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  • Scottish Premier League
  • 22 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Pittodrie
  • Attendance: 7,051
AberdeenAberdeenvSt JohnstoneSt Johnstone
2
  • McGinn, 63
  • McGinn, 81
0

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Match ends, Aberdeen 2, St Johnstone 0.

90+3 mins:Second Half ends, Aberdeen 2, St Johnstone 0.

90+2 mins:Attempt saved. Nigel Hasselbaink (St Johnstone) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

90+1 mins:Substitution, Aberdeen. Craig Murray replaces Rory Fallon.

90 mins:Attempt missed. Jordan Brown (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

90 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

89 mins:Foul by Jamie Masson (Aberdeen).

89 mins:Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

88 mins:Substitution, Aberdeen. Jordan Brown replaces Josh Magennis.

87 mins:Foul by Nigel Hasselbaink (St Johnstone).

87 mins:Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen) wins a free kick.

86 mins:Corner, Aberdeen.

85 mins:Foul by Patrick Cregg (St Johnstone).

85 mins:Gavin Rae (Aberdeen) wins a free kick.

84 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

83 mins:Foul by Gregory Tade (St Johnstone).

83 mins:Clark Robertson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick.

81 mins:Goal! Aberdeen 2, St Johnstone 0. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Masson.

80 mins:Substitution, St Johnstone. Nigel Hasselbaink replaces Gary Miller.

80 mins:Corner, Aberdeen.

79 mins:Attempt saved. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

79 mins:Attempt saved. Josh Magennis (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

78 mins:Corner, Aberdeen.

78 mins:Foul by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone).

78 mins:Josh Magennis (Aberdeen) wins a free kick.

75 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Frazer Wright tries a through ball, but Frazer Wright is caught offside.

75 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

74 mins:Foul by Clark Robertson (Aberdeen).

74 mins:Gregory Tade (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

73 mins:Foul by Josh Magennis (Aberdeen).

73 mins:Patrick Cregg (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

72 mins:Attempt missed. Liam Craig (St Johnstone) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

70 mins:Foul by Gregory Tade (St Johnstone).

70 mins:Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) wins a free kick.

69 mins:Corner, Aberdeen.

69 mins:Attempt saved. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

68 mins:Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Niall McGinn.

68 mins:Corner, Aberdeen.

67 mins:Corner, Aberdeen.

65 mins:Substitution, St Johnstone. Gregory Tade replaces Rowan Vine.

65 mins:Corner, Aberdeen.

63 mins:Goal! Aberdeen 1, St Johnstone 0. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

62 mins:Foul by Callum Davidson (St Johnstone).

62 mins:Josh Magennis (Aberdeen) wins a free kick.

62 mins:Substitution, Aberdeen. Jamie Masson replaces Mitchel Megginson.

60 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Rowan Vine tries a through ball, but Rowan Vine is caught offside.

59 mins:Attempt missed. Liam Craig (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

58 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Steven MacLean tries a through ball, but Steven MacLean is caught offside.

58 mins:Foul by Steven MacLean (St Johnstone).

58 mins:Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) wins a free kick.

57 mins:Foul by Gary Miller (St Johnstone).

57 mins:Mitchel Megginson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick.

55 mins:Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.

50 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

48 mins:Foul by David Mackay (St Johnstone).

48 mins:Mitchel Megginson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick.

47 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Rowan Vine tries a through ball, but Rowan Vine is caught offside.

Second Half begins Aberdeen 0, St Johnstone 0.

45+1 mins:First Half ends, Aberdeen 0, St Johnstone 0.

45 mins:Attempt missed. Rory Fallon (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

43 mins:Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

41 mins:Attempt missed. Gavin Rae (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

40 mins:Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

40 mins:Steven MacLean (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

38 mins:Attempt saved. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

35 mins:Attempt missed. Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

34 mins:Attempt missed. Frazer Wright (St Johnstone) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

33 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

29 mins:Substitution, St Johnstone. Patrick Cregg replaces Chris Millar.

27 mins:Attempt missed. Rory Fallon (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

26 mins:Corner, Aberdeen.

24 mins:Foul by Steven MacLean (St Johnstone).

24 mins:Russell Anderson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick.

23 mins:Foul by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone).

23 mins:Mitchel Megginson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick.

21 mins:Foul by Mitchel Megginson (Aberdeen).

