Tuesday, February 06, 2018

News From Dens Park...

Dundee have signed central defender Genseric Kusunga, subject to international clearance. Genseric is an Angolan international and has experience of playing in both the Europa League and Champions League.

He came through the ranks at Servette in Switzerland before moving to FC Basel in 2010 where he got experience of European football. Genseric played two seasons down at Oldham playing in the same team as Gary Harkins. He played 30 times for the Latics scoring two goals.

Most recently he has played with UniĆ£o da Madeira in Portugal. Genseric has signed until the summer and will wear number 5 for the club.

The transfer window shut with Jack Hendry being sold to Celtic also going to Celtic is Scott Bain on loan via Hibernian.

Scott Allan returned to Celtic then went to Hibernian on loan. Hibernian striker Simon Murray signs for Dundee on loan until the end of the season. 

Inverness CT 0, Dundee 1, Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Scottish Cup 4th Rd Replay, 30-Jan-18

A Scott Allan goal after 47 minutes was enough to see Dundee progress into the next round of the Scottish Cup. They will now face Motherwell at Dens Park on the 10th of February.

Dundee: Parish, Kerr (c), Hendry, Waddell, Holt, O’Hara, Kamara, Allan, Leitch-Smith, Moussa (Deacon 84), El Bakhtaoui (Spence at half time). Unused Subs: Malherbe (gk), O’Dea, Aurtenetxe, Wolters, Lambert.

Att: 1,746.

Ref: Stephen Finnie.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Hamilton Accies 1, Dundee 2, Super Seal Stadium, Ladbrokes Premiership, 27-January-18

Dundee fell behind after just two minutes when Mark O'Hara sliced a clearance into his own net. Not the best starts for the dark blues but going by reports they came into the game and had a few chances in the first half. From the highlights Hamilton were unlucky when they hit the post with Parish well beaten.

Second half and Dundee came into the game and Moussa scored which looked onside to me. But likely the changing time in the game was when Templeton was send off for a second booking offence. Sub Matt Henvey scored six minutes after coming on to level the game.

As Dundee pushed hard for the winner goal they finally scored in the eighth minute of injury time a great Glen Kamara pass was helped on by A Jay Leitch-Smith to the delight of the Dundee fans.

A massive result for the dark blues and pushes Dundee up to ninth in the league.

Dundee: Parish, Kerr (c), Hendry, Meekings (Waddell at half time), Holt, O’Hara, Kamara, McGowan (Allan 59), Leitch-Smith, Moussa, El Bakhtaoui (Henvey 70). Unused Subs: Malherbe (gk), O’Dea, Etxabeguren, Wolters.

Ref: Kevin Clancy

Att: 1,7756

Dundee 0, Hibernian 1, Dens Park, Ladbrokes Premiership, 24-January-18

Dundee made three changes to the team which faced ICT last Saturday, Jack Hendry, Jesse Curran and Faissal El Bakhtauoui all came in. Darren O'Dea and Scott Allan moved onto the bench and Sofien Moussa was suspended. 

Dundee struggled in the first ten minutes , Hibernian looked quicker in midfield and Elliot Parish had to look sharp in the early stages. Dundee's first chance came when good play from Kamara and he send Aurtenetxe's cross was headed just wide by McGowan. 

Hibs were the better side in the first half, but Dundee started the second half well and Mark O'Hara was really unlucky with a shot which went just wide of the goal. But minutes later Hibernian took the lead when Dundee failed to clear in the box and McGinn turned quickly to find the net with a low drive. 

Mark O'Hara was unlucky with a well placed header from eight yards out, just before that McGowan put one wide when clean through. Scott Allan was on now replacing Jesse Curran and Dundee looked so much better going forward. Hibs were still dangerous on the break and Parish made a couple of good saves in the last few minutes of the game.

Sub Matthew Henvey just about levelled with a header but sadly for the youngster he just missed the goal. Dundee pushed to the end but Hibs held on to take all three points.

Dundee: Parish, Kerr (c), Hendry, Meekings, Aurtenetxe (Holt 77), Curran (Allan 57), O’Hara, Kamara, Aurtenetxe, McGowan, El Bakhtaoui (Henvey 81), Leitch-Smith. Unused Subs: Malherbe, O’Dea, Etxabeguren, Wolters.

Ref: Don Robertson

Att: 5,323

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Inverness Photos

Dundee 2, Inverness Caley Thistle 2, Dens Park, Scottish Cup 4th Rd, 20-January-18

Dundee made three changes for the Scottish Cup tie with Inverness Caley Thistle with Darren O'Dea and Josh Meeking's returned after injury and Sofien Moussa replaced the injured Marcus Haber.

Dundee started well moving the ball about and Scott Allan looked lively sitting just behind the strikers. But it was the visitors who took the lead against the run of play a long throw was missed by O'Dea and Meekings and Doran smashed the ball pass Parish to give the Highlanders the lead. 

