Aberdeen 2
Dundee 0
League (Premiership)


Aberdeen 

2 - 0

Dundee


League (Premiership)
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015
Pittodrie Stadium
Attendance: 13,621
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Adam Rooney (66)
Adam Rooney (pen.) (94)
None.

Team Managers
Derek McInnes Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
19. Danny Ward
2. Shay Logan
3. Graeme Shinnie
4. Andy Considine
5. Ash Taylor
7. Kenny McLean
11. Jonny Hayes
22. Ryan Jack
9. Adam Rooney
10. Niall McGinn
17. David Goodwillie
Scott Bain .1
Kevin Holt .3
Paul McGinn .19
James McPake .5
Julen Etxabeguren .16
Thomas Konrad .4
Nick Ross .17
Gary Harkins .29
Paul McGowan .18
Greg Stewart .7
Kane Hemmings .15

Bench
20. Scott Brown
18. Paul Quinn
26. Craig Storie
15. Barry Robson
27. Scott Wright
14. Cammy Smith
32. Josh Parker
David Mitchell .12
Kostadin Gadzhalov .26
Daryll Meggatt .6
Gary Irvine .2
Jesse Curran .27
Dylan Carreiro .28
Simon Ferry .11

Substitutions
Josh Parker for David Goodwillie (77)
Paul Quinn for Jonny Hayes (87)
Dylan Carreiro for Thomas Konrad

Cautions
Ryan Jack (7) Julen Etxabeguren (74)
Gary Harkins (81)
Nick Ross (91)

Red Cards
None. Gary Harkins (94)

Match Officials

Bobby Madden (Referee)



Photography by David Young

Match Report


Dundee went down 2-0 to Aberdeen at Pittodrie this afternoon, in their poorest performance of the season so far. Adam Rooney scored both the Dons' goals, a header midway through the second half, and an injury time penalty. Gary Harkins' red card for the foul that gave away the penalty completed a poor afternoon for the Dark Blues, who only came anywhere near their best in the second half.

After various injury concerns during the week Dundee made only one change from the win over St Johnstone. Thomas Konrad came in for the injured Nicky Low, which meant the Dee were lining up in an unfamiliar 3-5-2 formation. Aberdeen brought last season's top scorer Adam Rooney back into the starting line-up, replacing Willo Flood.

The first half was a big disappointment after the fireworks from the Dark Blues in the opening 45 minutes. Dundee didn't have a shot on target throughout the whole half. Aberdeen spent most of the first half nagging away at the Dundee defence. The Dons were well on top, but lacking sharpness in the box. Some of their decision making approaching the penalty area was below par too, or else the Dark Blues would surely have fallen behind long before the break.

Goodwillie headed a McLean free kick wide after three minutes. Rooney was on target a minute later, but Bain was able to collect the ball easily. That set the pattern for the half. Aberdeen had nine corners, and a succession of opportunities to get free kicks into the danger area. They struggled to convert these into clear chances as the Dark Blue defence clung on doggedly.

Rooney came closest midway through the half with a looping header from a corner, the ball clipping the top of Bain's crossbar. The Dee keeper needed two goes to get hold of a Hayes' rocket from 35 yards.

For the most part the Dons were pouring forward, then getting their final balls or runs wrong. Dundee offered little in return. A fast break looked the most likely way for the visitors to trouble Aberdeen's defence but they never came close to pulling that off. Dundee's attempts to pass their way through from midfield were always ineffective. The Dark Blues managed only one shot in the first half, a volley by Julen Etxabeguren that struck Gary Harkins and looped over the bar.

The second half brought an immediate and very welcome improvement. Only a minute after the restart Kane Hemmings ran onto a clever Greg Stewart pass and Dons' keeper Danny Ward had to save well as the Dee striker tried to chip him. The ball broke clear only as far as Stewart who fired a fierce 25 yarder just over the bar.

The Dark Blues were on top now and Kevin Holt hit another ferocious shot from distance that was just too high. The Dark Blues were moving and passing far better and the home crowd started to get frustrated as they saw the Dee starting to control the match.

However, it was when Dundee were having their best spell of the game that the home side eventually managed to put together the sort of incisive attack that had eluded them in the first half. Hayes sped past Holt on the Dee left, and his cross to the near post found ROONEY in the right position to head home. It was fast and well executed, and exactly what the Dark Blues had been unable to do even when they were on top.

Dundee nearly scored a quick equaliser, when Stewart's beautifully flighted free kick evaded everyone and flew past the far post. Sadly that was as close as Dundee were to come as the game settled into a stodgy midfield battle that didn't look like leading to any further goals till Dundee started to chase an equaliser in earnest.

The Dark Blues sent on Dylan Carreiro to replace Thomas Konrad, and as the game opened up there seemed every chance the Dons would grab a second goal on the break. Scott Bain foiled that with a great, instinctive close range save from Shinnie after a fast Dons' break.

James McPake moved into attack to try and force a late equaliser, but the Dee were caught short at the back deep into injury time when Rooney broke free on the left. He tried to cut inside Harkins in the penalty area, but was downed. The referee Mr Madden duly pulled out his red card and pointed to the spot. ROONEY converted the penalty without any fuss and that was the last kick of the match.

Over the full match Aberdeen were well worth their three points. Without being at their best in attack they were able to dominate Dundee in the first half. They had less of the ball in the second half but they used it more effectively and were more dangerous. Once they took the lead they were never in much trouble.

Dundee have played some thrilling football this season, but today it just didn't happen. They lifted their game after half time, but that was from a very poor performance in the first half. Overall it wasn't good enough to merit anything from today's match. Most of the players will feel they didn't do themselves justice. The better performers were in defence today. The rest of the team have played far better this season and will do so again.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at August 22nd, 2015)


2015-16 All Time
Age
Scott Bain (GK)23 6 - 32 -
James McPake31 52434
Paul McGinn24 6 - 452
Kevin Holt22 6 - 6 -
Thomas Konrad25 5 - 422
Julen Etxabeguren24 6 - 6 -
Gary Harkins30 6 - 13729
Nick Ross23 6 - 6 -
Paul McGowan27 6 - 401
Kane Hemmings24 6363
Greg Stewart25 634518
Dylan Carreiro (sub)20 2 - 3 -






League Table (as at August 22nd, 2015)


No league table has been added for this season.