Scottish Premiership
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Scottish Premiership: Aberdeen v Dundee United

Aberdeen ended their run of six matches without a win as second-half goals by Adam Rooney and Jonny Hayes snuffed out the weak challenge of Dundee United.

Hayes slapped a shot across the face of goal and team-mate Willo Flood poked a shot over the bar, while United's Scott Fraser shot wide in a poor first half.

But Rooney's close-range header broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute.

Fraser's fierce drive went a fraction wide of Danny Ward's Dons net before Hayes' slick goal settled home nerves.

United appeared to have come to Pittodrie to frustrate and, although they did occasionally test Ward with shots, it was a poor performance from Mixu Paateleinen's men who are desperate for points to start some kind of push up the table.

Mixu Paatelainen's Dundee United are three points adrift at the foot of the Scottish Premiership
Mixu Paatelainen's Dundee United are three points adrift at the foot of the Scottish Premiership

There has been a fragility about both teams in recent weeks and it was the visitors who almost buckled first in an opening half pretty much completely dominated by the Dons.

Peter Pawlett, in for Niall McGinn on the right, played a tantalising ball in to the back post but Hayes snapped at the shot and it went wide.

The game then became a little hypnotically predictable as Aberdeen settled into the United half and continued to pepper the box with cross after cross from both wings.

United dealt with the majority of it at the first attempt but Graeme Shinnie brought out a fabulous save from Michal Szromnik just before the half hour - his low volley from 14 yards tipped just past the post.

On a rare foray forward, Fraser could not believe his luck when Ryan Jack looked to tackle himself in his own half and gift possession to United but Fraser could only shank the ball wide as he raced in on goal.

The second half was in danger of falling into the same stodgy affair until Hayes floated a ball in from the left which the United defence failed to deal with and Adam Rooney nodded home his ninth goal of the season.

The relief was palpable around Pittodrie as the Irishman almost drowned under a sea of celebrating team-mates.

After that Derek McInnes's men set off in search of number two but again United closed ranks and frustrated.

As the clock ticked down United began to sneak forward. Fraser snapped at the ball from the edge of the box and Ward could only look on as it bounced inches last his post.

With 17 minutes to go, though, Hayes secured the points with a stunning individual strike.

He burst down the left, looked up and lashed the ball across Szromnik and into the far corner to cap a wonderful day's work.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 19Ward
  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 6Reynolds
  • 3Shinnie
  • 11HayesSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 90'minutes
  • 8Flood
  • 22Jack
  • 7McLeanSubstituted forRobsonat 80'minutes
  • 16PawlettSubstituted forMcGinnat 81'minutes
  • 9Rooney

Substitutes

  • 4Considine
  • 10McGinn
  • 15Robson
  • 17Goodwillie
  • 18Quinn
  • 20Brown
  • 21McLaughlin

Dundee Utd

  • 21Szromnik
  • 2Dillon
  • 12McGowan
  • 17Durnan
  • 3Dixon
  • 4Souttar
  • 20SpittalSubstituted forJohnsonat 74'minutes
  • 22Fraser
  • 8Rankin
  • 29TaggartSubstituted forMurrayat 65'minutes
  • 7Mckay

Substitutes

  • 15Murray
  • 16Telfer
  • 25Kuhl
  • 28Donaldson
  • 33Johnson
  • 40Robson
  • 51Zwick
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
12,805

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home9
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 2, Dundee United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 2, Dundee United 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Ryan McLaughlin replaces Jonny Hayes.

Attempt missed. Scott Fraser (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

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

Foul by Scott Fraser (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Niall McGinn replaces Peter Pawlett.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Barry Robson replaces Kenny McLean.

Attempt saved. John Rankin (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

Mark Durnan (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Paul Dixon (Dundee United).

Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen).

Scott Fraser (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Justin Johnson replaces Blair Spittal.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 2, Dundee United 0. Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Peter Pawlett.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

Attempt missed. Scott Fraser (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Simon Murray replaces Adam Taggart.

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

(Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Sean Dillon.

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

Foul by Ryan McGowan (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Sean Dillon (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

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

Foul by Blair Spittal (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 1, Dundee United 0. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Scott Fraser (Dundee United) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Ash Taylor (Aberdeen).

Billy McKay (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Aberdeen 0, Dundee United 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Aberdeen 0, Dundee United 0.

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

Blair Spittal (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic13102134102432
2Hearts1492326141229
3Aberdeen149142116528
4St Johnstone147252922723
5Ross County135351815318
6Hamilton145361820-218
7Dundee144642023-318
8Inverness CT144551517-217
9Kilmarnock144371524-915
10Motherwell144281118-714
11Partick Thistle142571020-1011
12Dundee Utd1422101028-188
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