Dundee have been relegated from the Scottish Premier League after failing to beat Aberdeen at Dens Park.

The Dark Blues went ahead through Jim McAlister's fist-half volley into the top corner of the net.

John Brown's men were handed a boost when Dons striker Rory Fallon saw red after a clash with Declan Gallagher.

But a Niall McGinn penalty after Peter Pawlett was felled consigned the Dens Park side to play their football next season in the First Division.

Dundee, who had won their three previous matches, were seeking a fourth consecutive league victory in the SPL for the first time in 14 years.

The home side began well, with Gary Harkins' crisp 20-yard volley going wide of Jamie Langfield's right-hand post in the 14th minute.

Dens Park erupted five minutes later, however, when the Aberdeen goalkeeper was beaten by McAlister's sumptuous volley from outside the box.

Langfield got his hand to the ball, but could not prevent it from flying into the top corner.

Aberdeen came into this game having already recorded two clean sheets under Derek McInnes, but they were almost two down on the half hour.

Harkins was perfectly placed for a low Baird cross from the left and, from six yards, he should have netted, but Langfield made a fine block to save at point blank range.

Steve Simonsen then made a stunning double save at the other end as Aberdeen threatened to level, first from a Ryan Jack strike and then from Peter Pawlett's follow up.

Just before the break, John Baird's effort was parried by Langfield, then he blasted wide.

McAlister then went down under a challenge in the Aberdeen box but referee Alan Muir waved away penalty claims.

Aberdeen brought on Nicky Low for Stephen Hughes for the second half and the Dons made a strong start with Pawlett hitting a cracking low drive which fizzed just wide of Simonsen's right post.

The visitors were looking much much more energetic with the introduction of Low and Dundee were forced onto the back foot for a spell.

The Dons' chances of a recovery seemed to take a blow midway through the second-half when Fallon received a straight red card following an incident with Gallagher in the home penalty area.

Soon afterwards, Langfield kept his side in the game with a leap to the right to stop a Gallagher header.

That save was made even more valuable in the 70th minute when Aberdeen equalised from the penalty spot.

Pawlett drove into the box on the right side and went down under a challenge. The home fans felt the player had not been touched, but referee Alan Muir disagreed.

McGinn blasted the ball high into the net to restore parity.

Langfield then made a flying save to his right to tip the ball behind for a corner from McAlister's header as Dundee pressed the 10-man Dons.

Harkins then crafted a fine opening and crossed for McAlister to head goalwards, but it was an easy take for the Dons keeper.

Conroy went close with a header as four minutes of stoppage time began, but it was Dundee's final opportunity.

Despite a valiant effort to remain in the top-flight since Brown took over, the Tayside outfit could not pull off a stunning escape and will ply their trade next season at the second level of Scottish football.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Dundee

  • 45 Simonsen
  • 02 Irvine (Kerr - 83' )
  • 03 Lockwood (Conroy - 75' )
  • 18 Gallagher
  • 25 Toshney
  • 26 Easton Booked
  • 06 Davidson
  • 08 McBride
  • 20 McAlister
  • 29 Harkins
  • 10 Baird (Finnigan - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 36 Baird
  • 32 Thomson
  • 11 Conroy
  • 28 Kerr
  • 09 Finnigan
  • 24 Nish
  • 47 Barrowman

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield
  • 02 Jack
  • 03 Robertson
  • 22 Reynolds
  • 23 Shaughnessy
  • 05 Rae
  • 10 McGinn (Smith - 89' )
  • 15 Pawlett (Magennis - 73' )
  • 16 Osbourne
  • 18 Hughes (Low - 46' )
  • 14 Fallon Dismissed

Substitutes

  • 20 Twardzik
  • 13 Low
  • 17 Naysmith
  • 08 Milsom
  • 09 Vernon
  • 21 Magennis
  • 38 Smith
Ref: Muir
Att: 6,441

Match Stats

Shots

11 4

On target

7 2

Corners

5 7

Fouls

11 4

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:38 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +4:01

Carl Finnigan (Dundee) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.

90:00 +3:15

Foul by Mark Kerr (Dundee) on Cameron Smith (Aberdeen). Free kick taken left-footed by Clark Robertson (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.

90:00 +2:42

Defending throw-in by Declan Gallagher (Dundee).

