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Aberdeen 3-2 Inverness CT

By Scott DavieBBC Scotland
  • Jonny Hayes scores winner for Aberdeen
  • Inverness fall three points behind leaders Dundee United
  • Caley Thistle suffer third straight away defeat
  • Aberdeen record third straight home win

Jonny Hayes scored the winner for his current club against his former one as Aberdeen earned back-to-back league wins for the first time this season.

Josh Meekings powerfully headed Inverness into a 16th-minute lead.

But Adam Rooney pounced on a slack Gary Warren header to round goalkeeper Dean Brill eight minutes later, before Shay Logan fired the Dons 2-1 ahead.

Marley Watkins flicked in an equaliser before the break, but Ross Draper's mistake led to Hayes' winner.

On this form, consecutive wins are not going to be a rare feat given the attacking flair that makes Aberdeen a much more potent force at home this term.

The Dons managed just 21 goals at Pittodrie last season, but they have now scored 12 in the last four matches on their own patch.

The reason is not hard to find as the embryonic partnership of David Goodwillie and Adam Rooney is packed with promise, with the former looking like the player that so impressed as a youngster at Dundee United.

Goodwillie's hold-up play and use of the ball was exceptional and it was his blocked shot that allowed Hayes to clinch the win on the hour-mark by ramming in the rebound.

Dons manager Derek McInnes made three changes to the side that thrashed Livingston in Tuesday's League Cup tie, one of those enforced after Ryan Jack was carried off during that 4-0 win.

It is an indication of the strength in depth at Pittodrie nowadays that former Caley Thistle and Scotland midfielder Barry Robson was Jack's replacement.

Yet it was Inverness who hit the front after 17 minutes from a set-piece that Aberdeen really should have defended much more effectively.

Greg Tansey whipped a wicked free kick in from the right and Meekings got away from his marker to head in his first goal of the season,

Aberdeen's leveller was a mixture of good fortune and good finishing as Warren was slack with a header back to Brill and Rooney pounced.

The man who made his reputation at Inverness rounded the goalkeeper calmly before rolling in his 11th of the season and fifth in the last eight days.

Right-back Logan shot Aberdeen in front just before the break, benefitting from more quality hold-up play from Goodwillie.

The former Brentford player then bagged an unwanted assist when Caley Thistle equalised early in the second half.

Following Logan's attempted tackle, the ball broke to Watkins, who delicately lifted it over goalkeeper Jamie Langfield for his second goal in successive matches.

It was another uncharacteristic mistake, this time from Draper, that let Aberdeen in for the winner and they will look to build on that when St Mirren travel north on Tuesday.

Josh Meekings (left) celebrates after opening the scoring for Caley Thistle
Josh Meekings (left) opened the scoring for Caley Thistle
Adam Rooney celebrates after equalising for Aberdeen
Adam Rooney equalised for Aberdeen
Shay Logan fires the home side 2-1 up
Shay Logan sent the ball beyond Dean Brill to put the home side 2-1 up
Marley Watkins (left) celebrates scoring Caley Thistle's second goal
Marley Watkins (left) levelled for Caley Thistle to tie the scores at 2-2
Jonny Hayes slots in the winner for Aberdeen
Jonny Hayes fired the winner for Aberdeen

Line-ups

Aberdeen

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Langfield
  • 6Reynolds
  • 5Taylor
  • 2LoganBooked at 66mins
  • 3Considine
  • 16PawlettSubstituted forMonakanaat 90+2'minutes
  • 8Flood
  • 11Hayes
  • 15RobsonBooked at 61mins
  • 17GoodwillieSubstituted forSmithat 79'minutes
  • 9RooneySubstituted forShanklandat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Monakana
  • 14Smith
  • 18Low
  • 20Brown
  • 25Shankland
  • 26Storie
  • 27Murray

Inverness CT

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 12Brill
  • 2Raven
  • 3Shinnie
  • 6Meekings
  • 5Warren
  • 16TanseyBooked at 30mins
  • 10DoranSubstituted forWilliamsat 74'minutes
  • 8DraperBooked at 55mins
  • 15Watkins
  • 7Mckay
  • 22ChristieSubstituted forRossat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 4Vincent
  • 11Ross
  • 14Devine
  • 18Tremarco
  • 19Williams
  • 20Polworth
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
11,414

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aberdeen 3, Inverness CT 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aberdeen 3, Inverness CT 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Lawrence Shankland replaces Adam Rooney.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Jeffrey Monakana replaces Peter Pawlett.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nick Ross (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Barry Robson (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  10. Post update

    Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Danny Williams (Inverness CT).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Dean Brill.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by David Raven.

  14. Post update

    Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Cameron Smith replaces David Goodwillie.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Gary Warren.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) header from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Barry Robson (Aberdeen).

  20. Post update

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