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  1. Shaun Byrne says “Its been buzzing” at training this week after victory over Alloa Athletic.
  2. James McPake keen to move on after two disappointing results with a home game against Alloa Athletic.
  3. The ref against Alloa Athletic was Allan Newlands. How did you rate his performance in this game?
  4. TheDarkBlues

    Recreation Park

    Recreation Park, also known as Recreation Grounds, The Recs and The Indodrill Stadium for sponsorship reasons, is a football stadium in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland. It is the home ground of Scottish Professional Football League team Alloa Athletic, who have played there since 1895. Additionally, BSC Glasgow of the Scottish Lowland Football League have been groundsharing at Recreation Park since 2016. Central Girls Football Academy have used the stadium for home matches from 2017. The stadium has an artificial playing surface and has a capacity of 3,100. Alloa Athletic have played at Recreation Park since 1895. A wooden main stand was built during the 1920s. Around 1950, a terracing cover was built on the Hilton Road Side. A record attendance of 15,467 was set by a 1954–55 Scottish Cup match against Celtic. Floodlights were installed in 1979. A new main stand was opened in 1991. The new main stand cost £350,000, most of which was provided by the Football Trust. By the mid-1990s, when the ground was being used for Rangers reserve team matches, capacity had been restricted to just over 4,000. An artificial surface was installed at the ground before the 2007–08 season. A seated stand was constructed on the Hilton Road Side in 2008. Clyde played matches at Recreation Park early in the 2012–13 season, while a synthetic surface was being installed at Broadwood Stadium. On 12 September 2014, a six-figure sponsorship deal was struck that saw the stadium renamed as The Indodrill Stadium. However, supporters of the club continue to call it Recreation Park, Recreation Grounds or The Recs. In June 2016 it was announced that from the 2016–17 season, Alloa would ground share with Lowland Football League side BSC Glasgow, while the latter continued to work towards their goal of having their own facility.
  5. TheDarkBlues

    Alloa Athletic 1 - 1 Dundee

    The match got off to an entertaining start, with Dundee settling into a neat passing game while a hard-running Alloa side tried to catch the Dee on the break. The Dark Blues were first to threaten when Greg Stewart's clever footwork started a flowing move from the Dundee penalty area. Michael Duffy took the ball on to send Rory Loy clear, but he stabbed his shot wide. Dundee went ahead after 10 minutes with a delightful goal. Stewart cut in from the left wing, passing to DUFFY who beat a defender with his first touch and slotted the ball into the corner of the net from 16 yards. The Dark Blues' neat and patient possession game looked likely to extend their lead, but the Wasps equalised with a goal that has to be put down to poor defending. Jordan Kirkpatrick's free kick from the left was well delivered, but there were no Dark Blues on hand to prevent former St Mirren player Jim GOODWIN nodding the ball past Scott Bain. The cheer that goal raised was nothing compared to the roar when referee Mr Charleston got a bit too close to the midfield action and was wiped out by a robust challenge from Goodwin. Apparently that is not actually an offence under the laws of the game and play raged on whilst the crowd offered cheerful sympathy to the referee as he dug himself out of the plastic turf. Dundee continued to hold onto the ball, probing and passing around the Alloa half without offering further serious threat to the home goal. Duffy twice tried his luck from distance, but home keeper Neil Parry handled both shots well. After the break Alloa quickly posed a threat when Kevin Cawley was barged over only a foot outside the penalty area. Substitute Iain Flannigan's shot was blocked by the wall. The Dark Blues then went close twice in quick succession. Danny Williams, who replaced Greg Stewart at half time, picked up a backpass, but Parry saved his angled shot. Duffy followed up and saw his fierce drive charged down. The Wasps were looking more dangerous in the second half and looked capable of snatching a second goal. Centre forward Isaac Layne pleased the home support with his energetic hustling of the Dark Blues central defenders, who responded on robust style. As on Tuesday night there was no shortage of tough tackles and a few wild ones. In the second half Dundee struggled to maintain the probing passing game that had made life difficult for Alloa in the first half. Too often the final ball failed to find a Dee player, with the home defence mostly holding firm. Julen Etxebeguren went close from a Williams' corner but he couldn't keep his header down. The Dark Blues had a spell of sustained pressure and Parry did well to beat away Duffy's curling shot from 20 yards. Gary Harkins drove through a crowded defence and into the penalty area, giving Yordi Teijsse a half chance, but his shot was deflected past the post. Alloa looked just as likely to grab a winner as the game wore on, and wasted the last chance of the night when Lewis Baker blasted over from 20 yards when he had time and space to play Layne in on goal. This was certainly a hard workout for the Dark Blues, who looked very good in the early stages. However, they failed to maintain that standard in the second half when play often seemed to break down through a lack of familiarity between the players. Nevertheless, there were plenty of promising signs from the new players, and Michael Duffy in particular can be pleased with his excellent goal. Alloa Athletic FC 4-4-2 Parry Taggart, Graham, Hoggan (McKinnon 65), Hetherington Kirkpatrick (Flannigan half time), Goodwin (Wilson 74), Holmes, Cawley Spence (Baker 65), Layne Unused subs: McDowall (gk), Hynd. Goal: Goodwin (19) Booked: none. Dundee FC 4-4-2 Bain (Mitchell half time) Kerr, Etxabeguren, O'Dea, Holt Stewart (Williams half time), O'Hara, Ross (Harkins half time), Wighton Loy (Teijsse), Duffy Unused subs: Black, Dryden. Goal: Duffy (10) Booked: none. Referee: Craig Charleston. Assistants: Michael Banks, David Doig. Report: James Christie
  6. TheDarkBlues

