Aberdeen 0 - 1 Ross County (League)

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013, 7:30 PM at Pittodrie Stadium
Attendance: 6,394
Referee: Crawford Allan
Aberdeen v Ross County, Feb 26th 2013, Pittodrie Stadium
Aberdeen Ross County 

Goalscorers
None. Gary Glen (81)

Starting Eleven
James Langfield
Ryan Jack
Clark Robertson
Russell Anderson
Mark Reynolds
Gavin Rae
Niall McGinn
Jonny Hayes
Stephen Hughes
Rory Fallon
Josh Magennis
Mark Brown
Mihael Kovacevic
Scott Boyd
Grant Munro
Evangelos Oikonomou
Rocco Quinn
Richard Brittain
Paul Lawson
Iain Vigurs
Sam Morrow
Ivan Sproule

Bench
Dan Twardzik
Nicky Low
Gary Naysmith
Robert Milsom
Peter Pawlett
Scott Vernon
Declan McManus
Michael Fraser
Archie MacPhee
André Hainault
Tony Dingwall
Alex Cooper
Steffen Wohlfarth
Gary Glen

Substitutions
Peter Pawlett for Rory Fallon (46)
Robert Milsom for Stephen Hughes (63)
Declan McManus for Jonny Hayes (79)
Steffen Wohlfarth for Sam Morrow (64)
Gary Glen for Ivan Sproule (72)

Bookings
None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Brown (GK) 16 apps -
Mihael Kovacevic 23 apps -
Scott Boyd 217 apps11 goals
Grant Munro 71 apps3 goals
Evangelos Oikonomou 8 apps -
Iain Vigurs 152 apps22 goals
Richard Brittain 202 apps40 goals
Rocco Quinn 59 apps9 goals
Paul Lawson 180 apps16 goals
Sam Morrow 34 apps6 goals
Ivan Sproule 6 apps5 goals
Steffen Wohlfarth (sub) -
Gary Glen (sub) 22 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Iain Vigurs (24 years 301 days)
Oldest Player:Grant Munro (32 years 172 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 115 days

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Tony Dingwall (18 years 221 days)
Oldest Player:Grant Munro (32 years 172 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 242 days

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Gary Glen's late goal moved Ross County to third in the Scottish Premier League after beating Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

A drab first half saw Ryan Jack go close for the hosts while County's Ivan Sproule tested Jamie Langfield. Sproule had the visitors' best chances of a similarly dull second half before Niall McGinn hit the side-netting.

But substitute Gary Glen finished Steffen Wohlfarth's flick with 10 minutes to go.

Aberdeen were looking for their first ever competitive win over Ross County after drawing and losing the previous two meetings of 2012/13.

Jonny Hayes returned to the home side's starting XI and within sixty seconds foraged forward menacingly before being brought to a halt by County's Mihael Kovacevic. With the game initially lacking fluidity, a decent Russell Anderson interception on 11 minutes eventually sparked an Aberdeen attack that ended with a Hayes cross which County keeper Mark Brown gathered at the second attempt.

The Dons took the game to Derek Adams' men again in the 25th minute. A floated Hayes pass put Jack in behind County's Evangelos Ikonomou on the right side of the box and the Scotland under-21 international cut inside to send in a low left-footed shot wide of the goal.

Ikonomou found Sproule on the left channel and the Northern Irishman flashed in a low right-footed effort which Langfield had to divert wide for a corner. County sustained that pressure and a Kovacevic effort, after he dispossessed Hayes, gave Langfield more to do before half-time.

On 64 minutes, Sproule received a long ball in the box with his back to goal and wriggled away from Dons captain Russell Anderson to shoot tamely. A minute later Sproule, looking for his sixth Ross County goal, worked Langfield again with a near-post drive but the home keeper was equal to it. The striker was substituted for Glen soon after, a swap Sproule did not look enthused about.

Then, when a goal-less draw looked inevitable, County took the lead. Rocco Quinn's right-wing cross was flicked on nicely by Wohlfarth in the direction of Glen, who blasted high past Langfield at the near-post from eight yards.

Aberdeen almost replied immediately as Rae latched onto Pawlett's pass in the box to force an excellent low save from Brown.

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