Alloa Athletic v Dundee

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Alloa and Dundee were both looking to overcome what’s been a sub-par start to the season for both teams. Alloa, still looking for their first points, bring back Steven Hetherington and Adam Brown in place of Innes Murray and Lee Connelly, respectively. Dundee meanwhile were rocked by a positive COVID-19 test. With one player confirmed infected they were without any adequate cover at CB, with Jordan McGhee their only recognised central defender. Right back Cammy Kerr would slot in in a makeshift Dee defence.

‘The Wasps’ were first break the deadlock. Adam Brown’s corner failed to beat the first man but found it’s way back to the midfielder. Amidst the chaos of the transitioning Dundee defence Robert Thomson was in acres of space. Brown’s delivery left it on a platter for Alloa’s top scorer to slot past the helpless Calum Ferrie.

Dundee came out energised at the second half and leveled from a Declan McDaid volley. Unsighted with the ball coming through a crowd of players, Willison, who was rooted to the spot could only watch as it raced into the bottom corner. With the seeming momentum with the away side, Alloa struck back. Liam Dick headed into the mix and ever agile and dangerous in the box Cawley shot off Trouten’s layoff, but saw his effort straight at Ferrie saved. Alan Trouten, thankfully, anticipated the rebound and handily tapped home to send Alloa into the lead again.

Lee Connolly, after driving through two Dundee defenders had an excellent opportunity to extend the lead, but instead of laying a square pass on the plate for Trouten the forward had his effort blocked in what should have been a corner. The officials though failed to see the deflection amidst the increasing fog. Minutes later though Alloa would again sting James McPake’s side as Hetherington driven shot was diverted off the studs of Alan Trouten to meg Currie and give the ‘Wasps’ a commanding lead.

Dundee inevitably reacted and systematically forced the increasingly defensive Wasps back. Paul McGowan managed to feint and spin to open a wonderful opportunity from 8 yards but for a rapid, reflex save by Reece Willison that wowed the watching TV cameras. Charlie Adam had the corner delivered straight into the net, only to see it being chopped off fairly for a push on Willison. But soon Alloa would concede. Adam’s ball into the box ricocheting off the post. Willison rooted to the spot couldn’t react as the sliding Cammy Kerr saw it unknowingly deflected into the back of the net. Unfortunate but Alloa still had the advantage and 12 minutes to hold off their challengers.

Again, Charlie Adam would be at the centre of the Dundee threat. His driven effort was blocked by Taggart but Adam was given a massive helping hand by the officials. Alan Muir pointed to the penalty spot despite Taggart’s arm being pinned to his chest and not deviating to meet the ball. Hardly an ‘unnatural silhouette’ as stipulated by the handball rule and hardly any time to react to Adam’s rasping shot otherwise. The former Liverpool midfielder rattled the penalty home despite Willison diving the right way, beating him with sheer power to the bottom corner.

And then it was Dundee’s turn to feel aggrieved by the officials. McDaid sustaining a mistimed challenge from Connelly was upended in the box. Despite the clear contact on the Dundee winger referee Alan Muir deemed the former Ayr man had dived. With such an exciting game of football, punctuated with some great play at either end both teams walked away with the overriding feeling of what could have been.

Alloa pick up their first hard-earned point of the season and look forward to a potential Betfred cup qualification against Stenhousemuir on Saturday.

Highlights

Alloa Athletic

31Reece Willison Goalkeeper
3Liam Dick Defender
2Scott Taggart Defender
5Andy Graham Defender
8Jon Robertson Midfielder
6Steven Hetherington Midfielder
22Ray Grant Midfielder
7Kevin Cawley Midfielder
10Alan Trouten Midfielder 51', 62'
14Adam Brown 17 Midfielder
19Robert Thomson 23 Forward 31'
9Liam Buchanan Forward
12Stefan Scougall Midfielder
17Lee Connelly 14 Forward
18Blair Malcolm Midfielder
21Andy Wilson Goalkeeper
23Innes Murray 19 Midfielder
25Edin Lynch Defender

Dundee

12Calum Ferrie Goalkeeper
16Christie Elliot Defender
2Cammy Kerr Defender 76'
3Jordan McGhee Defender
23Jordan Marshall Defender
8Shaun Byrne 24 Midfielder
9Danny Mullen
10Paul McGowan Forward
11Declan McDaid Midfielder 47'
90'
26Charlie Adam Midfielder 84'
17Jonathan Afolabi 21 Forward
1Jack Hamilton Goalkeeper
21Osman Sow 19 Forward
24Max Anderson 8 Midfielder
27Luke Strachan Forward
39Nicholas Hamilton Forward
20Jack Wilkie Midfielder
19Finlay Robertson 21 Midfielder

Ground

Indodrill Stadium
Indodrill Stadium, Alloa