Evening Express

Aberdeen edge past Dundee to secure first win of the season

Gary Mackay-Steven impressed against Celtic at Parkhead.

ABERDEEN edged out Dundee 1-0 at Dens Park to claim a first victory of the season – and leapfrog over defending champions Celtic in the Scottish Premiership table.

The Dons grabbed the winner from the penalty spot in the second half with winger Gary Mackay-Steven converting from the spot to secure the three points.

Derek McInnes’ Reds  took full advantage of Celtic’s 1-0 loss to Hearts in the early kick-off to over-take  the Parkhead side by one point.

The Dens Park clash also saw Dons’ teenage striker Bruce Anderson impress yet again following his goal scoring heroics in scoring an injury time equalizer to draw 1-1 with Rangers on his debut on Sunday.

The teen came on as a substitute and was only denied another goal when his superb volley cracked off the cross-bar.

Pittodrie gaffer McInnes made one change to the starting line-up that had drawn 1-1 with Rangers at Pittodrie on Sunday.

Scotland international defender Scott McKenna was out having sustained a hamstring tear against the Ibrox club that will rule him out for six to eight weeks.

Striker Stevie May came in for his first start of the season.

The home side created the first chance when Kharl Madianga fired a vicious 22 yard drive inches over Joe Lewis’ bar in the 10th minute.

It was the first attempt at goal in a low key opening from both sides.

Moments later striker Sam Cosgrove latched onto an in-swinging corner from Niall McGinn on the right but his header from 10 yards flew well over.

In the 17th minute Andy Considine met a cross from McGinn but his glancing header from 12 yards went wide.

Dundee wasted a clear opportunity to go ahead in the 20th minute when Jesse Curran burst up the right wing with no challenge coming in for 40 yards to halt his progress.

With the Dons’ rear-guard struggling Curran squared a pass across goal to the unmarked Sofien Moussa who, under no pressure, snatched at the chance and blasted well wide from 15 yards.

Aberdeen had a chance in the 38th minute when May pounced on a poor punch out from keeper Jack Hamilton before squaring to Cosgrove.

Striker Cosgrove’s low left footed shot from eight yards lacked any real power and was easily blocked by the keeper.

The striker should have done better – it was a missed opportunity to go ahead.

May’s first real chance came in the 43rd minute following determined  flank play from Gary Mackay-Steven.

The winger’s cross found Shinnie but the skipper’s shot was blocked.

The ball fell to  May who smashed a low drive but keeper Hamilton blocked his eight yard effort.

Early in the second half May sent a volleyed cross along the face of goal and Cosgrove couldn’t get a clean connection with his header.

He was right in front of goal and unchallenged and should have netted.

In the 62nd minute McGinn skipped past Curran to open up a shooting opportunity but slammed an 18 yard effort into the side netting.

Teenage substitute Anderson was denied a sensational goal by the woodwork.

He collected a poor clearance on his chest 15 yards out and let the ball drop.

Anderson then unleashed a vicious volley that beat keeper Hamilton only to crack off the crossbar.

Anderson had brought a spark to the Reds’ attack and was unfortunate not to score for a second successive match.

However Aberdeen did eventually grab the lead through the penalty spot when a header from Dom Ball at the back post struck Genseric Kusunga’s hand.

The header was going towards goal and referee Bobby Madden immediately pointed to the spot.

Winger MACKAY-STEVEN calmly slotted a low penalty to the opposite side of the diving keeper.

Keeper Joe Lewis did well to block a 15 yard drive from Adil Nabi soon after as Dundee searched for an equalizer.

ABERDEEN: Lewis, Ball, Devlin, Considine, Shinnie, Gleeson, Ferguson, McGinn, Mackay-Steven, May, Cosgrove.

Subs: Anderson (for Cosgrove 57), Forrester (for Gleeson 74), Wright (for May 84)

Subs not used: Cerny, Ross, Campbell,  Harrington.

DUNDEE: Hamilton, Ralph, Kusunga, Moussa, Ngwatala, Mendy, McGowan, Madianga, Meekings, Curran, Spence.

Subs: Nabi (for Spence 46), Kerr (for Ralph 71)

Subs not used: Parish, Coulker,  Wighton, Moore, Henvey.