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  1. TheDarkBlues

    1973-74 Sunday Travels

    SUNDAY SOCCER TREATS FOR DENS FANS! We venture back again with Billy Campbell's Ghost, this time his 1992 article on Dundee's 1974 Scottish cup run which ended in a 1-0 defeat to Celtic in the semi-finals. With the power cuts came early kick-offs to save on floodlighting and Dundee lifted the League Cup that season by defeating Celtic 1-0 at Hampden in a game that kicked off at 1pm and had such appalling weather that only around 30,000 were in attendance. Dundee also played a number of Sunday games then and became known as the 'Sunday Specials' as they won virtually every game they played including a fantastic Scottish Cup run and a couple of League wins - one which was a 2-1 victory at Parkhead. Having already won the League Cup that season, Dundee eagerly awaited the draw for the Scottish Cup and were paired with old north-east rivals Aberdeen at Pittodrie, a game immediately moved to the Sunday, 27 January 1974. The next round draw had been made after the Saturday ties and the winners had been drawn to meet rangers at Ibrox in the next round! So every incentive was there and the scene was set. A huge travelling support headed up to the Granite City that day hoping to douse the Northern Lights and set off on the trail for double cup glory. Around 24,000 were in Pittodrie that afternoon as the teams lined up: Aberdeen: Clark, Williamson and Hermiston; Smith, Young and Miller; Graham, Robb, Jarvie, Henry and Purdie. Dundee: Allan, R.Wilson and Johnston; Ford, Phillip and Gemmell; J. Wilson, Robinson, Duncan, Scott and Lambie. My memories are of sitting on a freezing cold day in the main stand witnessing a marvellous away performance surrounded by huge numbers of Dundee fans thoroughly enjoying the discomfort of the dispirited Dons fans. Davie Johnston, left back for the Dees that day has special memories as he scored one of his rare goals for the Dark Blues- a 25 yarder at that! 'Aberdeen had a hoodoo over Dundee and maybe still do, as they always seemed to dispose of us with relative ease for some unknown reason, but this day we were outstanding. We had the League Cup on the sideboard at Dens and were now a confident, good footballing side and as an Aberdeen lad I was always fired up for these derbies in particular!' 'I remember little detail of the match but my goal does stick in my mind (what a surprise Davie!). Bobby Ford had a shot blocked and I hit the rebound from around 25 yards and as Bobby Clark went one way, it struck Jim Henry and deflected into the other corner. I believe a paper put it down as an o.g. but take it from me - it was mine! The Dundee support were ecstatic and out sang the home fans so that it was almost like a home game for Dundee. 'Late in the second half, just after missing a sitter, Bobby 'Trigger' Robinson blasted one in the roof of the net to clinch it for us and our trip to Ibrox was confirmed'. This finally extinguished any flicker of hope in the Northern Lights and by this time the Dens fans were ready to sing “we're gonna win the cup” and as a fanatical 16-year old I was a leading light in the standites chorus much to my father’s embarrassment - he is a bit more reserved, but I'm sure he believed it as well! Dave, or Biffo, as he became to Dens diehards, due to his self-confessed robust approach to the game, has fond memories of his ten years at Dens especially that season, 'we then thrashed Rangers at Ibrox, again on a Sunday, 3-0 in front of 65,000 and hammered Hibs 3-0 after a 3-3 draw at Easter Road, only to play well below par in the semi against Celtic and lost 0-1' Dave remembers that Dundee had to do it the hard way, 'all our ties were away from home and some people were saying we had deserved the cup after winning the first three rounds. It was especially disappointing to lose the semi as it would have been United in the final and I don't think a cup could have been won by a tougher route, Aberdeen, Rangers, Hibs, Celtic and Dundee United -all away in effect! 'Still it was not to be and I still have my memories of great Dundee player such as Jocky, a complete footballer, Iain Philip and Jim Steele - all tremendous players to have in your side.' Dave recalls some of his most memorable opponents and rated two Celtic wingers as the ones who gave him the most bother, Jimmy Johnstone and after him, the late Johnny Doyle. 'Johnstone had his shimmy and Doyle had the pace, and both were tremendous players who always gave me a hard time.' After leaving Dens, Dave became player/coach at Montrose for a short time and then went into the financial side of the oil industry. He then returned to football as Commercial Manager at Dens and did a great job before being lured back to the world of industry. He has returned to football again and is here today as Commercial Manager of Aberdeen, his home town club - welcome back Biffo, although we hope to be putting out the Northern Lights again today!
