Niall McGinn's 20th goal of the season earned Aberdeen a narrow but deserved victory over Kilmarnock in new manager Derek McInnes's home debut.

The Northern Irish forward curled a shot beyond visiting goalkeeper Cammy Bell after only four minutes.

In a rare chance for the visitors, Jamie Langfield saved a fierce shot by Chris Johnston.

But Bell was by far the busier, denying McGinn again and again, while Josh Magennis wasted several chances.

With Aberdeen in the bottom six of the Scottish Premier League and in no danger of being relegated, it is an ideal time for McInnes to assess the standard of players in his squad as he prepares for next season.

He gave a first start to 17-year-old midfielder Craig Storie, one of four changes from the side that drew a drab match at Hibernian on Monday.

Skipper Russell Anderson dropped out of the squad altogether while Scott Vernon, Isaac Osbourne and Stephen Hughes joined Storie in the starting 11.

Other than running the rule over his players, the target for McInnes and his opposite number in the Killie dugout, Kenny Shiels, is to be 'the best of the rest' and with this victory Aberdeen are now top of the bottom six.

A poor first half, watched by only 6,334 fans, was limited to one goal and two chances.

McGinn put the Reds ahead when he nutmegged Ross Barbour on the left, cut inside and curled a beautiful shot into the top corner.

Vernon could have added to that when he positioned himself at the front post but could not convert after decent play by Jonny Hayes.

At the other end Langfield was called into action when he managed to beat Johnston's powerful shot from 12 yards high into the air - midfielder Stephen Hughes heading the ball clear.

It was better fare after the break, however, with Aberdeen profligate with several chances.

Bell twice saved smartly from McGinn, the first a shot from close range after the ball had ricocheted fortuitously to him, the second from the Northern Irishman's curling free-kick.

And the impressive Bell was to the rescue again when he saved an 18-yard shot from Hayes and, with him lying on the turf, he managed to collect Magennis's follow-up

Moments later, Vernon flicked on a throw-in and Bell once more denied McGinn, this time from a volley.

As the match followed a familiar pattern, Bell saved from Ryan Jack and was relieved when the luckless Magennis pounced on to the rebound but scuffed his shot wide.

In the closing stages, McGinn collected a pass from Vernon and crossed for Magennis but, despite sliding in, he could not convert from six yards.

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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Scottish Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aberdeen 1-0 Kilmarnock FT
(HT 1-0)
  • McGinn 4

    Aberdeen

    • 01 Langfield
    • 02 Jack
    • 03 Robertson
    • 22 Reynolds
    • 23 Shaughnessy
    • 10 McGinn yellow card
    • 11 Hayes
    • 16 Osbourne
    • 18 Hughes yellow card (Magennis 65)
    • 39 Storie (Rae 46)
    • 09 Vernon (Milsom 79 yellow card)

    Substitutes

    • 20 Twardzik,
    • 17 Naysmith,
    • 05 Rae,
    • 08 Milsom,
    • 15 Pawlett,
    • 14 Fallon,
    • 21 Magennis

    Kilmarnock

    • 01 Bell
    • 02 Tesselaar (Sheridan 82)
    • 04 Fowler yellow card
    • 25 Barbour
    • 38 O'Hara yellow card
    • 88 Sissoko
    • 08 Clingan
    • 28 Winchester
    • 09 Gross (Boyd 63)
    • 14 Heffernan
    • 30 Johnston

    Substitutes

    • 53 Jaakkola,
    • 03 Hay,
    • 05 O'Leary,
    • 19 Ibrahim,
    • 11 Boyd,
    • 12 Sheridan,
    • 15 Perez
    Ref: CharlestonAtt: 6,334
    ABERDEEN
    KILMARNOCK

