Scottish Premiership
Inverness CT2Aberdeen1

Inverness CT 2-1 Aberdeen

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes in amongst the celebrating Caley players
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes in amongst the celebrating Caley players

Premiership leaders Aberdeen suffered a second defeat in a week as Inverness took all three points in the Highlands.

Miles Storey put the home side ahead with a cracking finish across goalkeeper Danny Ward after Ryan Christie slid the ball to him.

Christie, who was sent off late on, hit a second, but Ash Taylor headed Aberdeen back into the game.

Peter Pawlett and David Goodwillie both hit the woodwork in a frantic finale but the home side held on.

A large travelling support filled the away end hoping their side would put their midweek League Cup exit to Hibernian behind them and continue their excellent league form.

However, despite the defeat, they still hold a four-point lead over Celtic who only managed a draw at home to Hearts.

Kenny McLean fired an early effort from distance which home goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams touched away.

From then, Inverness took command.

Danny Devine found Christie between the line of defence and midfield. He slid a perfectly weighted ball to Storey and the striker finished confidently across Ward for his third Inverness goal.

Christie then released Ross Draper behind the defence and only a superb challenge from Paul Quinn prevented a second goal.

Ward was inspirational as he tipped Liam Polworth's effort away but he could do nothing to stop a deserved second.

Christie again found space and showed fantastic ability with a strike from 30 yards that dipped away from Ward into the top corner.

Aberdeen responded with a Taylor header from a Niall McGinn corner which bounced high into the net.

Graeme Shinnie (right) faced his old club Inverness for the first time since his move to Aberdeen
Graeme Shinnie (right) faced his old club Inverness for the first time since his move to Aberdeen

That sparked them a little but at the other end Ward produced another fine save from a Christie header which looked as if it has gone in, but the keeper flew across to tip the ball round the post.

In the second half Aberdeen enjoyed far more possession and despite applying more pressure, they failed to directly trouble Fon Williams in goal until near full-time.

Substitute Pawlett saw his curling free kick beat the goalkeeper but not the post as it bounced to safety.

Christie's afternoon ended on a sour note when he crashed into former home favourite Graeme Shinnie to earn a second yellow card.

The visitors really pressed as time ticked on. Andrew Considine scooped wide and Goodwillie slipped at the crucial moment with the goal gaping as his shot sailed well wide.

Inverness demonstrated the value of good decision making in the final third. Aberdeen lacked that for most of the match.

A second consecutive defeat for Aberdeen but a well earned and valuable victory for John Hughes' side in a very entertaining encounter.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon WilliamsBooked at 90mins
  • 2RavenBooked at 81mins
  • 14Devine
  • 6Meekings
  • 19WilliamsBooked at 73mins
  • 8Draper
  • 16Tansey
  • 20PolworthSubstituted forMbuyi-Mutomboat 74'minutes
  • 22ChristieBooked at 90mins
  • 4Vincent
  • 39StoreySubstituted forWedderburnat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 15Wedderburn
  • 17Horner
  • 28Mbuyi-Mutombo
  • 37Sutherland

Aberdeen

  • 19Ward
  • 2Logan
  • 5TaylorBooked at 76mins
  • 18QuinnSubstituted forPawlettat 45'minutes
  • 4Considine
  • 22JackBooked at 58mins
  • 3Shinnie
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forRooneyat 44'minutes
  • 7McLean
  • 11Hayes
  • 32ParkerSubstituted forGoodwillieat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Rooney
  • 14Smith
  • 15Robson
  • 16Pawlett
  • 17Goodwillie
  • 20Brown
  • 21McLaughlin
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
6,410

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home6
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home20
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 2, Aberdeen 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 2, Aberdeen 1.

Booking

Owain Fon Williams (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. David Goodwillie (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Christie (Inverness CT).

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Ross Draper.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Owain Fon Williams.

Foul by Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (Inverness CT).

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Nathaniel Wedderburn replaces Miles Storey.

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

Danny Williams (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Booking

David Raven (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Hand ball by David Raven (Inverness CT).

Hand ball by Ryan Christie (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. Ash Taylor (Aberdeen) header from very close range is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by James Vincent.

Delay in match Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) because of an injury.

Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Ash Taylor (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ash Taylor (Aberdeen).

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

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo replaces Liam Polworth.

Booking

Danny Williams (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Danny Williams (Inverness CT).

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Aberdeen98011651124
2Celtic96212381520
3Hearts95131613316
4Hamilton95131310316
5Ross County94321510515
6Dundee93331417-312
7St Johnstone93241616011
8Inverness CT9243911-210
9Motherwell9315711-410
10Kilmarnock9225919-108
11Dundee Utd9126917-85
12Partick Thistle9036313-103
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