Scottish Premiership
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Aberdeen 1-0 Inverness CT

Ash Taylor's fourth goal of the season gave second-place Aberdeen victory over Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who are now 11 points behind the Dons.

Niall McGinn and Adam Rooney went close for Aberdeen in a largely uneventful first half at Pittodrie.

Taylor headed in Barry Robson's corner to give the home side the advantage just after the interval.

McGinn later fired against a post before Caley Thistle's Marley Watkins had an effort off the crossbar.

The Dons may miss out on the lifting the title for the first time since 1985, but they are on course for the runners-up spot for the first time since Willie Miller was manager 21 years ago.

They have done it with a bit of style, as well, as they are now unbeaten in 19 games against the teams below them in the Premiership table.

The winning margin in this game could have been more comfortable as Caley Thistle rarely threatened to score and manager John Hughes must be worried by the way their season has petered out lately.

Gointo a double header against Celtic in league and cup, they have now managed just three points from the last six league matches.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes made his displeasure at the lacklustre performance against Partick Thistle last Saturday perfectly clear and they were certainly the more alert side as the Highlanders low tempo attacks were complimented by occasional slackness at the back.

Graeme Shinnie (left) will be an Aberdeen player next season
Graeme Shinnie (left) will be an Aberdeen player next season

For example, Pittodrie-bound Graeme Shinnie was dispossessed by Jonny Hayes who hit a drive from the edge of the box just over the bar.

Two minutes later Danny Williams tried to be too clever with a dummy read by McGinn, who clipped a cute ship over Ryan Esson but also just over the bar.

Inverness were neat and tidy in possession but caused no real problems for Scott Brown who was back in the Aberdeen goal.

It was the former Dons keeper at the other end who had the most uncomfortable moment of the first half after a mix up with central defender Gary Warren.

Rooney looked like taking full advantage as he forced his way between the pair and hooked the ball towards the unguarded goal. Thankfully for the visitors Josh Meekings was alert to the danger and sprinted back to clear the ball from underneath his own crossbar.

Robson nearly rolled back the years with a run from the half-way line that carried the veteran midfielder past two defenders before slicing his long range shot wide.

His accuracy from set pieces remains undiminished, though, and it was his in-swinging corner that saw Taylor head the winner.

The second half was a much more open affair, but the brilliance of Esson in goal and the post denying Shay Logan a goal restricted Aberdeen to a narrow success.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 20Brown
  • 2LoganBooked at 87mins
  • 5Taylor
  • 6Reynolds
  • 3Considine
  • 10McGinn
  • 8Flood
  • 15RobsonBooked at 44mins
  • 11Hayes
  • 16PawlettSubstituted forMcLeanat 70'minutes
  • 9Rooney

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 7McLean
  • 14Smith
  • 17Goodwillie
  • 18Low
  • 25Shankland
  • 28Daniels

Inverness CT

  • 1Esson
  • 2RavenSubstituted forDevineat 83'minutes
  • 5Warren
  • 6Meekings
  • 3Shinnie
  • 10Doran
  • 8Draper
  • 19Williams
  • 16TanseySubstituted forChristieat 77'minutes
  • 11RossSubstituted forOfereat 67'minutes
  • 15Watkins

Substitutes

  • 7Ofere
  • 12Brill
  • 14Devine
  • 17Horner
  • 20Polworth
  • 22Christie
  • 25Kink
Referee:
Calum Murray
Attendance:
11,319

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home12
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 1, Inverness CT 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 1, Inverness CT 0.

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

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

Dangerous play by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

Booking

Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Ryan Esson.

Attempt saved. Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Barry Robson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Christie (Inverness CT).

Foul by Kenny McLean (Aberdeen).

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Danny Devine replaces David Raven.

Attempt missed. Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

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

Foul by Edward Ofere (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Ryan Christie replaces Greg Tansey.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt saved. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Kenny McLean replaces Peter Pawlett.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Edward Ofere replaces Nick Ross.

Foul by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen).

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Barry Robson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Williams (Inverness CT).

Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aaron Doran (Inverness CT).

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jonny Hayes.

Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic30233463144972
2Aberdeen31205651272465
3Inverness CT31166943321154
4Dundee Utd30144125146546
5St Johnstone32136132832-445
6Dundee31111194442244
7Hamilton32127134247-543
8Kilmarnock31108133340-738
9Partick Thistle3298153938135
10Ross County3297163656-2034
11Motherwell3294193355-2231
12St Mirren3263232256-3421
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