Scottish Premiership

Dundee 1-2 Kilmarnock

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Dens Park
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.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 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


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


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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


  • 1Ridgers
  • 4Hamill
  • 8Robinson
  • 9Boyd
  • 12Westlake
  • 16Obadeyi
  • 18Ashcroft
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Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamKilmarnock
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundee 1, Kilmarnock 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundee 1, Kilmarnock 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Paul McGinn (Dundee).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Scott Bain.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Scott Robinson replaces Rory McKenzie.

  11. 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.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Steven Smith (Kilmarnock).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Kris Boyd replaces Josh Magennis.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Booking

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Steven Smith (Kilmarnock).