Aberdeen 0 - 0 Ross County (League)

Saturday, August 11th, 2012, 3:00 PM at Pittodrie Stadium
Attendance: 14,010
Referee: Euan Norris
Aberdeen v Ross County, Aug 11th 2012, Pittodrie Stadium
Aberdeen Ross County 

Goalscorers
None. None.

Starting Eleven
Jamie Langfield
Isaac Osbourne
Russell Anderson
Andrew Considine
Gary Naysmith
Gavin Rae
Stephen Hughes
Ryan Jack
Niall McGinn
Scott Vernon
Jonny Hayes
Michael Fraser
Marc Fitzpatrick
Scott Boyd
Ross Tokely
Grant Munro
Martin Scott
Richard Brittain
Paul Lawson
Iain Vigurs
Sam Morrow
Colin McMenamin

Bench
Ryan Fraser
Josh Magennis
Peter Pawlett
Mark Reynolds
Jordon Brown
Chris Clark
Robert Milsom
Sean McCarthy
Adam Porritt
Archie MacPhee
Mihael Kovacevic
Russell Duncan
Mark Corcoran
Steven Ross

Substitutions
Ryan Fraser-Niall McGinn (66)
Josh Magennis-Ryan Jack (74)
Peter Pawlett-Jonny Hayes (78)
Russell Duncan for Paul Lawson (52)
Mark Corcoran for Sam Morrow (64)

Bookings
Ryan Jack (21)
Scott Vernon (73)
Ross Tokely (80)
Colin McMenamin (90)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Michael Fraser (GK) 45 apps -
Marc Fitzpatrick 37 apps -
Ross Tokely 2 apps -
Scott Boyd 188 apps11 goals
Grant Munro 44 apps2 goals
Iain Vigurs 125 apps14 goals
Richard Brittain 175 apps32 goals
Martin Scott 175 apps11 goals
Paul Lawson 169 apps15 goals
Colin McMenamin 42 apps20 goals
Sam Morrow 15 apps4 goals
Russell Duncan (sub) 9 apps -
Mark Corcoran (sub) 68 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Iain Vigurs (24 years 102 days)
Oldest Player:Ross Tokely (33 years 165 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 187 days

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Adam Porritt (18 years 217 days)
Oldest Player:Ross Tokely (33 years 165 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 199 days

First Team Debuts

Milestones

County stood toe to toe with Craig Brown's side in an even first half. But it was the Dons who were in control after the break and Gavin Rae ought to have found the target with an unchallenged header in front of goal. Hughes was in fine form for the Dons but could not believe they could not score.

Scott Vernon also passed up a great chance as County survived to start their top-flight life with two draws. It stretches the Dingwall side's unbeaten league run to 36 games - a full calendar year - and left frustrated much of a large crowd boosted by the Sell Out Saturday campaign designed to compensate for the financial loss of Rangers to Scottish Premier League clubs.

The attendance of 14,000 was 8,000 short of capacity but 4,000 more than watched the Dons' opener last season. Little has changed on the field of play, however - as that too ended goalless, although an unchanged Aberdeen continued to show the kind of promise they displayed last weekend as they ran the reigning champions close before a late mistake by goalkeeper Jamie Langfield handed Celtic victory.

The Aberdeen support appeared buoyed by that promising display in Glasgow and their anticipation heightened as Stephen Hughes fired into the side netting from just inside the County penalty box after a clever Vernon flick set up the midfielder. Sam Morrow, chosen to start for County in place of Russell Duncan, was causing problems and his presence alone was enough to distract a Dons defence that looked so comfortable at Celtic Park as a cross found its way to Martin Scott. However, the midfielder back at Victoria Park on loan from Hibernian sliced his drive wide from 15 yards.

Hughes powered into the visitors' box but fired weakly straight at goalkeeper Michael Fraser, while County's Richard Brittain and the Dons' Jonny Hayes sent low drives just wide from distance. Aberdeen started the second half brightly and three men with Scotland experience ought to have put the home side ahead.

Hughes' clever ball put Gary Naysmith clear down the left and the full-back's cross found Rae rising unmarked 12 yards out, but the veteran midfielder's downward header bounced clear of the far post. As with the first half, County managed to stifle the home side's early momentum and the home side suffered another blow when winger Niall McGinn was stretchered off after the summer signing went down heavily after a challenge with Grant Munro.

County were rarely threatening but were almost handed the opener by a poor clearance by Langfield that was pounced upon by Duncan. However, the goalkeeper made amends, stopping Brittain's low 16-yard drive with his legs. Vernon missed a sitter when found by a free-kick by McGinn's replacement, Ryan Fraser, but the striker passed the ball straight into goalkeeper Fraser's arms.

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