    Alloa Athletic 0 - 3 Dundee

    Goals from Christian Nadé in the first half, then a second half penalty by Peter MacDonald and a late Craig Beattie score didn't flatter the Dark Blues in the slightest as the Dundee supporters bounced joyfully all around Recreation Park. Paul Hartley made three changes to the team that faced his old club. Gary Irvine, Kevin McBride and Christian Nadé returned to the starting line-up, with Cammy Kerr, Nicky Riley and Craig Wighton dropping onto the bench. Jim McAlister moved out to the left flank to make way for McBride in central midfield. Dundee started steadily, pushing the Wasps back without giving home keeper Bain much to worry about. However, Alloa had the first chance. Holmes' run from deep found him onside as he picked up a long pass. Letheren raced from his goal and managed to stretch high enough to tip the lob away for a corner. Alloa had their best spell of the first half following that chance and pressed Dundee with some neat running and passing. Within ten minutes Dundee had weathered the minor storm and started to take charge again. The Dark Blues were mixing up their game, sometimes going long for Nadé to challenge, but more often trying to pass their way into dangerous positions. Nadé and MacDonald worked a neat move on the right that almost played McAlister in on goal. Lovely play by McAlister released Rae on the left. He crossed for Nadé who spun on the ball, but Bain flung out at a boot to save when a goal seemed certain. The fans were singing for a Dundee goal, and the Dark Blues delivered four minutes before half time. Kevin McBride's corner from the left swung into the goalmouth; MacDonald and NADÉ both climbed, but it seemed to be the French striker who got the vital header to score. If there was the odd nervous moment in the first half there was precious little for the long suffering Dundee fans to get anxious about after half time. The Dark Blues took command right from the start of the half and dominated a toothless Alloa side until the final whistle. Good play by Christian Nadé won a corner from which Declan Gallagher headed over. Martin Boyle had some dangerous runs down the right, one of which ended with him going down under a challenge, but the referee decided there was no penalty. Another good run ended with a fast ball across goat that MacDonald couldn't quite reach. Dundee were looking very comfortable in possession as they passed the ball around confidently, probing for the killer second goal. It arrived with 20 minutes to go. Scott Bain threw the ball out too hurriedly after taking a free kick. Gavin Rae intercepted, moved forward and crossed for Nadé, whose header was handled by Meggatt. Referee Mr Seaton pointed to the spot, and pulled out a second yellow for the Alloa defender. Peter MACDONALD took the ball and hit a perfect penalty low into the corner to send the Dundee supporters behind the goal wild with excitement. The excitement amongst the away supporters grew more and more frantic as the news came through of the goals that Dumbarton were crashing in against Accies. If the supporters were in a frenzy the players were coolness personified. They calmly passed the ball around without giving the Wasps any hope of getting back into the game. Another goal always looked likely and Peter MacDonald came within an inch of scoring after Bain saved well from substitute Craig Beattie. The loose ball cannoned away from the keeper and MacDonald followed up to crash the ball against the underside of the bar. BEATTIE managed to grab the almost inevitable third when he took the ball wide on the right of the penalty area. He turned and whipped a fine cross shot to score into the far corner. Dundee were in total control and kept pressing for another goal as the fans partied. The final whistle brought huge celebrations, but there are still 90 minutes to go. This was a huge win and the players responded superbly under massive pressure. They put in a determined, focussed and professional performance. The points were richly deserved and a bigger margin of vistory would not have flattered the Dark Blues. So there are seven days to wait till the big showdown at Dens next Saturday against Dumbarton. There will be no need to wonder what is happening elsewhere. Dundee's fate is in their own hands. A win will guarantee promotion. Every Dark Blue fan will want to be there for Dundee's biggest game for many years. The grand old stadium will be rocking in a sea of Dark Blue. Be there and be noisy! Be very noisy! Alloa Athletic FC 4-5-1 Bain Doyle, Gordon, Meggatt, Tiffoney Cawley, Holmes, Young (Robertson 71), Simmons (Caddis 59), McCord Kirk (Caldwell 52) Unused subs: McDowall (gk), Flannigan, Riordan, Wilson Booked: McCord (foul on Rae), Meggatt (foul on MacDonald and handball), Tiffoney (dissent) Sent off: Meggatt (two yellows) Dundee FC 4-4-2 Letheren Irvine, Gallagher, Davidson, Dyer Boyle, Rae, McBride, McAlister Nadé, MacDonald Unused subs: Twardzik (gk), Cummins, Wighton, Kerr Goals: Nadé (41), MacDonald (70 pen), Beattie (86) Attendance: 2,552 Referee: John Beaton Report: James Christie
  7. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 1 - 1 Alloa Athletic

