Match Report - By Steven Mew
City were put through their paces by Dundee yesterday afternoon as the Premiership side ran out comfortable winners in a pre-season friendly at Glebe Park.
The result was perhaps a little harsh on City who were left to rue cheap individual errors leading to some of the goals for the visitors.
Manager Andy Kirk included new signing Spencer Moreland in the starting 11, whilst there was also the first glimpse of fellow summer recruit Chris Mudie on the bench.
In front of a healthy crowd of 1527, the Dark Blues were first to threaten after 3 minutes when Tiffoney cut inside from the left before curling a shot just inches wide of the far post.
Shortly before the quarter hour mark, McGrath had a free kick tipped round the post after MacLeod had been fouled 20 yards from goal.
The visitors were a lick of paint away from opening the scoring on 18 minutes. A looping cross from Kerr crashed off the underside of the bar before Wilson grasped at the header from Rudden on the rebound.
Dundee did manage to find the net a minute later. McCowan sent SCOTT TIFFONEY through on goal and the former Partick Thistle man made no mistake, dispatching a left footed strike beyond Wilson.
The lively SCOTT TIFFONEY would bag his and Dundee’s second on the 36 minute mark. A slack pass from McHattie gifted away possession and a neat passing move found Tiffoney in plenty of space on the left hand side of the box – he checked inside on his right foot and drilled an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner.
Two minutes before the break, Tiffoney should have had his hat-trick when he was found in acres of space inside the box but he hammered his strike just wide.
With the last kick of the first half, Dundee further extended their advantage. A neat back-heel from Rudden sent MAX ANDERSON clean through and he supplied a delightful finish high into the net.
Chris Mudie came on for what his his first runout in a City jersey at half time, replacing Anthony McDonald.
A few minutes after the restart, Jack Wilkie headed over from a corner for Dundee whilst at the other end, Spencer Moreland fired over from range.
Young keeper Jamie McCabe, who officially signed for the club this week following a successful trial, replaced Lenny Wilson on the hour.
Two minutes later, the impressive Tiffoney teed up Rudden just inside the area but his low shot trickled just wide of the post.
Seth Patrick sliced a shot wide from range and midway through the half, City managed to reduce the deficit through EWAN LOUDON. Mudie played a delightful ball forward which MacLeod took in his stride and although denied by the keeper, Loudon was on hand to rifle high into the net.
With quarter of an hour remaining, Manager Andy Kirk cast his eye over another couple of trialists as Moreland and Loudon made way.
With 81 minutes on the clock, the Dark Blues put the result beyond doubt with a 4th goal. Spark committed a foul on Allan 20 yards from goal – the free kick was taken by a TRIALIST who whipped a strike straight through the wall and into the corner.
In the final minute, Dundee rounded off the scoring to make it 5-1. A counter attacking move resulted in McCabe making a save to deny Clark, but FINLAY ALLAN was the first to react to prod home from close range.
City will now host near neighbours Brechin Vics at Glebe Park next weekend which will form part of the Brechin Community Club fun day – admission is free for all with the match kicking off at 2pm.