Dundee 1
Kilmarnock 1
League (Premiership)

1 - 1

League (Premiership)
Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
Dens Park
Attendance: 4,335
7:45 PM Kick-off

Rory Loy (18)
Conrad Balatoni (55)

Team Managers
Paul Hartley
Lee Clark

Starting Eleven
1. Scott Bain
16. Julen Etxabeguren
3. Kevin Holt
19. Paul McGinn
21. Darren O'Dea
35. Calvin Colquhoun
17. Nick Ross
15. Kane Hemmings
9. Rory Loy
7. Greg Stewart
33. Craig Wighton
Jamie MacDonald .21
Miles Addison .4
Stuart Findlay .5
Conrad Balatoni .26
Lee Hodson 27
Gary Dicker .8
Julien Faubert .36
Adam Frizzell .39
Kris Boyd .9
Greg Kiltie .23
Josh Magennis .28

12. David Mitchell
26. Kostadin Gadzhalov
6. Daryll Meggatt
24. Andrew Black
27. Jesse Curran
22. Arturo Rodriguez
Conor Brennan .13
Greg Taylor .31
Mark O'Hara .14
Craig Slater .19
Jack Whittaker .34
Alex Henshall .8
Tope Obadeyi .16

Arturo Rodriguez for Kane Hemmings (68)
Mark O'Hara for Stuart Findlay (35)
Craig Slater for Julien Faubert (46)

Calvin Colquhoun (85)
Conrad Balatoni (55)
Mark O'Hara (63)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Don Robertson (Referee)
Graeme Stewart & Andrew McWilliam (Assistants)
Euan Anderson (Fourth Official)

Match Report

Dundee played out a 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock in their final home match of the season. Rory Loy gave the Dark Blues an early lead, only for Conrad Balatoni to equalise in the second half. Killie goalkeeper Jamie McDonald was the man who earned the visitors a point, and saved them from a hiding, as he foiled Dundee time and time again with a series of fine saves.

The Dark Blues made two changes following Saturday's defeat against Hamilton. Rory Loy returned to the starting line-up and 19 year old Calvin Colquhoun started for the first time this season. Killie made three changes. Mark O'Hara, Craig Slater and Rory McKenzie were replaced by Stuart Findlay, Julian Faubert and Adam Frizzell.

Killie spent the first couple of minutes pushing Dundee back into their own penalty area, but then dropped right out of the game once the Dee settled onto the ball and started spraying passes around the park.

A lovely, flowing move ended with a free kick wide on the right. Greg Stewart smacked the ball into the goalmouth where keeper Jamie McDonald parried and Killie eventually scrambled the ball away following a good old stramash.

That set the pattern for the remainder of the first half, with Dundee playing delightful football and Killie clinging on by their fingertips.

The Dark Blues were trying interesting variations at corners, and deservedly took the lead after 18 minutes when their invention paid off. Stewart played a corner short and deep for Nick Ross to clip in a cross from the corner of the penalty area. Rory LOY glanced a looping back header over McDonald and into the far top corner.

Over the following half hour the Dark Blues sent in wave after wave of attractive and clever attacks. Frustratingly none of these resulted in the further goals that Dundee's dominance deserved.

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark tried to stiffen his defence by taking off left back Stuart Findlay, sending on Mark O'Hara to play right back, and moving Lee Hodson across to left back. It made little difference.

Craig Wighton had an electrifying run down the left in which he beat three men, but after breaking clear his cross was too strong. Rory Loy ran clear onto Kane Hemmings through pass, but his first touch was too heavy and McDonald managed to block. Loy then returned the favour and sent Hemmings clear, but again McDonald saved.

The Dark Blues should have been sitting on a comfortable, match winning lead at half time, but all their good work was undone when Kilmarnock fought their way back into the game with their only serious effort on goal in the whole match. Kilmarnock had replaced Julian Faubert with Craig Slater at half time and the substitute floated a high free kick into the six yard box where Conrad BALATONI scored with a simple downward header.

Dundee nearly grabbed a quick second goal in response, but Miles Addison scrambled Julen Etxebrguren's header off the goal line. Nick Ross ran onto a marvellous Stewart through ball, but McDonald was quickly off his line and he just managed to punch clear, and flatten Ross in the process.

Jamie McDonald had kept Kilmarnock in the game all on his own, and he didn't get much help from his defence when he was clattered by centre back Addison as they both went for a Paul McGinn cross. As happened so often tonight the loose ball broke for a defender, and Addison hacked clear before Hemmings could reach the ball.

Midway through the second half the Dark Blues lost Kane Hemmings, who limped off the park to be replaced by Arturo. Soon after coming on the Spanish striker combined well with Stewart, but McDonald raced out to block.

Rory Loy was next to have a go, running onto a Stewart pass, but McDonald saved well from his powerful drive. The ball again broke loose, and again was scrambled away. Dundee were piling on the pressure, but they couldn't force their way past McDonald who saved again at full stretch from Arturo's header.

In the final minute the Dark Blues passed up their final chance. Etxabeguren headed Stewart's free kick down into the goalmouth where Arturo turned the ball into McDonald's arms from only a couple of yards out.

Kilmarnock meanwhile had improved significantly after half time, pressing much more effectively in midfield and making it harder for Dundee to pass their way through to goal. The visitors had offered little threat in attack, however, and were still entirely reliant on an outstanding performance by Jamie McDonald to stop the Dee running away with the game.

This match was uncomfortably familiar to the Dark Blue support. Dundee were totally dominant, failed to capitalise, and lost some of their composure after conceding a soft equaliser. This could, and should, have been a convincing home win, but the match merely added to Dundee's long list of frustrating draws this season. The Dark Blues were a joy to watch in the first half, and their failure to run up a comfortable victory left the supporters shaking their heads in disappointment.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at May 11th, 2016)

2015-16 All Time
Scott Bain (GK)24 41 - 67 -
Julen Etxabeguren25 25 - 25 -
Kevin Holt23 383383
Paul McGinn25 381773
Darren O'Dea29 18 - 18 -
Calvin Colquhoun19 2 - 4 -
Nick Ross24 411411
Kane Hemmings25 41254125
Rory Loy28 329329
Greg Stewart26 41118026
Craig Wighton18 142455
Arturo Rodriguez (sub)27 4 - 4 -

League Table (as at May 11th, 2016)

No league table has been added for this season.

Manager's Programme Notes

Good afternoon and welcome along to our final home game of the season.

I'd like to start be welcoming Lee Clark and his backroom staff along with both sets of supporters to Dens today.

Looking back on the season we were disappointed not to make the top six this season but I still feel we have made progression as a club both on and off the park.

Plans are already in motion for next season and we look to kick on again in what will be a strong top flight.

We have had superb support from the fans since I joined the club and it has been clear to see throughout the campaign what a strong fanbase we have. We are looking forward to seeing the fans out in force again in the new campaign.

Tonight will be a tough prospect with Kilmarnock players still vying for places in the team for the two massive play off matches they have coming up, so again we know we will have to be at our best to match them.

Enjoy the match.