    John Brown made five changes after last week's defeat at Falkirk. Dan Twardzik came in for the suspended Kyle Letheren to make his first start in goal. Ian Davidson and Matt Lockwood dropped out of the squad while Stephen Hughes and Christian Nadé found places on the bench. Gavin Rae and Kevin McBride returned to central midfield with Martin Boyle and Carlo Monti providing width. The changes gave Dundee more composure, pace and movement. However, it hardly amounted to a convincing performance. Indeed Dundee failed to create any chances in a dull first half. The extra composure came as Dundee tried to build from the back, but once in Alloa's half the greater pace and movement couldn't progress beyond ineffective buzzing around and safe passes that failed to stretch Alloa's defence. Alloa had a couple of half chances; Twardzik tipped Simmond 20 yards shot wide, and touched a header from McCord over the bar. A poorly defended corner had to be hacked clear by Gavin Rae, but apart from that the Dundee defence had little trouble. At the other end a Gallagher header was scrambled off the line, and a MacDonald header forced Bain to save at full stretch. For the most part the first half consisted of Dundee probing, but failing to break through the Alloa defence. At half time Ryan Conroy replaced Monti and Dundee reverted to a more orthodox 4-4-2, though Jim McAlister was usually in from the right wing, allowing Gary Irvine to charge forward. Dundee were now showing more conviction and should have taken the lead from a flurry of chances early in the half. MacDonald played Boyle through at the end of a patient passing move, but Bain blocked the young striker's shot. A Conroy corner flashed across the goalmouth where it was missed by both Irvine and Boyle. Gallagher then headed a long throw on to Boyle, who had time to pick his spot but shot straight at Bain. A good run throught the middle by McAlister ended with him skimmimg a 25 yard shot narrowly wide. McAlister had the next shot when Boyle set him up 16 yards out, but his weak shot failed to worry Bain. MacDonald was next to have a go, but he stabbed Conroy's low cross over the bar. Alloa were hardly out of their own half in the first 20 minutes of the second half. Holmes did get forward but couldn't trouble Twardzik from 20 yards. Dundee finally got the goal they deserved after 68 minutes. Peter MacDonald pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area, and was knocked over by Doyle. Mr Charleston pointed to the spot and CONROY tucked the penalty away. The Dark Blues looked very comfortable with their narrow lead, and likely to add a second. Martin Boyle had a marvellous run from the half way line, keeping going even when fouled, but he was crowded out in the penaly area. Conroy skied a good chance from the edge of the area, failing to find the target with his right (wrong!) foot. The Dee kept pressing, but couldn't score the killer second goal. Alloa had a flurry of pressure from set pieces near the end of normal time. Kirk spooned a chance over the bar when he seemed to be taken by surprise that the ball had squeezed through to him. Christian Nadé replaced Peter MacDonald for the last few minutes, and Craig Wighton came on for Martin Boyle in injury time. As the match drifted into injury time Dundee looked to run the clock down by the Alloa corner flag. Alloa won a free kick, which Bain launched forward. The ball was drilled into the near post where Ben GORDON managed to flick it home to the dismay of the home fans. There was no time to restart the match, and Dundee had blown two points when victory had seemed certain. This was a hard result for the supporters to take. Dundee played far better than they had done in the previous two games, and should have been sitting on a comfortable lead well before the end. The Dark Blues missed numerous chances, and had looked secure at the back. Gifting such a late equaliser was a real shocker. Dundee FC 4-3-2-1 Twardzik Irvine, Gallagher, Benedictus, Dury McAlister, Rae, McBride Boyle (Wighton 90), Monti (Conroy 45) MacDonald (Nadé 84) Unused subs: Gibson (gk), Cummins, Hughes, Kerr, Goal: Conroy (68 pen) Booked: Irvine (simulation) Alloa Athletic 4-4-2 Bain Doyle, Gordon, Lindsay, Meggatt, McCord, Caddis, Simmons, Holmes (Flannigan 81) Kirk, Caldwell (Ferns 75) Unused subs: McDowall (gk), Young, McLelland, Gemmell Goal: Gordon (90+3) Booked: Doyle (dissent), Caddis (dissent), Gordon (foul on Boyle), Meggatt (foul on Irvine) Attendance: 4,021 Referee: Craig Charleston Report: James Christie
  8. TheDarkBlues

