Dundee got their Premier Sports Cup group stage schedule off to a great start with a dominant display, beating Highland League outfit Brora Rangers 4-0.
The Dens Park club slowly developed into the match and took the lead after 23 minutes with Paul McMullan getting to the byline. He crossed from the right, finding Paul McGowan, who stroked the ball home.
James McPake’s side were in search for more immediately afterwards. Jordan Marshall bombed forward from the left and found a gaping McMullan, who spun his effort across goal but not into the net.
McMullan eventually got the goal he craved 12 minutes before the break, getting on the end of a drilled ball from Charlie Adam, with the midfielder doing very well to pick out a dangerous area for McMullan to make no mistake from six yards.
Brora weren’t out of this and almost reduced the deficit five minutes from the break but a long-range strike was denied by Adam Legzdins. Adam and McMullan combined again for the latter to add his second of the match, rattling the ball past the packed Brora backline to make it 3-0.
Dundee’s dominance was maintained immediately on 48 minutes with McMullan getting to the byline superbly once again, finding Alex Jakubiak who tapped in from close range. Forfar remain top of Group C with five points but Dundee in third are two points behind with a game in-hand. Here are three things we learned.
Once the first goal went in, it was a dominant evening for the hosts, running riot against a Brora side who had no answers. It was mainly one-way traffic with Legzdins and the Dundee defence rarely under trouble. A good evening’s work for Dundee and attentions turn to Ross County on Sunday.
McMullan caused Brora havoc throughout the game with a brace and assist to his name. He was also on the end of some nasty challenges due to his trickery and tenacity. Playing like this, you can expect him to be a big Premiership player this season.
Setback for Brora
It wasn’t the result Brora hoped for, however, Dundee are a different animal now following promotion to the Premiership and it was just too much for Steven Mackay’s men in Tayside. There’s an opportunity to bounce back on Saturday when Forfar come to Sutherland.
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