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Aberdeen 1-5 St Johnstone

By Liam McLeodBBC Scotland
St Johnstone scored two early goals at Pittodrie

St Johnstone stunned Premiership leaders Aberdeen with a clinical display at Pittodrie.

Brian Easton looped in an impressive volley and Joe Shaughnessy knocked home the visitors' second after 10 minutes.

Ash Taylor pulled one back immediately with a header but Dons keeper Danny Ward let a Liam Craig shot creep past him before half-time.

Steven MacLean then added two close-range headers as Saints picked up their first away points of the season.

Aberdeen remain four points clear of Celtic at the top of the table, although the champions can reduce that lead when they visit Hamilton on Sunday.

On this form, the Dons are a long way from a title challenge. Having opened with eight consecutive league wins, the hosts have now slipped to back-to-back defeats.

Easton opened his account for the season with a magnificent volley from the edge of the penalty area that dipped under Ward's crossbar.

It was a stunning, controlled piece of brilliance by the left-back and his manager Tommy Wright and assistant Callum Davidson celebrated wildly on the touchline.

Aberdeen's Ash Taylor and Ryan Jack look stunned
Aberdeen's players were left stunned by the size of their defeat at Pittodrie

The visitors doubled their lead when Simon Lappin's free kick was headed towards goal by MacLean. The post briefly saved Ward but Shaughnessy was on hand to prod home the rebound against his former employers.

Taylor reduced the deficit less than two minutes later, the big defender powering a Niall McGinn corner into the net to stem the flow after Zander Clark needlessly conceded the set-piece.

Aberdeen began to control proceedings as they piled the pressure on Saints but, with the storm weathered, the two-goal lead was restored.

Craig drew a wonderful save out of Ward at the expense of a corner, from which a weak Craig effort from the edge of the box squirmed beyond the on-loan Liverpool keeper.

Saints evoked memories of one of their most famous of victories, when they scored five against Aberdeen in 1990, adding two more goals early in the second half.

MacLean twice headed past Ward, firstly at the near post from a Craig corner and then at the back post from a Graeme Cummins delivery.

That signalled an exodus of hundreds of Aberdeen supporters from the ground, although Adam Rooney, McGinn and David Goodwillie went close to lessening the embarrassment.

MacLean then thought he had completed his hat-trick when a shot was almost spilled into his own net by Ward.

Having conceded only three goals in their first eight domestic games this season, Aberdeen have let nine past them in their last three.

And Derek McInnes will have the international break to reflect on his worst defeat as Dons manager.



Formation 4-3-2-1

  • 19Ward
  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 4ConsidineBooked at 90mins
  • 3Shinnie
  • 10McGinn
  • 22Jack
  • 11HayesSubstituted forWrightat 67'minutes
  • 7McLeanSubstituted forRobsonat 67'minutes
  • 16PawlettSubstituted forGoodwillieat 49'minutes
  • 9Rooney


  • 14Smith
  • 15Robson
  • 17Goodwillie
  • 18Quinn
  • 20Brown
  • 21McLaughlin
  • 27Wright

St Johnstone

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Clark
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 2Mackay
  • 3Scobbie
  • 24Easton
  • 10WotherspoonSubstituted forFisherat 70'minutes
  • 8DavidsonBooked at 65mins
  • 26Craig
  • 4LappinBooked at 80mins
  • 18CumminsSubstituted forSuttonat 74'minutes
  • 9MacLeanSubstituted forHurstat 83'minutes


  • 6Anderson
  • 11Sutton
  • 16Caddis
  • 22Fisher
  • 27Thomson
  • 30Hurst
  • 31Hurst
Alan Muir

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamSt Johnstone
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aberdeen 1, St. Johnstone 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aberdeen 1, St. Johnstone 5.

  3. Booking

    Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Barry Robson.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Johnstone. Greg Hurst replaces Steven MacLean.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen).

  7. Post update

    Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

  9. Post update

    Foul by David Goodwillie (Aberdeen).

  10. Post update

    Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Booking

    Simon Lappin (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    Barry Robson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Simon Lappin (St. Johnstone).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Tam Scobbie.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by David Mackay.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Brian Easton (St. Johnstone).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Johnstone. John Sutton replaces Graham Cummins.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Brian Easton (St. Johnstone).