Dundee 0
Aberdeen 2
League (Premier League)

0 - 2

League (Premier League)
Saturday, August 1st, 1998
Dens Park
Attendance: 7,811
3:00 PM Kick-off

None. Eoin Jess (21)
Craig Hignett (24)

Team Managers
Jocky Scott
Alex Miller

Starting Eleven
1. Robert Douglas
5. Brian Irvine
23. Éric Garcin
22. Willie Miller
14. Lee Maddison
2. Barry Smith
4. Dariusz Adamczuk
21. Shaun McSkimming
10. James Grady
16. Willie Falconer
20. Tommy Coyne
Jim Leighton
Mark Perry
Derek Whyte
Russell Anderson
John Inglis
Gary Smith
Craig Hignett
Eoin Jess
Mike Newell
Billy Dodds
Iliyan Kiryakov

12. Billy Thomson
Stéphane Pounewatchy
8. Darren Magee
25. Gavin Rae
Steve McCormick
Derek Stillie
Jamie Buchan
Darren Young
David Rowson
Ricky Gillies

Stéphane Pounewatchy for Lee Maddison (45)
Steve McCormick for Éric Garcin (76)
Darren Magee for James Grady (85)
David Rowson for Mike Newell (72)
Ricky Gillies for Billy Dodds (86)

Stéphane Pounewatchy
Dariusz Adamczuk

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Martin Clark (Edinburgh) (Referee)
John Love (Airdrie) & Tom Murphy (Glasgow) (Assistants)

Match Report

Dundee paraded the First Division Championship flag before their opening Premier League match against Aberdeen. But the Dons handed their hosts a harsh introduction to life in the big time with a comfortable victory at Dens.

Quick-fire strikes from midfield pair Eoin Jess and Craig Hignett were enough to get Aberdeen's season off to the perfect start.

The home side won the First Division at a canter last term, but they soon found out things are likely to be a lot tougher this time around, even with all five of their summer signings in yesterday's line-up.

Only three times before yesterday, in more than 50 games, had they beaten the Dons in the Premier League and they never looked like adding to that meagre tally yesterday.

From start to finish, Aberdeen were in control and Dundee's day of misery was completed with a penalty miss from Tommy Coyne at a vital stage in the match.

Hignett was at the centre of a fine display from his new side, complemented brilliantly by midfield cohorts Jess and Kiriakov.

Both Hignett and fellow new-boy Mark Perry had gone close early on before Aberdeen opened the scoring.

Dodds won the ball midway inside the Dundee half and played a great pass to Jess, charging through the middle. He side-stepped keeper Douglas with ease and slotted the ball into the empty net from 10 yards, despite the desperate attentions of Smith.

No sooner had the cheering died down than the second goal came, this time a cross from Newell evading Willie Miller at the back post and finding Hignett, who blasted a low shot past Douglas at the near post.

Dundee had the chance to reduce the deficit on the stroke of half-time, when Adamczuk went down in the box after a challenge from Aberdeen skipper Derek Whyte.

It looked a soft decision, and the Dons felt justice had been done when Coyne produced an equally soft shot, which Scotland's first-choice keeper Leighton palmed around the post.

Throughout the second half, Aberdeen were content to sit and hit Dundee on the break, a tactic that brought several close things but no further goals.

The day ended on a sour note for Aberdeen when they had forward Mike Newell stretchered off late on after a crunching challenge from Frenchman Stephane Pounewatchy.

Match report written by The Sunday Post

Squad Statistics (as at August 1st, 1998)

1998-99 All Time
Robert Douglas (GK)26 1 - 45 -
Éric Garcin32 1 - 1 -
Brian Irvine33 1 - 451
Barry Smith24 1 - 1081
Lee Maddison25 1 - 302
Willie Miller28 1 - 1 -
Shaun McSkimming28 1 - 323
Dariusz Adamczuk28 1 - 1053
Tommy Coyne35 1 - 11160
Willie Falconer32 1 - 1 -
James Grady27 1 - 4518
Stéphane Pounewatchy (sub)30 1 - 1 -
Darren Magee (sub)21 1 - 25 -
Steve McCormick (sub)28 1 - 206

League Table (as at August 1st, 1998)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

It is welcome back to Dens Park for the start of the new season and to where I feel that this club belongs in the Premier Division.

Aberdeen provide attractive visitors to herald the start of a new campaign and will, like us, be looking forward to having a good season.

Not that anyone at this club is kidding themselves that we have nothing other than a difficult start against today's opponents. By their standards they had a poor season last time out. However, they have acquired several new players and will be aiming to make an immediate improvement upon their form of last term. Consequently, we know that will have to be at our best to get a result.

In common with a lot of other clubs, we have captured several new faces over the summer months. The newcomers have brought with them some much needed Premier experience to our squad and I am confident that this will help us fulfil our aim of instilling that extra quality that the demands of the higher division require.

Pre-season went very much according to plan. The players showed a good standard of fitness and the performances in the games was good. Let's hope the rest of the season goes equally as well, because our aim is to give you, the fans, something to cheer about throughout the season. Thank you in advance for your support.