Ross County 2 - 1 Aberdeen

Match info: Scottish Premier at Global Energy Stadium

Date: 03/11/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: Craig Thomson Att: 6,064

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Ross Co

Mark Reynolds 37 (og)
Steven Ross 49

2
vs
1

Aberdeen

Niall McGinn 77

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: November 3 2012, 20:34 GMT

Ross County boss Derek Adams tipped teenager Steven Ross for a big future with the club after he scored to propel the Dingwall side to victory over Aberdeen.

Ross County celebrate against Aberdeen
Ross County celebrate against Aberdeen

The 19-year-old was loaned out to Brora Rangers and Forres Mechanics last season but has returned to stake his claim for first-team football in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

He scored the second goal in a 2-1 win over the Dons, a result that delighted his manager.

Adams said: "We were up against an Aberdeen side who have come off a very good run. We knew it was going to be difficult but we stood up to the test.

"We went 2-0 up and probably should have kept it that way."

An own goal from Mark Reynolds gave County the lead in the 37th minute, and Ross made it 2-0 four minutes into the second half when he reached a through-ball from Rocco Quinn, shrugged off the attentions of Reynolds and blasted an angled drive into the far corner of the net.

Adams said: "It was a good finish, a good through-ball from Rocco Quinn, it was a terrific finish across Jamie Langfield. He's a player who will do well for us."

The Dons got one back when Niall McGinn knocked in his sixth goal in consecutive league games to break a 20-year record for the club with 14 minutes remaining.

Johnny Hayes nutmegged Marc Fitzpatrick on the right and his cut-back was swept into the net from close range by McGinn.

Adams said: "It was a poor goal from our point of view. We shouldn't have allowed them to get into the box. But overall I'm delighted with the performance."

While it was a first win in the SPL for Ross over their northern rivals, Adams said: "It's the same as any other three points. We've beaten Hibs, drawn against Hearts and won against Aberdeen, three of the biggest teams in Scottish football. That's something we're obviously proud of.

"Our players always enjoy playing on the bigger stage and it certainly was that today. Aberdeen had a terrific following, we're just delighted to have won the match."

Aberdeen boss Craig Brown could not hide his frustration, halting his side's unbeaten run in the league. They had not lost in the SPL since the opening day at Celtic.

"We're desperately disappointed to lose our league record so softly and to concede two goals the way we did having dominated the game for the first half hour and the last half hour," said the former Scotland manager.

"I felt we were totally in charge of the game. But give credit to Ross County, they took the two chances they had.

"The first was an unfortunate own goal by Mark Reynolds and for the second one we were all out attack to get a goal back at the start of the second half. I have to commend the finish, it was a great goal.

"What I would like to know is why there was just two minutes of stoppage time at the end because there was five substitutions and we had an injury to McGinn.

"I'm not saying we would have scored if there was more time but you want every chance for an equaliser.

"I'll give credit to Ross County. They played to their capabilities, they dug in and I'm sure they will be delighted."


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