Ross County 1 - 1 Aberdeen  (League)

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014, 7:45 PM at Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall
Attendance: 3,775
Referee: Brian Colvin
Ross County v Aberdeen, Mar 25th 2014, Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall
Ross County  Aberdeen

Goalscorers
Melvin De Leeuw (34)
Adam Rooney (77)

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Erik Cikos
Scott Boyd
Evangelos Oikonomou
Yann Songo'o
Richard Brittain
Filip Kiss
Melvin De Leeuw
Michael Tidser
Graham Carey
Yoann Arquin
Jamie Langfield
Shay Logan
Mark Reynolds
Alan Tate
Andrew Considine
Cammy Smith
Ryan Jack
Willo Flood
Barry Robson
Niall McGinn
Adam Rooney

Bench
Sean McCarthy
Ben Gordon
Steven Saunders
Brian McLean
Rocco Quinn
Gary Glen
Jordan Slew
Nicky Weaver (GK)
Joe Shaughnessy
Clark Robertson
Nicky Low
Calvin Zola
Scott Vernon
Declan McMnaus

Substitutions
Jordan Slew for Melvin De Leeuw (73)
Steven Saunders for Yoann Arquin (83)
Joe Shaughnessy for Alan Tate (46)
Scott Vernon for Cammy Smith (73)
Calvin Zola for Niall McGinn (84)

Bookings
None. Andrew Considine (33)
Adam Rooney (71)

Red Cards
None. Andrew Considine (87)
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 39 apps -
Erik Cikos 7 apps -
Scott Boyd 246 apps12 goals
Evangelos Oikonomou 30 apps -
Yann Songo'o 10 apps3 goals
Filip Kiss 10 apps4 goals
Michael Tidser 12 apps -
Melvin De Leeuw 29 apps7 goals
Graham Carey 31 apps3 goals
Richard Brittain 239 apps48 goals
Yoann Arquin 10 apps3 goals
Steven Saunders (sub) 11 apps1 goal
Jordan Slew (sub) 13 apps -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Yann Songo'o (22 years 132 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (33 years 33 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 152 days

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Sean McCarthy (20 years 262 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (33 years 33 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 195 days

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Melvin De Leeuw headed the hosts in front, and Yoann Arquin spurned a great chance to make it 2-0 minutes later. The Dons hit the woodwork three times before Rooney finally drew them level, finishing from close range.

Both sides missed good chances to find a winner in a pulsating last 10 minutes which saw Andrew Considine sent off for a professional foul.

It was the Dons who started the brightest in a bid to improve on a poor record in Dingwall that had seen them fail to pick up any points on previous visits. Goalkeeper Mark Brown did well to deny Barry Robson when the veteran midfielder bulleted a header straight at him from Shaleum Logan's cross.

Aberdeen continued to set the early pace but, out of nothing, Ross County had the ball in the net and thought they had taken the lead.
Arquin latched on to a long ball and knocked over Alan Tate before finishing but the assistant referee spotted the infringement and the goal was ruled out.

Mark Reynolds saw a goal-bound shot cleared by Yann Songo'o but, after withstanding Aberdeen's early threat, it was County who were now the team on top. And an impressive clearance by Logan served only to prevent a County opener as the unchallenged De Leeuw headed Graham Carey's free-kick beyond Jamie Langfield.

The home side should have had a second before half-time. Evangelos Ikonomou stole the ball off the toes of Carey but blasted his shot over. Then, a breakaway saw Aberdeen outnumbered at the back, and when De Leeuw picked out Arquin it looked certain to be 2-0, but Langfield raced from his goal-line to deny the striker.

The visitors hit the woodwork when Cammy Smith's looping header bounced off the post to Joe Shaughnessy and the latter could not get enough on the rebound to trouble Brown.
A poor clearance by Langfield almost gifted County their second. Under pressure from Arquin, the goalkeeper kicked the ball straight to De Leeuw who who rattled a shot straight back at him which was then spilled into the path of Arquin, but Langfield managed to recover and save.

Langfield was busy again a minute later, this time pulling off a fantastic one-handed save to tip Filip Kiss's shot wide. At the other end, Robson's shot was deflected off Brittain and Brown had to tip it over. But from the resulting corner, the Dons grabbed their equaliser.

Ryan Jack sent in a looping shot from the edge of the box which the goalkeeper managed to push wide at full stretch. Reynolds hit the post with the rebound, but the second time it fell to him he was able to square for Rooney to knock it in.

It was end-to-end as the game entered its closing stages and the game took another twist when Considine was red-carded for bundling over Carey when the winger was one-on-one with Langfield.

Scott Boyd headed wide for the home side, then Calvin Zola should have buried Rooney's low cross instead of putting it in the stand.
Songo'o and Jack both had chances right at the death. The County man failed to finish when Steven Saunders headed into his path, then Jack shot over the bar.

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