Scottish Cup - Fifth Round
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Dumbarton 0-0 Dundee

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

Match ends, Dumbarton 0, Dundee 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dumbarton 0, Dundee 0.

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

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Frazer Wright.

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

Foul by Kevin Cawley (Dumbarton).

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

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Darren O'Dea.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Darren O'Dea (Dundee).

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Scott Taggart replaces Grant Gallagher.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Nicky Low replaces Rory Loy.

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

Foul by Arturo (Dundee).

Booking

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

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

Foul by Jon Routledge (Dumbarton).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Kevin Cawley replaces Christian Nade.

Grant Gallagher (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Arturo (Dundee).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Arturo replaces Nick Ross.

Attempt missed. Gary Harkins (Dundee) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Frazer Wright.

Foul by Mark Docherty (Dumbarton).

Rory Loy (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Mark Docherty (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Gregor Buchanan (Dumbarton).

Nick Ross (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Paul McGowan (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Mark Docherty.

Attempt blocked. Gary Harkins (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jon Routledge (Dumbarton).

Gary Harkins (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Grant Gallagher (Dumbarton).

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

Second Half

Second Half begins Dumbarton 0, Dundee 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Dumbarton 0, Dundee 0.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Jon Routledge.

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