Dundee came from a goal down twice to secure a 2-2 draw with 10 men against St Mirren on their return to the Scottish Premiership.
Jason Cummings was at the centre of both second half goals, giving away a penalty which St Mirren’s Jamie McGrath dispatched before leveling the scoring on the hour-mark. Eamonn Brophy’s first goal since last November opened the scoring for Saints and Joe Shaughnessy’s own goal put Dundee on even terms.
Max Anderson brought the Dens Park club down to 10 men with a professional foul on Brophy after half-time.
Brophy spent large parts of last season playing with a broken foot but showed no signs of rustiness on matchday one. Dundee supporters roared their team onto the park as they returned to Scotland’s top-table after promotion from the Championship, but a Curtis Main flick and Brophy shot silenced them after four minutes.
Saints had plenty of chances to make it two. Brophy was denied twice at close-range by Dundee keeper Adam Legzdins while McGrath had a half-chance. There was concern for Dundee – and former St Mirren – striker Danny Mullen, who was stretchered off after a collision. Defender Christie Elliot soon hobbled off too.
Cummings replaced him and forced St Mirren goalkeeper Jak Alnwick into his first save, a low hand as the ball looked destined for the bottom corner. A succession of corners did allow Dundee to level before half-time, Paul McMullan’s cross hitting Shaughnessy on its way into the net.
McGrath has been linked with moves away from St Mirren in recent weeks and displayed why he’s a man in-demand. After some nice touches in midfield, the Irishman stepped up to score from 12 yards after Cummings was deemed to have brought down Jay Henderson in the box.
Cummings would atone for the penalty – which was debatably given – with a side-footed effort off Jordan Marshall’s cross. Dundee’s efforts to get a point took a blow as Anderson chopped Brophy down in his own half. The game was twisting and turning at every corner.
Legzdins made a great save to deny Scott Tanser a first St Mirren goal in the closing stages. Here are three things we learned.
Injuries hit Dee
Dundee manager James McPake missed Shaun Byrne, Liam Fontaine and Jordan McGhee on their return to the Premiership. Their respective absences were apparent in spells but the addition of Mullen and Elliot to the treatment room will provide concern for McPake.
A few questioned St Mirren’s signing of Main, the striker having had mixed spells at Motherwell and Aberdeen. He was a handful for the Dundee defence and provided Brophy with plenty of chances. He might not net every other game, but he showed his worth to Saints manager Jim Goodwin.
Top six challengers
With the seven traditional city teams back in the top flight, competition is tight for a place in the top six. There’s much to like about both sides, with each team looking a threat in attack. There’s a bit of tidying up to do in defence but overall there’s potential for success in both squads.
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