Dundee 2
Kilmarnock 2
League (Premiership)

2 - 2

League (Premiership)
Saturday, September 23rd, 2023
Kilmac Stadium
Attendance: 6,101
3:00 PM Kick-off

Amadou Bakayoko (16)
Zak Rudden (93)
Danny Armstrong (pen.) (30)
Danny Armstrong (81)

Team Managers
Tony Docherty
Derek McInnes

Starting Eleven
31. Trevor Carson
3. Owen Beck
12. Ricki Lamie
6. Jordan McGhee
5. Joe Shaughnessy
23. Malachi Boateng
15. Josh Mulligan
9. Amadou Bakayoko
17. Luke McCowan
16. Zach Robinson
7. Scott Tiffoney
Will Dennis .1
Lewis Mayo .5
Robbie Deas .6
Stuart Findlay .17
Joe Wright .19
Brad Lyons .8
Kyle Magennis .16
Kyle Vassell .9
Matty Kennedy .10
Danny Armstrong .11
Marley Watkins .23

1. Adam Legzdins
14. Lee Ashcroft
2. Cammy Kerr
10. Lyall Cameron
19. Finlay Robertson
28. Mo Sylla
32. Marcel Lewis
11. Diego Pineda
24. Zak Rudden
Kieran O'Hara .20
Thomas Davies .19
Liam Polworth .31
Rory McKenzie .7
Andy Dallas .21
Jack Sanders .14
David Watson .12
Fraser Murray .15
Innes Cameron .18

Finlay Robertson for Scott Tiffoney (46)
Zak Rudden for Zach Robinson (63)
Cammy Kerr for Jordan McGhee (77)
Lyall Cameron for Luke McCowan (86)
Marley Watkins for Andy Dallas (38)
Robbie Deas for Thomas Davies (46)
Liam Polworth for Brad Lyons (73)
Danny Armstrong for Rory McKenzie (89)

Zak Rudden (68)
Robbie Deas (39)
Danny Armstrong (60)
Joe Wright (87)

Red Cards
Josh Mulligan (34)
Match Officials

David Munro (Referee)
Calum Spence & Gordon McCabe (Assistants)
Colin Steven (Fourth Official)

Photography by David Young

Match Report

Dundee fought back to take a hard earned point from a 2-2 draw against Kilmarnock at the Kilmac Stadium this afternoon. In a match full of controversy Amadou Bakayoko gave the Dee an early lead, but Daniel Armstrong equalised from the penalty spot. The game swung Killie’s way when Josh Mulligan was red carded late in the first half. The Dark Blues hung on until Armstrong seemed to have won the game for Killie with a late goal. But substitute Zak Rudden delighted the Dee support with an equaliser three minutes into injury time.

Tony Docherty made three changes to the Dee’s starting eleven. Jordan McGhee, Josh Mulligan and Scott Tiffoney came in for Cammy Kerr, Fin Robertson and Ryan Howley.

Killie started with more possession and more measured build-ups than the Dee who favoured quicker attacks. The first chance fell to Kilmarnock. Daniel Armstrong’s cutback found Kyle Vassell 12 yards out, but his weak shot sailed yards wide.

The Dark Blues’ first corner was from the left and whipped into the goalmouth by Scott Tiffoney. Killie scrambled that away, but Dundee took the lead from their next corner, on the same side, after 16 minutes. This time Owen Beck sent a gentler delivery to the near post. Joe Shaughnessy headed on leaving Amadou BAKAYOKO with a simple close range finish at the far post.

Killie pushed for an equaliser but Dundee looked dangerous with their fast attacks. The game went through a frantic spell when both sides were quilty of giving the ball away and struggled to contain the resulting counter attacks.

Midway through the half came the incident that led to the equaliser. Trevor Carson blocked a header from Lyons. Dundee couldn’t clear and Deas had another go. Did the ball strike Bakayoko’s arm? Referee David Munro didn’t think so, but it was no surprise when a VAR review was announced. It took ages for the ball to go out of play and the review to be completed. The decision was a penalty and ARMSTRONG scored confidently.