Dundee then had a few great chances but both Leitch-Smith and Moussa missed when it looked like they should both score. Dundee continued to push forward but had to watch Caley Thistle on the break. 

Second half and it took just 2 minutes for Dundee to level the tie, a neat one-two between Allan and Leitch-Smith who's shot was touched into the net by Sofien Moussa. It was then all Dundee for a spell as they pushed their visitors back who had to defend deeper.

It took a great save from Parish to keep the tie level from a Bell header. Soon after Dundee went 2-1 a great run forward from Mark O'Hara and the big midfielder finish well from 20 yards out. 

Dundee made a few changes with El Bakhtaoui coming on for Allan and soon after Wolters came on for McGowan. But as time was running out for Caley Thistle they snatched a goal after poor defending from Meekings and O'Dea and Oakley stabbed the ball home to earn a replay. 

Dundee did try and win the game in the closing stages but failed to create anything clear cut. A draw in the end was a fair result and Dundee will have it all to do on Tuesday the 30th of January.

Dundee : Parish, Kerr, Meekings, O’Dea (c), Aurtenetxe, O’Hara, Kamara, McGowan (Wolters 85), Allan (El Bakhtaoui 61), Leitch-Smith, Moussa. Unused Subs: Malherbe, Holt, Curran, Waddell, Henvey.

Att: 3,507 

Ref: Stephen Finnie 

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Newcastle Photos

Andrew at half time 

Newcastle United 3, Luton Town 1, FA Cup 3rd Round, St James Park, 06-January-18

As Dundee are in their winter shut down, we as a Family decided to have a Family day out in Newcastle and seeing the prices for the game was very good £15 for myself and Son Andrew it was a good opportunity for us to go.

After  30 minutes the game exploded in a glut of Newcastle goals in a nine minute spell .Ayoze Perez pounced on Marek Stech's error for the opener and added a second after Stech had produced a smart save. Jonjo Shelvey extended the lead, side-footing in his first goal since April, but Danny Hylton steered in after half-time, prompting more Luton pressure. Hylton had a second goal ruled out and Elliot Lee also rattled the woodwork.

Luton done very well in the second half and they were a wee bit unlucky as the second goal might have stood as it seemed a tight decision.The Luton  fans made noise than the home fans maybe just expecting a result does this. 

I enjoyed the game and good to see Ex Dee Andrew Shinnie doing well in the game. Afterwards as I checked the scores I had to laugh at the Dabs at Falkirk, The First Divisin is not easy and their fans are now finding that out. They made fun out of us for long enough.

St Johnstone 0, Dundee 2, McDiarmid Park, Ladbrokes Premiership, 30-December-17

Again I missed the game due to work and it was a great win for the club at Perth. Winning 2-0 is a massive boost to the club as we head for the winter shut down. A early strike from Marcus Haber put Dundee on the road to victory.

In the final minute A-Jay Leitch-Smith sealed the win with a great strike to send the Dundee fans home happy. 

Dundee : Parish, Kerr (c), Hendry, Waddell (Etxabeguren 60), Aurtenetxe, O’Hara, Kamara, McGowan, Allan (El Bakhtaoui 70), Leitch-Smith (Henvey 90+2), Haber. Unused Subs: Ferrie (gk), Holt, Curran, Lambert. 

Att: 4,769

Ref: Willie Collum.

Dundee 0, Celtic 2, Dens Park, Ladbrokes Premiership, 26-December-17

Dundee lost 2-0 to league leaders Celtic at Dens Park. Two first half goals from James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths sealed the three points for the Glasgow side. I missed the game due to work and going by the reports Celtic were just too strong for the Dark Blues on the day.

It was good to see  that two promising yougsters got some game time for the first team,  because that is the future of the club.

Dundee: Parish, Kerr(C), Hendry, Meekings (O'Dea 26), Aurtenetxe, O'Hara, Kamara, McGowan, Leitch-Smith (Henvey 78), El Bakhtaoui (Lambert 61) Moussa. Unused Subs: Ferrie, Holt, Waddell, Curran.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Hope My Son Andrew's Homework Comes True!

Motherwell Photos

Motherwell 1, Dundee 1, Fir Park, Ladbrokes Premiership, 23-December-2017

Dundee fielded the same team which defeated Partick Thistle last Saturday, the hosts made three changes to the team which lost at Kilmarnock.

Dundee started well and Moussa had two early chances two headed efforts the first went well over the bar, and the second hit the post and the Motherwell keeper managed to knock the ball out for a corner. The wind was making it hard for both sides with the Motherwell struggling with his goal kicks.

In another good move Moussa crossed for Meekings who headed over but he really should have put Dundee ahead. Motherwell did attack but never really troubled Elliot Parish in the Dundee goal. 

Second half and Dundee took the lead with a superb goal fine build up play from Moussa and El Bakhtaoui and his pass released Paul McGowan who smashed the ball home from 20 yards. Soon after and McGowan was unlucky with a chip shot which hit the top of the bar.

