Scottish Premiership
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Aberdeen 1-0 Dundee United

Adam Rooney's 27th goal this term clinched European football for Aberdeen next season and moved them to within five points of league leaders Celtic.

The striker met Mark Reynolds' cross shortly before the break.

The Dons saw the game out comfortably against struggling Dundee United, despite finishing with 10 men.

Veteran midfielder Barry Robson, a former Tannadice favourite, was given a straight red card for catching Charlie Telfer with a flailing elbow.

United remain six points behind Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who occupy the final European place in the Scottish Premiership.

Rooney showed why he is the top marksman in the top flight this season with a moment of opportunism.

Aberdeen midfielder Barry Robson is sent off against Dundee United
Robson (centre) was dismissed in the second half

Dons captain Reynolds showed real persistence to chase a Robson free-kick from deep that Jaroslaw Fojut thought was going out of play.

The defender's slackness was punished as Reynolds forced the ball across goal and Rooney was lurking to clip in his 17th league goal of the season.

It also made him the first player since Duncan Shearer in 1993 to score 27 goals in a single season for the Pittodrie club and enhanced his credentials for the end of season player of the year awards.

The Irishman went close a couple of times in the second half as well while United's injury problems intensified when Mario Bilate limped off with a hamstring pull early in the second period.

Robbie Muirhead took over and the former Kilmarnock winger at least forced Scott Brown into some serious action with a shot the Dons goalkeeper dived left to save.

That apart, the visitors, who were without John Rankin, Ryan Dow and Paul Paton, rarely troubled the Aberdeen defence as they slipped 22 points behind a team that they were within three points of at the end of January.

Aberdeen protested that Robson's contact with Telfer did not merit a red card and there seemed to be no malice in the incident but Derek McInnes's side had to play the final 20 minutes a man down.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 20Brown
  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 6Reynolds
  • 3Considine
  • 11Hayes
  • 8FloodSubstituted forDanielsat 90+1'minutes
  • 15RobsonBooked at 72mins
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forJackat 75'minutes
  • 7McLean
  • 9Rooney

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 14Smith
  • 16Pawlett
  • 17Goodwillie
  • 22Jack
  • 25Shankland
  • 28Daniels

Dundee Utd

  • 1Cierzniak
  • 5Fojut
  • 14Morris
  • 20ButcherBooked at 38minsSubstituted forCooteat 77'minutes
  • 16McGowanBooked at 58mins
  • 4Souttar
  • 21Telfer
  • 17Erskine
  • 3Dixon
  • 7Ciftci
  • 19BilateSubstituted forMuirheadat 48'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 10Muirhead
  • 23Smith
  • 24Spittal
  • 26Szromnik
  • 30Anier
  • 43Coote
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
12,619

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home10
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 1, Dundee United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 1, Dundee United 0.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Callum Morris.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by John Souttar.

Attempt missed. Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Donervorn Daniels replaces Willo Flood.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by John Souttar.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Robbie Muirhead (Dundee United).

Foul by Willo Flood (Aberdeen).

Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Callum Morris (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ryan Jack.

Attempt missed. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Radoslaw Cierzniak.

Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Dixon (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Alistair Coote replaces Calum Butcher.

Attempt missed. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Dixon (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Ryan Jack replaces Niall McGinn.

Dismissal

Barry Robson (Aberdeen) is shown the red card for fighting.

Charlie Telfer (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Barry Robson (Aberdeen).

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nadir Ciftci (Dundee United).

Attempt saved. Robbie Muirhead (Dundee United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Ash Taylor (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Ryan McGowan.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Jaroslaw Fojut.

Attempt saved. Chris Erskine (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Ryan McGowan.

Booking

Ryan McGowan (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic32244468165276
2Aberdeen33225654282671
3Inverness CT32167944331155
4Dundee Utd32154135247549
5St Johnstone33146132932-348
6Dundee321111104443144
7Hamilton33127144248-643
8Partick Thistle33108154138338
9Kilmarnock33108153546-1138
10Ross County33107163956-1737
11Motherwell3394203357-2431
12St Mirren3363242259-3721
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