  2. SUNDAY SOCCER TREATS FOR DENS FANS! We venture back again with Billy Campbell's Ghost, this time his 1992 article on Dundee's 1974 Scottish cup run which ended in a 1-0 defeat to Celtic in the semi-finals. With the power cuts came early kick-offs to save on floodlighting and Dundee lifted the League Cup that season by defeating Celtic 1-0 at Hampden in a game that kicked off at 1pm and had such appalling weather that only around 30,000 were in attendance. Dundee also played a number of Sunday games then and became known as the 'Sunday Specials' as they won virtually every game they played including a fantastic Scottish Cup run and a couple of League wins - one which was a 2-1 victory at Parkhead. Having already won the League Cup that season, Dundee eagerly awaited the draw for the Scottish Cup and were paired with old north-east rivals Aberdeen at Pittodrie, a game immediately moved to the Sunday, 27 January 1974. The next round draw had been made after the Saturday ties and the winners had been drawn to meet rangers at Ibrox in the next round! So every incentive was there and the scene was set. A huge travelling support headed up to the Granite City that day hoping to douse the Northern Lights and set off on the trail for double cup glory. Around 24,000 were in Pittodrie that afternoon as the teams lined up: Aberdeen: Clark, Williamson and Hermiston; Smith, Young and Miller; Graham, Robb, Jarvie, Henry and Purdie. Dundee: Allan, R.Wilson and Johnston; Ford, Phillip and Gemmell; J. Wilson, Robinson, Duncan, Scott and Lambie. My memories are of sitting on a freezing cold day in the main stand witnessing a marvellous away performance surrounded by huge numbers of Dundee fans thoroughly enjoying the discomfort of the dispirited Dons fans. Davie Johnston, left back for the Dees that day has special memories as he scored one of his rare goals for the Dark Blues- a 25 yarder at that! 'Aberdeen had a hoodoo over Dundee and maybe still do, as they always seemed to dispose of us with relative ease for some unknown reason, but this day we were outstanding. We had the League Cup on the sideboard at Dens and were now a confident, good footballing side and as an Aberdeen lad I was always fired up for these derbies in particular!' 'I remember little detail of the match but my goal does stick in my mind (what a surprise Davie!). Bobby Ford had a shot blocked and I hit the rebound from around 25 yards and as Bobby Clark went one way, it struck Jim Henry and deflected into the other corner. I believe a paper put it down as an o.g. but take it from me - it was mine! The Dundee support were ecstatic and out sang the home fans so that it was almost like a home game for Dundee. 'Late in the second half, just after missing a sitter, Bobby 'Trigger' Robinson blasted one in the roof of the net to clinch it for us and our trip to Ibrox was confirmed'. This finally extinguished any flicker of hope in the Northern Lights and by this time the Dens fans were ready to sing “we're gonna win the cup” and as a fanatical 16-year old I was a leading light in the standites chorus much to my father’s embarrassment - he is a bit more reserved, but I'm sure he believed it as well! Dave, or Biffo, as he became to Dens diehards, due to his self-confessed robust approach to the game, has fond memories of his ten years at Dens especially that season, 'we then thrashed Rangers at Ibrox, again on a Sunday, 3-0 in front of 65,000 and hammered Hibs 3-0 after a 3-3 draw at Easter Road, only to play well below par in the semi against Celtic and lost 0-1' Dave remembers that Dundee had to do it the hard way, 'all our ties were away from home and some people were saying we had deserved the cup after winning the first three rounds. It was especially disappointing to lose the semi as it would have been United in the final and I don't think a cup could have been won by a tougher route, Aberdeen, Rangers, Hibs, Celtic and Dundee United -all away in effect! 'Still it was not to be and I still have my memories of great Dundee player such as Jocky, a complete footballer, Iain Philip and Jim Steele - all tremendous players to have in your side.' Dave recalls some of his most memorable opponents and rated two Celtic wingers as the ones who gave him the most bother, Jimmy Johnstone and after him, the late Johnny Doyle. 'Johnstone had his shimmy and Doyle had the pace, and both were tremendous players who always gave me a hard time.' After leaving Dens, Dave became player/coach at Montrose for a short time and then went into the financial side of the oil industry. He then returned to football as Commercial Manager at Dens and did a great job before being lured back to the world of industry. He has returned to football again and is here today as Commercial Manager of Aberdeen, his home town club - welcome back Biffo, although we hope to be putting out the Northern Lights again today! View full blog
  3. TheDarkBlues

