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Scottish Premiership: Aberdeen 0-4 Ross County

Ross County's Alex Schalk (left) celebrates his goal
Alex Schalk (left) won a penalty and scored County's second goal

Ross County ended the season on a high as runners-up Aberdeen suffered a humiliating third straight defeat.

Alex Schalk won a penalty when he was tripped by debutant goalkeeper Aaron Lennox and Brian Graham hammered in.

Dutchman Schalk scored with a spectacular overhead kick after good work by Graham and Martin Woods.

Boyce headed in his 20th goal of the season, set up by Graham's cross, before Woods' long-ranger rounded off what could have been more emphatic win.

It was only County's second league victory since lifting the Scottish League Cup in March as Aberdeen ended a promising campaign with six defeats in their last eight matches.

Veteran midfielder Barry Robson was given rousing reception and a guard of honour before the game after being made captain to mark his final game after three years at the club.

Not that there much for the Dons supporters to get excited about when the match got underway as their side lacked a cutting edge in attack in the first half.

Then there were the problems at the back that have been all too evident since Danny Ward returned to Liverpool in January after Jurgen Klopp called a premature end to the goalkeeper's loan period.

Aberdeen veteran Barry Robson receives a guard of honour
Aberdeen veteran Barry Robson received a guard of honour before kick-off

Scott Brown and Adam Collin have been poor replacements and Australia Under-23 goalkeeper Lennox didn't have the best of debuts.

He made a couple of decent early saves, but his kicking was poor and, to make matters worse, he conceded the penalty from which County claimed the breakthrough.

With pace and trickery, Schalk evaded a couple of tackles before being tripped by Lennox while cutting across the box, earning Lennox a yellow card.

Graham did the rest by lashing the resulting spot kick into the roof of the net and the former Dundee United striker also played a part when the Highlanders grabbed their second.

Woods worked a short corner before delivering a deep cross beyond the back post, where Graham turned it back across the danger area. Schalk still had a lot of work to do but showed his ability with a delightful overhead scissor kick to send the ball flying in to the net.

After more intelligent play by Woods, Michael Gardyne drifted back into space to accept the midfielder's pass only to squander the opportunity by taking a fresh air swipe at the ball.

Boyce missed another great chance before he finally scored with a close-range header after more great set up play by Graham.

Woods was rewarded for his performance with a wonder strike from 30 yards that sailed into the net to round off a stunning win for the Staggies.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 30LennoxBooked at 23mins
  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 26McKennaSubstituted forHarvieat 71'minutes
  • 4Considine
  • 11Hayes
  • 8Flood
  • 15RobsonSubstituted forNuttallat 59'minutes
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forSmithat 59'minutes
  • 7McLean
  • 27Wright

Substitutes

  • 6Reynolds
  • 14Smith
  • 20Brown
  • 23Storie
  • 29Harvie
  • 31Ross
  • 41Nuttall

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 43Quinn
  • 5BoydBooked at 29mins
  • 6Robertson
  • 24De Vita
  • 23Schalk
  • 10Boyce
  • 36IrvineSubstituted forMurdochat 81'minutes
  • 7GardyneBooked at 37minsSubstituted forFranksat 83'minutes
  • 9Graham
  • 26Woods

Substitutes

  • 8McShane
  • 12Foster
  • 17Franks
  • 18Murdoch
  • 19Dingwall
  • 21Woods
  • 44McLaughlin
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
10,003

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home12
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 0, Ross County 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 0, Ross County 4.

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

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

Foul by Brian Graham (Ross County).

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

Foul by Stewart Murdoch (Ross County).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

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

Foul by Brian Graham (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Jonathan Franks replaces Michael Gardyne.

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

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Liam Boyce.

Attempt blocked. Willo Flood (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Stewart Murdoch replaces Jackson Irvine.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 0, Ross County 4. Martin Woods (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Foul by Joe Nuttall (Aberdeen).

Martin Woods (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Scott Fox.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Daniel Harvie replaces Scott McKenna.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 0, Ross County 3. Liam Boyce (Ross County) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Brian Graham.

Attempt missed. Liam Boyce (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen).

Raffaele De Vita (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Willo Flood (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Willo Flood (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Alex Schalk (Ross County) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Michael Gardyne.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Joe Nuttall replaces Barry Robson.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Cameron Smith replaces Niall McGinn.

Foul by Liam Boyce (Ross County).

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

Attempt missed. Brian Graham (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

Attempt missed. Martin Woods (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Liam Boyce (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ash Taylor (Aberdeen).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic38268493316286
2Aberdeen382251162481471
3Hearts381811959401965
4St Johnstone38168145855356
5Motherwell38155184763-1650
6Ross County38146185561-648
7Inverness CT381410145448652
8Dundee381115125357-448
9Partick Thistle381210164150-946
10Hamilton381110174263-2143
11Kilmarnock3899204164-2336
12Dundee Utd3887234570-2528
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