90:00 +2:13

Foul by James McAlister (Dundee) on Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen). Free kick taken left-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.

90:00 +2:05

Cross by Brian Easton (Dundee), clearance by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen).

90:00 +1:30

Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).

90:00 +0:48

Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Nicky Low (Aberdeen).

89:41

Cross by Kevin McBride (Dundee), header by Ryan Conroy (Dundee) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

88:26

Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

88:26 Substitution

Substitution Aberdeen substitution: Niall McGinn replaced by Cameron Smith (tactical).

88:18

Shot by Brian Easton (Dundee) drilled left-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed right.

87:27

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Ryan Conroy (Dundee) to centre, clearance by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen).

85:43

Foul by Iain Davidson (Dundee) on Gavin Rae (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Isaac Osbourne (Aberdeen) from right channel, passed.

84:45

Defending throw-in by Brian Easton (Dundee).

83:46

Cross by Brian Easton (Dundee), comfortable save (punched) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

82:30

Foul by Carl Finnigan (Dundee) on Ryan Jack (Aberdeen). Free kick taken left-footed by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) from own half, passed.

82:30 Substitution

Substitution Dundee substitution: Gary Irvine replaced by Mark Kerr (tactical).

81:50

Shot by Josh Magennis (Aberdeen) drilled right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).

80:00

Foul by Lewis Toshney (Dundee) on Niall McGinn (Aberdeen). Free kick crossed right-footed by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) from right by-line, clearance by Brian Easton (Dundee).

79:44

Header by James McAlister (Dundee) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

79:07

Attacking throw-in by Gary Irvine (Dundee).

78:41

Carl Finnigan (Dundee) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.

77:35

Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

76:29

Header by James McAlister (Dundee) from right side of penalty area (6 yards), save (tipped round post) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Ryan Conroy (Dundee) to centre, header by Declan Gallagher (Dundee) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

76:14

Cross by Kevin McBride (Dundee), resulting in open play.

76:08

Attacking throw-in by Gary Irvine (Dundee).

74:36

Attacking throw-in by Gary Irvine (Dundee).

74:36 Substitution

Substitution Dundee substitution: John Baird replaced by Carl Finnigan (tactical).

74:27 Substitution

Substitution Dundee substitution: Matthew Lockwood replaced by Ryan Conroy (tactical).

72:24 Substitution

Substitution Aberdeen substitution: Peter Pawlett replaced by Josh Magennis (tactical).

70:17 Booking

Booking Lewis Toshney (Dundee) booked for unsporting behaviour.

70:01 Booking

Booking Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) booked for unsporting behaviour.

69:14

Assist by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) from centre of penalty area.

69:14 Goal scored

Goal! - Niall McGinn - Dundee 1 - 1 Aberdeen Power penalty taken right-footed by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) (low centre of goal), scored.Dundee 1-1 Aberdeen.

68:10

Brian Easton concedes a Penalty for a foul on Peter Pawlett.

67:19

Defending throw-in by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen).

67:09

Defending throw-in by Brian Easton (Dundee).

66:36

Defending throw-in by Brian Easton (Dundee).

65:39

Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Steve Simonsen (Dundee) from own half, resulting in open play.

65:27

Foul by James McAlister (Dundee) on Gavin Rae (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.

64:59

Attacking throw-in by Gary Irvine (Dundee).

63:28

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Matthew Lockwood (Dundee) to near post, clearance by Nicky Low (Aberdeen). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Matthew Lockwood (Dundee) to centre, header by Declan Gallagher (Dundee) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

61:54

Free kick taken right-footed by Steve Simonsen (Dundee) from own half, resulting in open play.

61:54 Dismissal

Dismissal Rory Fallon (Aberdeen) dismissed for violent conduct.

61:47

Foul by Rory Fallon (Aberdeen) on Declan Gallagher (Dundee).

60:39

Defending throw-in by Clark Robertson (Aberdeen).

59:11

Cross by Clark Robertson (Aberdeen), clearance by Declan Gallagher (Dundee).

57:53

Defending throw-in by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen).

57:34

Attacking throw-in by Brian Easton (Dundee).

56:49

Attacking throw-in by Gary Irvine (Dundee).

56:27

Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).

55:05

Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen). Cross by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).

53:23

Cross by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).

53:07

John Baird (Dundee) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.

