Ross County 0 - 1 Aberdeen  (League)

Monday, November 3rd, 2014, 7:45 PM at Global Energy Stadium
Attendance: 3,745
Referee: Willie Collum
Ross County v Aberdeen, Nov 3rd 2014, Global Energy Stadium
Ross County  Aberdeen

Goalscorers
None. Paul Quinn (og) 52

Starting Eleven
Mark Brown
Lewis Toshney
Darren Barr
Paul Quinn
Scott Boyd
Jackson Irvine
Michael Gardyne
Martin Woods
Filip Kiss
Graham Carey
Yoann Arquin
Scott Brown
Shay Logan
Ash Taylor
Mark Reynolds
Andrew Considine
Jonny Hayes
Willo Flood
Ryan Jack
Niall McGinn
Adam Rooney
Peter Pawlett

Bench
Antonio Reguero
Jamie Reckord
Ben Frempah
Tony Dingwall
Joe Cardle
Jake Jervis
Liam Boyce
Jamie Langfield
Scott McKenna
Barry Robson
Jeff Monakana
Cammy Smith
Lawrence Shankland
David Goodwillie

Substitutions
Joe Cardle for Jackson Irvine (61)
Jake Jervis for Yoann Arquin (61)
Liam Boyce for Michael Gardyne (67)
David Goodwillie for Adam Rooney (82)
Barry Robson for Peter Pawlett (83)
Jeff Monakana for Jonny Hayes (89)

Bookings
Michael Gardyne
Jeff Monakana (90+4)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 55 apps -
Scott Boyd 265 apps12 goals
Lewis Toshney 5 apps -
Darren Barr 6 apps -
Paul Quinn 3 apps1 goal
Jackson Irvine 7 apps -
Graham Carey 51 apps4 goals
Filip Kiss 30 apps6 goals
Michael Gardyne 218 apps48 goals
Martin Woods 2 apps -
Yoann Arquin 29 apps5 goals
Joe Cardle (sub) 13 apps -
Liam Boyce (sub) 10 apps3 goals
Jake Jervis (sub) 12 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jackson Irvine (21 years 246 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (33 years 256 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 69 days

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ben Frempah (19 years 219 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (33 years 256 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 10 days

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Paul Quinn's own goal gave Aberdeen victory over Ross County, who missed the chance to move off the foot of the Premiership table.

The Dons had the best of a poor first half with Adam Rooney going close.

Derek McInnes' side bossed the second period, and the crucial goal arrived when Quinn diverted into his own net from Shay Logan's delivery.

The win takes Aberdeen up to fifth in the table and they are now just three points off top spot.

A victory would have taken County above Motherwell but the Highlanders remain in bottom spot with five points from their 12 outings.

The game started in driving rain and Dons defender Mark Reynolds made an unorthodox acrobatic clearance in front of his own goal in the opening seconds, with Yoann Arquin waiting to pounce on Graham Carey's deep cross.

At the other end Adam Rooney drew a decent save from Staggies keeper Mark Brown with a near-post header from Logan's centre.

Ross County defender Paul Quinn diverts the ball beyond his own goalkeeper to send Aberdeen 1-0 up

And Brown was called into action again when Niall McGinn's floated free-kick picked out Ash Taylor at the back post. His header back across goal took a touch off County defender Scott Boyd but Brown reacted well to palm the ball away.

On a rare foray into the visitors' box, County's Quinn rose brilliantly but nodded just wide of keeper Scott Brown's right-hand post from Michael Gardyne's excellent delivery.

Rooney flashed a header narrowly wide from McGinn's cross late in the half and the sides went in all square at the break, no doubt delighted to escape the deluge in Dingwall for 15 minutes.

County looked sharper at the start of the second period with Gardyne the main architect of their good play going forward.

They still had to be alert at the back though and Darren Barr brilliantly headed clear from under his own bar after Jonny Hayes broke down the left and whipped a great ball into the box.

Minutes later the home side fell behind in calamitous fashion. Boyd's poor pass was pounced on by McGinn, who raced down the right and sent a ball into the box that Quinn fired into his own net from a few yards out.

Andrew Considine fired over the bar from 12 yards as Aberdeen chased a quickfire second, and the excellent Hayes continued to cause County problems down the left during a period of intense Dons pressure.

The second almost came following a superb move. Logan drove a ball into the area and Peter Pawlett took a glorious first touch to escape the attentions of Boyd, but his right-footed shot crashed off the angle of bar and post.

And the hosts almost cashed in on that piece of good fortune when Carey's dig from distance was palmed out by Brown, but substitute Liam Boyce could only lash the rebound well over the bar.

That was as close as the Staggies came to a leveller and the visitors could have increased their lead as Hayes and Willo Flood passed up good chances, but Quinn's horror moment was enough to secure the Dons' first competitive win over County in Dingwall.

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