Dons and County share spoils

Ross County continued their long unbeaten run with a 0-0 draw in the Scottish Premier League against Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Saturday.

Last Updated: 11/08/12 at 17:15

Rae: Headed wide for Aberdeen

Rae: Headed wide for Aberdeen

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Dons enjoyed the better of the chances with Gavin Rae guilty of heading wide in the best opening, but the Staggies defended resolutely to make it 36 league games without defeat.

A very healthy crowd of 14,010 were in attendance to witness the first ever competitive match between the sides.

Despite gifting Celtic a 1-0 win a week ago, Dons boss Craig Brown kept faith with goalkeeper Jamie Langfield, while defender Mark Reynolds, who has returned to Pittodrie on a season-long loan from Sheffield Wednesday, had to be content with a place on the bench.

Ross County boss Derek Adams, again without the suspended Stuart Kettlewell, made only one change to the side that opened their SPL campaign with a goalless draw against Motherwell with Sam Morrow replacing midfielder Russell Duncan.

A minute's applause was held before the start of the match in tribute to Aberdeen club stalwart Teddy Scott, who died in June at the age of 83.

The Dons, eager to avoid opening the new SPL campaign with back-to-back defeats, made an encouraging start with a clever flick by Scott Vernon giving Stephen Hughes a sight of goal but the midfielder fired into the side-netting.

The visitors had a penalty claim waved away by referee Euan Norris when Scott Boyd fell in the box under pressure from Dons skipper Russell Anderson, before Martin Scott passed up a glorious opportunity to break the deadlock when he sliced his shot wide with his left foot with only Langfield to beat.

However, it was the hosts who looked the more likely to open the scoring with County stopper Michael Fraser called upon to keep out a low Hughes effort before Rae thundered a shot over the crossbar from the edge of the area.

County captain Richard Brittain went close with a well-struck left-foot shot before the lively Jonny Hayes dragged an effort wide as the first half ended goalless.

The Dons should have made the breakthrough within six minutes of the restart when Gary Naysmith's back-post cross found Rae in acres of space, but the former Dundee midfielder somehow headed wide when it looked easier to score.

The home side were dealt a blow after 65 minutes when new signing Niall McGinn was stretchered off following an innocuous collision with Grant Munro and replaced by Ryan Fraser.

The Dons were dominating proceedings and threw on an extra attacker in Josh Magennis for Ryan Jack as they pushed for a winner in the closing stages.

However, it was the visitors who could have stolen the points with Brittain drawing a smart save from Langfield as the clock counted down.

Despite surviving a late scare when Vernon shot straight at Fraser from six yards out, County held on for a point as they proved they would be no pushovers this season with their second successive draw.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Saturday, 16 May 2015
15:00
Dundee 1-1 Aberdeen Report
Inverness 3-0 Dundee U Report
Partick 1-4 Kilmarnock  
Ross Co 2-1 Hamilton  
St Mirren 2-1 Motherwell  
Friday, 15 May 2015
19:45
St J'stone 0-0 Celtic  
Sunday, 10 May 2015
14:30
Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic Report
Saturday, 09 May 2015
15:00
Dundee 0-1 Inverness  
Hamilton 1-1 Partick  
Ross Co 1-2 St Mirren  

Footer 365

Carlton Cole doesn't know if he will stay at West Ham next season

West Ham striker Carlton Cole revealed he still does not know where his future lies beyond this season.

Louis van Gaal believes David De Gea will stay at Manchester United

Louis van Gaal believes David De Gea will stay at Manchester United despite speculation linking him with Real Madrid.

Roy Hodgson wants Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard on England coaching staff

Roy Hodgson wants Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard on the England coaching team when they retire from playing.

Mail Box

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company