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Dundee 0-7 Aberdeen 31/3/17

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By UWTB1893, 11/04/17
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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.

Dundee FC 4-2-3-1

Bain
Kerr, O’Dea (c), Gomis, Holt
Hateley (Ojamaa at half time), McGowan
O’Hara, Vincent, Ross (Wighton at half time)
El Bakhtaoui

Unused subs: Mitchell (gk), Williams, Klok, Higgins.

Booked: Kerr (foul on Shinnie).

Aberdeen 4-2-3-1

Lewis
Logan, Taylor, O’Connor, Considine
Jack, Shinnie
McGinn (Ross 75), McLean (Christie 60), Hayes (Wright 69)
Rooney

Unused subs: Alexander (gk), Pawlett, Anderson, Storey.

Goals: Considine (16, 38, 84), Rooney (24), McLean (33), Jack (50), McGinn (73).

Booked: none.

Attendance: 7,314 (2,495 Aberdeen fans).

Referee: Alan Muir. Assistants: David McGeachie, Graeme Leslie. Fourth official: Crawford Allan.

 


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