Ross County claimed a big away win on the road at a cold and blustery Pittodrie. After the home side took the lead a goal late in either half from Billy McKay saw all three points follow the Staggies up the A96 to Dingwall.
Don Cowie had the best chance for the Staggies in the opening exchanges. 30 yards out the midfielder was unchallenged and took aim, his shot whistling wide of the left hand post.
Niall McGinn would then have a good opportunity for the hosts. McGinn’s freekick from 25 yards just to the left of the box going just over the Staggies cross bar.
This would spur on the hosts who would take the lead on 27 minutes. An Aberdeen corner was caught in the swirling wind and fell on to the head of Cosgrove who nodded it in to the path of Main at the back post who hammered beyond Ross Laidlaw.
Shortly after and the home side would be reduced to 10 men. After an earlier booking, midfielder Dean Campbell, stood in front of the ball after Iain Vigurs tried to take a freekick. Referee Duncan showing young Campbell his second yellow card and sending him for an early shower.
Although down to 10 men the hosts would have the next best opportunity. Sam Cosgrove found himself through with only Laidlaw to beat but the keeper managed to use his body to block the ball sending it in to the path of Curtis Main who could only fire horribly high over the bar.
The Staggies would equalise with two minutes remaining in the first half. Left back Richard Foster found himself in an advanced position and his cross to the back post found the head of Billy McKay who headed back across Joe Lewis and in to the bottom left hand corner of the goal.
It looked like the Staggies were going to be gifted the lead just after the break. Ash Taylor’s short back pass was latched on to by Billy McKay but Joe Lewis managed to block the ball sending it in to the path of Lee Erwin who saw his effort well saved.
Lewis Ferguson was next to take aim. The midfielder shooting from 25 yards across Laidlaw’s goal, his shot rebounding off the post and falling to the feet of Niall McGinn. McGinn cut back before sending a shot across the goal, destined for the top right hand corner were it not for a terrific save by Ross Laidlaw.
As the game wore on neither team were managing to create many clear cut chances. Josh Mullin was presented with on of the few with 10 minutes remaining. On the half-volley the Staggies winger looked to see his shot head for the top left hand corner but Joe Lewis made a magnificent save to keep the game level.
With 3 minutes remaining the Staggies would take the points. Don Cowie sending a ball behind the Aberdeen defence where he would find an on-rushing Billy McKay who hammered across Joe Lewis and in to the right hand corner of the net to take the points back to Dingwall.