Aberdeen 1
Ross County 0
League (Premiership)


1 - 0

Ross County

League (Premiership)
Sunday, December 29th, 2013
Pittodrie, Aberdeen. Att. 11,602
3:00 PM Kick-off

Nicky Low (2) None.

Team Managers
Derek McInnes Derek Adams

Starting Eleven
Jamie Langfield
Joe Shaughnessy
Michael Hector
Mark Reynolds
Ryan Jack
Nicky Low
Peter Pawlett
Jonny Hayes
Niall McGinn
Scott Vernon
Willo Flood
Michael Fraser
Scott Boyd .5
Brian McLean
Ben Gordon
Steven Saunders
Alex Cooper
Marc Klok .18
Richard Brittain
Stuart Kettlewell .4
Graham Carey .23
Orhan Mustafi

Nicky Weaver (GK)
Barry Robson
Josh Magennis
Russell Anderson
Gregg Wylde
Lawrence Shankland
Cammy Smith
Mark Brown .1
Branislav Micic
Melvin De Leeuw .11
Rocco Quinn .10
Darren Maatsen .14
Kevin Luckassen .19
Gary Glen .15

Barry Robson for Ryan Jack (73)
Cammy Smith for Peter Pawlett (76)
Josh Magennis for Scott Vernon (84)
Gary Glen for Orhan Mustafi (46)
Melvin De Leeuw for Steven Saunders (66)
Darren Maatsen for Alex Cooper (80)

None. Marc Klok (24)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Callum Murray (Referee)

Match Report

Source unknown.

Nicky Low's stunning second-minute free-kick fired Aberdeen to a 1-0 home victory over Ross County, moving them up to third in the Scottish Premiership.

Low's strike in the game's opening stages was the only goal of a contest in which County only managed two shots, both of which were from Graham Carey and neither of which were on target.

Aberdeen came straight out of the traps and it took them just two minutes to break the County resistance.

Peter Pawlett was fouled on the edge of the area and Low, recalled to the side in place of Barry Robson, stepped up to curl the ball in off the post with a superbly taken left-footed free-kick.

Pawlett was in the thick of it and just 10 minutes later he won a penalty for the home side when he was brought down in the area by Ross County midfielder Marc Klok.

But Scott Vernon was unable to convert the spot-kick with County goalkeeper Michael Fraser leaping to his right to tip the ball wide.

Aberdeen dominated the remainder of the half and almost doubled their lead just before the break when County defender Scott Boyd diverted the ball onto his own post and out for a corner.

The second half was a slightly more tepid affair with the first chance falling to the goalscorer Low in the 58th minute but he fired his shot over the crossbar.

Moments later Niall McGinn had two chances to extend the home side's lead but was unable to find the target on both occasions.

Five minutes from time, Cameron Smith - on as a second half substitute for Pawlett - tried to chip Fraser but the goalkeeper read his intentions and was able to save comfortably.

Carey had a shot in the game's dying embers but his effort was blocked as Aberdeen claimed all three points and moved up two places to third in the league behind Celtic and Motherwell.

Squad Statistics (as at December 29th, 2013)

2013/14 All Time
Michael Fraser (GK)30 4 - 71 -
Scott Boyd27 15 - 23911
Steven Saunders22 7171
Ben Gordon22 16 - 16 -
Brian McLean28 18 - 18 -
Graham Carey24 192192
Stuart Kettlewell29 20214710
Richard Brittain30 17422646
Marc Klok20 5 - 5 -
Alex Cooper22 3 - 21 -
Orhan Mustafi23 8181
Darren Maatsen (sub)22 111111
Melvin De Leeuw (sub)25 194194
Gary Glen (sub)23 11 - 393

League Table (as at December 29th, 2013)

No league table has been added for this season.