Aberdeen   2 - 1   Inverness CT

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Highlights - Aberdeen 2-1 Inverness CT

Highlights - Aberdeen 2-1 Inverness CT

Two first-half strikes ended Aberdeen's four-game goal drought as Craig Brown's side survived Inverness Caledonian Thistle's late fightback.

It took the Dons only 12 minutes to take the lead when Rob Milsom slotted home after fine play by Josh Magennis.

The home side doubled their advantage when Scott Vernon took advantage of a defensive mistake by Inverness debutant Roman Golobart to drive the ball home.

Richie Foran slid in a 79th-minute reply, but the Dons held on to win.

Aberdeen fans sighed with relief at the end as their side claimed their first three points of the season after a game that justified the game of two halves cliche.

Striker Darren Mackie and Rory McArdle were the casualties as Dons manager Craig Brown looked to end their four game wait for a goal, with Josh Magennis and Ryan Jack coming into the starting line-up.

Inverness boss Terry Butcher, without seven players through injury or suspension, introduced Golobart, their loan signing from Wigan, while Andrew Shinnie, Nick Ross and Gavin Morrison were handed starts.

The re-arranged defence was quickly under pressure and Kari Arnason sent a tantalising cross into the box and Scott Vernon failed to keep his header under the bar from only six yards out.

The opening goal came after 12 minutes when Magennis showed great strength to ease past two defenders before slotting the ball across goal for Milsom, who turned it home.

Rob Milson celebrates Vernon (left) put the Dons in control with a second goal before the break

The Dons quickly added their second when Scott Vernon pounced on a mistake from Golobart to run through on goal and coolly fire the ball past Esson.

Aberdeen were now totally in control and Magennis linked up with Fraser Fyvie before his powerful effort whistled past the post.

Inverness thought they had pulled a goal back after 36 minutes when Jonny Hayes found the back of the net, but referee Crawford Allan had already blown his whistle for an earlier infringement.

The Dons could have added a third before the break when Milsom's curling free-kick evaded everyone and bounced back off the upright.

Caley Thistle improved after the break and Richie Foran wasted an opportunity when he was one-on-one with David Gonzalez, but the Aberdeen goalkeeper smothered the ball after a poor first touch by the forward.

Jonny Hayes also failed to capitalise on a half-chance for the Highlanders.

Foran slid in for his first of the season as he pounced on a mis-headed ball by Aberdeen's Youl Mawene.

Inverness nearly pulled level when Foran bore down on goal, but a great save by Gonzalez bailed out the Dons.

Striker Gregory Tade, who had come on as a substitute after being relegated to the bench, headed straight at the keeper in the closing minutes as the Dons took the three points.

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Saturday, 20 August 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aberdeen 2-1 Inverness CT FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Milsom 12
  • Vernon 27
  • Foran 79

Aberdeen

  • 20 Gonzalez
  • 03 Foster
  • 05 Mawene (McArdle 81)
  • 06 Considine
  • 08 Milsom
  • 11 Arnason
  • 16 Osbourne
  • 17 Fyvie (Clark 74)
  • 22 Jack
  • 09 Vernon
  • 21 Magennis (Megginson 67)

Substitutes

  • 32 Brown,
  • 02 McArdle,
  • 07 Clark,
  • 15 Pawlett,
  • 10 Mackie,
  • 19 Paton,
  • 23 Megginson

Inverness CT

  • 01 Esson
  • 05 Hogg yellow card
  • 16 Golobart
  • 19 Shinnie yellow card
  • 02 Piermayr yellow card
  • 07 Hayes (Tade 87)
  • 08 Tansey
  • 10 Shinnie (Doran 53)
  • 11 Ross (Sutherland 70)
  • 17 Morrison
  • 09 Foran

Substitutes

  • 12 Tuffey,
  • 20 Aldred,
  • 29 Laing,
  • 30 Andrew Greig,
  • 15 Tade,
  • 18 Sutherland,
  • 23 Doran
Ref: AllanAtt: 7,989
ABERDEEN
INVERNESS CT

