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Aberdeen 3-0 St Mirren

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland
  • Aberdeen go level on 57 points with leaders Celtic
  • Adam Rooney up to 23 goals this season
  • St Mirren down to 11th in league

Adam Rooney's instinctive brace against St Mirren helped Aberdeen go level on 57 points with Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic.

The Irishman's close range finishes - his 22nd and 23rd goals of the season - keep the pressure on Ronny Deila's side ahead of Sunday's match with Hamilton.

St Mirren's John McGinn tested Scott Brown with a first-half header.

But the Buddies failed to find a way of beating the Dons goalkeeper and watched Mark Reynolds head Aberdeen's third.

It means the Dons have successfully negotiated their way through the first match of the 13-game mini-season that manager Derek McInnes had described on Thursday.

The Aberdeen boss, under relentless questions about whether his side can maintain their title challenge, stressed the good performances to date this campaign were no longer relevant, but the remaining matches between now and May are of the utmost importance.

Aberdeen's Kenny McLean greets his former St Mirren team-mates.
Aberdeen's Kenny McLean greets his former St Mirren team-mates.

McInnes's deadline day signing from St Mirren, Kenny McLean, understandably had the spotlight shone firmly in his direction against his former club, but in the end it was the Dons' regular headline-grabber Rooney that crucially converted chances in each half to continue what is an extremely admirable goal haul this season.

Both, like so many before by the Irishman, were tucked home from inside six yards.

For the first, St Mirren's Stevie Mallan had cleared Rooney's header from a McLean corner off the line seconds before Reynolds made Mark Ridgers save well. But the ball worked its way back to McLean, who back-heeled for Peter Pawlett to centre and Andy Considine headed it back across goal for Rooney to stab in.

As St Mirren manager Gary Teale watched from the stands because of a touchline ban, former Buddie McLean also played his part in Rooney's second, scored in a similar fashion.

This time some sterling work down the left by Niall McGinn resulted in a deep delivery which McLean put back into the danger area for Rooney to score right-footed from a few yards out.

Mark Reynolds heads in Aberdeen's third and his third goal of the season
Mark Reynolds heads in Aberdeen's third and his third goal of the season

The former Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Birmingham striker was eventually substituted for Lawrence Shankland, but by that point in the second-half the 26-year-old had completely missed contact with the ball when the busy McLean had presented him with a hat-trick opportunity.

Reynolds did add a third, though, and it was his third goal of the season, too. The centre-half headed in McGinn's corner and was aided by a mixture of Ridgers' flapping and Sean Kelly's lacklustre challenge.

St Mirren were less threatening after the break than before, when McGinn's back-post header from Jason Naismith's cross forced Brown to spring into action and turn it away for a corner.

James Dayton also looked in creative mood early on but the appropriate final ball was rarely found in any Buddies' attacking moves.

Their on-loan Tottenham midfielder Emmanuel Sonupe felt he deserved a penalty when Barry Robson appeared to challenge him late - something referee Kevin Clancy decided was not worthy of a spot-kick.

A touchline ban meant St Mirren manager Gary Teale had to watch this game from the stand.
A touchline ban meant St Mirren manager Gary Teale had to watch this game from the stand.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 20Brown
  • 2Logan
  • 28Daniels
  • 6Reynolds
  • 3Considine
  • 16PawlettSubstituted forGoodwillieat 68'minutes
  • 8FloodSubstituted forRobsonat 84'minutes
  • 22Jack
  • 10McGinn
  • 7McLean
  • 9RooneySubstituted forShanklandat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 14Smith
  • 15Robson
  • 17Goodwillie
  • 19Robertson
  • 21Shaughnessy
  • 25Shankland

St Mirren

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 12Ridgers
  • 2Naismith
  • 4McAuslandSubstituted forBairdat 53'minutes
  • 6Goodwin
  • 3Kelly
  • 17DaytonSubstituted forSonupeat 82'minutes
  • 32MclearSubstituted forWyldeat 60'minutes
  • 31Mallan
  • 22Tesselaar
  • 7McGinn
  • 15Arquin

Substitutes

  • 8Gow
  • 9Thompson
  • 11Wylde
  • 13Osbourne
  • 25Sonupe
  • 28Kello
  • 30Baird
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
14,720

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aberdeen 3, St. Mirren 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aberdeen 3, St. Mirren 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lawrence Shankland (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen).

  6. Post update

    Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    David Goodwillie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Gregg Wylde (St. Mirren).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Barry Robson replaces Willo Flood.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Donervorn Daniels (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Emmanuel Sonupe replaces James Dayton.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen).

  14. Post update

    Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Mark Ridgers.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Lawrence Shankland replaces Adam Rooney.

  17. Post update

    Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Sean Kelly (St. Mirren).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. John McGinn (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  20. Post update

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

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