The Dark Blues responded well but the match turned dramatically on a controversial refereeing decision after 34 minutes. Josh Mulligan attacked down the left but lost the ball on the edge of the penalty area. No foul was given and Mulligan stopped Killie breaking with a hefty challenge on Armstrong on the touchline. Mr Munro surprised almost every in the stadium by pulling out his red card. The message obviously came through from VAR central that he should review the decision. The referee took a good look and stood by the red card.

The sending off transformed the match. Without Mulligan’s pace, drive and physicality Dundee were outnumbered and overrun in midfield. The match might have been 10 a side when Robbie Deas leapt, two footed, studs first, at Jordan McGhee, but he escaped with a yellow.

Deep into injury time an Armstrong cross found Kennedy beyond the far post. He headed across goal and off the outside of the far post.

Fin Robertson came on for Scott Tiffoney at half time. That was harsh on Tiffoney who had a fine game until the red card disrupted the Dee. The change gave the Dark Blues a better balance and offered the defence more protection. Killie also replaced Deas with Tom Davies, perhaps because the left back was on the verge of a red card.

Kilmarnock had plenty of the ball, but didn’t create the chances they would have expected from all that possession. The Dark Blues’ defence deserve plenty of credit for that. The Dee were more solid but struggled to get up the park and create any significant goal threat.

Zak Rudden came on for Zach Robinson and brought some fresh energy and aerial threat. Owen Beck was again excellent and he had two driving runs into the penalty area following a half cleared corner only to be crowded out each time. Dundee had more injury problems when they lost McGhee, but Cammy Kerr was the ideal replacement.

After 81 minutes Killie managed to break through. Andrew Dallas played a low ball across goal and ARMSTRONG had no problems slamming the ball home at the far post.

Lyall Cameron came on for Luke McCowan as Dundee threw everything into the hunt for an equaliser. A Shaughnessy long throw into the goalmouth broke to Rudden but he couldn’t get enough power into his shot on the turn and keeper Will Dennis saved comfortably.

The keeper was helpless with the Dee’s next chance, three minutes into the four minutes of injury time. Beck curled in a corner from the right. Ricki Lamie glanced his near post header down for RUDDEN to score at the back post – a carbon copy of the first goal. One big difference was that Trevor Carson had raced up the park to join in. He didn’t get a touch of the ball, but his presence might have caused some confusion. Whose job is it to mark the keeper?

There was still time for the referee to create a further talking point. Killie manager Derek McInnes strayed onto the pitch to return a ball he wrongly thought was dead and received a red card. There wasn’t even time for him to leave the park before the final whistle.

Dundee did well to hang on and fight back to take a point from this game. The red card disrupted Dundee and meant that the Dee were fighting an uphill battle throughout the second half. It was hard going, but the players stuck to their task and were able to lift themselves to grab a late, late equaliser. It’s hard to say how different this game would have been without the refereeing controversy, but the Dark Blues fully deserve the plaudits, and the point they earned. It’s safe to say the ref won’t be getting any Christmas cards from either manager.

Match report written by James Christie - Official Dundee website

Squad Statistics (as at September 23rd, 2023)

2023-24 All Time
Trevor Carson (GK)35 5 - 5 -
Owen Beck21 9 - 9 -
Ricki Lamie30 3131
Jordan McGhee27 8 - 13711
Joe Shaughnessy30 10 - 10 -
Malachi Boateng21 10 - 10 -
Josh Mulligan20 81676
Amadou Bakayoko27 7171
Luke McCowan25 918516
Zach Robinson21 934216
Scott Tiffoney25 9191
Cammy Kerr (sub)28 6 - 2668
Finlay Robertson (sub)20 7 - 593
Lyall Cameron (sub)20 815015
Zak Rudden (sub)23 524511

League Table (as at September 23rd, 2023)

Pld W D L +/- Pts

* - Table split into two divisions of six.