49:10

Shot by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) drilled left-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).

48:40

Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen).

48:26

Attacking throw-in by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen).

47:40

Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen). Attacking throw-in by Gary Irvine (Dundee).

46:36

Defending throw-in by Gary Irvine (Dundee).

46:27

Defending throw-in by Gary Irvine (Dundee).

46:05

Defending throw-in by Gary Irvine (Dundee).

45:39

Attacking throw-in by Clark Robertson (Aberdeen).

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Aberdeen substitution: Stephen Hughes replaced by Nicky Low (tactical).

45:00 +1:29 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:58

Cross by Gary Irvine (Dundee), resulting in open play.

45:00 +0:10

Shot by John Baird (Dundee) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

44:06

Gary Harkins (Dundee) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.

43:12

Foul by Iain Davidson (Dundee) on Rory Fallon (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Isaac Osbourne (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.

42:42

Defending throw-in by Gary Irvine (Dundee).

40:52

Foul by Matthew Lockwood (Dundee) on Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Stephen Hughes (Aberdeen) from own half, passed.

39:51

Foul by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen) on Iain Davidson (Dundee). Free kick taken left-footed by Brian Easton (Dundee) from own half, resulting in open play.

39:04

Shot by John Baird (Dundee) drilled left-footed from right channel (20 yards), save (parried) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

38:36

Attacking throw-in by Gary Irvine (Dundee).

37:24

Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

36:05

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Matthew Lockwood (Dundee) to centre, comfortable save (caught) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

34:03

Shot by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) drilled right-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (parried) by Steve Simonsen (Dundee). Shot by Rory Fallon (Aberdeen) right-footed from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), save (blocked) by Steve Simonsen (Dundee). Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen).

33:52

Cross by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), resulting in open play.

32:31

Defending throw-in by Brian Easton (Dundee).

31:53

Defending throw-in by Brian Easton (Dundee).

31:33

Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

30:40

Defending throw-in by Brian Easton (Dundee).

29:16

Effort on goal by Gary Harkins from 6 yards. Jamie Langfield makes a save.

28:55

Defending throw-in by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen).

28:11

Foul by John Baird (Dundee) on Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.

27:41

Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

27:26

Attacking throw-in by Gary Irvine (Dundee).

25:22

Defending throw-in by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen).

24:50

Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).

24:29

Attacking throw-in by Clark Robertson (Aberdeen).

22:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Iain Davidson by Joe Shaughnessy. Free kick crossed by Kevin McBride, Clark Robertson manages to make a clearance.

22:53

Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).

21:51

Cross by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), clearance by Matthew Lockwood (Dundee). Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen).

21:25

Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen).

19:29

Assist (pass) by Gary Harkins (Dundee) from left channel.

19:29 Goal scored

Goal! - James McAlister - Dundee 1 - 0 Aberdeen Goal by James McAlister (Dundee) drilled right-footed (top-right of goal) from right channel (20 yards).Dundee 1-0 Aberdeen.

17:54

Defending throw-in by Clark Robertson (Aberdeen).

16:42

Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).

16:12

Defending throw-in by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen).

15:54

Defending throw-in by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen).

15:25

Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).

14:48

Cross by Brian Easton (Dundee), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

13:11

Shot by Gary Harkins (Dundee) volleyed right-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

12:28

Foul by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) on Brian Easton (Dundee). Free kick taken right-footed by Steve Simonsen (Dundee) from own half, resulting in open play.

11:56

Attacking throw-in by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen).

11:35

Cross by Gary Irvine (Dundee), comfortable save (caught) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

9:38

Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

8:25

Cross by Gary Irvine (Dundee), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

8:00

Attacking throw-in by Gary Irvine (Dundee).

7:36

Defending throw-in by Stephen Hughes (Aberdeen).

5:37

Defending throw-in by Gary Irvine (Dundee).

5:15

Defending throw-in by Clark Robertson (Aberdeen).

4:13

Foul by Declan Gallagher (Dundee) on Rory Fallon (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Stephen Hughes (Aberdeen) from right channel, passed.

4:01

Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).

2:26

Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

1:45

Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

1:26

Rory Fallon (Aberdeen) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Matthew Lockwood (Dundee) from own half, passed.

0:39

Attacking throw-in by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen).

0:20

Attacking throw-in by Brian Easton (Dundee).

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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