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Ross County 0-1 Aberdeen

By Roddie McVakeBBC Scotland

Paul Quinn's own goal gave Aberdeen victory over Ross County, who missed the chance to move off the foot of the Premiership table.

The Dons had the best of a poor first half with Adam Rooney going close.

Derek McInnes' side bossed the second period, and the crucial goal arrived when Quinn diverted into his own net from Shay Logan's delivery.

The win takes Aberdeen up to fifth in the table and they are now just three points off top spot.

A victory would have taken County above Motherwell but the Highlanders remain in bottom spot with five points from their 12 outings.

The game started in driving rain and Dons defender Mark Reynolds made an unorthodox acrobatic clearance in front of his own goal in the opening seconds, with Yoann Arquin waiting to pounce on Graham Carey's deep cross.

At the other end Adam Rooney drew a decent save from Staggies keeper Mark Brown with a near-post header from Logan's centre.

Ross County defender Paul Quinn diverts the ball beyond his own goalkeeper to send Aberdeen 1-0 up
Ross County defender Paul Quinn diverts the ball beyond his own goalkeeper to send Aberdeen 1-0 up

And Brown was called into action again when Niall McGinn's floated free-kick picked out Ash Taylor at the back post. His header back across goal took a touch off County defender Scott Boyd but Brown reacted well to palm the ball away.

On a rare foray into the visitors' box, County's Quinn rose brilliantly but nodded just wide of keeper Scott Brown's right-hand post from Michael Gardyne's excellent delivery.

Rooney flashed a header narrowly wide from McGinn's cross late in the half and the sides went in all square at the break, no doubt delighted to escape the deluge in Dingwall for 15 minutes.

County looked sharper at the start of the second period with Gardyne the main architect of their good play going forward.

They still had to be alert at the back though and Darren Barr brilliantly headed clear from under his own bar after Jonny Hayes broke down the left and whipped a great ball into the box.

Minutes later the home side fell behind in calamitous fashion. Boyd's poor pass was pounced on by McGinn, who raced down the right and sent a ball into the box that Quinn fired into his own net from a few yards out.

Aberdeen's Niall McGinn challenges Ross County defender Darren Barr
Aberdeen's Niall McGinn challenges Ross County defender Darren Barr

Andrew Considine fired over the bar from 12 yards as Aberdeen chased a quickfire second, and the excellent Hayes continued to cause County problems down the left during a period of intense Dons pressure.

The second almost came following a superb move. Logan drove a ball into the area and Peter Pawlett took a glorious first touch to escape the attentions of Boyd, but his right-footed shot crashed off the angle of bar and post.

And the hosts almost cashed in on that piece of good fortune when Carey's dig from distance was palmed out by Brown, but substitute Liam Boyce could only lash the rebound well over the bar.

That was as close as the Staggies came to a leveller and the visitors could have increased their lead as Hayes and Willo Flood passed up good chances, but Quinn's horror moment was enough to secure the Dons' first competitive win over County in Dingwall.

Line-ups

Ross County

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 21Brown
  • 25Toshney
  • 43Quinn
  • 5Boyd
  • 13Barr
  • 40GardyneBooked at 65minsSubstituted forBoyceat 67'minutes
  • 36IrvineSubstituted forCardleat 61'minutes
  • 10Kiss
  • 23Carey
  • 26Woods
  • 15ArquinSubstituted forJervisat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Reguero
  • 7Cardle
  • 9Jervis
  • 12Reckord
  • 16Boyce
  • 18Frempah
  • 30Dingwall

Aberdeen

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 20Brown
  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 6Reynolds
  • 3Considine
  • 22Jack
  • 8Flood
  • 10McGinn
  • 16PawlettSubstituted forRobsonat 86'minutes
  • 11HayesSubstituted forMonakanaat 90+1'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9RooneySubstituted forGoodwillieat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 7Monakana
  • 14Smith
  • 15Robson
  • 17Goodwillie
  • 25Shankland
  • 46McKenna
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
3,745

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home8
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ross County 0, Aberdeen 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ross County 0, Aberdeen 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Booking

    Jeffrey Monakana (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jeffrey Monakana (Aberdeen).

  6. Post update

    Lewis Toshney (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Graham Carey (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ash Taylor (Aberdeen).

  9. Post update

    Jake Jervis (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Jeffrey Monakana replaces Jonny Hayes.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Willo Flood (Aberdeen) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top right corner.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by David Goodwillie (Aberdeen).

  14. Post update

    Scott Boyd (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Barry Robson replaces Peter Pawlett.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

  17. Post update

    Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Darren Barr (Ross County).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

  20. Post update

    Lewis Toshney (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd128132213925
2Hamilton1273222101224
3Celtic117222371623
4Inverness CT12723159623
5Aberdeen127141815322
6Kilmarnock126241513220
7Dundee125431714319
8St Johnstone12417915-613
9Partick Thistle113351616012
10St Mirren122281021-118
11Motherwell12219721-147
12Ross County12129929-205
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