Kilmarnock and the Scottish Premier League's new boys Dundee shared the points in a below-par season opener at Rugby Park.

Dundee keeper Rab Douglas was on terrific form all afternoon, producing some fine saves to keep out the hosts.

Iain Davidson could have put the Dee ahead in the first half, but sent his close-range shot over the bar.

Matthew Kennedy looked impressive down the left wing for Killie, but failed to make the most of a clutch of chances.

Dundee were without Davide Grassi who had been waiting on international clearance and failed to make the squad, but Jim McAlister and Mark Stewart made their debuts along with Killie's Jeroen Tesselaar.

Dundee formally took the place of Rangers in the top flight when the Ibrox side's SPL share was transferred to the Tayside club on Friday.

With just five minutes played, Kennedy sent the ball across the face of the Dundee goal and Gary Harkins blasted in a shot, but Rab Douglas parried it wide.

Dundee's John Baird dispossessed Tesselaar on the edge of the Kilmarnock penalty area and went one-on-one with keeper Cammy Bell but contrived to fire his close-range shot wide and over the crossbar.

After 20 minutes, Harkins broke free on the right and powered into the Dundee box before firing for goal, but Douglas was equal to the task.

As the half-hour mark passed, McAlister should have done better with an effort from close range, Bell smothering the chance.

With half-time looming, Kennedy delivered a neat ball back across the face of goal but James Dayton's shot was blocked by Douglas.

Following a slow start to the second half, there was a tense moment for Killie when Davidson put Bell under pressure with a close-range shot and the hosts struggled to contain the danger.

Moments later, Kennedy had Douglas at full stretch to tip a cross over the bar.

Kilmarnock's Ryan O'Leary cued up a long-range effort from the edge of the Dundee penalty area that inched wide of the markl.

Some good build-up play from Killie in the final 10 minutes failed to produce a shot on target as Dundee continued to demonstrate spirited defending.

In the last three minutes of normal time Stewart should have done better with a shot from inside the Killie penalty area that sailed over the bar.

And a shot by Harkins in added time was parried wide by as Dundee headed home with their first SPL point in seven years.

Kilmarnock assistant manager Jimmy Nicholl:

"It's going to take a bit of time, but our lads will get better - we know that.

"Fair play to Dundee though, they deserved a point.

"The players know the game, and they'll be disappointed. They can do better, and in future, they're going to have to prove a point and win these home games.

"It's just a shame we didn't get a win for the home fans."

Dundee manager Barry Smith:

"I think the boys worked their socks off and I think that's what got us the point in the end up.

"They limited Kilmarnock's chances to very few, although they had a lot of possession.

"I think they held their own.

"you come to expect performances like that from Rab Douglas. He's always there with one great save. He's done that throughout his whole career.

"Everyone in the team did well, but sometimes you have to rely on your keeper to ensure you go away with a point."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Kilmarnock

  • 01 Bell
  • 02 Tesselaar
  • 04 Fowler
  • 05 O'Leary
  • 06 Nelson
  • 08 Kelly
  • 10 Dayton (Boulding - 66' )
  • 11 Harkins
  • 18 Johnson (Racchi - 66' )
  • 29 Pascali
  • 33 Kennedy (McKenzie - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 17 Letheren
  • 22 Fisher
  • 23 McKeown
  • 07 Racchi
  • 28 Winchester
  • 16 Boulding
  • 24 McKenzie

Dundee

  • 01 Douglas
  • 02 Irvine
  • 03 Lockwood Booked
  • 05 McGregor
  • 17 Benedictus
  • 06 Davidson Booked
  • 08 McBride (Webster - 76' )
  • 11 Conroy
  • 10 Baird
  • 20 McAlister
  • 27 Stewart

Substitutes

  • 36 Baird
  • 18 Gallagher
  • 16 Webster
  • 19 McCluskey
  • 14 McIntosh
  • 33 Ried
Ref: Madden
Att: 6,523

Match Stats

Shots

16 4

On target

8 1

Corners

6 1

Fouls

9 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:04 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +3:27

Shot from 12 yards from Gary Harkins. Rab Douglas gets a block in.

90:00 +2:05

Unfair challenge on Matthew Lockwood by Rory McKenzie results in a free kick. Rab Douglas takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:19

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Racchi from the left by-line, Michael Nelson takes a shot. Save by Rab Douglas.

88:38

Liam Kelly crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Matthew Lockwood.

88:38 Booking

Booking Iain Davidson receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

88:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Iain Davidson on Rory McKenzie.

