Scottish Premiership
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Scottish Premiership: Kilmarnock 0-4 Aberdeen

By Jonathan SutherlandBBC Scotland at Rugby Park
Niall McGinn (right) and Adam Rooney
Niall McGinn (right) and Adam Rooney were both on the scoresheet for Aberdeen

Aberdeen moved to within a point of Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a comprehensive victory over a poor Kilmarnock.

Niall McGinn scored early with a close-range header from Kenny McLean's cross, before Adam Rooney notched his 50th Dons goal with a header of his own.

Johnny Hayes made it 3-0 right after the restart, and Shay Logan rolled home goal number four.

Kilmarnock offered little and have now gone seven matches without a win.

This was a 57th league win for Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes in his 100th league match in charge.

Kilmarnock remain second bottom of the table and look destined for a grim fight against relegation.

Aberdeen were first to threaten. A back heel effort from Ash Taylor was well blocked by Kilmarnock goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald.

The home side immediately counter attacked resulting in an Aaron Splaine cross for Josh Magennis, but his header flew just wide of the post.

Adam Rooney
Adam Rooney headed in Aberdeen's second goal, and his 50th for the club

Aberdeen had the swirling wind at their backs and it possibly helped play a part in the opening goal. McLean curled a ball into the box which found the head of McGinn who made no mistake from close-range.

The Aberdeen dominance continued as McLean almost made it 2-0, but his shot hit the bar from Graeme Shinnie's cross.

Rooney would soon make it 2-0 with a firm header from a McGinn cross and reach the half century of goals for the club.

Within 20 seconds of the restart it was 3-0. McLean again the supplier, and this time Hayes was the scorer firing home from six yards.

Kilmarnock continued to offer little in the final third as Aberdeen took their foot off the gas, though there was still enough in the tank for a sublime fourth goal.

Peter Pawlett guided a back heel into the path of Logan who calmly placed his shot into the corner of the net.

Tope Obadeyi fired over the bar but this was another morale sapping day for the home fans, while Aberdeen have reignited the title race.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 21MacDonald
  • 2Barbour
  • 6Connolly
  • 26Balatoni
  • 5Findlay
  • 4HamillSubstituted forSlaterat 37'minutes
  • 3SmithBooked at 23minsSubstituted forObadeyiat 63'minutes
  • 28Magennis
  • 17SplaineBooked at 55mins
  • 23Kiltie
  • 9BoydSubstituted forMcKenzieat 51'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ridgers
  • 7McKenzie
  • 8Robinson
  • 14O'Hara
  • 16Obadeyi
  • 19Slater
  • 39Frizzell

Aberdeen

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 19Ward
  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 18QuinnBooked at 32mins
  • 3Shinnie
  • 8Flood
  • 22JackSubstituted forSmithat 74'minutes
  • 11Hayes
  • 7McLean
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forPawlettat 78'minutes
  • 9RooneySubstituted forGoodwillieat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Smith
  • 16Pawlett
  • 17Goodwillie
  • 20Brown
  • 23Storie
  • 26McKenna
  • 29Harvie
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
3,928

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home7
Away15
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Kilmarnock 0, Aberdeen 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 0, Aberdeen 4.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Smith (Aberdeen).

  4. Post update

    Craig Slater (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Stuart Findlay.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Willo Flood (Aberdeen).

  10. Post update

    Craig Slater (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. David Goodwillie replaces Adam Rooney.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tope Obadeyi (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Kilmarnock 0, Aberdeen 4. Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Peter Pawlett with a cross.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Peter Pawlett replaces Niall McGinn.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen).

  20. Post update

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