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.