Aberdeen 1 - 0 Inverness CT

League Match
Wednesday, April 8th, 2015, 7:45 PM at Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Attendance: 11,319
Referee: Calum Murray
Aberdeen Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Ash Taylor (47) None.

Team Managers
Derek McInnes John Hughes

Starting Eleven
Scott Brown
Shaleum Logan
Ash Taylor
Mark Reynolds
Andrew Considine
Niall McGinn
Willo Flood
Barry Robson
Jonny Hayes
Peter Pawlett
Adam Rooney
Ryan Esson
Josh Meekings
Gary Warren
David Raven
Nick Ross
Graeme Shinnie
Aaron Doran
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Danny Williams
Marley Watkins

Bench
Jamie Langfield
Kenny McLean
Cammy Smith
David Goodwillie
Nicky Low
Lawrence Shankland
Donervon Daniels
Dean Brill
Daniel Devine
Liam Polworth
Ryan Christie
Lewis Horner
Edward Ofere
Tarmo Kink

Substitutions
Kenny McLean -> Peter Pawlett (69) Edward Ofere for Nick Ross (66)
Ryan Christie for Greg Tansey (76)
Daniel Devine for David Raven (82)

Bookings
Barry Robson (44)
Shaleum Logan (87)
None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Ryan Esson (GK) 171 apps -
Josh Meekings 140 apps3 goals
David Raven 110 apps1 goal
Gary Warren 111 apps11 goals
Danny Williams 57 apps3 goals
Marley Watkins 64 apps9 goals
Nick Ross 170 apps13 goals
Ross Draper 113 apps7 goals
Graeme Shinnie 179 apps8 goals
Greg Tansey 94 apps15 goals
Aaron Doran 144 apps19 goals
Daniel Devine (sub) 32 apps1 goal
Ryan Christie (sub) 51 apps7 goals
Edward Ofere (sub) 5 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Aaron Doran (23 years 336 days)
Oldest Player:Danny Williams (2016 years 253 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 166 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (20 years 183 days)
Oldest Player:Graeme Shinnie (2016 years 253 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 329 days
Domestic Players:13 (72.22 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Clueless Inverness:

A not unexpected result at Pittodrie considering our fortunes over the previous eight league games. We lacked any ambition and it was only a matter of time before Aberdeen got their noses in front knowing that it would be highly unlikely we would be able to respond. Ash Taylor did the damage just after the break and that was sufficient to all but guarantee Aberdeen second place with the faltering Inverness and Dundee United grimly clinging on to hopes of third.

Niall McGinn and Adam Rooney went close for Aberdeen in a largely uneventful first half at Pittodrie.

Taylor headed in Barry Robson's corner to give the home side the advantage just after the interval.

McGinn later fired against a post before Caley Thistle's Marley Watkins had an effort off the crossbar.

The Dons may miss out on the lifting the title for the first time since 1985, but they are on course for the runners-up spot for the first time since Willie Miller was manager 21 years ago.

They have done it with a bit of style, as well, as they are now unbeaten in 19 games against the teams below them in the Premiership table.

The winning margin in this game could have been more comfortable as Caley Thistle rarely threatened to score and manager John Hughes must be worried by the way their season has petered out lately.

Going into a double header against Celtic in league and cup, they have now managed just three points from the last six league matches.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes made his displeasure at the lacklustre performance against Partick Thistle last Saturday perfectly clear and they were certainly the more alert side as the Highlanders low tempo attacks were complimented by occasional slackness at the back.

For example, Pittodrie-bound Graeme Shinnie was dispossessed by Jonny Hayes who hit a drive from the edge of the box just over the bar.

Two minutes later Danny Williams tried to be too clever with a dummy read by McGinn, who clipped a cute ship over Ryan Esson but also just over the bar.

Inverness were neat and tidy in possession but caused no real problems for Scott Brown who was back in the Aberdeen goal.

It was the former Dons keeper at the other end who had the most uncomfortable moment of the first half after a mix up with central defender Gary Warren.

Rooney looked like taking full advantage as he forced his way between the pair and hooked the ball towards the unguarded goal. Thankfully for the visitors Josh Meekings was alert to the danger and sprinted back to clear the ball from underneath his own crossbar.

Robson nearly rolled back the years with a run from the half-way line that carried the veteran midfielder past two defenders before slicing his long range shot wide.

His accuracy from set pieces remains undiminished, though, and it was his in-swinging corner that saw Taylor head the winner.

The second half was a much more open affair, but the brilliance of Esson in goal and the post denying Shay Logan a goal restricted Aberdeen to a narrow success.

Match report written by tm4tj



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 30 23 3 4 63 14 49 72
2. Aberdeen 31 20 5 6 51 27 24 65
3. Inverness CT 31 16 6 9 43 32 11 54
4. Dundee Utd 30 14 4 12 51 46 5 46
5. St. Johnstone 32 13 6 13 28 32 -4 45
6. Dundee 31 11 11 9 44 42 2 44
7. Hamilton Academical 32 12 7 13 42 47 -5 43
8. Kilmarnock 31 10 8 13 33 40 -7 38
9. Partick Thistle 32 9 8 15 39 38 1 35
10. Ross County 32 9 7 16 36 56 -20 34
11. Motherwell 32 9 4 19 33 55 -22 31
12. St. Mirren 32 6 3 23 22 56 -34 21