Evening Express

Aberdeen close the gap on Rangers with defeat of Dundee

Aberdeen's Graeme Shinnie netted against Dundee.

Aberdeen slashed the gap on second placed Rangers to two points with a 1-0 win over Dundee at Pittodrie.

The Dons took full advantage of the Ibrox club dropping points with a 1-0 home loss to Kilmarnock.

Crucially Aberdeen also hold a game in hand on Rangers.

Skipper Graeme Shinnie netted the goal in the first half to end Aberdeen’s three game winless streak in the Premiership.

It ended a concerning dip in form where the Dons had taken just one point from the previous nine.

The victory completed a positive week for the Reds having booked a Scottish Cup semi-final slot with a penalty shoot-out win over Kilmarnock on Tuesday.

Aberdeen made two changes to the starting line up that edged past Kilmarnock in a dramatic penalty shoot-out in the Scottish Cup quarter-final replay at Rugby Park.

Striker Stevie May and on loan Manchester City midfielder Chidiebere Nwakali came in with Adam Rooney and Gary Mackay-Steven dropping to the bench.

In a dire opening Kenny McLean had a shot blocked inside the penalty area in the sixth minute.

The only other talking point in an appallingly flat first quarter hour was the booking of skipper Graeme Shinnie for a foul on Roarie Deacon.

It was Shinnie’s 15th booking of the season.

In the 23rd minute a vicious drive from Shay Logan just inside the box was blocked by team-mate McLean who got in way of the ball near the back post.

The effort was going inches wide and it had already been flagged for offside.

Dundee should have grabbed the lead in the 31st minute when a long simple ball over the top caught the defence square to release A-Jay Leiitch-Smith clean in on goal.

He took a couple of touches before unleashing a low shot but Woodman had raced off his line to close the angle and superbly blocked with his left foot.

The Dons grabbed the lead in the 35th minute when keeper Elliott Parish came out unconvincingly to meet a cross in from Christie.

There was a clash of bodies,. but no foul on the keeper, as Parish got a weak punch on the ball. With the keeper poleaxed on the pitch the ball fell to SHINNIE who drilled home from 10 yards.

Moments later McLean then blazed a powerful 25 yard effort over the bar as the Dons began to turn the screw.

As the first half ticked down Nwakali had an effort saved in the 44th minute.

In the 46th minute Christie’s left footed drive from just outside the penalty area flashed inches over the bar.

A superb, awkward curling 30 yard shot from Nwakali was blocked at the near post by keeper Parish in the 55th minute.

The loose ball fell to the onrushing Christie but Parish reacted quickly to also block the on loan Celtic attacker’s eight yard shot.

It was a magnificent double save but Christie should have scored.

In the 65th minute Considine met a cross inside the penalty area but his effort was just too high.

Moments later a left footed drive from May was saved by Parish.

In the 78th minute McLean drilled a left footed shot over the bar as the Reds searched for a second goal to kill the game.

ABERDEEN: Woodman, Logan, Considine,. O’Connor, McKenna, Shinnie, Nwakali, McLean, Christie, McGinn, May.

Subs: Stewart (for Nwakali 73), Rooney (for May 90), Mackay-Steven (for McGinn 90)

Subs not used: Rogers, Arnason, Ball, Cosgrove.


DUNDEE: Parish, Holt, Caulker, O’Dea, Leitch-Smith, Kamara, Moussa, O’Hara, McGowan, Deacon, Meekings.

Subs: Murray (for Moussa 46), Kerr (for Meekings 80),

Subs not used: Ferrie, Aurtenetxe,  El Bakhtaoui, Curran, Lambert.


Referee: Willie Collum