Scottish Premiership
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By Scott DavieBBC Scotland at Pittodrie

Aberdeen picked themselves up from their midweek Europa League disappointment to brush aside Kilmarnock at Pittodrie.

New signing Graeme Shinnie scored his first goal for the club with a well-taken strike into the roof of the net.

Adam Rooney doubled the lead when he converted from the penalty spot after Willo Flood was felled in the box.

It means Aberdeen join Hearts and Celtic as the only teams on full points after two Premiership games.

The Dons shrugged off the blow of Thursday's European exit to Kairat Almaty to make it eight wins out of eight against Kilmarnock since Derek McInnes took over as manager.

Graeme Shinnie opened the scoring for Aberdeen in the first half
Graeme Shinnie opened the scoring for Aberdeen in the first half

It is Aberdeen's best run against the Rugby Park men since 1983, the last time the Ayrshire side were relegated from the top flight.

Gary Locke's team have now lost 10 of their last 11 league games going back to mid-March and are the only team without a point in the top flight.

They at least showed more spirit than during the previous week's thumping by Dundee, but it does not get any easier as they host Celtic on Wednesday.

The Dons were sluggish and careless as they initially failed to pressurise the visitors.

Niall McGinn finally injected some directness and pace into proceedings with a run from deep. His shot from 20 yards was pushed wide by Jamie MacDonald.

It was the visitors who were guilty of torpor from the resulting corner as Paul Quinn was allowed too much space to crash a header against the crossbar.

From there until the interval the only question was when, rather than if, Aberdeen could get themselves in front as Kilmarnock offered nothing going forward.

Defensively their concentration levels were poor at times and indiscipline also proved crucial to Locke's side finally falling behind.

Kallum Higginbotham was booked for flattening McGinn while Darryl Westlake was cautioned for persistent fouling, and it was the latter who was affected more.

The full-back was less than robust when trying to tackle Jonny Hayes at the edge of the penalty area, allowing the ball to break to Shinnie.

The former Inverness Caledonian Thistle captain certainly made the most of the chance with a sublime finish that gave MacDonald no chance of rescuing his team.

Scott Robinson did have an opportunity to get them right back into it after the break, but the midfielder steered Higginbotham's cross wide from eight yards.

However, their hopes of a comeback were shattered when Lee Ashcroft hauled down Flood in the box and Rooney converted the spot kick for his first goal of the season.

Locke threw on Josh Magennis and Greg Kiltie to try to get a goal rather than settle for damage limitation and they did cause at least cause a couple of problems late on.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 19Ward
  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 18Quinn
  • 3Shinnie
  • 8FloodBooked at 68mins
  • 22Jack
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forGoodwillieat 83'minutes
  • 7McLeanSubstituted forSmithat 66'minutes
  • 11HayesSubstituted forConsidineat 66'minutes
  • 9Rooney

Substitutes

  • 4Considine
  • 14Smith
  • 15Robson
  • 17Goodwillie
  • 20Brown
  • 23Storie
  • 27Wright

Kilmarnock

  • 21MacDonald
  • 12WestlakeBooked at 23mins
  • 14O'HaraSubstituted forMagennisat 57'minutes
  • 6ConnollyBooked at 89mins
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 3Smith
  • 11HigginbothamBooked at 26minsSubstituted forKiltieat 67'minutes
  • 4Hamill
  • 8Robinson
  • 7McKenzieBooked at 47mins
  • 9Boyd

Substitutes

  • 2Barbour
  • 5Findlay
  • 17Splaine
  • 23Kiltie
  • 28Magennis
  • 31Mackay
  • 33Hawkshaw
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
11,305

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home15
Away2
Shots on Target
Home9
Away0
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aberdeen 2, Kilmarnock 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aberdeen 2, Kilmarnock 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Shaleum Logan.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

  5. Post update

    Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock).

  7. Booking

    Mark Connolly (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. David Goodwillie replaces Niall McGinn.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

  11. Post update

    Mark Connolly (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  13. Post update

    Cameron Smith (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Steven Smith (Kilmarnock).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

  16. Post update

    Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ash Taylor (Aberdeen) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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