Scottish Premiership
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Inverness CT 3-1 Aberdeen

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland at the Caledonian Stadium
Inverness players celebrate
Carl Tremarco (left) headed the third goal for Inverness

Aberdeen's title hopes suffered a hammer blow as they were defeated by determined Inverness Caley Thistle.

Adam Rooney shot Aberdeen into an early lead but Iain Vigurs levelled soon after following an Ash Taylor mistake.

Taylor was then harshly penalised for a high challenge on Ross Draper, with Greg Tansey tucking away the spot-kick.

The unfortunate Taylor then touched the ball on for Carl Tremarco to head in a third before the Dons had two penalty claims rejected.

The end of Aberdeen's 12-game unbeaten run leaves Derek McInnes' side three points behind Premiership leaders Celtic, who have a game in hand and a vastly superior goal difference.

The Dons were looking for their first win over Inverness in three attempts this season and made a strong start.

Former Caley Thistle defender Graeme Shinnie drove in from the left and thundered in a shot which Owain Fon Williams touched onto the bar without Willie Collum noticing.

It was not the last time the referee would upset the visitors.

Moments later, however, Craig Storie burned through the home defence with a fabulous driving run and provided a lovely weighted pass for Rooney to slam home via a flick off defender Danny Devine.

Then came the first of Taylor's errors and the game was all square.

Liam Polworth tried to thread a ball in to Miles Storey but Taylor was always getting there first, only for the defender's clumsy touch to allow Vigurs to tuck the ball home home with a composed finish.

Aberdeen's Niall McGinn curled a free kick wide of the target before Tremarco nodded wide from close range after a corner squeezed through a cluster of players to reach him at the back post.

The visitors' plans were disrupted when they lost winger Jonny Hayes with what looked like a hamstring injury and they were relieved when Tansey, a target for Aberdeen in the transfer window, blasted a curling free-kick narrowly away from the top corner.

Iain Vigurs goal
Iain Vigurs took advantage of an Ash Taylor mistake to pull Inverness level

Tansey hit the net six minutes into the second half with a cool spot-kick after the game exploded into life with a controversial decision from Collum.

Draper executed a one-two and got the slightest touch on the ball as both he and Taylor raised their feet high in the air, with the home player then crashing to the turf without any apparent contact.

Aberdeen were rattled by the decision and by the hosts' fierce pressing. Rooney attempted an overhead kick from close range but could not connect properly.

Maximum points and a place in the top half of the table were secured for Inverness when the impressive Miles Storey dinked a ball into the six-yard box and a stretching Taylor could only steer the ball towards Tremarco, who nodded home at the back post.

Collum's assistant initially flagged for offside but was correctly overruled by the man in the middle.

Dons duo Shinnie and Taylor felt they should have had penalties after going to ground in a frantic finish but Inverness, who played with a vigour that has been missing for much of the season, held on for a deserved victory.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 17HornerSubstituted forHughesat 88'minutes
  • 5Warren
  • 14DevineBooked at 63mins
  • 3TremarcoBooked at 22mins
  • 16Tansey
  • 8DraperBooked at 61mins
  • 20Polworth
  • 11RobertsBooked at 53minsSubstituted forMbuyi-Mutomboat 80'minutes
  • 27Vigurs
  • 39StoreySubstituted forWilliamsat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 7Williams
  • 15Wedderburn
  • 21Hughes
  • 28Mbuyi-Mutombo
  • 34Brown

Aberdeen

  • 20Brown
  • 2Logan
  • 5TaylorBooked at 45mins
  • 6ReynoldsBooked at 67mins
  • 3Shinnie
  • 9Rooney
  • 23Storie
  • 7McLean
  • 11HayesSubstituted forPawlettat 28'minutes
  • 10McGinn
  • 18ChurchSubstituted forSmithat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Considine
  • 8Flood
  • 14Smith
  • 15Robson
  • 16Pawlett
  • 19Collin
  • 31Ross
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
4,544

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home21
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inverness CT 3, Aberdeen 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inverness CT 3, Aberdeen 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

  4. Post update

    Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Ryan Williams replaces Miles Storey.

  6. Post update

    Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (Inverness CT).

  9. Post update

    Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Liam Hughes replaces Lewis Horner.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (Inverness CT).

  12. Post update

    Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (Inverness CT).

  15. Post update

    Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo replaces Jordan Roberts.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  18. Post update

    Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

  20. Post update

    Jordan Roberts (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic25184366214558
2Aberdeen26174545291655
3Hearts24128445242144
4Ross County26103134042-233
5Dundee258983941-233
6Inverness CT248883333032
7St Johnstone2495103940-132
8Hamilton2678113045-1529
9Partick Thistle237792228-628
10Kilmarnock2676132948-1927
11Motherwell2575132641-1526
12Dundee Utd2435162446-2214
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