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Aberdeen 2 - 1 Inverness CT

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 0 Inverness CT

SPL Youth 20
Aberdeen scorers: Gibbons, O'Sullivan.
Inverness CT scorers: Kutishvili

28/01/2013 | KO: 13:00

Aberdeen narrowly beat Inverness CT this afternoon in what was a hard fought victory played in very difficult conditions. Both young teams deserve great credit for trying to play football despite the strength of the wind. The Dons lined up with Rogers in goal, Murray at right back, Masson at left back, Rose and Rumsby in central defence, Storie and Gibbons were in centre midfield with O'Neill on the right and Nicky Low on the left. Up front McManus was paired with O'Sullivan. On 4 minutes Stephen O'Neill played in a corner. Michael Rose was unmarked at the back post but the ball just went over his head. The Dons were playing with the strong wind at their backs which made it difficult to judge the ball in the air. Inverness looked the stronger side in the opening 10 minutes so Neil Cooper made a tactical change, Jamie Masson went into centre midfield with Craig Murray going to left back and Craig Storie went over to the right. The switch worked and Aberdeen slowly started to take control of the game. On 21 minutes Nicky Low cleverly chipped in a corner and held it up against the wind. Michael Rose had another chance but miss timed his jump. The wind was really affecting the game. On 23 minutes Low had an opening and managed to get a shot away on goal. Ex Dons keeper Esson watched it closely and palmed it away. O'Neill played in the rebound from the right but his cross was well cut out by Esson. Although the Dons were on top they were struggling to get put their usual fluent passing moves going due to the wind. Declan McManus in action Just after the half hour mark the first real opening. A slip at the back allowed in Masson who played in O'Sullivan but from the edge of the box his shot went just over. On 40 minutes Low played in a free kick and almost picked out Rose again. Then three minutes later the Dons took the lead with a well worked goal. Masson disposed his opposite number and switched the play. He picked out Stephen O'Neill who did really well to create space and played in Storie down the right. His cross was met by Kieran Gibbons, who made a great run across his marker at the front post and his first time effort beat Esson. Gibbons had a really good game today and deserved his goal, his third of the season. The goal lifted the Dons and just before half time they could have added to their lead. McManus hit a powerful drive which was very well saved by Esson and from the resulting corner Low again picked out Rose but his header just went wide.

Duncan Shearer's side came out strongly in the second half. The impressive left back Charles Taylor went on a superb run and after beating a number of the players he managed to get to the byline and from the cross Michael Rose was forced to make an excellent tackle. Inverness were then unlucky when Morrison saw his shot from the edge of the box come back off the post. The Dons had to play into the wind in the second half and they seemed to prefer this as it was a lot easier to pass the ball. O'Neill played a quite superb through ball for McManus to run onto but the striker wasted the opportunity when he went for power and the blasted it just over. The Dons were now on top and with a quarter of the game to go they got a deserved second goal. It was Nicky Low who this time played a great penetrating pass for Alan O'Sullivan. The Irish striker got one on with one with the last defender before turning him and placing the ball past Esson into the corner of the net. A very impressive finish from the big striker. With the game now looking safe the Dons then gifted the visitors a goal only a minute later. Rose played a risky pass back which Rogers made a mess of and Dachi Kutishvili nipped in to score. The game came to life in the last 15 minutes. The Dons had chances to score and Inverness pushed men forward. Stephen O'Neill tried to chip Esson which he almost succeeded in doing and Nicky Low was unlucky to see a fine individual effort clip the post. With the strong wind behind them Inverness were able to launch the ball into the box from anywhere on the pitch. Rogers and Rose both redeemed themselves though, the keeper had a superb save and also came and claimed a number of very good catches. Rose and Rumsby were both strong in the air and the Dons were able to hold out for a good three points. The win puts the Dons second in the table on goal difference over Dundee United and only a point behind Celtic who have two games in hand.

Inverness CT Teamsheet
Venue: Balmoor Stadium, Peterhead
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27 Jul 2024 / 15:00 / Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen