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Dundee United 0-1 Aberdeen

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Tannadice
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


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


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


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


  • 10McGinn
  • 15Robson
  • 16Pawlett
  • 17Goodwillie
  • 20Brown
  • 22Jack
  • 27Wright
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Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamAberdeen
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee United 0, Aberdeen 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee United 0, Aberdeen 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ryan McGowan (Dundee United).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Booking

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Mark Durnan (Dundee United).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by David Goodwillie (Aberdeen).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Blair Spittal.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Coll Donaldson (Dundee United).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

  15. 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.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Rodney Sneijder (Dundee United).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Ryan Jack replaces Andrew Considine.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Paul Dixon (Dundee United).

As It Stood

7Partick Thistle10100001
8St Johnstone100134-10
9Dundee Utd100101-10
10Inverness CT100101-10
11Ross County100102-20
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