Saints 0-3 Aberdeen

Wednesday 13th December

Saints went down 3-0 to Aberdeen in a Ladbrokes Premiership match this evening at McDiarmid Park.

The visitors took the lead on 20 minutes when Adam Rooney converted from 12 yards after being setup by Greg Stewart.

Saints were then forced into a change on 25 minutes when Murray Davidson went off after coming off worse in a challenge with Kenny McLean. Aberdeen doubled their lead on 33 minutes when Kari Árnason headed home from a Stevie May corner.

The Dons then wrapped up the three points on the hour mark thanks to a Ryan Christie free kick that caught out Zander Clark after it had taken a deflection off the Saints wall.

MATCH REPORT

Saints were back in action at McDiarmid Park this evening four days after their 1-0 win against Hamilton Accies at The SuperSeal Stadium. Tommy Wright made two changes for the visit of Aberdeen, bringing in Steven MacLean and Paul Paton for Callum Hendry and Blair Alston.

Aberdeen got the game underway. The first chance of the game came on 7 minutes when the ball broke for Murray Davidson in the middle of the park, he then ran towards goal and found Stefan Scougall on the right. The midfielder did well to beat his man and played in a delicious ball back to Davidson who was waiting in the box. Muzz then unleashed an effort at goal but his shot was scuffed and the rebounded effort went out for an Aberdeen goal kick.

Aberdeen took the lead on 20 minutes as a flowing move saw Graeme Shinnie and Greg Stewart link up before the latter played in Adam Rooney who converted from 12 yards.

Saints were forced into a change when Murray Davidson was injured after challenging McLean and, the midfielder was replaced by Graham Cummins.

On 27 minutes Ryan Christie played a fine through ball to Stevie May who got on the right side of Steven Anderson, his first-time shot was blasted onto the crossbar and the score line stayed 0-1.

Kari Árnason doubled the Dons lead just after the half hour mark as a May corner glanced off a couple of players. Árnason then pounced to tip the ball into the back of the net with his head and make it 0-2.

A free kick in the attacking half from Scott Tanser found an advancing Joe Shaughnessy who tried to find Steven MacLean but Macca couldn’t make a connection as the ball went out for a goal kick.

Saints continued to try and find a way back into the match and with 5 minutes of the first half remaining Joe Lewis made a last gasp save to stop Saints getting a goal back. Stefan Scougall's corner found David Wotherspoon in acres of space in the box however, he misjudged his touch but the ball fell to MacLean and Lewis advanced to block the shot.

Saints get the second half underway and they were given a big let off when Adam Rooney missed a glaring opportunity to finish the game on 53 minutes. A misjudged header by Steven Anderson fell into the path of The Dons striker but he blasted over the bar into the travelling support in the North Stand.

The game was over as a contest on the hour mark as a free kick from Ryan Christie took a wicked deflection off the Saints wall to wrong foot Zander Clark in the Saints goal, with the ball landing in the net.

The last half an hour saw Saints huff and puff as they tried to find a way past a well organised Dons defence. However, the visitors comfortably dealt with the danger as they saw the game out to take the three points back to the Granite City.

Saints: Clark, Tanser, Shaughnessy, Anderson, Davidson (Cummins 25), MacLean, Wotherspoon (Alston 77), O'Halloran, Paton, Foster, Scougall (Thomson 63)

Unused Substitutes: Mannus (GK), McClean, Gordon, Craig

Booked: O’Halloran

Aberdeen: Lewis, Logan, O'Connor, McKenna, Árnason, Shinnie, McLean, Christie, Stewart (Mackay-Steven 72), May (Considine 61), Rooney (Maynard 77)

Unused Substitutes: Rogers (GK), Reynolds, Ball, Wright

Booked: Shinnie

Scorers: Rooney (20), Árnason (33), Christie (60)

Attendance: 2,911

Referee: Alan Muir

Match Report by Hannah Klatschak

Picture: Kari Árnason scores Aberdeen’s second goal