21 mins:Rowan Vine (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

17 mins:Attempt saved. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

14 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

13 mins:Attempt missed. Rory Fallon (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

11 mins:Attempt saved. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

11 mins:Offside, St Johnstone. Rowan Vine tries a through ball, but Rowan Vine is caught offside.

10 mins:Foul by Mitchel Megginson (Aberdeen).

10 mins:Callum Davidson (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

9 mins:Corner, St Johnstone.

8 mins:Foul by Josh Magennis (Aberdeen).

8 mins:Frazer Wright (St Johnstone) wins a free kick.

7 mins:Corner, Aberdeen.

7 mins:Attempt saved. Mitchel Megginson (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

6 mins:Attempt saved. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

5 mins:Offside, Aberdeen. Josh Magennis tries a through ball, but Josh Magennis is caught offside.

3 mins:Foul by Chris Millar (St Johnstone).

3 mins:Mitchel Megginson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick.

1 mins:Foul by Chris Millar (St Johnstone).

1 mins:Rory Fallon (Aberdeen) wins a free kick.

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

  • Scottish Premier League
  • 22 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Pittodrie
  • Attendance: 7,051
AberdeenAberdeenvSt JohnstoneSt Johnstone
2
  • McGinn, 63
  • McGinn, 81
0

match report

Niall McGinn scored twice as Aberdeen beat St Johnstone 2-0 at a storm-lashed Pittodrie in the SPL on Saturday.

The Dons were profligate in the first half, with McGinn twice denied by Alan Mannus, before the Northern Irishman scored from a free-kick after 63 minutes.

McGinn's 11th of the season followed after 81 minutes as Aberdeen defied incessant horizontal rain to end a three-match winless run in the Scottish Premier League and climb to fourth, above Saints, who are without a win in four.

Aberdeen made a strong start as Saints played towards the worst of the elements.

Mannus saved a 25-yard shot from McGinn which swerved in the wind and then scrambled away the follow-up from Josh Magennis before the ball broke for Mitchel Megginson, whose effort deflected wide.

Mannus again saved from McGinn after the forward returned to his feet quickly following a good tackle by Frazer Wright as he shaped to shoot.

The Dons seemed certain to score when Megginson whipped the ball towards the far post, with Rory Fallon unmarked and poised to nod it in, but Russell Anderson hurled himself at the ball and headed wide as he finished up in the net.

Saints replaced Millar with Paddy Cregg in midfield after 28 minutes and six minutes later the visitors had an opportunity when Mackay's cross found Wright, who could not keep the ball down with the goal gaping.

Saints were again indebted to Mannus when he made a point-blank save from McGinn after meeting Magennis' cross from the left.

Magennis and Fallon had tame efforts as Saints were relieved to see the half end goalless.

In the second half, Liam Craig shot over for Saints after Anderson halted a run by Rowan Vine before Magennis won a free-kick at the other end in a dangerous position. From 25 yards out on the right, McGinn kept the ball low as he bent it around the wall into the bottom corner for his 10th of the season.

The Dons twice came close to doubling their lead in swift succession, only for Mannus to deny them on each occasion.

McGinn nodded down substitute Jamie Masson's cross for Magennis, who had the Saints goalkeeper at full stretch, before McGinn turned the ball goalwards and Mannus saved again.

Saints introduced Nigel Hasselbaink alongside fellow substitute Gregory Tade up front in an effort to find the equaliser, but immediately fell two behind.

Masson threaded the ball from the left through for McGinn to race through and place the ball low beyond Mannus and complete victory.

team line-up

32Jason Brown
3Clark Robertson
22Mark Reynolds
4Russell Anderson
23Joe Shaughnessy
10Niall McGinn
5Gavin Rae
9Scott Vernon
14Rory Fallon91
19Mitchel Megginson62
21Josh Magennis88

substitutes

24Jordan Brown88
25Jamie Masson62
30Daniel Rogers
38Cameron Smith
36Michael Rose
35Craig Murray91
34Declan McManus

referee

Stephen Finnie

team line-up

1Alan Mannus
5Frazer Wright
2David Mackay
3Callum Davidson
19Gary Miller80
6Steven Anderson
7Chris Millar29
8Murray Davidson
10Liam Craig
17Steven MacLean
23Rowan Vine65

substitutes

26Liam Caddis
39Scott Gray
15Jonathan Tuffey
9Gregory Tade65
43Gareth Rodger
4Patrick Cregg29
11Nigel Hasselbaink80

referee

Stephen Finnie

match stats

possession %5544
shots on target101
shots off target93
corners97
tackles won00
offsides15