St Johnstone 1-2 Aberdeen

Aberdeen scored their first goals of the season as they secured victory against a lacklustre St Johnstone side at McDiarmid Park.

The Dons took a 16th-minute lead when Isaac Osbourne fired in low past home goalkeeper Alan Mannus.

Jonny Hayes struck shortly after the restart to double the visitors' tally before Nigel Hasselbaink pulled one back with seven minutes remaining.

The defeat leaves Saints at the foot of the table after three games.

Saints made two changes from the side that drew with Motherwell last week.

Callum Davidson and Rowan Vine dropped out with Tam Scobbie making his home debut in defence and Sean Higgins up front alongside Hasselbaink.

Craig Beattie was expected to make his debut but called off late on with a bug.

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown made one enforced change from the side that drew at home to Ross County. The injured Niall McGinn was replaced by Ryan Fraser.

There were some rash tackles flying in from both sides and referee Billy Baxter showed two early yellow cards to Steven Anderson to Scott Vernon.

The visitors deservedly took the lead when Fraser burst down the left and, although his cross was missed by Vernon, Osbourne picked the ball up around 12 yards out to smash the ball low into the bottom corner of the net.

Saints forced a couple of corners on the half hour mark but the closest they came to an equaliser from their spell of pressure was a Frazer Wright header high over the crossbar.

Craig Brown's side came close to doubling their advantage when a Stephen Hughes cross was narrowly missed by Vernon.

Within a minute of the restart Sean Higgins should have equalised for Saints. Craig's free kick into the box fell to Higgins just six yards out but he fluffed his effort into the hands of Langfield.

Dons raced straight up the pitch and doubled their advantage seconds later after a mix-up in the home defence.

Mannus and centre-half Wright got themselves in a tangle and Hayes had a simple task in hammering the ball into the net.

Hayes should have made it three when he was set up by Hughes but his effort came back off the post and Vernon's rebound was cleared for a corner.

With seven minutes left Saints fans were given hope of taking something out of the game when Higgins knocked the ball down for Hasselbaink to score.

Anderson had a chance to equalise but he nodded the ball wide from six yards, allowing Aberdeen to head north with all three points.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

St Johnstone

  • 01 Mannus
  • 02 MacKay
  • 05 Wright
  • 06 Anderson Booked
  • 33 Scobbie (May - 52' )
  • 04 Cregg Booked
  • 07 Millar (Adams - 31' )
  • 08 Davidson (Miller - 46' )
  • 10 Craig
  • 11 Hasselbaink
  • 17 Higgins

Substitutes

  • 15 Tuffey
  • 18 McCracken
  • 19 Miller
  • 26 Caddis
  • 20 Adams
  • 27 May
  • 29 McIntosh

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield
  • 04 Anderson (Reynolds - 61' )
  • 06 Considine Booked
  • 17 Naysmith
  • 02 Jack
  • 05 Rae
  • 11 Hayes (Magennis - 84' )
  • 16 Osbourne Booked
  • 18 Hughes
  • 20 Fraser (Megginson - 78' )
  • 09 Vernon Booked

Substitutes

  • 30 Rogers
  • 22 Reynolds
  • 07 Clark
  • 08 Milsom
  • 19 Megginson
  • 21 Magennis
  • 26 Paton
Ref: Beaton
Att: 4,857

Match Stats

Shots

9 8

On target

5 4

Corners

1 4

Fouls

16 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:31 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:00

Josh Magennis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David MacKay. Direct free kick taken by Alan Mannus.

90:00 +2:24

A cross is delivered by Gary Miller, Steven Anderson has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

89:56

Free kick taken by Stephen Hughes.

89:56 Booking

Booking Patrick Cregg receives a caution.

89:34

Patrick Cregg gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mitchel Megginson.

88:58

Josh Magennis sends in a cross, Scott Vernon takes a shot.

85:18

Nigel Hasselbaink is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Andrew Considine restarts play with the free kick.

83:53 Substitution

Substitution (Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Josh Magennis coming on for Johnny Hayes.

