Scottish Premiership
Dundee1Kilmarnock2

Dundee 1-2 Kilmarnock

Steven Smith scores for Kilmarnock against Dundee
Steven Smith scored his first goal for Kilmarnock at Dens Park

Goals from Josh Magennis and Steven Smith helped Kilmarnock gain revenge for an early-season thumping by Dundee.

Magennis headed the visitors ahead early in the match and an impressive long-range strike by Smith doubled Killie's advantage.

Rhys Healey headed one back for Dundee and the hosts pressed for a leveller.

But Kilmarnock held out to claim successive Scottish Premiership wins and move to within a point of their opponents.

Gary Locke's side climb up to eighth, just behind a Dundee side that had won 4-0 at Rugby Park on the opening day of the Premiership season.

Kilmarnock were quickly out of the traps at Dens Park and deservedly took the lead.

Josh Magennis scores for Kilmarnock against Dundee
Josh Magennis (number 28) beat Dundee keeper Scott Bain with a header

Kallum Higginbotham turned and twisted his way to the right-hand side before sending a hanging cross into the Dundee box. Magennis soared above the home defence and headed low into the bottom right-hand corner of Scott Bain's goal.

The Northern Irishman was proving a real handful for the Dundee rearguard, using his strength and power to upset both James McPake and Daryll Meggat in central defence.

Rory McKenzie came close to adding a second after finding space at the back post, his header hitting the side net.

Magennis then took a brilliant first touch to go clear on goal but his effort was straight at Bain.

Greg Stewart had been kept relatively quiet on the right-hand side for Dundee but almost equalised when he cut in from the right, his shot just wide.

Smith thundered home minutes into the second half after McKenzie had waltzed past three Dundee defenders and slipped a pass to the left-back.

Rhys Healey scores for Dundee against Kilmarnock
Healey netted Dundee's consolation goal

Dundee manager Paul Hartley reacted quickly and replaced Gary Harkins and Kane Hemmings with Nicky Low and Paul McGowan.

There was an almost instant reaction when Healey set up Nick Ross but the midfielder shot wide.

However, the home side did pull one back when Healey took advantage of some hesitant Kilmarnock defending to net from close range.

Another header, this time by Paul McGinn, required a magnificent one-handed save by Jamie MacDonald to keep Killie ahead.

And in one final advance, Low snatched at his shot after being played in by Healey.

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 1Bain
  • 19McGinn
  • 5McPake
  • 6MeggattBooked at 8minsSubstituted forGadzhalovat 45'minutes
  • 3HoltBooked at 24mins
  • 7StewartBooked at 57mins
  • 29HarkinsSubstituted forMcGowanat 52'minutes
  • 17RossBooked at 50mins
  • 15HemmingsSubstituted forLowat 52'minutes
  • 9Loy
  • 23Healey

Substitutes

  • 2Irvine
  • 4Konrad
  • 8Low
  • 18McGowan
  • 20Calder
  • 26Gadzhalov
  • 46Gourlay

Kilmarnock

  • 21MacDonald
  • 14O'Hara
  • 5Findlay
  • 26Balatoni
  • 22McHattie
  • 3SmithBooked at 63mins
  • 19Slater
  • 7McKenzieSubstituted forRobinsonat 78'minutes
  • 23KiltieSubstituted forObadeyiat 63'minutes
  • 11HigginbothamBooked at 56mins
  • 28MagennisBooked at 20minsSubstituted forBoydat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ridgers
  • 4Hamill
  • 8Robinson
  • 9Boyd
  • 12Westlake
  • 16Obadeyi
  • 18Ashcroft
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
4,970

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 1, Kilmarnock 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 1, Kilmarnock 2.

Foul by Paul McGinn (Dundee).

Kallum Higginbotham (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Scott Bain.

Attempt saved. Craig Slater (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Rory Loy (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

Attempt saved. Paul McGinn (Dundee) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Scott Robinson replaces Rory McKenzie.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 1, Kilmarnock 2. Rhys Healey (Dundee) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul McGowan with a cross.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

Foul by Steven Smith (Kilmarnock).

Nicky Low (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Kris Boyd replaces Josh Magennis.

Attempt missed. Nick Ross (Dundee) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Steven Smith (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Steven Smith (Kilmarnock).

Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Tope Obadeyi replaces Greg Kiltie.

Attempt saved. Greg Stewart (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Nicky Low (Dundee).

Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steven Smith (Kilmarnock).

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Kostadin Gadzhalov.

Greg Stewart (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Kilmarnock).

Booking

Greg Stewart (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Kallum Higginbotham (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Stuart Findlay.

Paul McGinn (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock).

Attempt saved. Craig Slater (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Paul McGowan replaces Gary Harkins.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Nicky Low replaces Kane Hemmings.

Booking

Nick Ross (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nick Ross (Dundee).

goal

As It Stood

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1Celtic118212691726
2Aberdeen128131813525
3Hearts127232014623
4Ross County125341814418
5Hamilton125341614218
6St Johnstone125252319417
7Dundee124441821-316
8Kilmarnock124351421-715
9Inverness CT123451115-413
10Motherwell12327915-611
11Partick Thistle12246915-610
12Dundee Utd11128921-125
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