By David Reid
Dundee survived an almighty scare to head into the third round of the Scottish Cup, beating Bonnyrigg Rose 3-2 after extra time in a pulsating cup tie at Dens Park.
The visitors got a penalty after 23 minutes once the ball was played in from the left by Lee Currie made Jordon Forster commit a foul in the box. Play had continued but the Rose attack had been halted which led to referee Gavin Duncan pointing to the spot. Up stepped Currie from 12 yards out, who fired into the bottom right corner beyond Jack Hamilton.
Just as it looked like Bonnyrigg were going to pull off a famous result in normal time, Dundee had other ideas, when a Charlie Adam corner was headed on by Osman Sow to Jonathan Afolabi who scrambled home in the third minute of stoppage time.
Extra time had more Dundee pressure with the visitors again having to deal with the hosts’ usual threats of Danny Mullen, Afolabi, Adam & Sow, but an Adam clearance on the line was the saving grace for Dundee going behind again. Currie sent in a great corner from the left which Alan Horne got on the end of with Adam clearing.
Bonnyrigg got another penalty on 105 minutes with Jordan Marshall pushing Ross Gray to the ground. Up stepped Currie who netted his second of the game with a powerful spot-kick to give Rose the lead once again.
A minute into the second period of extra time saw Dundee draw level again with Adam delivering another great ball into the area, Lee Ashcroft making up for his defensive failure to head a thumping header home.
Dundee made it 3-2 on 111 minutes, Mullen getting into a good area on the left, cutting inside before finding the target which was parried before Sow tapped into an empty net. Here are three things we learned from the game.
Lowland League are on the map
The Lowland League is packed with quality and talent throughout the league and Bonnyrigg Rose have put the division on the map with this display.
Bonnyrigg are a club that never fear the underdog tag & it’s another great night in the history of Bonnyrigg Rose Football Club. It’s a brutal one to take for Rose in the end though with the Championship outfit lucky to survive this assignment.
Dundee do the important bit
Dundee enjoyed a lot of possession & played some good exchanges of football throughout the 120 minutes.
It certainly wasn’t pretty from Dundee on the whole, however, it’s a place in the next round & that is the most important thing for James McPake. He and his coaching staff will understand that there get out of jail card was used here.
The defensive contribution to this performance can’t be underestimated & neither can the performance of goalkeeper Mark Weir. Any crossed balls into the box from Dundee were dealt with immediately and he produced some great saves in the second half from Sow and Adam.
Weir especially is very unfortunate to end up on the losing side after his heroics.
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