December 5, 2021

MATCH REPORT: DUNDEE 2-1 ABERDEEN – DEES PICK UP FIRST WIN OF SEASON AS GLASS PRESSURE GROWS

16th October 2021; Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Scottish Premier League football, Dundee FC versus Aberdeen;

Dundee reignited their season as they bounced off the bottom of the table with a 2-1 win over Aberdeen.

Goals from Leigh Griffiths and Luke McCowan ensured James McPake would leave Dens Park the happier of the two under pressure managers as Cristian Ramirez’s consolation was not enough for Glass.

The home team started the brighter of the pair as Gary Woods was called into action with just seconds on the clock. Shaun Byrne stinging the hands of the Aberdeen number one from 25 yards.

After a slow start, Stephen Glass’ Dons grew into the match, coming narrowly close to opening the scoring on a number of occasions.

The pick of the bunch coming from Johnny Hayes who unleashed a trademark strike, whizzing inches from the top left corner much to the delight of the scrambling Dundee goalkeeper.

Just four minutes after halftime, the breakthrough came the way of the home side.

Beating the offside trap, Leigh Griffiths found himself through on goal from a long ball. Using his experience to stay composed, he calmly tucked the ball under Woods to open the scoring.

Griffiths opened his account for the Dees. Credit - The Scotsman

Just four minutes after halftime, the breakthrough came the way of the home side.

Beating the offside trap, Leigh Griffiths found himself through on goal from a long ball. Using his experience to stay composed, he calmly tucked the ball under Woods to open the scoring.

In the 62nd minute, Dees fans were in dreamland as their lead was doubled. Picking up the ball on the edge of the box, Luke McCowan curled expertly, low into the left bottom corner, giving Woods no chance.

Luke McCowan celebrates Dundee's second. Credit - SNS Group

However, the two-goal lead was short-lived as Aberdeen were back in the game just five minutes later.

Jack Mackenzie’s inch-perfect cross across the face of goal beat the stretching hand of Adam Legzdins leaving Cristian Ramirez the simple task of tapping into an empty net.

Ramirez pulls one back. Credit - Sky Sports

Five minutes from time, Dundee were dealt a huge blow as Shaun Byrne was stretchered off and taken to hospital with a serious knee injury, later confirmed by James McPake.

Soon after, The Dees job was made even harder as manager McPake was sent off in added time after being adjudged to have pushed MacKenzie to the ground in a touchline rammy.

Despite the late push, Dundee held on to their lead, climbing into 11th place, three points above Ross County. Stephen Glass exited the pitch via a police escort with many furious Aberdeen fans showing their frustration after the final whistle.

McPake’s men will look to add to their win and move further up the table as they head to the fortress of Tynecastle next Saturday to face a Hearts team unbeaten in seven.

The Dons will look to make amends as they face the tough arrival of Hibernian at Pittodrie who come off the back of a 3-0 defeat to Dundee United.

Dundee FC 4-3-3

Legzdins
Kerr, Ashcroft, Sweeney, Marshall
McGhee, Byrne (Anderson 90), Adam (c)
McMullan, Griffiths (Sheridan 57), McCowan (Mullen 71)

Unused subs: Sharp (gk), Elliott, Cummings, Lamb.

Goals: Griffiths (49), McCowan (62).

Booked: Adam (foul on Hedges), Byrne (foul on Hayes), Sheridan (time-wasting), Mullen (no apparent offence).

Aberdeen 4-4-1-1

Woods
Ramsay, Bates, Gallagher, Mackenzie
Hayes (McGinn 65), Ojo (Watkins 65), Brown, Hedges
Ferguson (Emmanuel-Thomas 90+6)
Ramirez

Unused subs: Ritchie (gk), McGeouch, Jenks, Samuels.

Goal: Ramirez (67).

Booked: Hedges (foul on Byrne), Gallagher (dissent), Watkins (response to Mullen tackle).

Attendance: 6,876.

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