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Alloa edge out young Dees in six-goal thriller

Dundee FC 2

Henvey 39’ ,78’

Alloa Athletic 4

Malcolm 12’, 90’, Crane 21’, Flannigan 32’
  • Wednesday, 16 August 2017
  • Dens Park
  • Under 20´s
  • Irn Bru Cup

Andrew Creegan

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A brace from Craig Malcolm helped Alloa to the second round of the Irn Bru Cup. The striker opened and closed the scoring at Dens Park as the Wasps ran out 4-2 winners. Strikes from Callum Crane and Ian Flannigan put the League One side in control, but Matty Henvey’s brace brought Dundee back in to the match, but ultimately it wasn’t to be for the young Dees.

Alloa were seeing most of the ball in the opening exchanges, and Dundee had Callum Ferrie to thank for keeping the score level after 10 minutes. Scott Taggart’s fierce drive from 20 yards forced the Dundee keeper into a flying save.

The keeper’s heroics proved to be in vein as Alloa opened the scoring two minutes later. Alan Cook’s cut back was met by Craig Malcolm, who controlled the ball, and drilled a low shot into the net.

Nine minutes later, the visitors added a second. Taggart’s cross was brought down by Callum Crane, who fired a shot across Ferrie and into the net after 21 minutes.

The Dee got a let off as Crane’s cut back was skied by Alan Cook. With just over half an hour gone, Alloa added a third through Ian Flannigan. The midfielder smashed Kevin Cawley’s cut back into the roof of the net.

With six minutes of the first half remaining, Matty Henvey handed the young Dees a lifeline. The striker curled the ball into the top corner from 20 yards.


  • Half Time:
  • Dundee FC
  • 1-3
  • Alloa Athletic

It was Dundee that started the second half on the front foot. Cammy Mooney skewed an effort wide from 20 yards.

Ian Smith should have done better with his effort after 69 minutes. Max Anderson teed up the wide man, but he blasted his shot into the stand from 15 yards.

Substitute John Smith was the next Dundee player to be denied. He raced on to a volleyed pass from Jack Lambert but saw his effort from a tight angle pushed behind by Parry.

With 12 minutes remaining, Henvey got his second. The striker got on the end of Jesse Curran’s cross, and blasted the ball high into the net.

Substitute Cai Matthew volleyed over from the edge of the box, before Alloa captain Andy Graham received treatment for a knock to the head. This stoppage halted Dundee’s momentum, and in the dying minutes, Alloa sealed their place in the next round.

Adam Martin’s cross was bundled into the net by Malcolm, ending any chance of a Dee comeback.


  • Full Time:
  • Dundee FC
  • 2-4
  • Alloa Athletic


Dundee FC
Alloa Athletic
1. Callum Ferrie
2. Sam Dryden
3. Brian Rice
4. Jesse Curran
5. Jordan Piggott
6. Callum Moore
7. Cameron Mooney
8. Jack Lambert
9. Matthew Henvey
10. Max Anderson
11. Ian Smith
12. Kyle Gourlay
14. Taylor Berry
15. John Smith
16. Cai Matthew
1. Neil Parry
2. Scott Taggart
3. Callum Crane
4. Andy Graham
5. Daryll Meggatt
6. Jon Robertson
7. Kevin Cawley
8. Iain Flannigan
9. Craig Malcolm
10. Kris Renton
11. Alan Cook
12. Steven Hetherington
14. Frank McKeown
15. Tomas Grant
16. Adam Martin
17. Declan McDonald
18. John Cunningham
21. Craig McDowall
Star Player
Dundee FC
Alloa Athletic
Matty Henvey - Two excellent finishes to cap off an industrious performance.
Craig Malcolm - A real handful for Dundee's defenders, and got the goals at important times in the match.
Magic Moment
Dundee FC
Alloa Athletic
Henvey's First Goal - A superb strike that got Dundee back into the game.
Malcolm's Second Goal - A good run from Martin to set it up, and while it might not have been the most spectacular finish, it booked Alloa's place in the next round.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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