Possession

  • Aberdeen 55%
  • Inverness CT 45%

Attempts on target

  • Aberdeen 7
  • Inverness CT 6

Attempts off target

  • Aberdeen 7
  • Inverness CT 5

Corners

  • Aberdeen 6
  • Inverness CT 6

Fouls

  • Aberdeen 12
  • Inverness CT 6
  • Final Result
  • 94:05 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:14 Shot from just outside the box by Robert Milsom goes over the target.
  • 90:00+1:49 Graeme Shinnie sends in a cross, comfortable save by David Gonzalez.
  • Correction - 90:00+1:31 The offside flag is raised against Mitchel Megginson. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:31 Mitchel Megginson is caught offside. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:44 Greg Tansey produces a cross.
  • 90:00+0:34 Shane Sutherland crosses the ball, clearance by Ryan Jack.
  • 88:34 Mitchel Megginson concedes a free kick for a foul on Roman Golobart. Graeme Shinnie crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance made by Isaac Osbourne.
  • 87:39 Chris Clark challenges Ryan Esson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Esson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 86:11 Substitution Gregory Tade is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan Hayes.
  • 86:11 Corner taken by Robert Milsom, clearance by Roman Golobart.
  • 86:05 Ryan Jack crosses the ball, clearance by Chris Hogg.
  • 85:34 The ball is sent over by Aaron Doran, Rory McArdle makes a clearance.
  • 84:36 Mitchel Megginson delivers the ball, clearance made by Chris Hogg.
  • 83:48 Richard Foster concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Sutherland. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Jonathan Hayes from right wing, clearance made by Rory McArdle.
  • 82:49 Richard Foster produces a cross, Roman Golobart makes a clearance.
  • 80:46 Substitution Rory McArdle comes on in place of Youl Mawene.
  • 79:47 Richie Foran takes a shot. David Gonzalez makes a brilliant save.
  • 78:36 GOAL - Richie ForanAberdeen 2 - 1 Inverness CT Goal scored by Richie Foran from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aberdeen 2-1 Inverness CT.
  • 77:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Youl Mawene on Aaron Doran. Jonathan Hayes crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Andrew Considine makes a clearance.
  • 74:31 Robert Milsom crosses the ball, Shane Sutherland makes a clearance.
  • 73:30 Substitution Chris Clark replaces Fraser Fyvie.
  • 72:56 Jonathan Hayes takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post. Shane Sutherland delivers the ball, clearance by Youl Mawene.
  • 71:14 Aaron Doran delivers the ball, clearance by Youl Mawene. Greg Tansey takes a shot. Comfortable save by David Gonzalez.
  • Correction - 69:20 Thomas Piermayr crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Header from deep inside the area by Richie Foran goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • Correction - 69:20 Substitution Shane Sutherland on for Nick Ross.
  • Correction - 69:20 Foul by Isaac Osbourne on Gavin Morrison, free kick awarded.
  • 69:20 Thomas Piermayr delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Header on goal by Richie Foran from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 69:20 Substitution Shane Sutherland on for Nick Ross.
  • 69:20 Unfair challenge on Gavin Morrison by Isaac Osbourne results in a free kick.
  • 68:35 Shot from just outside the area by Richie Foran goes over the bar.
  • 67:47 Gavin Morrison has an effort at goal from 30 yards. Fantastic save by David Gonzalez.
  • 67:30 The ball is sent over by Jonathan Hayes, Richard Foster gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Jonathan Hayes from the right by-line, clearance by Scott Vernon.
  • 66:35 Substitution Mitchel Megginson replaces Josh Magennis.
  • 66:35 Robert Milsom produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
  • 66:12 Richard Foster restarts play with the free kick.
  • 66:12 Booking Booking for Thomas Piermayr.
  • 66:06 Thomas Piermayr gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Milsom.
  • 65:03 Effort from the edge of the box by Jonathan Hayes goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 64:42 Shot by Kari Arnason from 12 yards. Chris Hogg gets a block in.
  • 63:49 Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Milsom, Chris Hogg makes a clearance.
  • 63:49 Booking Graeme Shinnie goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 63:39 Graeme Shinnie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fraser Fyvie.
  • 63:27 The ball is swung over by Richard Foster, blocked by Chris Hogg.
  • 62:21 Effort on goal by Gavin Morrison from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 61:44 Richie Foran takes a shot. Youl Mawene manages to make a clearance.
  • 61:14 The ball is swung over by Graeme Shinnie, save made by David Gonzalez.
  • 59:52 The ball is swung over by Jonathan Hayes, Youl Mawene makes a clearance. A cross is delivered by Nick Ross, clearance by Youl Mawene.
  • 59:24 Nick Ross sends in a cross, Youl Mawene manages to make a clearance.
  • 59:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Milsom on Nick Ross. Chris Hogg takes the free kick.
  • 58:01 Fraser Fyvie sends in a cross.
  • 57:21 Scott Vernon is caught offside. Ryan Esson takes the indirect free kick.