    Possession

    • Aberdeen 64%
    • Kilmarnock 36%

    Attempts on target

    • Aberdeen 7
    • Kilmarnock 2

    Attempts off target

    • Aberdeen 2
    • Kilmarnock 4

    Corners

    • Aberdeen 7
    • Kilmarnock 3

    Fouls

    • Aberdeen 16
    • Kilmarnock 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:05 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • 90:00+2:20 Defending throw-in by Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock).
    • 90:00+1:55 Attacking throw-in by Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock).
    • 90:00+0:29 Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) on Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock). Free kick crossed right-footed by Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) from right channel, resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
    • 90:00+0:10 Defending throw-in by Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock).
    • 89:49 Attacking throw-in by Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock).
    • 88:51 Free kick taken right-footed by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 88:51 Booking Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 88:45 Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) caught offside.
    • Correction - 88:00 Mark O'Hara fouled by Robert Milsom, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 88:00 Foul by Robert Milsom (Aberdeen) on Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock).
    • Correction - 87:49 Direct free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
    • 87:49 Free kick taken right-footed by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 87:49 Booking Robert Milsom (Aberdeen) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 87:14 Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
    • 86:56 Header by Cillian Sheridan (Kilmarnock) from right side of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar.
    • 85:35 Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) on Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Isaac Osbourne (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 85:09 Defending throw-in by Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock).
    • 84:35 Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
    • 84:09 Attacking throw-in by James Fowler (Kilmarnock).
    • 83:07 Defending throw-in by Clark Robertson (Aberdeen).
    • 82:39 Attacking throw-in by Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock).
    • 81:23 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock) to far post, foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) on Isaac Osbourne (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 81:23 Substitution Kilmarnock substitution: Jeroen Tesselaar replaced by Cillian Sheridan (tactical).
    • 81:06 Shot by Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock) right-footed from right channel (18 yards),
    • 80:09 Shot by Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen) right-footed from right channel (18 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
    • 78:56 Free kick taken right-footed by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 78:56 Substitution Aberdeen substitution: Scott Vernon replaced by Robert Milsom (tactical).
    • 78:44 Foul by Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) on Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock).
    • 78:01 Attacking throw-in by Clark Robertson (Aberdeen).
    • 77:48 Cross by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), resulting in ball out of play.
    • 77:16 Foul by Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) on Clark Robertson (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Isaac Osbourne (Aberdeen) from right wing, passed.
    • 76:48 Shot by Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) right-footed from right channel (18 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
    • 75:35 Shot by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) mishit right-footed from left side of six-yard box (12 yards), save (caught) by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock). Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) on Paul Heffernan (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock) from right channel, resulting in open play.
    • 75:01 Attacking throw-in by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen).
    • 74:48 Attacking throw-in by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).
    • 74:09 Shot by Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen) drilled right-footed from right channel (20 yards), brilliant save (caught) by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
    • 73:31 Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
    • 72:12 Cross by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), clearance by Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock). Shot by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) volleyed right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken short by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
    • 70:49 Shot by Josh Magennis (Aberdeen) drilled left-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), fantastic save (caught) by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
    • 70:05 Attacking throw-in by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).
    • 69:03 Header by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) from right side of six-yard box (12 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
    • 68:33 Shot by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed right.
    • 67:18 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen). Cross by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen), blocked by Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock). Handball by Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 66:55 Cross by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), clearance by Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock).
    • 66:11 Attacking throw-in by Clark Robertson (Aberdeen).
    • 64:56 Cross by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), clearance by Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock).
    • 64:56 Substitution Aberdeen substitution: Stephen Hughes replaced by Josh Magennis (tactical).
    • 64:32 Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen).
    • 64:13 Foul by Jude Winchester (Kilmarnock) on Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Stephen Hughes (Aberdeen) from right channel, passed.
    • 63:41 Defending throw-in by Clark Robertson (Aberdeen).
    • 62:17 Free kick taken left-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 62:17 Substitution Kilmarnock substitution: William Gros replaced by Kris Boyd (tactical).
    • 62:07 William Gros (Kilmarnock) caught offside.
    • 61:19 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) to centre, clearance by Scott Vernon (Aberdeen).
    • 60:20 Cross by Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock), save (caught) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
    • 60:14 Attacking throw-in by James Fowler (Kilmarnock).
    • 58:55 Booking James Fowler (Kilmarnock) booked for dissent.
    • 58:51 Free kick curled right-footed by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) from own half (12 yards), save (punched) by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
    • 58:51 Booking Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 58:27 Foul by Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock) on Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).
    • 58:12 Cross by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), clearance by Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock).
    • 57:25 Attacking throw-in by Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock).
    • 56:28 Attacking throw-in by Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock).
    • 56:03 Cross by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen), clearance by Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock). Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock) from own half, passed.
    • 55:51 Defending throw-in by Clark Robertson (Aberdeen).
    • 55:29 Attacking throw-in by Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock).
    • 53:45 Shot by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) mishit right-footed from right channel (12 yards), save (caught) by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
    • 52:48 Cross by Scott Vernon (Aberdeen), resulting in open play. Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) to short, resulting in open play.
