Moussa does it again as Neil McCann’s side set up enthralling Derby

Tunisian forward Sofien Moussa continued his impressed form since joining Neil McCann’s Dundee by making it 5 goals in 3 matches for the Dark Blues, as he helped his side win away to Cowdenbeath

Cammy Kerr had the opening chance of the game after 10 minutes but Joe McGovern saved in the Blue Brazil goal.

On 17 minutes, Moussa grabbed his first of the match after getting on the end of a Scott Allan cross. His first-time finish at the back post was too good for McGovern, with the former Dundee United youth goalkeeper unable to keep the ball out.

His, and Dundee’s, second wasn’t far behind after Roarie Deacon hit the byeline. His cut-back found Moussa; despite the best efforts of Cowdenbeath captain Scott Rumsby, the former Lokomotiv GO striker acrobatically found the back of the net, once again.

Kerr Waddell had a header well kept out by McGovern following a Scott Allan corner before Harvey Swann created a rare opening for Billy Brown’s men. The left midfielder found some space at the edge of the area but his left-footed effort went high and wide, not troubling Scott Bain in the Dundee goal.

Moussa had the chance to get his hat-trick just after the half-hour mark but his header went wide. However, it was only five minutes later before he pounced again, this time making no mistake. After Paul McGowan set the ball up, the new Dundee number 9 made no mistake from close range, once again leaving McGovern with no chance.

Moussa had another headed effort from within the 6 yard box that he will feel he should have done better with before Euan Anderson blew for half-time.

The second half was less eventful in front of goal, but just as comfortable for the Premiership side. Paul McGowan did forc a good save from the Cowden nnumber 1 after good play by Roarie Deacon on the right.

It took until the 61st minute to get the next chance of the match with Deacon this time on the end of a long ball forward; the former Sutton United winger, who caused Shaun Rutherford issues all night, got in behind the full-back as he burst into the area. Joe McGovern came rushing off his line to close down the angle and done just enough as the Englishman could only find the stock car track around the perimeter of the pitch, with his lofted effort too high in the end.

Mark O’Hara and Randy Wolters fired late efforts wde while the hard-working Harvey Swann again caused Cammy Kerr trouble down the League Two sides left. Kerr misjudged a high ball and got caught underneath it, thus, allowing Swann to drive in towards goal, but his cut-back evaded everyone. Tonight’s result now sets up a top-of-the-table clash with Dundee United on Sunday in a winner-takes-all final match in Group C to decide the automatic qualifier, into the next round of the BetFred Cup..

Billy Brown’s side struggled to cope with their Premiership counterparts in all areas of the pitch, with the newly installed manager at Central Park telling the press after the game:

“In the first half, we got completely overwhelmed. The worst thing that happened was them winning the toss, as they were then just looking to get the ball forward all the time: they were far too physically strong for us, far too fit for us; far too good for us. We have to remember where we are, and the team that we have here. We have to be realistic as being unrealistic in football will get you no where. Dundee were really good in the first half, but they have trained every day since Saturday – this was our first time getting together since our match at Tannadice on Sunday, so realism has got to be entered here. The second half, we managed to draw 0-0; I haven’t got a lot of players here, so I don’t have much to make changes with, so we just have to get through this. I thought in the second half, we did alright.”

Attendance: 1321

Team Line-Ups


1. Joe McGovern

2. Jamie Pyper

3. Shaun Rutherford

4. Fraser Mullen

5. Scott Rumsby (Captain)

6. David Syme

7. Cameron Muirhead (McInally 82′)

8. Robbie Buchanan

9. Josh Morris

10. Kyle Miller

11. Harvey Swann


17. Blair Penman (GK)

12. Matthew McInally

14. John Ovenstone

15. Hamish Thomson

16. Jordan Leslie

18. Lewis Turnbull

19. John-James Henderson


1. Scott Bain

2. Cammy Kerr

34. Kerr Waddell

6. Darren O’Dea (Captain)

3. Kevin Holt

8. Glen Kamara (Vincent 70′)

14. Mark O’Hara

18. Paul McGowan

10. Scott Allan (Wolters 63′)

21. Roarie Deacon

9. Sofien Moussa (Haber 63′)


12. Elliot Parish (GK)

4. James Vincent

7. Tom Hateley

22. Jack Hendry

23. Randy Wolters

28. Lewis Spence

29. Marcus Haber

FULL TIME: Cowdenbeath 0-3 Dundee


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