    Aberdeen 5 - 1 Dundee

  4. Your three word match report for our game against Aberdeen? Normal Service Resumed.
  5. TheDarkBlues

    Aberdeen FC

    Aberdeen Football Club (also known as The Dons) is a Scottish professional football club based in Aberdeen, Scotland. They compete in the Scottish Premiership and have never been relegated from the top division of the Scottish football league system since they were promoted in 1905, despite twice finishing within the relegation zone. Aberdeen have won four Scottish league titles, seven Scottish Cups and six Scottish League Cups. They are also the only Scottish team to have won two European trophies, having won the European Cup Winners' Cup and the European Super Cup in 1983. Formed in 1903 as a result of the amalgamation of three clubs from Aberdeen, they rarely challenged for honours until the post war decade, when they won each of the major Scottish trophies under manager Dave Halliday. This level of success was surpassed in the 1980s, when, under the management of Alex Ferguson, they won three league titles, four Scottish Cups and a Scottish League Cup, alongside the two European trophies. Aberdeen were the last club outside the Old Firm to win a league title, in 1984–85, and also the last Scottish team to win a European trophy. The team has enjoyed less success since this golden era, though a 19-year wait for a major trophy was ended by winning the 2013–14 Scottish League Cup. Aberdeen have played at Pittodrie Stadium since their inception. The ground currently has a capacity of 20,866 and was the first all-seated and all-covered stadium in the United Kingdom. Pittodrie was also the first football stadium to feature a dug-out, an invention of player and coach Donald Colman. The club's colours have been primarily red and white since 1939; before this, they played in black and gold vertical stripes. In modern times, Aberdeen have almost exclusively played with all-red strips with white detailing. Aberdeen attract support from the city and surrounding areas, as they are the only senior team within a wide area. Aberdeen have no geographically close rivals; their nearest neighbours at the same level are in the city of Dundee.
  6. UWTB1893

    Dundee 0 - 7 Aberdeen

    Defender Andrew Considine scored a hat-trick as Aberdeen hammered a dismal Dundee side to ensure Celtic must wait to be crowned Premiership champions. A win for Dee would have handed the title to Celtic, but their visitors put that prospect to bed in the first half. A Considine double and goals from Adam Rooney and Kenny McLean had Derek McInnes' men 4-0 up at the break. Ryan Jack hit the fifth before Niall McGinn tapped home and Considine completed his hat-trick. Aberdeen are 11 points clear of Rangers in third, while Dundee are eighth.
  7. UWTB1893

    Dundee 0 - 1 Aberdeen

    Dons edge past Dee Scott McKenna got the only goal of the game as Aberdeen saw off Dundee 1-0 at Dens Park in the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership.
  8. UWTB1893

    Aberdeen 2 - 1 Dundee

    Dundee suffered third straight League defeat and just like the Hamilton game, were made to pay for missing some glorious chances to score. Stevie May put Aberdeen in front but then Roarie Deacon grabbed his first ever Dundee goal to make it all square. May would then pop up with a late winner.
  9. UWTB1893

    Aberdeen 1 - 0 Dundee

    Aberdeen reignited their push for second place as they won for the first time in six matches in all competitions as Graeme Shinnie’s goal gave them a 1-0 win over Dundee at Pittodrie Stadium in the SPFL Ladbrokes Premiership. The Dons are now two points behind Rangers with a game in hand.
  10. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 0-1 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen left with all 3 points from Den's Park after a Gary Mackay-Stevens penalty secured victory for the visitors.
  11. Dundee went down to a Gary MacKay-Stevens penalty in the 75th minute but not before they had chances to put themselves ahead in this tie. Sofien Moussa spurned two chances either side of half time while his strike partner Jean Mendy dragged a shot wide when he was bearing down on goal. Josh Meekings also had a glorious chance to put us ahead in the second half but he failed to make proper contact from the corner with his head. "It's a sore one to take. In this match we had our opportunities to put ourselves in front, so we've only got ourselves to blame,” said McCann. “The biggest disappointment for me is that I don't mind keepers making saves, but not to hit the target is poor. Aberdeen are a good side so you have to take those chances when they come along. "Moussa's in the first half when he skies it over the bar then Mendy's, with some good play, when they don't hit the target from those opportunities - that's the frustrating part. "It annoys you because you just want the boys to have a wee bit of composure, I can’t give them composure. We haven't done that today, and we paid the price." “If you create three 100 per cent chances and you don’t work the keeper once that’s where you fall down. “The guys just need to slow down and it’s sore because we could have been sitting with six points instead of none.”
  12. UWTB1893

    League Preview: Aberdeen

    The Dark Blues are currently on their worse ever run of defeats against the Dons with nine straight losses and we haven't tasted victory over them in twelve since Thomas Konrad and David Clarkson scored to give us a 2-1 win in the Scottish Cup 4th round back in 2014. If we exclude that victory in the cup, we have went a full NINETEEN matches since we last managed a league victory over the Dons. This came at Dens when Neil Barrett scored the only goal of the match way back in 2004! That's some depressing reading right there! PREVIEW DUNDEE started off their campaign by gifting St Mirren al three points last Saturday. Last season’s attacking options reared their ugly head with it being a case of déjà vu for players, management and supporters. Then we had the minute of madness at the back that ultimately gifted the home side all three points. It would be very harsh however to start writing off players and team with some knee-jerk comments. Of course, the Dunfermline game gave us an indication that we were severely lacking in some areas but hopefully when we recruit players to fill these voids, then we will see a team that will hopefully improve on last terms league position. Roarie Deacon is back in training but he is still a few weeks away from being included in the matchday squad. ABERDEEN started off their Premiership campaign with a 1-1 draw against ten-man The Rangers last weekend. The Dons played for the best part of 80 minutes with a man advantage but despite this, they needed an injury time equaliser with their only shot on target. Derek McInnes team have on course been on European duty this summer when they came up against English side Burnley. They certainly didn’t let themselves down by more than matching their opponents from the self-proclaimed ‘Best league in the world.’ Unfortunately, despite a 1-1 draw at home, Burnley would proceed to the next round of the competition but they would need extra-time to get passed he har working Dons. Scott McKenna will miss out due to injury who will be out for around six to eight weeks and joins long term casualties Mark Reynolds and Tommie Hoban along with Shay Logan who is serving a suspension. HEAD TO HEAD RECORD Total P258 W53 D79 L126 F289 A433 Home P128 W32 D41 L55 F169 A227 Away P125 W20 D38 L67 F117 A197 Neutral P5 W1 D0 L4 F3 A9 STATS Top Goal scorer Alan Gilzean, 14 goals (9: League, 5: League Cup) Consecutive Games Scored Alan Gilzean: 10 goals, 5 games, August 201th 1960 to September 16th 1961 Biggest Win 6-0, Dens Park, November 18th 1905 and Dens Park, September 3rd 1960 (League Cup Group 4) Record Attendance and Lowest Home High: 41,000, 4-0, May 8th 1952, Scottish Cup Quarter Final Low: 5,369, 0-1, January 11th 1993 TICKET INFORMATION (Taken From Official Dundee Website) The ticket office is open from 10am on matchdays. Prices for the Aberdeen match are £26 (adults) and £19 concessions (Over 65 or Students with valid student photo ID), Under 18s are £12 Family Area Priced tickets available in the Bobby Cox Stand Rows A – Y, Seats 1 – 47 with prices as follows: Adult and one child under 12 £31 Two adults and two children under 12 £57 With additional children under 12 at £ 5 Under 12 tickets can only be bought as part of a family group Under 16 tickets can be bought without an adult ticket
  13. The Dark Blues are currently on their worse ever run of defeats against the Dons with nine straight losses and we haven't tasted victory over them in twelve since Thomas Konrad and David Clarkson scored to give us a 2-1 win in the Scottish Cup 4th round back in 2014. If we exclude that victory in the cup, we have went a full NINETEEN matches since we last managed a league victory over the Dons. This came at Dens when Neil Barrett scored the only goal of the match way back in 2004! That's some depressing reading right there! PREVIEW DUNDEE started off their campaign by gifting St Mirren al three points last Saturday. Last season’s attacking options reared their ugly head with it being a case of déjà vu for players, management and supporters. Then we had the minute of madness at the back that ultimately gifted the home side all three points. It would be very harsh however to start writing off players and team with some knee-jerk comments. Of course, the Dunfermline game gave us an indication that we were severely lacking in some areas but hopefully when we recruit players to fill these voids, then we will see a team that will hopefully improve on last terms league position. Roarie Deacon is back in training but he is still a few weeks away from being included in the matchday squad. ABERDEEN started off their Premiership campaign with a 1-1 draw against ten-man The Rangers last weekend. The Dons played for the best part of 80 minutes with a man advantage but despite this, they needed an injury time equaliser with their only shot on target. Derek McInnes team have on course been on European duty this summer when they came up against English side Burnley. They certainly didn’t let themselves down by more than matching their opponents from the self-proclaimed ‘Best league in the world.’ Unfortunately, despite a 1-1 draw at home, Burnley would proceed to the next round of the competition but they would need extra-time to get passed he har working Dons. Scott McKenna will miss out due to injury who will be out for around six to eight weeks and joins long term casualties Mark Reynolds and Tommie Hoban along with Shay Logan who is serving a suspension. HEAD TO HEAD RECORD Total P258 W53 D79 L126 F289 A433 Home P128 W32 D41 L55 F169 A227 Away P125 W20 D38 L67 F117 A197 Neutral P5 W1 D0 L4 F3 A9 STATS Top Goal scorer Alan Gilzean, 14 goals (9: League, 5: League Cup) Consecutive Games Scored Alan Gilzean: 10 goals, 5 games, August 201th 1960 to September 16th 1961 Biggest Win 6-0, Dens Park, November 18th 1905 and Dens Park, September 3rd 1960 (League Cup Group 4) Record Attendance and Lowest Home High: 41,000, 4-0, May 8th 1952, Scottish Cup Quarter Final Low: 5,369, 0-1, January 11th 1993 TICKET INFORMATION (Taken From Official Dundee Website) The ticket office is open from 10am on matchdays. Prices for the Aberdeen match are £26 (adults) and £19 concessions (Over 65 or Students with valid student photo ID), Under 18s are £12 Family Area Priced tickets available in the Bobby Cox Stand Rows A – Y, Seats 1 – 47 with prices as follows: Adult and one child under 12 £31 Two adults and two children under 12 £57 With additional children under 12 at £ 5 Under 12 tickets can only be bought as part of a family group Under 16 tickets can be bought without an adult ticket View full match preview
  14. TheDarkBlues

    Aberdeen V Dundee

    There is no match report yet. Please come back later.
  15. He ended our long wait for a home league win v Rangers and he delivered again a couple of weeks back as we tore into Rangers to beat them again. O'Hara then came roaring out the traps on Saturday in Dingwall to inspire a rare win in the Highlands. The question is... will he produce again in another fixture we're notoriously bad in? At home to Aberdeen we usually struggle. Our last home league win against them was 13 years ago. Does Mark have the desire to ram that stat down their throats? He's certainly got the ability.
  16. The ref against Aberdeen was Nick Walsh. How did you rate his performance in this game?
  17. Despite the defeat, McCann has promised to not be too hard on the players as he was happy with the performance. “We deserved to take something from the game,” said McCann. “Their keeper Joe Lewis has made two very good saves and there was also a shout for a penalty. “The boys deserved something for their application and the chances we created. “The performance was there, although we didn’t get anything from the game. ‘The players have shown a lot of character to stay in the match. “It shows respect that Aberdeen decided to camp in and hit on the counter-attack. “Coming up against a team who have been the second best in the country for the past few years, though, I think the players can be pleased and I haven’t been too hard on them. “I have told them there is no disappointment here because I was happy with the way they played.”
  18. Dundee lose at Dens to Aberdeen. A McKenna goal shortly after the second half starts was enough to separate the sides and the three points head up north. Dundee 0 - 1 Aberdeen
  19. Who was your man of the match against Aberdeen in today's game?
  20. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 0 - 2 Aberdeen

    There is no match report yet. Please come back later. Game live on BT Sports.
  21. UWTB1893

    Aberdeen: The View From The Opposition

    We very quickly caught up with Gavin who now lives in Australia to talk briefly about the events with his former club up North. (The questions were asked before today's announcement that Derek McInnes had decided to knock back The Rangers) The big talking point at this minute is the Derek McInnes situation regarding the vacant Rangers job. It’s been reported today (Wednesday) that McInnes and his assistant never took training and were meeting with Stewart Milne away from Pittodrie. Does this look more than likely that Aberdeen will need to start looking for a new manager very soon? Yes it certainly does. Once it gets to this stage - it only looks like there will be only one outcome. Aberdeen have hit a rough patch recently with one win in five. It’s quiet out of character for the Dons. Players might say otherwise but do you think the ongoing speculation regarding the manager has had an effect on the club? I don’t think the players would admit it and I have been in the same situation also but sub consciously I think it must play a part - hard to tell really. With you now living in Australia now, you might not have seen Aberdeen as much but how do you feel new signings Gary Mackay Stevens and Greg Stewart have done considering they have had to fill the gap Johnny Hayes and Niall McGinn left? Their stats seem to be underwhelming when compared to the players above and also their stints at both Dundee clubs. Johnny and Niall were such pivotal players for Aberdeen for a good few years that it’s hard to come in and replace that straight away. I’m sure Greg(who proved himself at Dundee) and Gary (who is a great player) will do so. The past few seasons have seen second place more of less Aberdeen’s for the taking but this year they have Rangers and Hibs pushing them now. After two defeats against the Glasgow club it would seem they have some serious competition? Yes of course. And it’s always gonna happen. Rangers are getting stronger as they were always going to. Hibs are going well also. The Dons have put their plans on hold regarding the new proposed stadium but Mine is hoping that their application can be heard by the Council this month. How much does the club need to move to a new stadium? I really hope they manage to push through the new training ground and stadium because for the progression of the club it is crucial. It’s such a good club that is being held back by lack of facilities. Again, with you residing in down under, you may have not seen much of Dundee but from what you have hear or read, what players do you think will cause the most problems for Aberdeen Well Mark O’Hara is doing great and is scoring goals. Along with El Bakhtaoui's pace and finishing ability - they are the two on form that will cause problems. It’s been sixteen games since we last beat Aberdeen in the League, going all the way back to 2004. With Aberdeen stutter in the league just now, can Dundee finally grab all three points or will the Dons make it eight wins on the trot against us? It’ll be a big ask, but it’ll be a close game either way.
  22. TheDarkBlues

    Aberdeen 3 - 0 Dundee

    The Dark Blues made two changes from the team that lost in the cup to St Mirren. Kevin Gomis and Nick Ross came in for the injured Kevin Holt and Faissal El Bakhtaoui, who was on the bench. Dundee had the first chance of the match with their first attack after four minutes. Marcus Haber’s volley from a Cammy Kerr cross was saved low at his right hand post by Joe Lewis. Five minutes later Paul McGowan went agonisingly close with a 25 yard lob that beat Lewis but rebounded from the crossbar. Although the Dark Blues had made a good start and were keeping the home crowd quiet it didn’t take the Dons long to find their rhythm; they were soon probing dangerously down the wings and applying pressure on the Dundee defence. Their first chance came from a corner that reached Mark Reynolds beyond the far post, and Scott Bain parried his shot. Less than a minute later a low Jonny Hayes cross eluded everyone and came back off the far post. Bain then pulled off a great save from a fierce, curling shot by Niall McGinn that flew through a crowd of players obstructing the keeper’s vision. The Dee interrupted this spell of Dons’ pressure with a neat move that ended with Craig Wighton netting with a smart volley from Haber’s flick, only for the linesman’s flag to go up. Aberdeen were quickly back onto the attack and Bain did well to tip over McGinn’s free kick from 25 yards. However, the opening goal was delayed only a couple of minutes. McGinn ran at Nick Ross on the right, checked back and crossed for Ryan JACK to run in and score with a header from six yards. The Dark Blues were increasingly pinned back as the first half wore on. Scott Bain saved well yet again to deny Kenny McLean who had been played into space by Adam Rooney’s flick. Dundee’s hopes of reaching the interval only a goal adrift were dashed by an excellent second goal right on the stroke of half time. Niall McGINN quickly controlled the ball and scored with a snap shot from 25 yards that flew into the net off the inside of Bain’s left hand post. The significance of that goal was quickly apparent once the second half started. With a two goal lead Aberdeen could relax, and exploit the extra space as Dundee tried in vain to chase their way back into the game. The Dons were hardly surging forward in waves of attacks, but when they did attack they were very fast and effective, with Hayes and McGinn outstanding. Scott Bain had to be at his best to keep Aberdeen at bay. He saved well when Hayes was released by a quickly taken throw to run in on goal. The resulting corner was played short to Graeme Shinnie who shot from the edge of the penalty area. Bain beat the ball away and Rooney couldn’t screw the loose ball back on target. Bain’s best save was still to come. A fine Hayes run gave McGinn the chance to shoot from 10 yards, but Bain saved superbly to prevent what looked a certain goal. The Dee’s keeper was helpless when the third goal eventually arrived. The goal highlighted Aberdeen’s ability to move the ball forward quickly and get players into space in the final third, with a disappointing klack of interference from the Dark Blues’ defence. Reynold’s long ball down the left sent Hayes clear, and his first time cross was perfectly judged for the unmarked McGINN to score with a powerful header past Bain. Dundee had the ball in the Aberdeen half often enough in the second half but none of their attacks carried any conviction. Even when Dundee were trying to attack Aberdeen the home side always looked much more likely to score with a fast break. Although the Dark Blues started the match well and were unlucky not to take the lead when Paul McGowan struck the crossbar, by the middle of the first half Aberdeen were firmly in charge and Dundee never looked like getting back into the match. The Dons’ players won all the crucial battles and the Dee were second best all over the park tonight. Aberdeen FC 4-2-3-1 Lewis Logan, Taylor, Reynolds, Considine Jack (c), Shinnie Hayes (Christie 81), McLean, McGinn (Wright 87) Rooney (Storey 83) Unused subs: Alexander (gk), O’Connor, Pawlett, Stockley. Goals: Jack (28), McGinn (45, 78) Booked: Shinnie (persistent fouling). Dundee FC 3-5-2 Bain Etxabeguren (El Bakhtaoui 68), Gomis, Gadzhalov O’Hara, Hateley, Ross, McGowan (c), Kerr Wighton, Haber Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Duffy, Williams, Waddell. Booked: Etxabeguren (foul on Hayes). Attendance: 10,512. Referee: Kevin Clancy. Assistants: Sean Carr, Graham McNeillie. Fourth official: Gavin Duncan. Report: James Christie.
  23. TheDarkBlues

    Dundee 1 - 3 Aberdeen

    The Dark Blues made two changes. Julen Etxabeguren replaced the suspended Kevin Gomis, and Danny Williams came in for Craig Wighton on the left flank. The Dons' only change was James Maddison replacing Wes Burns in midfield. Aberdeen started off on the attack, playing down the slope towards their own fans in the Bob Shankly Stand. Every attack seemed to switch to the left as they repeatedly probed the right of the Dee's defence. In spite of the Dons' pressure it was Dundee who took the lead with a fine team goal after 12 minutes. The Dark Blues worked the ball up the field in a neat passing move that ended with Nick Ross playing Kevin HOLT into space with a backheel. The left back drilled a first time shot across Joe Lewis from 15 yards and into the corner of the net. After scoring such a good goal Dundee could only hold onto their lead for six minutes before giving away a poor equaliser. James MADDISON spun on a loose ball 25 yards from goal and scored with a low shot that Scott Bain really have saved. The rest of the first half continued in the same style with Dundee conceding territory to Aberdeen and trying to hit them on the break. The tactic was fairly successful with the Dark Blue defence handling the Dons' attacks well and the better chances coming Dundee's way. Paul McGowan found space in the penalty area and rolled the ball across for Mark O'Hara, whose shot from 16 yards was charged down. A fast break from a corner ended with El Bakhtaoui curling a shot narrowly past the post from 20 yards. Aberdeen, with more possession, were struggling to find the right final ball against Dundee's well organised defence. Dundee's tactic of sitting back meant the Aberdeen back three saw plenty of the ball, and they were often guilty of careless passing, or being caught in possession. When the Dons gave the ball away at the start of the second half Paul McGowan ran through but couldn't get a shot on target after being forced wide. Aberdeen came desperately close to taking the lead when Dundee uncharacteristically gave the ball away just outside their penalty area. Graeme Shinnie smashed a shot from 25 yards that Bain managed to touch onto the crossbar, and within seconds was booked for chopping down Cammy Kerr - an unhappy 30 seconds for the Dons' captain. The game opened up as Aberdeen started to chase a winner. Niall McGinn set up a great chance, sending Maddison through with only Bain to beat, but the Dee keeper spread himself to pull off a great save. Aberdeens increasingly urgent attacking resulted in more mistakes and Dundee had more opportunities get forward as the Dons gave the ball away. El Bakhtaoui might have had a penalty when he was bundled over from behind by Considine as he tried to shield the ball. O'Hara went close with a neat piece of skill when he pulled a high ball down and hooked a shot just over the bar. The Aberdeen defence had a lucky escape when El Bakhtaoui robbed O'Connor, but his attempted cutback rebounded fortuitously off a defender to keeper Lewis. After 73 minutes Aberdeen replaced Niall McGinn and Adam Rooney with Wes Burns and Jayden Stockley. The change paid an immediate dividend, though the really significant switch was Jonny Hayes moving to the right. After failing to get much joy out of Cammy Kerr the Dons' winger caught out Kevin Holt as he raced to the byline. The cross was perfect for STOCKLEY to score with a powerful header from six yards. Adam Rooney must have been watching somewhat ruefully from the bench after he'd spent his afternoon chasing inaccurate crosses that had left him without a sniff of a chance.s Craig Wighton had already replaced Danny Williams, and late on we saw Michael Duffy and Rory Loy coming on for the holding midfielders, Nick Ross and Tom Hateley. As the Dark Blues chased an equaliser they were caught out on the break for a rather harsh third Dons' goal. Julen Etxabeguren seemed to have cut out the danger with a well timed tackle on Wes Burns, but surprisingly Mr McLean pointed to the penalty spot and booked the unfortunate defender. Kenny MCLEAN took the spot kick, and hammered the ball against the crossbar, with the ball eventually crossing the line after hitting the bar a second time. The disappointing end to the game continued with Mark O'Hara picking up a second yellow card in injury time. Neither of his bookings were for particularly bad fouls; there were plenty of worse offences in a physical match and there were several players who looked more plausible candidates for a second yellow. Dundee clearly had a game plan to soak up pressure and hit Aberdeen when the visitors' moves broke down. For much of the match it worked, though the midfield didn't always get up to support El Bakhtaoui quickly enough. There's no doubt Aberdeen came much closer to breaking the second half deadlock before Stockley's goal; it took two great saves by Scott Bain to keep the Dee in the game. However, on another day the Dee could well have earned a draw, or even a win, but the supporters will have to wait longer for the first home win. One notable feature of the game was the way Cammy Kerr came under fierce and sustained pressure, especially in the first half. He was booked after just 21 minutes and Aberdeen targetted him relentlessly, hoping to force a red card. Kerr stood up to the onslaught manfully, coping well with the dangerous Jonny Hayes. In fact Kerr did so well that more fouls were committed against him than he conceded, with two Dons' players booked for bad challenges on him. Dundee FC 4-2-3-1 Bain Kerr, Etxabeguren, O'Dea (c), Holt Hateley (Loy 86), Ross (Duffy 80) O'Hara, McGowan, Williams (Wighton 68) El Bakhtaoui Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Vincent, Low, Gadzhalov. Goal: Holt (12). Booked: Kerr (foul on Hayes), O'Dea (foul on Shinnie), O'Hara (fouls on Hayes & Shinnie). Sent off: O'Hara (two yellows). Aberdeen FC 3-4-2-1 Lewis O'Connor, Taylor, Considine Logan, Shinnie (c), McLean, Hayes McGinn (Burns 73), Maddison (Craig Storie 82) Rooney (Stockley 73) Unused subs: Alexander (gk), Reynolds, Pawlett, Miles Storey. Goals: Maddison (18), Stockley (76), McLean (87 pen). Booked: O'Connor (handball), Hayes (foul on Kerr), Shinnie (foul on Kerr), Burns (dissent). Attendance: 6,321. Referee: Steven McLeam. Assistants: Graeme Stewart, Graeme Leslie. Fourth official: Alan Muir. Report: James Christie.
  24. TheDarkBlues

    Aberdeen 1 - 0 Dundee

    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. Aberdeen FC 4-4-2 Brown Logan, Considine, Taylor, Shinnie Hayes, McLean, Storie, McGinn Goodwillie (Smith 81), Rooney Unused subs: Collin (gk), Quinn, Harvie, Robson, Pawlett, Wright Goals: Rooney (13) Booked: Logan (foul on Holt) Dundee FC 4-4-1-1 Bain McGinn, O'Dea, Konrad, Holt (Kerr 51) Stewart, McGowan, Ross, Low (Loy 73) Harkins Hemmings Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Dryden, Gadzhalov, Curran, Wighton Goal: Booked: Holt (foul on Hayes), McGowan (foul on Hayes) Referee: Alan Muir. Assistants: Frank Connor, Dougie Potter. 4th official: Andrew Dallas. Attendance: 11,805 Report: James Christie
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