Rooney on the spot for Dons
A review of Saturday's action in the Scottish Premiership as Aberdeen claimed a narrow victory at St Mirren.
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After a drab first half, the match burst into life in the second period and either side could have struck before Rooney's penalty 10 minutes from the end cemented the Dons' place in second in the league table.
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Kallum Higginbotham scored two second-half goals to restore Thistle's lead after Chris Erskine's opener had been cancelled out by goals either side of half-time from Keith Lasley and Lionel Ainsworth.
But Well fought back and two late strikes from John Sutton and Stephen McManus earned the the points that kept the Fir Park side third in the table.
Jackie McNamara's side sealed a fourth win over their Ayrshire opponents this season after coming from behind in the second half to secure full points.
Gary Mackay-Steven gave the hosts an early lead but Alexei Eremenko equalised in the run-up to half-time before Kris Boyd put the resurgent visitors ahead after 63 minutes.
However, Curtis Good headed home a quickfire equaliser for the Taysiders and John Rankin completed the comeback with a spectacular 71st-minute winner to build on last weekend's win over St Mirren in the Scottish Cup.
The 19-year-old registered his second goal in two outings at Easter Road by curling a delightful effort from just outside the box past the despairing dive of County keeper Mark Brown.
Tom Taiwo doubled Hibs' lead before the interval with his first goal of the season and County captain Richard Brittain netted a splendid free-kick from distance after the break.