Aberdeen jump to second in the Premiership after win at Ross County

ABERDEEN jumped back to second spot in the Premiership table after overcoming bottom side Ross County 4-2 in Dingwall.

The Reds took full advantage of Rangers being in Scottish Cup action at Highland League Fraserburgh to move three points ahead of the Ibrox club, who hold a game in hand.

Aberdeen were 3-0 up at half-time courtesy of an opener from Kenny McLean followed by a brace from striker Adam Rooney.

McLean doubled his tally after the break to make it 4-0 before the Staggies grabbed two late goals through substitute Alex Schalk.

 

Before kick-off the Reds completed the transfer deadline day capture of Carlisle United striker Sam Cosgrove on a two-and-a-half year deal.

The 21-year-old traveled up to the Dons’ hotel in Inverness before the clash at Dingwall to undergo a medical and agree personal terms.

Aberdeen are also confident of securing Newcastle United keeper Freddie Woodman on loan until the end of the season before the transfer window closes at midnight.

Woodman was on the bench for Newcastle against Burnley tonight. The Reds are confident  a loan deal will be completed for the U20 World Cup winner.

Aberdeen made two changes to the side that defeated Kilmarnock 3-1 with Anthony O’Connor and Dominic Ball both dropping to the bench.

Icelandic international Kari Arnason and Ryan Christie both returned to the starting line-up.

Christie had missed the win over Killie with a knee injury.

Ross County created the first opportunity when Chris Eagles fired a low drive wide in the ninth minute.

Moments later Rogers was called into action when he dived to block a Harry Souttar downwards header from eight yards.

Aberdeen threatened in the 23rd minute when Niall McGinn created space for a shot 22 yards out but his effort flashed wide.

The Dons made the breakthrough in the 28th minute from a move that stemmed from the tenacity of skipper Graeme Shinnie deep in his own half.

Shinnie dispossessed Ross Draper then raced up-field.

Then Considine found Christie who rolled the ball towards the edge of the box and into the path of the onrushing Kenny McLEAN.

The midfielder, who recently signed a deal with Norwich City but has been sent back to Pittodrie on loan until the summer, unleashed a powerful shot which took a deflection off Liam Fontaine.

Keeper Scott Fox got a hand to it but could not keep the effort out.

The Dons went 2-0 up in the 32nd minute when Christie collected a return pass  in a well executed one-two with McGinn.

Attacker Christie was pulled back by Tim Chow for a penalty which Adam ROONEY lethally converted.

It was 3-0 two minutes later as ROONEY doubled his advantage when McGinn crossed from the left and the prolific striker unleashed a left footed shot from the centre of the box int the far corner.

 

Aberdeen were running riot and Christie flashed a powerful 22 yard drive inches wide.

In the 51st minute Rooney, searching for his hat-trick, had a low shot blocked from inside the penalty area.

Aberdeen went 4-0 ahead in the 65th minute when keeper Fox dithered in possession and MCLEAN  put him  under possession to take advantage.

The midfielder robbed the keeper of possession and slammed home a 12 yard shot into the empty net.

It sparked an exodus of Ross County fans. They missed a revival…of sorts!

Ross County grabbed a consolation in the 76th minute when substitute Alex SCHALK exploited indecision in the Reds defence to lift a lob over Rogers from 15 yards.

The Staggies then reduced the deficit further in the 82nd minute when SCHALK raced onto a flick from Craig Curran and fired a shot underneath Rogers.

Soon after Davis Kellor-Dunn broke in on goal and with the goal beckoning should have shot but took the wrong option by trying to pass.

It allowed the Reds the chance to clear and it was both a let off and a warning.

Aberdeen had suddenly put themselves under needless pressure late on.

ABERDEEN: Rogers, Logan, Shinnie, Considine, McLean, Rooney, Mackay-Steven, Arnason, McGinn, McKenna, Christie.

 

Subs:Wright (for McGinn 67), Stewart (for Mackay-Steven 68), O’Connor (for Christie  89)

 

Subs not used: Craddock, Reynolds, Maynard, Ball.

 

ROSS COUNTY: Fox, Fraser, Naismith, Souttar, Chow, Curran, Effiong, Draper, Fontaine, Eagles, Kellor-Dunn.

 

Subs: Dow (for Effiong 46), Gardyne (for Eagles 46), Shalk (for Draper 72)

 

Subs not used: McCarey,  Ngog, McKay, Melbourne.

 

Referee: Andrew Dallas.

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