Goalie Billy Hoon netted for the second game running as Dundee Celtic extended their lead at the top of SFL-Dundee while Dundee Futsal Club and Dundee West booked their places in the Scottish Cup last 16.
Hoon’s super strike helped Celtic come from behind against St Andrews University to go seven points clear at the top of the table while bottom side Dundee University 2nds were a minute away from a third victory of the season.
There were mixed fortunes for SFL-Dundee sides in the Scottish Cup – Dundee and West booked their places in the last 16 with good wins but there were defeats for Dundee University 1sts, who joined their 2nds in heading out, and AGB Dundee West.
Dundee won 10-2 over fellow-Super League outfit TJ Slovak Lads at RPC-Caird Park while West’s first team saw off Dalkeith Thistle 8-4 at the Oriam in Edinburgh.
The Uni 1sts had home advantage against another top-flight side but were swept aside by FC Edina 9-2 while AGB put up a gutsy show in East Kilbride but fell 8-5 to Super League outfit Glasgow City.
The night at Caird Park started in spectacular fashion as Pierre El-Sayed Youssef put St Andrews in front with a fine effort that crashed in off the post after three minutes.
It took five minutes for the league leaders to respond and it came from an unlikely source. Hoon found the net with a powerful effort in Celtic’s previous game but he outdid that this time around.
Pushing up to halfway for a corner, the keeper thundered an effort in off the underside of the crossbar.
A quickfire double from Dominic Duffy had the Celts in control before Ryan Sivewright made it 4-1 shortly after half-time. Adam Robertson grabbed a debut goal for Saints before Alex Gibb sealed a 10th win of the season for his team with just a minute left.
The second clash of the night saw some late drama as FC33 finally broke down a solid Dundee University 2nds with Charles Lamont’s last-minute equaliser.
FC33’s form has stuttered in the league and they were moments away from a second defeat to the students this season.
The 2nds will feel disappointed they couldn’t see the game out after going 2-0 up and then surviving two minutes with four men after Scott Brown’s red card.
It was Brown that opened the scoring after five minutes with a low finish before Elliot Giles doubled the lead on 22 minutes.
Darren Watson finally got FC33 on the scoresheet a minute later before Lamont cracked the post late on.
He went one better in the 39th minute to earn a point for his side.
The meeting of two Super League sides in Dundee and TJ Slovak Lads promised much and brought 12 goals with Scott Milne’s four goals easing the home side into the next round.
It was Milne who got things started on six minutes with a deflected effort before Lewis Thomson and Youssef Aloulou put them in control.
Scott McKenzie and Martin Janik goals kept Slovak Lads in the contest before the break but Shaun Wilson and Milne again made it 5-2 at the break.
Milne added two more with Thomson getting his second in the closing period while Faisal Ahmed had an eventful half with two goals and a red card as tempers boiled over late on.
In the other Scottish Cup clash of the evening, Dundee University 1sts were looking to shock Super League FC Edina.
However, they were second best throughout as their Edinburgh opponents ran into an 8-0 lead.
Vitali Mceal opened the scoring before Demi Gavtsel, Euan Ford and Scott Mackain made it 4-0 at the break. Edina continued relentlessly with two more for Mackain added to by Ryan Kecheran and Ford’s second before Craig Kemlo got the students on the scoresheet after 33 minutes.
Jack Penn added a second for the Dundee side before Adam Naylor finished off a fine night for Edina on their travels.