Dundee advanced into round four of the Little Big Shot Youth Cup after knocking out Hibernian, last year’s semi finalists, courtesy of a 4-1 win at Dens Park. The home side enjoyed a 3-0 lead at half time, following goals from Ben Priest, Kyle Clark and Jesse Curran, before adding a fourth through Ryan Gemmell soon after the restart. Hibernian’s Olly Shaw grabbed a conciliation goal 20 minutes from time but the away side couldn’t muster any further goals to generate a comeback.
The opening stages of the cup tie had a rather pensive feel to it as both teams felt their way into the game, knocking the ball about to compliment their intentions to play out from the back.
After a couple of half chances the first clear cut opportunity fell the way of Dundee’s Sam Dryden 25 minutes in. The full back opted to go on an attacking adventure and drove into the penalty area after beating his man. He struck a low powerful shot at goal but the ball was well held by Hibs’ ‘keeper Sean Brennan.
The home side then began to increase the pressure slightly. In the 32nd minute they were rewarded with the first goal of the game. Hibernian failed to clear adequately from a corner kick as the ball fell to the feet of Josh Skelly out wide. The striker then delivered a pinpoint cross that was superbly headed in by Priest to hand Dundee the initial advantage.
After taking the lead Dundee didn’t rest on their laurels as they launched attack after attack on the Hibs defence. After a couple of close chances, and a fine save from Brennan to tip a header over the bar, Dundee were gifted a perfect opportunity as they were awarded a penalty. Josh Skelly stepped up to take the spot kick but Brennan saved his strike superbly. The number nine sprinted to get to the rebound but, once again, Brennan made another super save to deny him. The goalkeeper’s luck ran out, however, as the first player to reach the second rebound was Clark. At the third time of asking the ball was finally converted to give Dundee a 2-0 lead.
Just a minute later the score line read 3-0. In what was an exquisite solo effort Curran dribbled his way straight through the middle of the park and into the box before finishing off the move by slotting the ball into the bottom corner. A lovely move that saw the home side go into the half time break deservedly 3-0 up.