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
14. Lee Maddison
2. Barry Smith
21. Shaun McSkimming
5. Brian Irvine
23. Eric Garcin
22. Willie Miller
4. Dariusz Adamczuck
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
25. Gavin Rae
8. Darren Magee
Steve McCormick
Derek Stillie
Jamie Buchan
Darren Young
David Rowson
Ricky Gillies

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

Stéphane Pounewatchy
Dariusz Adamczuck

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

M. A. Clark (Edinburgh) (Referee)

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) - 1 - 45 -
Willie Miller - 1 - 1 -
Eric Garcin - 1 - 1 -
Brian Irvine - 1 - 451
Shaun McSkimming - 1 - 323
Barry Smith - 1 - 1081
Lee Maddison - 1 - 302
Dariusz Adamczuck - 1 - 1053
Tommy Coyne - 1 - 11160
Willie Falconer - 1 - 1 -
James Grady - 1 - 4518
Stéphane Pounewatchy (sub) - 1 - 1 -
Darren Magee (sub) - 1 - 25 -
Steve McCormick (sub) - 1 - 206

League Table (as at August 1st, 1998)

No league table has been added for this season.