85:48

Effort from the edge of the area by Mark Stewart goes wide of the right-hand upright.

82:39

Liam Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Baird. Matthew Lockwood restarts play with the free kick.

81:51

Foul by Kyle Benedictus on Rory Boulding, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Liam Kelly.

78:39

Rory Boulding has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

78:07

James Fowler sends in a cross, Rab Douglas makes a save.

77:05

Direct free kick taken by Michael Nelson.

77:05 Substitution

Substitution Rory McKenzie comes on in place of Matthew Kennedy.

77:05

Graham Webster gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Kelly.

76:33

Foul by Gary Irvine on James Fowler, free kick awarded. Liam Kelly takes the direct free kick.

75:10 Substitution

Substitution Kevin McBride leaves the field to be replaced by Graham Webster.

75:00

Matthew Kennedy produces a curled right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

73:52

Rory Boulding takes a weak shot and missed to the right of the target.

72:24

James McAlister challenges Ryan O'Leary unfairly and gives away a free kick. Liam Kelly takes the free kick.

69:14

Ryan Conroy fouled by Liam Kelly, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Conroy takes the free kick.

65:15 Substitution

Substitution Danny Racchi comes on in place of Lee Johnson.

65:15 Substitution

Substitution Rory Boulding is brought on as a substitute for James Dayton.

65:15

Effort from outside the penalty area by Ryan O'Leary goes wide left of the goal.

64:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin McBride by Jeroen Tesselaar. Ryan Conroy takes the free kick.

63:50

Liam Kelly produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 20 yards. Save by Rab Douglas.

62:20

Gary Harkins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin McBride. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Conroy.

61:49

James Dayton is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Neil McGregor.

61:23

Manuel Pascali fouled by Mark Stewart, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

58:48

Kevin McBride produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

56:26

Corner taken by Lee Johnson, Kyle Benedictus manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Lee Johnson, clearance by Neil McGregor.

56:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Iain Davidson on Liam Kelly. Direct free kick taken by Gary Harkins.

55:47

Neil McGregor takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.

55:08

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mark Stewart.

53:12

Michael Nelson takes a shot from 20 yards. Save by Rab Douglas.

52:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by James McAlister on James Dayton. Lee Johnson takes the direct free kick.

47:05

The assistant referee signals for offside against James Dayton. Free kick taken by Rab Douglas.

45:44

John Baird challenges James Fowler unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Harkins takes the free kick.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:01 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

44:37

Effort from outside the penalty box by Matthew Kennedy goes wide right of the goal.

43:45

Matthew Kennedy fouled by Gary Irvine, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Johnson crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Rab Douglas.

43:24

James Dayton takes a shot. Rab Douglas makes a save.

38:17

Liam Kelly takes a shot. Mark Stewart gets a block in. Short corner taken by Lee Johnson from the left by-line.

37:21

The assistant referee signals for offside against James Dayton. Free kick taken by Rab Douglas.

35:04

Ryan O'Leary sends in a cross.

30:21

Corner taken right-footed by Lee Johnson to the near post, Rab Douglas makes a comfortable save.

27:03

James Dayton fouled by Iain Davidson, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

24:50

Header by Matthew Kennedy from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

23:40

Free kick taken by Gary Harkins.

23:40 Booking

Booking Matthew Lockwood receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

23:37

Liam Kelly fouled by Matthew Lockwood, the ref awards a free kick.

21:30

Gary Harkins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neil McGregor. Rab Douglas takes the free kick.

19:07

Matthew Kennedy takes a shot. Save made by Rab Douglas. Effort from the edge of the area by James Dayton goes wide of the right-hand upright.

17:56

The offside flag is raised against James Dayton. Indirect free kick taken by Rab Douglas.

17:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Benedictus on James Dayton. Lee Johnson restarts play with the free kick.

15:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Manuel Pascali by James McAlister. Manuel Pascali restarts play with the free kick.

14:32

Gary Harkins takes a shot. Blocked by Rab Douglas.

13:39

John Baird produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

12:53

Foul by Liam Kelly on John Baird, free kick awarded. John Baird restarts play with the free kick.

9:46

Ryan Conroy fouled by Liam Kelly, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Conroy restarts play with the free kick.

5:44

James Dayton takes a shot. Blocked by Rab Douglas. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee Johnson from the left by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Harkins on Neil McGregor. Direct free kick taken by Rab Douglas.

1:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin McBride on Gary Harkins. Michael Nelson takes the free kick.

0:43

John Baird concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Kelly. Free kick taken by Lee Johnson.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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