    Alloa Athletic 0 - 1 Dundee

    John Brown made two changes from last week. Martin Boyle replaced the injured Craig Beattie, and Kevin McBride came into the central midfield. Jim McAlister moved out to the left and Ryan Conroy dropped onto the bench. Dundee started much the better side, and Martin Boyle's pace was a real problem for the Alloa defence. The Dark Blues were pressing effectively in midfield and forcing Alloa to give the ball away. Jim McAlister was involved in just about every Dundee move in the first half hour, not just on the left wing but also cutting in to drive at the heart of the Alloa defence. After five minutes Tiffoney lost the ball and McAlister found Boyle who raced away and fired narrowly wide from the edge of the penalty area. A great run by McAlister took him through on keeper Scott Bain, who blocked well with his feet. Martin Boyle then raced away down the left and found McAlister whose cross was headed over by MacDonald. Peter MacDonald came close when Alloa defender Daryll Meggatt missed a high ball and Boyle's pass inside gave the Dee's top scorer a sight of goal, but his shot was deflected over the bar from eight yards. Alloa eventually started to come more into the game and a neat through ball from McCord nearly released Cawley, but Letheren dashed from his penalty area to clear. Late in the half Kirk turned a Doyle cross into the Dundee net, but the assistant referee's flag was already up for offside. The Wasps started the second half strongly and had their best spell of the match in the 10 minutes after half time. Paul Hartley's team is always organised and capable of playing intelligent and incisive football. Twice in the early stages of the second half Alloa managed to open Dundee up with smart passing. First Cawley swapped passes with McCord on the left and flashed a low shot across goal with no-one on hand to turn the ball in. Liam Caddis then led a fast break out of defence. Letheren had to save well from his low angled shot, then save again when McCord followed up from 20 yards. The home side were playing much tighter and tougher on the Dundee strikers and nullified their threat for a spell. However, Dundee played their way back into the match and Boyle shot wide after taking Riley's cross and turning his man. The Wasps' centre back Ben Gordon forced Letheren into a full length save following a corner, but the ball was heading just outside the post. Alloa were now finding it harder to play their way into the Dundee penalty area and Dundee were looking the more dangerous side. Exactly half way through the second half the Dee took the lead with a goal that was a reward for their pressing in midfield. Lockwood pounced on a hurried pass, raced down the left and exchanged passes with Riley. The full back hung a deep cross beyond the far post where Boyle headed back allowing Peter MACDONALD to nod the winner home from close range. Dundee continued to press high up the field and threatend to add to their lead. Ben Gordon failed to deal with a Lockwood free kick into the box, sending the ball straight to Boyle. A brilliant save from Scott Bain prevented Dundee grabbing the crucial second goal. The Dark Blues kept hunting for another goal, and Kevin McBride played Martin Boyle in on goal, but a great last ditch tackle by Meggatt saved the Wasps. Alloa struggled to put the Dundee goal under serious pressure in the latter stages, and had to rely on set pieces to try and create chances. Dundee coolly kept their heads while looking dangerous on the break in the last few minutes. Two minutes into injury time Iain Davidson got involved with an Alloa player in an incident that most of the crowd missed but the far side assistant spotted. The refereee produced a red card, but Dundee were able to see out the remaining few minutes without any alarms. Happily for the Dee Kyle Benedictus was already on the field after replacing Peter MacDonald a minute before the end of regulation time. Alloa Athletic are a very capable team under the impressive management of Paul Hartley and this was an excellent away win for the Dark Blues. There was more cohesion, urgency and fluency than in recent home games, and in Martin Boyle the Dee had a player with the sort of pace to worry even a defence as well organised as Alloa's. Now let's hope the fans at Dens can see Dundee build on this when Dumbarton visit next Saturday. Alloa Athletic 4-4-2 Bain Doyle, Gordon, Marr, Meggatt, Tiffoney (Fern 73), Holmes, Caddis (McManus 73), McCord Kirk, Cawley Unused subs; McDowall (gk), Young, Creaney, Robertson, Flannigan Booked; Tiffoney (dissent), Gordon (persistent fouling), Holmes (foul on Boyle) Dundee FC 4-4-2 Letheren Irvine, Gallagher, Davidson, Lockwood Riley, McBride (Conroy 81), Rae, McAlister MacDonald (Benedictus 89), Boyle (Monti 84) Unused subs; Gibson (gk), Dyer, McIntosh, O'Donnell Goal; MacDonald (67) Booked; none Sent off; Davidson (off the ball incident) Attendance; 1,170 Referee; Euan Anderson Report; James Christie
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