  • 56:53 Centre by Jonathan Hayes.
  • 56:15 Jonathan Hayes takes a outswinging corner.
  • 55:34 Robert Milsom takes a outswinging corner.
  • 54:16 Effort on goal by Scott Vernon from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 53:35 Richie Foran is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Gonzalez.
  • 52:36 Substitution Andrew Shinnie leaves the field to be replaced by Aaron Doran.
  • 51:21 Richie Foran delivers the ball.
  • 50:09 The ball is crossed by Richie Foran, clearance made by Fraser Fyvie. Corner taken by Jonathan Hayes from the right by-line to the near post, Kari Arnason manages to make a clearance.
  • 49:29 A cross is delivered by Fraser Fyvie.
  • 46:39 Thomas Piermayr produces a cross, clearance by Kari Arnason.
  • 46:08 Jonathan Hayes delivers the ball, Youl Mawene makes a clearance.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:11 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 44:02 Centre by Kari Arnason, Josh Magennis takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Esson.
  • 43:15 The ball is delivered by Nick Ross, save made by David Gonzalez.
  • 42:54 Josh Magennis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Roman Golobart. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Shinnie.
  • 41:52 A cross is delivered by Graeme Shinnie, David Gonzalez makes a comfortable save.
  • 39:54 Robert Milsom has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 38:27 Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Milsom.
  • 38:27 Booking Chris Hogg goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 38:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Hogg on Josh Magennis.
  • 37:50 Josh Magennis delivers the ball, clearance made by Roman Golobart. Kari Arnason produces a volleyed left-footed shot from 30 yards. Save made by Ryan Esson.
  • 35:11 Foul by Youl Mawene on Richie Foran, free kick awarded. Nick Ross produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 32:54 Josh Magennis has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 31:39 Andrew Shinnie concedes a free kick for a foul on Fraser Fyvie. Youl Mawene restarts play with the free kick.
  • 30:36 Greg Tansey takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
  • 29:43 The ball is swung over by Richie Foran, save made by David Gonzalez.
  • 26:30 GOAL - Scott VernonAberdeen 2 - 0 Inverness CT Goal scored by Scott Vernon from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aberdeen 2-0 Inverness CT.
  • 25:05 Nick Ross crosses the ball.
  • 24:57 Centre by Nick Ross, Andrew Considine manages to make a clearance.
  • 22:55 Greg Tansey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kari Arnason. Free kick taken by Youl Mawene.
  • 21:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Josh Magennis on Roman Golobart. Ryan Esson takes the free kick.
  • 17:03 Shot from 35+ yards from Josh Magennis. Save by Ryan Esson.
  • 15:28 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Robert Milsom, Richie Foran manages to make a clearance.
  • 14:20 The ball is delivered by Fraser Fyvie, blocked by Chris Hogg. Robert Milsom takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Gavin Morrison manages to make a clearance.
  • 11:52 Assist on the goal came from Josh Magennis.
  • 11:52 GOAL - Robert MilsomAberdeen 1 - 0 Inverness CT Robert Milsom finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aberdeen 1-0 Inverness CT.
  • 11:45 The ball is crossed by Josh Magennis,
  • 11:09 Richard Foster delivers the ball, save by Ryan Esson.
  • 10:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Hayes by Ryan Jack. Roman Golobart restarts play with the free kick.
  • 9:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Hogg by Josh Magennis. Roman Golobart restarts play with the free kick.
  • 7:17 Foul by Chris Hogg on Josh Magennis, free kick awarded. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Robert Milsom. Corner taken left-footed by Robert Milsom from the left by-line to the near post, Youl Mawene produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 5:49 Kari Arnason produces a cross, Close range headed effort by Scott Vernon clears the crossbar.
  • 5:16 Foul by Youl Mawene on Jonathan Hayes, free kick awarded. Graeme Shinnie restarts play with the free kick.
  • 4:14 Richard Foster is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Ryan Esson.
  • 3:21 The ball is crossed by Jonathan Hayes, clearance by Youl Mawene.
  • 2:23 Outswinging corner taken by Jonathan Hayes from the left by-line, clearance by Ryan Jack. Corner taken by Jonathan Hayes, Andrew Considine manages to make a clearance.
  • 2:16 Jonathan Hayes delivers the ball, blocked by Fraser Fyvie.
  • 1:13 Corner taken short by Robert Milsom.
  • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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Scottish Premier results

20 Aug 2011 23:59 UK

Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 20 Aug 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Motherwell 4 5 10
2 Celtic 3 7 9
3 Dunfermline 4 2 8
4 St Mirren 5 1 8
5 Rangers 3 4 7
6 Kilmarnock 3 3 5
7 Dundee Utd 5 -4 5
8 Hearts 4 1 4
9 Aberdeen 5 -4 4
10 Hibernian 4 -5 3
11 St Johnstone 3 -3 1
12 Inverness CT 5 -7 1

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