Scottish Cup - Fifth Round
DumbartonDumbarton0DundeeDundee0
By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland

Championship outfit Dumbarton held Premiership side Dundee to a drab draw to earn a replay and retain hope of a Scottish Cup quarter-final spot.

Nick Ross hit the post early on for the visitors but further opportunities were few and far between.

Dumbarton's new signing Christian Nade was impressive on his debut as the Sons competed well.

The hosts' spirit was summed up by an excellent clearance off the line by Mark Docherty to deny Kane Hemmings.

Dumbarton, seventh in the Championship, have not beaten Dundee since 1985 so a replay at Dens Park - a week on Tuesday, 16 February - will no doubt please the Sons.

The opening 10 minutes of this contest suggested it could be an afternoon of shooting practice for Dundee.

Greg Stewart cleverly slipped the ball to Ross, whose low shot from 16 yards bounced straight back off the bottom of the left upright.

But despite a few more pot-shots in the direction of Sons goalkeeper Jamie Ewings and some menace down the right by Stewart, the Dark Blues failed to capitalise on early dominance and allowed Dumbarton into the game.

Much of the hosts' promising play stemmed from the experience and intelligence of Nade.

On one occasion the former Dundee man closed down Darren O'Dea's clearance and bore down on goal, only for visiting goalkeeper Scott Bain to rush out and boot the ball away to spare the Irishman's blushes.

Kane Hemmings beats Dundee keeper Jamie Ewings but sees his shot cleared off the line
Hemmings (right) had this shot cleared off the line and a goal disallowed later on for offside

Dundee fans were cheering in anticipation of a goal before half-time, but Mark Docherty's sliding clearance on the line in the nick of time prevented Kane Hemmings' dinked effort from trundling in. Needless to say the Dumbarton supporters enjoyed cutting the visiting section's celebrations short.

Hemmings' luck did not improve after the break. The striker has scored 16 goals this season and managed to succeed in sliding the ball into Dumbarton's net, before realising he had long been flagged offside.

Docherty's curler gave Bain something to think about before Gary Harkins headed narrowly over for Dundee at the other end, but a breakthrough proved elusive on a pitch that was cutting up badly.

Dumbarton manager Stevie Aitken: "I thought the players work rate and commitment was terrific.

"We defended really well against a strong Dundee side who have got great players going forward.

"I'm delighted we've got another shot at it. The club might make some money out of it as well."

Dundee manager Paul Hartley: "I thought we dominated the game from start to finish, but we just didn't have that cutting edge in the final third.

"Dumbarton got men behind the ball and tried to frustrate us.

"But it's a clean sheet for us and we're still in the cup."

Line-ups

Dumbarton

  • 19Ewings
  • 5Buchanan
  • 14Barr
  • 22Wright
  • 4Saunders
  • 8GallagherSubstituted forTaggartat 81'minutes
  • 17RoutledgeBooked at 79mins
  • 23Walsh
  • 3Docherty
  • 9Fleming
  • 27NadeSubstituted forCawleyat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Brown
  • 2Taggart
  • 7Cawley
  • 10Kirkpatrick
  • 15McCallum
  • 16Waters
  • 24Heh

Dundee

  • 1Bain
  • 19McGinn
  • 21O'DeaBooked at 85mins
  • 4Konrad
  • 3Holt
  • 7Stewart
  • 18McGowan
  • 17RossSubstituted forRodríguez Pérez Reverteat 73'minutes
  • 9LoySubstituted forLowat 80'minutes
  • 29Harkins
  • 15Hemmings

Substitutes

  • 8Low
  • 12Mitchell
  • 16Etxabeguren
  • 22Rodríguez Pérez Reverte
  • 26Gadzhalov
  • 30Kerr
  • 33Wighton
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
1,410

Match Stats

Home TeamDumbartonAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home1
Away12
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away12
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dumbarton 0, Dundee 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dumbarton 0, Dundee 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Greg Stewart (Dundee) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Frazer Wright.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kevin Holt (Dundee) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Cawley (Dumbarton).

  7. Post update

    Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Darren O'Dea.

  9. Booking

    Darren O'Dea (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Garry Fleming (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Darren O'Dea (Dundee).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Dumbarton. Scott Taggart replaces Grant Gallagher.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. Nicky Low replaces Rory Loy.

  14. Post update

    Mark Docherty (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Arturo (Dundee).

  16. Booking

    Jon Routledge (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Greg Stewart (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jon Routledge (Dumbarton).

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Arturo (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Dumbarton. Kevin Cawley replaces Christian Nade.