Scottish Premiership

Dundee 2-3 Aberdeen

By Jim SpenceBBC Sport

Former Dundee United striker David Goodwillie floored their neighbours by grabbing Aberdeen's winner in a five-goal thriller at Dens Park.

Goodwillie supplied the cross as Andrew Considine headed the Dons ahead after five minutes, but Gary Harkins levelled superbly for Dundee within seconds.

Dundee's James McPake headed into his own net only for a second-half David Clarkson penalty to restore parity.

But Goodwillie's superb header handed Dundee a fourth straight defeat.

The Dons had arrived unbeaten in their last four games and having not lost in their last five meetings with the hosts.

Dark Blues manager Paul Hartley had complained before kick-off that his squad was "down to the bare bones" because of injuries.

With Luka Tankulic failing to recover from a knock and Martin Boyle dropping to the bench, recent signing Clarkson led the attack, while Thomas Konrad returned to defence on his return from suspension and Kevin McBride replaced Simon Ferry in midfield.

Considine started for the Dons in place of Jonny Hayes, who failed to recover from an ankle problem, and the big defender soon sprung to prominence on his return to the starting line-up.

Andrew Considine celebrates after opening the scoring
Andrew Considine's headed goal did not spoil his hairdo

He headed the Dons into the lead with only five minutes gone when he raced on to a Goodwillie cross from the right to net from six yards.

However, the visitors were rocked when Harkins lashed a 30-yard strike past goalkeeper Jamie Langfield to level just a minute later.

Dundee then had two decent efforts, with Paul McGowan lobbing over from distance and Clarkson heading over from close in.

Aberdeen were ahead again just before the half-hour mark, Niall McGinn whipping in a cross from the right and McPake under severe pressure from Shay Logan putting the ball past his own goalkeeper.

Dundee opened the Dons defence with tidy work from Harkins to feed Clarkson, but the striker's effort cracked the base of Langfield's post.

The Dark Blues levelled 10 minutes into the second half when Ash Taylor was adjudged to have pushed Jim McAlister and Clarkson blasted the spot kick high past Langfield into the top left-hand corner.

Aberdeen restored their advantage in the 63rd minute with a powerful, 12-yard header from Goodwillie and Logan clipped in a neat cross from the right.

Dundee roared back as McAlister hit a first-time volley from 20 yards that Langfield saved well at his left post.

With 10 minutes left, home substitute Martin Boyle cracked an effort over the bar after Harkins laid the ball into his path then Langfield tipped over the bar after Taylor almost turned Boyle's cross into his own net.

Harkins swept a low drive wide of Langfield's left post as Dundee sought the equaliser.

Despite a late goalmouth stramash in the visitors' box, Dundee could not find the equaliser and the Dons took all three points in a terrific game from which the home side could have taken something given the rub of the green.

Andrew Considine opens the scoring for Aberdeen
Andrew Considine returned to the Aberdeen side and opened the scoring
Gary Harkins is congratulated by Dundee team-mate Jim McAlister
Gary Harkins (left) levelled for Dundee a minute after the Dons opened the scoring
James McPake heads into his own net under pressure from Shay Logan
James McPake headed into his own net under pressure from the Dons' Shay Logan
David Goodwillie heads Aberdeen's winning goal
David Goodwillie headed Aberdeen's winning goal at Dens Park



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Letheren
  • 19McGinn
  • 5McPakeBooked at 62mins
  • 4Konrad
  • 2Irvine
  • 15StewartSubstituted forMacDonaldat 83'minutes
  • 8McBrideBooked at 76minsSubstituted forBoyleat 79'minutes
  • 20McAlister
  • 18McGowan
  • 29Harkins
  • 16ClarksonSubstituted forWightonat 68'minutes


  • 9MacDonald
  • 12Bain
  • 14Roberts
  • 23Boyle
  • 30Kerr
  • 33Wighton
  • 34Allan


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Langfield
  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 6Reynolds
  • 3ConsidineBooked at 86mins
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forSmithat 90+1'minutes
  • 8Flood
  • 15RobsonBooked at 71mins
  • 16PawlettSubstituted forMurrayat 88'minutes
  • 17GoodwillieSubstituted forLowat 78'minutes
  • 9Rooney


  • 7Monakana
  • 14Smith
  • 18Low
  • 20Brown
  • 27Murray
  • 31Rose
  • 47Felek
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Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamAberdeen
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee 2, Aberdeen 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee 2, Aberdeen 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Paul McGinn.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Cameron Smith replaces Niall McGinn.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Paul McGowan.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Paul McGinn.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Craig Murray replaces Peter Pawlett.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by James McPake.

  10. Booking

    Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Craig Wighton (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Harkins (Dundee) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. Peter MacDonald replaces Greg Stewart.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Martin Boyle (Dundee) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

  20. Post update

    Paul McGinn (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

1Dundee Utd96121812619
4Inverness CT8512127516
7Partick Thistle83141312110
9St Johnstone9306612-69
10St Mirren9216815-77
12Ross County8107620-143
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