Scottish Premiership
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Inverness CT 0-0 Aberdeen

By Roddie McVakeBBC Scotland

Inverness and Aberdeen fought out a goalless draw as both sides missed the chance to boost their European hopes.

Niall McGinn crashed a first-half effort off the bar for the Dons, while the home side's Billy McKay was twice denied by Jamie Langfield.

Greg Tansey also went close for the hosts but his shot hit the bar.

A win would have taken second-placed Aberdeen six points clear of Motherwell, with Inverness passing up the chance to go fourth in the table.

And 'Well and Dundee United, third and fourth respectively, could consolidate their Scottish Premiership places on Saturday.

The home side had the first clear sight of goal after Marley Watkins broke forward from midfield.

Despite having his shirt pulled by Russell Anderson, Watkins stayed on his feet and set up McKay but Dons goalkeeper Langfield pulled off a brilliant one-handed save to turn his 15-yard shot wide.

Aaron Doran tried to recreate his stunning strike against Ross County in the recent Highland derby soon after, only to see his effort from the angle of the box curl over.

At the other end Jonny Hayes rose well at the back post to get on the end of Shaleum Logan's deep cross, but Inverness goalkeeper Dean Brill saved his header comfortably.

Marley Watkins and Mark Reynold battle for the ball
Marley Watkins goes down under a challenge from Aberdeen defender Mark Reynolds

Aberdeen were within inches of taking the lead when Peter Pawlett showed great skill and pace to beat a couple of defenders before teeing up McGinn, whose shot cannoned back off the underside of the bar with Brill well beaten.

Inverness striker McKay passed up a glaring chance just before the break, shooting too close to Langfield from a few yards out after a wonderfully weighted pass from Doran.

Ross Draper glanced a near-post header narrowly over from a Doran corner as Inverness threatened first in the second half.

Gary Warren then did well at the back for the home side, clearing the ball in the nick of time as Pawlett looked to get on the end of Adam Rooney's downward header.

Derek McInnes replaced Hayes with Cammy Smith before Inverness introduced Ryan Christie in place of James Vincent.

The home side went close when Tansey slammed an effort off the bar following great work down the right by Watkins, with Logan doing well to clear as McKay tried to get on to the rebound.

McKay then latched on to an excellent cross-field pass from Christie but he could not beat Langfield.

Dons striker Calvin Zola came on for Rooney late in the game but it was McGinn who had the last real chance, shooting straight at Brill from close range after fine build-up play involving Flood.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 12Brill
  • 2Raven
  • 18Tremarco
  • 16Tansey
  • 5Warren
  • 6Meekings
  • 10Doran
  • 8Draper
  • 7Mckay
  • 4VincentSubstituted forChristieat 66'minutes
  • 15WatkinsSubstituted forRossat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 11Ross
  • 14Devine
  • 19Williams
  • 20Polworth
  • 36Christie
  • 40Evans

Aberdeen

  • 1Langfield
  • 29Logan
  • 5Considine
  • 8Flood
  • 4Anderson
  • 6Reynolds
  • 11HayesSubstituted forSmithat 63'minutes
  • 15Robson
  • 17RooneySubstituted forZola-Makongoat 86'minutes
  • 16Pawlett
  • 10McGinn

Substitutes

  • 2Shaughnessy
  • 3Robertson
  • 7Zola-Makongo
  • 9Vernon
  • 14Smith
  • 18Low
  • 20Weaver
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
4,224

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inverness CT 0, Aberdeen 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inverness CT 0, Aberdeen 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Shaleum Logan.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Willo Flood (Aberdeen).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Calvin Zola replaces Adam Rooney.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Nick Ross (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Nick Ross replaces Marley Watkins.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Barry Robson (Aberdeen) left footed shot from long range on the right is too high from a direct free kick.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

  15. Post update

    Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

  19. Post update

    Barry Robson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic33284182166688
2Aberdeen34197847301764
3Motherwell33193115550560
4Dundee Utd33159957401754
5Inverness CT34158114035553
6St Johnstone33146134134748
7Hibernian33810152944-1534
8Kilmarnock3396184157-1633
9Ross County3387183856-1831
10St Mirren3387183455-2131
11Partick Thistle33612153657-2130
12Hearts3377193359-2613
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