Mainly is was all Dundee but Grimshaw had a decent shot well saved by Parish, Motherwell did level on the hour mark when the ball broke to O'Hara who was about to clear but caught Kipre who had nipped in on the blind side. Craig Tanner scored from the spot.

After this it was all Dundee as they made a couple of changes Allan coming on for El Bakhtaoui , by this time Motherwell were down to ten men due to injuries and using their three subs. Scott Allan hit the post with a glancing header as Dundee pushed for the winner.

In the final minutes Josh Meekings was denied a goal when Carson somehow kept his header out from three yards out.

Happy with Dundee the way they played today was a joy to watch, it was also my Christmas day out meeting up with my Motherwell mates George, Paul and Callum. We had a few beers in the 100 Club which was the old Fir Park Club. The Motherwell fans were superb and made it a great day before and after the game.

Dundee: Parish, Kerr (C), Hendry, Meekings, Aurtenetxe, O'Hara, Kamara, McGowan, Leitch-Smith, El Bakhtaoui (Allan 65), Moussa. Unused Subs: Ferrie, Holt, O'Dea, Haber, Curran, Waddle.

Att: 4,173

Ref: Don Robertson.  

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Catch Up....

I knew the run up to Christmas, I would be only be able to go to the Aberdeen  and Motherwell  games. So I will do quick round up of the other games first.

Dundee 3, Partick Thistle 0, Dens Park, Ladbrokes Premiership, 16-December-2012

Dundee won this game 3-0 and put in a very good performance going by reports. Sofien Moussa was fouled in the box and he scored from the spot to give Dundee the lead. This was followed by a Mark O'Hara goal to put Dundee in at the break leading 2-0.

Second half and it was mainly only one team in it, and Sofien Moussa scored from the spot again to seal a 3-0 victory which was very vital for the Dark Blues.

Dundee: Parish,Kerr (C), Hendry, Meekings, Aurtenetxe, O'Hara (Curran 88), Kamara, McGowan, El Bakhtaoui (Allan 66), Leitch-Smith, Moussa (Haber 74). Unused Subs: Ferrie, Holt, O'Dea, Henvey.

Att: 5,101

Ref: Greg Aitken 

Hearts 2, Dundee 0, Tynecastle Stadium, Ladbrokes Premiership, 12-December-2012

The Dark Blues lost 2-0 and can have no complaints on the game as they never pushed Hearts far enough to earn even a point. An Goncalves goal put Hearts  in control on the break. Christophe Berra added the second late on to seal the three points. 

Dundee: Parish, Waddell, Hendry (Kerr on at Half-time), Meekings, O'Hara, Kamara, McGowan(C) (Leitch-Smith 74), Aurtenetxe, Deacon (El Bakhtaoui 64) Moussa, Allan. Subs Not Used: Ferrie, Holt, O'Dea, Haber.

Att: 15, 566

Ref: Craig Thomson 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Dundee 0, Aberdeen 1, Dens Park, Ladbrokes Premiership, 08-December-17

Dundee were very unlucky not to get a least a draw on Friday night. They matched the dons in all positions only a couple of great stops from the Aberdeen goal keeper denied them.

The same team started as last week at Dingwall and it was the dons who had the first chance when Shinnie put a effort wide of the goal. Dundee had a great chance when Deacon broke free but has effort was well saved by Lewis. soon after the striker was denied by a great save from Lewis tipping Roarie's pile driver over the bar. Dundee finished the first half well on top but could not find a way past the dons keeper.

As happens in Football Aberdeen took the lead a simple ball into the box by Stewart and was then passed out to Logan and his cross was turned in by McKenna who just got his foot to it before Hendry to guide the ball past the despairing dive from Parish. 

It took Dundee a wee while to get going again but Moussa and Aurtenetxe who had two good chances but failed to take them. Cammy Kerr had a shot blocked on the line. But sadly time ran out for the dark blues as the dons held out for the three points.

Dundee: Parish, Kerr,Hendry, Meekings (Waddell 82), O'Hara, Kamara, McGowan(Allan 61), Aurtenetxe, Deacon (Leitch-Smith 79), Moussa, El Bakhtaoui. Unused Subs: Ferrie, Holt, O'Dea, Curran.

Referee: Nick Walsh

Att: 6,451

Ross County 0, Dundee 2, Global Energy Stadium, Ladbrokes Premiership, 02-Dec-17

Dundee won 2-0 at Dingwall thanks to goals from inform Mark O'Hara and a last minute cracker from Faissal El Bahktaoui . I missed the game due to work. Mark O'Hara scored on 12 minutes with a stunning finish from midfield.

Second half and going by reports the Dee should have had this game wrapped up before El Bahktaoui made a great run to get free and his lob beat the County keeper to secure the three points.

Dundee: Parish,Kerr, Meekings, O'Hara, Kamara, McGowan(Waddell 79), Aurtenetxe, Deacon (Allan 70), Moussa (Haber 73), El Bahktaoui. Unused Subs: Ferrie, Holt, Leitch-Smith, Curran.

Referee: Steven McLean