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.