Scottish Premiership
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Dundee 1-1 Kilmarnock

By Liam McLeodBBC Scotland at Dens Park

Dundee marked their return to Scottish top flight football by sharing the spoils with Kilmarnock.

Former Rugby Park playmaker Gary Harkins won, then converted, a penalty to put Dundee ahead.

It was a lead that would last less than 10 minutes thanks to a superb Craig Slater free-kick.

Dundee peppered the Killie goal in the second half but were denied what would have been a deserved victory by the excellent goalkeeping of Craig Samson.

The Scottish Championship
The Championship flag was unfurled before kick-off

Far from their last brutal foray in the top league, when a reluctant Dundee replaced the doomed Rangers at the 11th hour, manager Paul Hartley completed his transfer business early in the summer.

The Dees unfurled the Championship flag before kick-off, with retired former captain Gavin Rae helping do the honours after guiding the team last season.

Hartley does not think finishing in the top six is beyond Dundee, with a pre-season win over Manchester City helping to fuel such belief.

And the Dens Park side began in positive fashion, with forward Paul McGowan having a couple of attempts before crossing for Greg Stewart to head wide.

Kilmarnock, who signed left-back Chris Chantler before the match, then threatened themselves when a Josh Magennis header was tipped past a post brilliantly by Kyle Letheren, who spent three years at Rugby Park.

But it was the Premiership new boys who struck first. Harkins was barged in the box by Mark Connolly and referee Steven MacLean pointed straight to the spot. Harkins took the kick himself and dispatched it low to Samson's left.

Kilmarnock tried to respond and the lively Tope Obadeyi smashed a shot off the underside of the bar when he really should have scored.

The match was being played at a frenetic pace, though, and the Ayrshire men levelled matters.

Craig Slater scores for Dundee against Kilmarnock
Slater's set piece strike secured a point for Kilmarnock

James McPake's rash challenge brought down Obadeyi on the edge of the box and Slater curled the resultant free-kick into the net beautifully, though Letheren's positioning was suspect.

The pace dropped around the half-hour, with McPake leaving the field for almost five minutes after a head knock.

Dundee were almost back in front 15 seconds into the second half when a Harkins run and shot ending with a Samson save.

Twice, McGowan - who looks a shrewd signing and was a constant menace - did similar but with the same outcome.

A long punt caused Letheren many more problems than it should have, the goalkeeper missing the ball completely, but Obadeyi did likewise with the goal and the danger passed.

The hosts were the dominant force for much of the third quarter, with Kilmarnock limited to counter attacking.

The introduction of Alexei Eremenko sparked some life into the visitors as they tried to get out of their own half.

But Samson was the busier keeper, saving well from Luka Tankulic, Harkins and McGowan.

He also saw a free-kick from substitute Peter MacDonald smash off his crossbar as Kilmarnock escaped with a point.

Dundee forward Peter MacDonald
MacDonald almost won it for Dundee at the end

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 1Letheren
  • 19McGinn
  • 4Konrad
  • 3Dyer
  • 5McPake
  • 10Thomson
  • 29Harkins
  • 18McGowan
  • 11FerrySubstituted forMcAlisterat 75'minutes
  • 21TankulicSubstituted forWightonat 88'minutes
  • 15StewartSubstituted forMacDonaldat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Irvine
  • 6Davidson
  • 8McBride
  • 9MacDonald
  • 20McAlister
  • 27Adam
  • 33Wighton

Kilmarnock

  • 1Samson
  • 23Chantler
  • 2BarbourBooked at 85mins
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 6Connolly
  • 29PascaliBooked at 90mins
  • 16Obadeyi
  • 19SlaterBooked at 77minsSubstituted forClinganat 81'minutes
  • 10JohnstonSubstituted forEremenkoat 66'minutes
  • 7McKenzie
  • 28Magennis

Substitutes

  • 8Clingan
  • 11Cairney
  • 13Brennan
  • 20Eremenko
  • 26O'Hara
  • 30Kiltie
  • 33Muirhead
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
7,588

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee 1, Kilmarnock 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee 1, Kilmarnock 1.

  3. Post update

    Peter MacDonald (Dundee) hits the bar with a right footed shot from very close range.

  4. Booking

    Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Peter MacDonald (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Mark Connolly (Kilmarnock).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Harkins (Dundee) right footed shot from very close range is too high.

  9. Post update

    Kevin Thomson (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Harkins (Dundee) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. Craig Wighton replaces Luka Tankulic.

  13. Post update

    Jim McAlister (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jim McAlister (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  17. Booking

    Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gary Harkins (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luka Tankulic (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Sammy Clingan replaces Craig Slater.