    • 52:07 Cross by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), blocked by Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock). Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen).
    • 49:35 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) to centre, resulting in open play. Cross by Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen), clearance by Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock). Attacking throw-in by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen).
    • 49:02 Cross by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
    • 47:10 James Fowler (Kilmarnock) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • 45:01 Substitution Aberdeen substitution: Craig Storie replaced by Gavin Rae (tactical).
    • 45:00+0:05 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • Half Time
    • 44:48 Attacking throw-in by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen).
    • 44:09 Foul by William Gros (Kilmarnock) on Clark Robertson (Aberdeen). Free kick taken left-footed by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 42:17 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Jude Winchester (Kilmarnock) to short, cross by Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
    • 42:09 Attacking throw-in by Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock).
    • 41:28 Cross by Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock), clearance by Isaac Osbourne (Aberdeen).
    • 40:57 Foul by Craig Storie (Aberdeen) on Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock). Free kick crossed right-footed by Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) from left channel, clearance by Clark Robertson (Aberdeen).
    • 40:38 Defending throw-in by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen).
    • 39:55 Foul by Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) on Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock) from own half, passed.
    • 38:45 Paul Heffernan (Kilmarnock) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 37:28 Defending throw-in by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).
    • 36:07 Free kick crossed right-footed by Jude Winchester (Kilmarnock) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 36:07 Booking Stephen Hughes (Aberdeen) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 36:00 Foul by Stephen Hughes (Aberdeen) on Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock).
    • 35:15 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen). Cross by Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen), clearance by James Fowler (Kilmarnock).
    • 34:18 Shot by Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock) volleyed left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (punched) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen). Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
    • 33:41 Defending throw-in by Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock).
    • 33:01 Defending throw-in by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).
    • 31:20 Foul by Paul Heffernan (Kilmarnock) on Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Stephen Hughes (Aberdeen) from right wing, resulting in open play. Cross by Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen), clearance by Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen) to centre, clearance by Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock).
    • 30:54 Defending throw-in by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).
    • 29:31 Foul by Stephen Hughes (Aberdeen) on Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock). Free kick crossed right-footed by Jude Winchester (Kilmarnock) from right channel, foul by Paul Heffernan (Kilmarnock) on Isaac Osbourne (Aberdeen). Free kick taken left-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 28:22 Defending throw-in by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).
    • 27:20 Foul by Stephen Hughes (Aberdeen) on Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Jude Winchester (Kilmarnock) from left channel, passed.
    • 26:48 Cross by Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock), clearance by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).
    • 25:56 Cross by William Gros (Kilmarnock), clearance by Isaac Osbourne (Aberdeen). Defending throw-in by Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock).
    • 24:58 Cross by Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen), clearance by Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock). Attacking throw-in by Clark Robertson (Aberdeen).
    • 24:43 Cross by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock), save (caught) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
    • 22:59 Foul by Isaac Osbourne (Aberdeen) on Paul Heffernan (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken left-footed by Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) from own half, passed.
    • 22:27 Foul by Jude Winchester (Kilmarnock) on Clark Robertson (Aberdeen). Free kick taken left-footed by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 21:46 Attacking throw-in by James Fowler (Kilmarnock).
    • 20:56 Defending throw-in by Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock).
    • 19:52 Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock) on Ryan Jack (Aberdeen). Free kick taken left-footed by Stephen Hughes (Aberdeen) from right channel, passed.
    • 19:25 Cross by Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock), clearance by Clark Robertson (Aberdeen).
    • 17:30 Attacking throw-in by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).
    • 16:40 Cross by Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock), save (caught) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
    • 16:04 Defending throw-in by Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock).
    • 14:35 Foul by Craig Storie (Aberdeen) on James Fowler (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) from own half, passed.
    • 13:53 Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) from own half, passed.
    • 13:18 Shot by Jude Winchester (Kilmarnock) mishit right-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).
    • 12:33 Foul by Stephen Hughes (Aberdeen) on James Fowler (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken left-footed by Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock) from right channel, passed.
    • 11:28 Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) on Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock) from own half, passed. Defending throw-in by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen).
    • 10:46 Defending throw-in by Clark Robertson (Aberdeen).
    • 9:25 Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock) from own half, passed.
    • 8:36 Defending throw-in by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock). Attacking throw-in by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen).
    • 7:45 Foul by Isaac Osbourne (Aberdeen) on Paul Heffernan (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 6:36 Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
    • 6:16 Attacking throw-in by Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen).
    • 5:11 Defending throw-in by Clark Robertson (Aberdeen).
    • 4:32 Foul by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) on Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 4:14 Defending throw-in by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).
    • 3:08 Assist (pass) by Stephen Hughes (Aberdeen) from left channel.
    • 3:08 GOAL - Niall McGinnAberdeen 1 - 0 Kilmarnock Goal by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) curled right-footed (top-right of goal) from left side of penalty area (18 yards).Aberdeen 1-0 Kilmarnock.
    • 2:37 Goal kick taken long by Cameron Bell (Kilmarnock).
    • 2:17 Defending throw-in by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).
    • 2:05 Cross by Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen), clearance by Mohamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock).
    • 1:40 Cross by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), clearance by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock). Cross by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen), clearance by Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock).
    • 0:45 Attacking throw-in by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).
    • 0:12 Foul by Isaac Osbourne (Aberdeen) on Paul Heffernan (Kilmarnock). Free kick taken right-footed by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock) from own half, passed. Defending throw-in by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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