Scottish Premiership
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Kilmarnock 0-4 Dundee

By Andy CampbellBBC Sport Scotland
Rory Loy scores for Dundee against Kilmarnock
Rory Loy (far right) marked his Dundee debut with two goals

Dundee kicked off their Scottish Premiership campaign with a dominant win over lacklustre Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

Greg Stewart gave the visitors a deserved lead when he lashed the ball into the net from 20 yards.

Debutant Rory Loy doubled their advantage just before the break, converting Kevin Holt's cross.

Loy netted again with a header early in the second period before Stewart struck a late fourth.

Paul Hartley's side, who finished in the top six last term in their first season back in the division, pick up where they left off while Killie have much to improve upon after a dreadful performance.

Stewart, Dundee's top scorer in 2014-15, was lively in the opening minutes and fired two efforts at goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald.

The hosts' play lacked imagination and Gary Locke's team struggled to provide ammunition for main striker Kris Boyd, beginning his third spell at the club.

And, before too long, MacDonald was required to block strikes from Stewart, Gary Harkins and Kane Hemmings in quick succession.

The visitors should have taken the lead when Loy squared for Hemmings eight yards out, but the striker swept the ball wide with the goal at his mercy.

However, the opener was not long in coming as Stewart cut into space in the inside right channel and let fly with both pace and accuracy.

Not content to sit on their advantage, Hartley's men continued to press and were rewarded when Harkins released left-back Holt to centre for Loy and the former Falkirk forward applied the finish at the near post.

Kilmarnock fans booed their team off the park at half-time and Locke took action with three substitutions.

But Mark O'Hara, Dale Carrick and Rory McKenzie were barely on the field in place of Magennis, Jamie Hamill and Chris Johnston when Dundee moved further ahead.

Playmaker Harkins meandered his way towards the by-line and lifted the ball over the outrushing MacDonald for Loy to head home.

The game was as good as over and Dundee spent much of the second half spraying passes around to the delight of their healthy travelling support.

Boyd did get a few sights of goal, but, much like his team's display, conviction was lacking.

Stewart rubbed salt into Killie's wounds when he capitalised on slack defending with a ruthless finish into the top right corner.

Greg Stewart scores for Dundee against Kilmarnock
Stewart's impressive strike put Dundee ahead

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 21MacDonald
  • 12Westlake
  • 6Connolly
  • 5Findlay
  • 3Smith
  • 10JohnstonSubstituted forMcKenzieat 45'minutes
  • 4HamillSubstituted forCarrickat 45'minutes
  • 8Robinson
  • 11Higginbotham
  • 9Boyd
  • 28MagennisSubstituted forO'Haraat 45'minutesBooked at 51mins

Substitutes

  • 1Samson
  • 7McKenzie
  • 14O'Hara
  • 15McCulloch
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 20Carrick
  • 23Kiltie

Dundee

  • 1Bain
  • 19McGinn
  • 4Konrad
  • 16Etxabeguren
  • 3Holt
  • 17Ross
  • 29Harkins
  • 10ThomsonSubstituted forMcGowanat 64'minutes
  • 7Stewart
  • 15HemmingsSubstituted forFerryat 76'minutes
  • 9Loy

Substitutes

  • 2Irvine
  • 6Meggatt
  • 11Ferry
  • 12Mitchell
  • 14Roberts
  • 18McGowan
  • 30Kerr
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
5,207

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home4
Away14
Shots on Target
Home1
Away10
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Kilmarnock 0, Dundee 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 0, Dundee 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dale Carrick (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Holt (Dundee).

  5. Post update

    Dale Carrick (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock).

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Kilmarnock 0, Dundee 4. Greg Stewart (Dundee) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Rory Loy.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. Simon Ferry replaces Kane Hemmings.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).

  12. Post update

    Nick Ross (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Steven Smith (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Scott Robinson (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Gary Harkins (Dundee).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee. Paul McGowan replaces Kevin Thomson.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Dale Carrick (Kilmarnock).

  19. Post update

    Gary Harkins (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Gary Harkins (Dundee) wins a free kick on the right wing.