarating 4-3 win against Forth Valley. Dundee stopped Forth Valley's run of 3 games unbeaten and carried on their own great form.
The match was fast paced straight from kick off, as Dundee tried to push up straight away. The first chance came in the 3rd minute when a long ball was played up to Dundee number fourteen Liam Gibb who controlled the ball well but a Forth Valley defender was there to block the shot. Only a minute later Forth Valley had their own chance when the ball was played right up to Callum Rae who managed to run through the Dundee defence but his shot went over the bar.
The first goal was scored in the 6th minute, Forth Valley striker Russell Mclean scored to make it 1-0. A quick ball was played through from the midfield and Russell Mclean collected the ball and put it in the back of the net.
Dundee kicked off, they didn’t let the early goal dampen their spirits as they looked eager to equalise. In the 9th minute they earned a free kick, a great ball was delivered into the box and Liam Gibb came close to scoring with a powerful header but the ball went just past the post.
Dundee kept fighting for the ball as in the 12th minute Greg Warwick stole the ball from the Forth Valley defender and played it out wide to Jordan Elder, who tried to play it back into the centre but his cross was too hard and it went over for a goal kick. Three minutes later Forth Valley tried to push up, Cameron Scott played a good ball into the box but Dundee goal keeper Darren Clarkson collected it easily in the air.
In the 18th minute Forth Valley number three Lewis McArthur powered a long distance shot at the Dundee keeper but Darren Clarkson made a great save and held the ball. Two minutes later Dundee player Ryan Lamond made a long dribble beating two players and was tackled by the third, but he managed to slide tackle the Forth Valley player and regain possession for Dundee. Alex Gibb then moved further up the field and played it out wide to Sean Gallacher who is tackled for a corner.
Dundee equalised in the 24th minute, Sean Gallacher received the ball outside the box and then dribbled past a Forth Valley player. He then swerved his shot into the bottom left corner giving the keeper no chance to save it.
A minute after Forth Valley kicked off they received a free kick. The ball was played in and managed to bounce over everyone in the box and land at Callum Rae’s feet but his shot missed the target.
In the 30th minute Sean Gallacher slide tackled a Forth Valley player and gave away a free kick. Forth Valley then went 2-1 from the free kick, the ball was played into the centre of the box and as everyone scrambled for the ball Callum Rae managed to knock it into the net.
Not long after Dundee kicked off they had a close chance to score as Alex Gibb volleyed the ball but it narrowly missed the goal. Dundee attacked again in the 34th minute but Forth Valley defender Grant Hamilton made a good challenge and won the ball. Forth Valley then pushed up by playing the ball to Cameron Scott who skilfully beat a Dundee defender and then took a shot at goal but it went wide.
Then in the 39th minute Sean Gallacher got his second goal making it 2-2. He powered a shot at goal inside the box and despite taking a deflection it still managed to go under the keeper as he dived. It wasn’t long after that the half time whistle blew.
Half Time: Forth Valley 2-2 Dundee
It wasn’t long into the second half before Dundee went 3-2 up. Sean Gallacher got his hat-trick in the 50th minute with a fantastic header. The ball was crossed into the box from a corner and he leaped into the air and headed it down into the bottom right corner.
Forth Valley kicked off, but Dundee soon regained possession and looked eager to get a fourth. In the 52nd minute Alex Gibb once again came close to scoring but his superb strike rattled the cross bar. A minute later Sean Gallacher went for another goal as he managed to dribble past two Forth Valley players and take a shot from outside the box but it went wide.
Forth Valley weren’t ready to give up though as number nine Russell Mclean struck the ball on the edge of the Dundee box but his shot just went past the top right corner. The game was end to end with both teams fighting to get ahead. Forth Valley attacked again soon after, but Jordan Hornby made a great challenge to regain possession for Dundee. Sean Gallacher came close to a fourth goal when Alex Gibb set him up from the left corner of the pitch but his shot went just wide.
Forth Valley managed to equalise through Russell McLean. McLean managed to convert Forth Valleys 67th minute corner by jumping high at the back post and knocking it into the goal making it 3-3.
Dylan Russell came on just before Dundee kicked off. Forth Valley soon had the ball again in the 70th minute when number ten Liam used a nice bit of skill to move up the wing but Jordan Hornby was there to stop the threat once again.
In the 73rd minute Alex Gibb put Dundee ahead in the game with style. Alex was one on one with the goalie and kept his composure with a fantastic chip over the goalie making it 4-3.
Forth Valley kicked off and they piled on the pressure to try and get an equaliser. Forth Valley desperately tried to get a shot at goal. In the 77th minute Forth Valley player Callum Rae went one on one with Darren Clarkson who won the ball bravely, stretching himself to block the ball.
The Dundee defence held strong against the Forth Valley attack. A long ball was about to reach Dylan Russell but Callum Cook intercepted the pass brilliantly. Forth Valley got a free kick, the shot swerved in but Darren Clarkson made another great save.
Jack Hogarth came on in the 79th minute for Jordan Hornby, and Forth Valley Ross Crawford came on for Russell Mclean. Dundee’s Cameron McMahon was substituted for Dominic Duffy soon after.
Ross Crawford had the chance to be a great impact, he was one on one with Darren Clarkson who managed to stop Forth Valley once again with a diving save. Dundee’s defence stayed strong throughout the final minutes of the game.
The final whistle blew not long after, the players shook hands and Dundee celebrated reaching the semi-final. Up next is a home tie against Ayrshire, who impressively disposed of last season's winners Fife in the last eight.
Full Time: Forth Valley 3-4 Dundee