Dundee 0
Aberdeen 2
League (Premiership)

0 - 2

League (Premiership)
Saturday, December 5th, 2015
Dens Park
Attendance: 6,327
12:30 PM Kick-off

None. Niall McGinn (9)
Adam Rooney (25)

Team Managers
Paul Hartley
Derek McInnes

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Bain
3. Kevin Holt
16. Julen Etxabeguren
5. James McPake
19. Paul McGinn
17. Nick Ross
18. Paul McGowan
8. Nicky Low
15. Kane Hemmings
9. Rory Loy
7. Greg Stewart
Danny Ward .19
Shay Logan .2
Graeme Shinnie .3
Andy Considine .4
Ash Taylor .5
Mark Reynolds .6
Kenny McLean .7
Willo Flood .8
Jonny Hayes .11
Adam Rooney .9
Niall McGinn .10

12. David Mitchell
4. Thomas Konrad
2. Gary Irvine
26. Kostadin Gadzhalov
29. Gary Harkins
20. Riccardo Calder
43. Josh Skelly
Scott Brown .20
Ryan Jack .22
Craig Storie .23
Peter Pawlett .16
Frank Ross .31
Cammy Smith .14
David Goodwillie .17

Gary Harkins for Nick Ross (62)
Riccardo Calder for Rory Loy (67)
Peter Pawlett for Nial McGinn (46)
David Goodwillie for Adam Rooney (77)
Frank Ross for Jonny Hayes (89)

Paul McGinn (47)
Shay Logan (44)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Bobby Madden (Referee)
Alastair Mather & Douglas Ross (Assistants)
Don Robertson (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee lost 2-0 to Aberdeen in the early kick off at Dens Park today. First half goals by Niall McGinn and Adam Rooney put the Dons in charge. Dundee fought back in the second half, but Aberdeen held on for a deserved win.

The Dark Blues were unchanged from last week's draw in Perth. The Dons made only one change; Ash Taylor replaced Paul Quinn in central defence.

Aberdeen started at a high tempo and didn't ease up for the rest of the first half. Pressing the Dee high up the field the Dons quickly dominated the midfield and looked constantly dangerous in the early minutes.

Aberdeen's aggressive start meant the opening goal wasn't a surprise, though Dundee had plenty of opportunities to stop Aberdeen scoring. Julen Etxabeguren had a good game, but conceded a careless corner. Scott Bain had to beat away the first fierce inswinger and then dropped the return cross. The Dee escaped the scramble at the expense of another corner that they failed to deal with. The ball was cleared only as far as Niall MCGINN who swept in the first goal from 12 yards.

Aberdeen's pressure was almost relentless, with Dundee's midfield struggling to cope with the Dons' fierce pressing game. Graeme Shinnie shot over the bar from an move set up by the Aberdeen midfield breaking up an attempted Dee attack.

The game was flowing mostly one way, but on occasion the Dark Blues managed to find space on the right. Good play by Greg Stewart set up Nicky Low to run in from the right only for the former Don to be downed just inside the penalty area. Sadly for the Dee a free kick was awarded outside the box and Low's shot was deflected for a corner by the defensive wall.

Aberdeen's second goal midway through the first half neatly summed up their dominance. Paul McGowan was hustled off the ball inside his own half and the Dundee defence never managed to recover. Jonny Hayes fierce low cross from the right was turned in at the far post by Adam ROONEY.

Dundee's forward players were left mostly isolated by Aberdeen's control in midfield. Rory Loy managed to get in a shot that was blocked after Etxabeguren knocked down a free kick, and Nicky Low shot over from 30 yards. For the most part Dundee's efforts were expended in keeping the dangerous Dons at bay as the vistors pressed and probed relentlessly.

Dundee started the second half much more positively and were soon causing problems for Aberdeen's defence. Greg Stewart and Rory Loy managed to get shots on target after good moves, but each time their efforts lacked enough power to trouble Danny Ward in the Dons' goal.

Surprisingly, after an excellent first half, Niall McGinn had been replaced by Peter Pawlett at half time. The substitute nearly set up a third goal with a fine run in from the left wing. Bain saved his shot, and Kenny McLean scooped the rebound high over the bar.

During this most open spell of the the game Stewart and Kevin Holt worked a good move on the left, but Holt mishit his ahot after exchanging passes with Kane Hemmings.

Dundee made two substitutions in the middle of the second half. Gary Harkins and Riccardo Calder replaced Nicky Ross and Rory Loy. Dundee mirrored the Aberdeen formation by switching to 4-2-3-1, with McGowan and Low as the holding midfielders, and Stewart, Harkins and Calder playing behing Hemmings.

However, it was Aberdeen who twice went close to extending Aberdeen's lead through Pawlett. He cracked a 15 yard shot against Bain's crossbar after McLean had made space, then forced another good save from the Dee keeper after cutting in from the left.

The game died in the last 20 minutes, with the points seemingly safely tucked away in Aberdeen's pocket. Dundee kept plugging away and offered the odd flash of danger. Hemmings twice forced good saves from Ward. Stewart skillfully set up a shooting opportunity from the edge of the penalty area, but failed to hit the target. In injury time Ward saved well from McGowan. Nevertheless, the Dons always looked like they had enough in reserve to handle anything Dundee could throw at them on the day.

Aberdeen were very good during their dominant first half performance. Once they had put themselves in a winning position they never looked like being shifted. Dundee didn't give up and showed their quality now and again, but Aberdeen were able to impose their game on Dundee. The Dons didn't allow Dundee to play the game they wanted and deserved their win.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at December 5th, 2015)

2015-16 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)24 18 - 44 -
Paul McGinn25 18 - 572
James McPake31 132514
Julen Etxabeguren24 13 - 13 -
Kevin Holt22 152152
Paul McGowan28 13 - 471
Nick Ross24 18 - 18 -
Nicky Low23 11 - 11 -
Kane Hemmings24 176176
Greg Stewart25 1855720
Rory Loy27 137137
Gary Harkins (sub)30 14 - 14529
Riccardo Calder (sub)19 9 - 9 -

League Table (as at December 5th, 2015)

No league table has been added for this season.