Cup Joy in Wet and Windy Glasgow
Dundee’s men travelled west on a wet and windy Saturday to take on Glasgow Mets in round 2 of the Scottish Cup. The home side were buoyed by their first league win the previous Saturday and made life difficult for the Dundee side. The visitors started well and opened up a 14/9 lead, with Kevin Chisholm and Oz Dowie both scoring points. Abertay students, Craig Goldthorp and Dave Bonnar, weighed in with two scores each as Dundee reached 19/13, but their progress was then halted. A serving error, hitting error and a score block against them cut the gap to 19/16, then three counter attack points levelled the scores at 19/19. Bonnar and Lewis Crockart then helped to take the score to 24/20 and a mistake by the Mets’ attack gave the set to Dundee 25/20.
Dundee again looked comfortable in the second set and Mets were sneaking points to stay close. The visitors were up 16/14 then Mets put together a run of 6 points without reply to lead 20/16. Points from Rad Marinov and Craig Goldthorp and Mets’ errors helped Dundee come back, but Mets held out to level the match winning 25/22. A 10/6 lead for Mets in the third set was overturned by Dundee to lead 18/14, with Kevin Chisholm and Rad Marinov both scoring points from the outsides of the net. Mets closed the score to 22/23 then Marinov and Goldthorp finished the set for Dundee to win 25/22.
Dundee’s control and power dominated the net as they racked up points, dealing with the Mets’ attack and scoring with big hits. They had a 17/13 lead then a mini revival by the home side saw them draw level at 19/19. Dave Bonnar, Kevin Chisholm and Craig Goldthorp all scored and then Mets surrendered the final point again, giving Dundee the set 25/21 and the match 3/1.