Aberdeen 2
Ross County 0
League (Premiership)


2 - 0

Ross County

League (Premiership)
Saturday, December 12th, 2020
Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen (Behind closed doors)
3:00 PM Kick-off

Curtis Main (5, 57) None.

Team Managers
Derek McInnes Stuart Kettlewell

Starting Eleven
1 Joe Lewis
3 Tommie Hoban
4 Andrew Considine
14 Ash Taylor
17 Jonny Hayes
18 Connor McLennan
24 Dean Campbell
33 Matthew Kennedy
40 Ross McCrorie
9 Curtis Main
11 Ryan Hedges
Ross Laidlaw .1
Alex Iacovitti .16
Connor Randall .2
Callum Morris .5
Coll Donaldson .25
Harry Paton .24
Jordan Tillson .22
Regan Charles-Cook .17
Stephen Kelly .18
Iain Vigurs .11
Ross Stewart .27

2 Shaleum Logan
8 Funso Ojo
10 Niall McGinn
16 Sam Cosgrove
22 Ronald Hernández
30 Tom Ritchie
32 Ryan Edmondson
37 Kieran Ngwenya
44 Calvin Ramsey
Ross Doohan .21
Josh Reid .43
Ben Williamson .46
Michael Gardyne .7
Matthew Wright .44
Jermaine Hylton .14
Billy Mckay .9

Shaleum Logan for Connor McLennan (74)
Sam Cosgrove for Matthew Kennedy (84)
Niall McGinn for Jonny Hayes (90)
Kieran Ngwenya for Curtis Main (90)
Funso Ojo for Dean Campbell (90)
Josh Reid for Alex Iacovitti (18)
Billy Mckay for Connor Randall (37)
Michael Gardyne for Jordan Tillson (62)
Jermaine Hylton for Harry Paton (62)

Ross McCrorie (32) Regan Charles-Cook (33)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Nick Walsh (Referee)
Drew Kirkland & David Doig (Assistants)

Match Report

Source unknown.

A Curtis Main double helped Aberdeen to victory at Pittodrie against Ross County this afternoon.

The striker put the hosts ahead early on, before adding a second mid-way through the second half.

Billy McKay and Ross Stewart missed glorious opportunities to level it for County either side of half time.

Inside the 5th minute, Main opened the scoring for the home side. A floated corner from Ryan Hedges met the head of Tommy Hoban deep inside the box, who directed his header back towards the goal. Hoban’s header pinballed around the six-yard box before Curtis Main stabbed the ball home to grab his first Scottish Premiership goal of the season.

On the stroke of half-time, substitute Billy McKay nearly repeated his heroics from County’s previous trip to Pittodrie, where his double clinched all three points for the Staggies in February. An inviting Stephen Kelly deep free kick from the left-hand side found Billy McKay unmarked in the box, but his delivery was slightly too high for the striker, who watched his headed effort clear the crossbar.

County entered the break a goal down, but they were rejuvenated towards the end of the first period after an alteration to formation. The arrival of Billy McKay gave the visitors an extra option in attack as they became the favourable side in the closing stages of the half.

Immediately after the resumption of play, the Dons came flying out the traps and threatened to double their lead. Andy Considine wrapped a pass into the feet of Main and the goal scorer expertly flicked the ball round the corner for Matty Kennedy who had broken beyond the County defence. Kennedy advanced towards goal from the left wing, but his left-footed shot was saved by the feet of Laidlaw who stood up and done well to narrow the winger’s angle.

Ross Stewart missed a golden opportunity in the 56th minute as County came within inches of an equaliser. The striker got on the end of a deflected Josh Reid cross from the left-hand side, but his outside-of-the-boot effort went just wide of the goal from inside the six-yard box.

Just moments after County’s best chance of the match, the hosts delivered a sucker punch and extended their lead to 2-0. Jonny Hayes went past Jordan Tillson and Regan Charles-Cook before cutting the ball back to Ryan Hedges. The Welshman had his resulting shot blocked by Morris, but his intervention fell into the path of Curtis Main as the striker successfully rolled Coll Donaldson and blasted his left-footed shot into the roof of the net. Main netted his second ever double in Scottish football, the first coming against his current club for Motherwell in a Scottish Cup semi-final in 2018.

The Staggies almost replied with a goal of their own in the 80th minute when Michael Gardyne burst through the midfield and slid the ball over to Ross Stewart. The striker drifted inside of three opposing defenders and thundered the ball goalward, but his shot was expertly saved by the outstretching left arm of Joe Lewis.

Despite some encouraging signs as the game neared its end, County were unable to break the resistance of the home side to get themselves back in the game.

*Match report courtesy of Ross County Football Club*.

Squad Statistics (as at December 12th, 2020)

2020/21 All Time
Ross Laidlaw (GK)28 17 - 39 -
Coll Donaldson25 211291
Callum Morris30 7 - 451
Connor Randall25 14 - 14 -
Alex Iacovitti23 222222
Iain Vigurs32 17122028
Stephen Kelly20 13 - 13 -
Regan Charles-Cook23 202202
Jordan Tillson27 19 - 27 -
Harry Paton22 201503
Ross Stewart24 2167928
Josh Reid (sub)18 19 - 19 -
Michael Gardyne (sub)34 18 - 42771
Jermaine Hylton (sub)27 9 - 9 -
Billy Mckay (sub)32 18210936

League Table (as at December 12th, 2020)

No league table has been added for this season.