Aberdeen 1
Dundee 0
League (Premiership)


Aberdeen 

1 - 0

Dundee


League (Premiership)
Friday, January 22nd, 2016
Pittodrie Stadium
Attendance: 11,805
7:45 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Adam Rooney (14) None.

Team Managers
Derek McInnes Paul Hartley

Starting Eleven
20. Scott Brown
2. Shay Logan
3. Graeme Shinnie
4. Andy Considine
5. Ash Taylor
7. Kenny McLean
11. Jonny Hayes
26. Craig Storie
9. Adam Rooney
10. Niall McGinn
17. David Goodwillie
Scott Bain .1
Darren O'Dea .21
Paul McGinn .19
Thomas Konrad .4
Kevin Holt .3
Gary Harkins .29
Nick Ross .17
Paul McGowan .18
Nicky Low .8
Greg Stewart .7
Kane Hemmings .15

Bench
19. Adam Collin
18. Paul Quinn
29. Daniel Harvie
15. Barry Robson
16. Peter Pawlett
27. Scott Wright
14. Cammy Smith
David Mitchell .12
Kostadin Gadzhalov .26
Cammy Kerr .30
Sam Dryden .25
Jesse Curran .27
Craig Wighton .33
Rory Loy .9

Substitutions
Cammy Smith for David Goodwillie (82) Cammy Kerr for Kevin Holt (51)
Rory Loy for Nicky Low (74)

Cautions
Shay Logan (49) Kevin Holt (16)
Paul McGowan (41)
Gary Harkins (80)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Alan Muir (Referee)
Frank Connor & Dougie Potter (Assistants)
Andrew Dallas (Fourth Official)



Photography by David Young

Match Report


Aberdeen edged out Dundee with an early goal by Adam Rooney in the Friday night game at Pittodrie. Both sides had chances in an open first half, but the Dons were more secure after the break and ran out narrow, but worthy winners.

The Dark Blues field an unchanged line up after the win at Partick Thistle. Aberdeen made only one change, Andrew Considine replacing the suspended Mark Reynolds.

Aberdeen posed a serious threat from set pieces throughout the match and former Dons' keeper Scott Bain was quickly into the action. He twice had to save close range shots from Ash Taylor after the Dundee defence couldn't clear Aberdeen corners.

In open play the Dark Blues were holding their own in the opening stages. Kane Hemmings ran onto a Greg Stewart pass and forced Scott Brown to save with his legs. However, the opening goal came at the other end after Jonny Hayes got a lucky break of the ball of Kevin Holt. The Irish winger took full advantage with a lethal low cross for Adam ROONEY to score at the far post, despite Bain's best efforts to stop the ball crossing the line.

Dundee continued to offer an attacking threat and Considine threw his body in the path of Gary Harkins' powerful shot after Nicky Low robbed Shay Logan.

Aberdeen were always dangerous from corners and Taylor twice went close before half time. He headed wide from the first chance, then Bain had to claw his header off the line at the end of the half. Meanwhile Hemmings was continuing to test the Dons' keeper. First Brown saved his fierce volley, then the Dons' keeper managed to save at Hemmings' feet after Considine slipped.

Early in the second half Dundee lost Kevin Holt when Shay Logan's high boot caught him in the face. The Dee full back needed stitches and was replaced by young Cameron Kerr, who went on to have a good game.

Dundee had another escape from an Aberdeen corner when the ball ricocheted around the goalmouth before Bain managed to knock it away. Aberdeen were sharp and dangerous for a spell early in the second half and Rooney had a bad miss when he fired over an open goal.

The game gradually deteriorated with both sides failing to pass as well as they can. The Dons were more comfortable than the Dee on a tricky pitch and had a narrow, but decisive edge throughout a scrappy second half. Crucially they tightened up at the back and offered less scope to Dundee's danger players.

When the Dons did get close to Dundee's goal, however, their shooting was often wild. A Rooney shot from 18 yards was retrieved by Logan near the corner flag, and David Goodwillie completely mishit a half chance. The best piece of skill in the later stages came from substitute Cammy Smith, who turned neatly in the penalty area and flashed a low cross through the goalmouth with no Dons on hand to turn the ball in.

Dundee tried hard to force their way back into the match, and Rory Loy replaced Nicky Low for the last 20 minutes. The Dee pushed forward, but Aberdeen held firm while always looking as if they might add to their lead on the break. Dundee might have equalised with a very late chance when Darren O'Dea headed on Stewart's corner and Harkins, three yards out with his back to goal, hooked the ball over the bar.

Overall Aberdeen deserved the win. They created more chances, and better ones. The Dundee players put in a good, professional performance, but couldn't quite summon up the quality needed to get a result at one of the best teams in Scotland.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website



Squad Statistics (as at January 22nd, 2016)


2015-16 All Time
Age
Scott Bain (GK)24 24 - 50 -
Thomas Konrad26 21 - 582
Paul McGinn25 23 - 622
Darren O'Dea28 2 - 2 -
Kevin Holt22 202202
Gary Harkins31 20315132
Nicky Low24 17 - 17 -
Paul McGowan28 19 - 531
Nick Ross24 231231
Kane Hemmings24 23132313
Greg Stewart25 2376222
Cammy Kerr (sub)20 3 - 8 -
Rory Loy (sub)27 187187






League Table (as at January 22nd, 2016)


No league table has been added for this season.