Aberdeen 0 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, January 18th, 2014, 3:00 PM at Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Attendance: 12,021
Referee: Iain Brines
Aberdeen Inverness CT

Goalscorers
None Danny Williams (22)

Team Managers
Derek McInnes John Hughes

Starting Eleven
Jamie Langfield
Mark Reynolds
Russell Anderson
Andrew Considine
Ryan Jack
Willo Flood
Barry Robson
Peter Pawlett
Niall McGinn
Scott Vernon
Alan Tate
Dean Brill
Josh Meekings
David Raven
Daniel Devine
Carl Tremarco
Nick Ross
Graeme Shinnie
Aaron Doran
Liam Polworth
Danny Williams
Billy Mckay

Bench
Danny Rogers
Joe Shaughnessy
Craig Storie
Cammy Smith
Jonny Hayes
Josh Magennis
Calvin Zola
Ryan Esson
Greg Tansey
Conor Pepper
Ryan Christie
James Vincent
Ben Greenhalgh
Adam Evans

Substitutions
Joe Shaughnessy -> Alan Tate (58)
Jonny Hayes -> Barry Robson (59)
Josh Magennis -> Scott Vernon (65)
Greg Tansey for Aaron Doran (65)
James Vincent for Nick Ross (75)
Adam Evans for Billy Mckay (88)

Bookings
Joe Shaughnessy (74) Liam Polworth (28)
Carl Tremarco (31)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Dean Brill (GK) 24 apps -
David Raven 56 apps -
Carl Tremarco 13 apps -
Josh Meekings 86 apps -
Daniel Devine 16 apps -
Liam Polworth 19 apps -
Danny Williams 15 apps1 goal
Nick Ross 129 apps9 goals
Aaron Doran 97 apps11 goals
Graeme Shinnie 124 apps4 goals
Billy Mckay 93 apps48 goals
James Vincent (sub) 10 apps1 goal
Adam Evans (sub) 1 app (debut) -
Greg Tansey (sub) 40 apps5 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (19 years 103 days)
Oldest Player:Nick Ross (2015 years 173 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 310 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (19 years 103 days)
Oldest Player:Graeme Shinnie (2015 years 173 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 289 days
Domestic Players:12 (66.67 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Adam Evans(Signed )

Milestones
Danny Williams scored his first goal for the Club.

Dons tamed by Williams belter:

Inverness defied the odds to turn the tables on in form Aberdeen. Danny Williams scored the only goal of the game to halt the Don's recent four game winning streak, smashing a shot off the underside of the bar in the 22nd minute.

Aberdeen had been firm favourites to continue their run of wins at the expense of out of sorts Inverness, but make us underdogs at your peril.

Greg Tansey and James Vincent made the bench as Yogi kept faith with the players that drew with United last week, minus the suspended Gary Warren whose place was filled by Danny Devine.

A good crowd of over 12,000 turned up to see if the once famous Aberdeen could continue their good run or could Yogi be the party pooper and upset the odds, Inverness looking for their first win in six games.

Rig was at the game and here is his thoughts............Full report to follow..............

Fantastic result against a team which I view to be the best in the rest of the league. I'm no fan of Hughes but even I have to say that was a very impressive showing so well done to him and the team.

Our goal was very well taken. A quick counter attack down the right ended with Doran knocking a ball across the goal. Mckay stretched for it but only managed to get a faint touch on the ball which luckily found its way to Williams at the back post who lashed it into the net off the bar.

Whilst Aberdeen had a number of chances they were all from set pieces and there were very few which were clear cut. ICT on the other hand seemed to be doing their best to try and keep the game close by not putting away the better chances which fell our way, particularly in the second half. Mckay and Shinnie passed up great chances to secure the game for us but Mckay pulled his shot wide after being played through, by Tansey I think, and Shinnie hit the bottom of the post with a lovely curling effort.

Aberdeen were at their most threatening from corners with Robson getting some really dangerous balls in on top of Brill with the conditions making it really hard to deal with high, lofted balls. Vernon Crespo should have done better in the first and I think Considine or Anderson also had a good chance from a header as well.

The defence was, at times, struggling to cope, and the midfield occasionally got over run but that can be expected with the players we have out. But the guys who did play today really put in a great shift (© John Hughes) and battled for every ball they could get near. Shinnie especially was fantastic in the middle of the park. MotM by an absolute mile with other great performances from Mckay and Williams who was a real live wire down the left hand side. Tait really struggled with him and had to be subbed off in the second half.

Tansey and Vincent came on and both offered us a bit of freshness to carry the ball away from defence. Indeed it was Tansey who was setting up some of our chances late on with some clever balls in behind the Dons defence. It might be interesting to try him in behind Mckay once Foran and Draper return and take up the CM slots.

Full Time 0-1

All in all a great performance, despite some very nervy moments, and one that all of the ICT guys can be very proud of. Now for the long trip down to Killie..........................

Match report written by tm4tj/RIG



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 21 18 3 0 48 12 36 57
2. Aberdeen 23 14 2 7 33 20 13 44
3. Motherwell 22 14 1 7 32 28 4 43
4. Inverness CT 21 11 4 6 29 19 10 37
5. Dundee Utd 23 9 7 7 39 27 12 34
6. St. Johnstone 22 8 5 9 30 26 4 29
7. Hibernian 23 7 7 9 21 23 -2 28
8. St. Mirren 22 6 5 11 23 38 -15 23
9. Kilmarnock 22 6 4 12 26 35 -9 22
10. Ross County 22 6 3 13 26 39 -13 21
11. Partick Thistle 22 4 8 10 21 37 -16 20
12. Hearts 23 3 5 15 18 42 -24 14