Scottish Premiership
Dundee Utd0Aberdeen1

Dundee United 0-1 Aberdeen

Kenny McLean scored his third Aberdeen goal of the season
Kenny McLean scored his third Aberdeen goal of the season
  • McLean's late header wins Aberdeen points
  • Dons midfielder's third goal of season

Kenny McLean's late looping header gave Aberdeen all three points against Dundee United at Tannadice.

The hosts had chances in the first half with Chris Erskine, Charlie Telfer and Mario Bilate all going close.

But the Dons grew stronger as the game went on and Jonny Hayes fired wide before Andrew Considine's shot was cleared off the line.

Aberdeen kept pressing and McLean finally found the net when he directed David Goodwillie's cross into the net.

The two sides had met on the opening day of last season, with United taking advantage of the Dons European adventures with a 3-0 win.

This time, Dons boss Derek McInnes, fearing a repeat, made four changes after the long trip home from the midweek Europa League third qualifying round defeat in Kazakhstan - and the freshness paid dividends.

The fast pace of the game was typical of recent New Firm derbies and United's Erskine and the Dons' Cammy Smith both made early runs through the middle before working the goalkeepers with low drives.

There were very few clear-cut opportunities in the first half, but Dundee United striker Bilate was handed a golden opportunity just seconds before the break.

However, he fired his effort straight at goalkeeper Danny Ward from just 10 yards out.

Aberdeen came out much stronger in the second period and it took a terrific goal-line clearance by United captain for the day Ryan McGowan to deny Considine's effort from the corner of the six yard box.

McInnes threw on Goodwillie and Niall McGinn as his side refused to settled for a point with the game heading towards ending goalless.

Goodwillie swung in a cross from the left hand side and, although it was a poor delivery, McLean stooped low to back head the ball from around 10 yards on the angle and into the back of the net in off the underside of the crossbar.

It was a piece of magic that the game badly needed and, despite United attempts, the Aberdeen defence held out with some ease to begin their league campaign with all three points.

The victory also gives them a boost ahead of Thursday's Europa League second leg against Kairat Almaty.

Kenny McLean scored his second goal in a week for Aberdeen
Kenny McLean scored his second goal in a week for Aberdeen
Ex-Dundee United players Nadir Ciftci (centre left) and Stuart Armstrong watched from the stand
Ex-Dundee United players Nadir Ciftci (centre left) and Stuart Armstrong watched from the stand

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 51Zwick
  • 12McGowan
  • 17DurnanBooked at 90mins
  • 28DonaldsonBooked at 40mins
  • 3Dixon
  • 4Souttar
  • 8RankinSubstituted forSneijderat 72'minutes
  • 11Erskine
  • 16TelferSubstituted forMurrayat 62'minutes
  • 20Spittal
  • 19BilateSubstituted forBodulat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 7Sneijder
  • 10Muirhead
  • 13McCallum
  • 15Murray
  • 22Fraser
  • 30Bodul

Aberdeen

  • 19Ward
  • 18Quinn
  • 4ConsidineBooked at 43minsSubstituted forJackat 78'minutes
  • 5Taylor
  • 2Logan
  • 8Flood
  • 14SmithSubstituted forMcGinnat 62'minutes
  • 3Shinnie
  • 11HayesSubstituted forGoodwillieat 68'minutes
  • 7McLean
  • 9Rooney

Substitutes

  • 10McGinn
  • 15Robson
  • 16Pawlett
  • 17Goodwillie
  • 20Brown
  • 22Jack
  • 27Wright
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
10,706

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home7
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away11
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 0, Aberdeen 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 0, Aberdeen 1.

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan McGowan (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. David Goodwillie (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Booking

Mark Durnan (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mark Durnan (Dundee United).

David Goodwillie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Mark Durnan (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Goodwillie (Aberdeen).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Blair Spittal.

Foul by Coll Donaldson (Dundee United).

Paul Quinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 0, Aberdeen 1. Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by David Goodwillie.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

Foul by Rodney Sneijder (Dundee United).

Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Ryan Jack replaces Andrew Considine.

Foul by Paul Dixon (Dundee United).

Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Coll Donaldson (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Rodney Sneijder replaces John Rankin.

Simon Murray (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Willo Flood (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. David Goodwillie replaces Jonny Hayes.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Kenny McLean.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Danny Ward.

Attempt saved. Mark Durnan (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Simon Murray (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Quinn (Aberdeen).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Niall McGinn replaces Cameron Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Simon Murray replaces Charlie Telfer.

Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

Charlie Telfer (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee11004043
2Celtic11002023
3Hearts11004313
4Aberdeen11001013
5Motherwell11001013
6Hamilton10100001
7Partick Thistle10100001
8St Johnstone100134-10
9Dundee Utd100101-10
10Inverness CT100101-10
11Ross County100102-20
12Kilmarnock100104-40
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