82:59

The assist for the goal came from Sean Higgins.

82:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Nigel Hasselbaink - St J'stone 1 - 2 Aberdeen Nigel Hasselbaink gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Johnstone 1-2 Aberdeen.

82:41

The ball is delivered by Patrick Cregg.

81:42

Nigel Hasselbaink fouled by Andrew Considine, the ref awards a free kick. Strike comes in from Patrick Cregg from the free kick.

78:19

Sean Higgins takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.

77:15

Alan Mannus takes the free kick.

77:15 Substitution

Substitution Mitchel Megginson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ryan Fraser.

77:15

The offside flag is raised against Ryan Fraser.

73:42

Liam Craig gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Johnny Hayes. Gavin Rae takes the direct free kick.

72:49

The referee gives a free kick against Nigel Hasselbaink for handball. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.

72:03

The ball is swung over by Ryan Fraser, Ryan Jack takes a shot. Steven Anderson gets a block in.

71:13

David MacKay gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Johnny Hayes. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Stephen Hughes.

69:53

Effort on goal by Steve May from long range goes harmlessly over the target.

68:35

Foul by Gary Miller on Ryan Fraser, free kick awarded. Ryan Fraser takes the direct free kick. The offside flag is raised against Scott Vernon. Alan Mannus takes the indirect free kick.

65:23

Johnny Hayes has an effort at goal from the edge of the area striking the post. Gavin Rae takes a shot. Alan Mannus makes a save. Short corner worked by Ryan Fraser.

64:19

Ryan Fraser sends in a cross, Headed effort from the edge of the area by Andrew Considine goes wide of the right-hand upright.

63:59

Ryan Fraser decides to take a short corner.

62:56

Liam Craig challenges Ryan Fraser unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Naysmith restarts play with the free kick.

59:55

Free kick taken by David MacKay.

59:55 Substitution

Substitution Mark Reynolds replaces Russell Anderson.

59:55 Booking

Booking Isaac Osbourne booked for unsporting behaviour.

59:50

Isaac Osbourne concedes a free kick for a foul on Nigel Hasselbaink.

58:14

Jamie Adams concedes a free kick for a foul on Russell Anderson. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.

57:59

The assistant referee flags for offside against Scott Vernon. Alan Mannus takes the free kick.

57:11

Foul by David MacKay on Johnny Hayes, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stephen Hughes.

55:12

Foul by Frazer Wright on Scott Vernon, free kick awarded. Stephen Hughes takes the free kick.

53:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Naysmith on Steve May. Direct free kick taken by Liam Craig.

53:04

The assistant referee flags for offside against Sean Higgins. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.

51:02

Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield. Corner taken by Ryan Fraser from the right by-line, save made by Alan Mannus.

51:02 Substitution

Substitution Steve May joins the action as a substitute, replacing Thomas Scobbie.

51:02

Sean Higgins challenges Andrew Considine unfairly and gives away a free kick.

46:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Johnny Hayes - St J'stone 0 - 2 Aberdeen Johnny Hayes gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. St Johnstone 0-2 Aberdeen.

45:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Considine on Sean Higgins. Liam Craig produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Murray Davidson leaves the field to be replaced by Gary Miller.

45:00 +1:21 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

44:37

Ryan Fraser concedes a free kick for a foul on Murray Davidson. David MacKay takes the free kick.

43:37

The ball is delivered by Johnny Hayes, Frazer Wright manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Fraser, Russell Anderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Frazer Wright. Alan Mannus restarts play with the free kick.

42:28

Liam Craig takes the free kick.

42:28 Booking

Booking Andrew Considine receives a yellow card.

42:17

Unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink by Andrew Considine results in a free kick.

41:28

Foul by Russell Anderson on Sean Higgins, free kick awarded. Frazer Wright restarts play with the free kick.

40:39

Murray Davidson crosses the ball.

38:35

Ryan Fraser delivers the ball.

38:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Adams on Scott Vernon. Stephen Hughes takes the direct free kick.

36:47

The ball is delivered by Ryan Fraser.

35:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johnny Hayes by Jamie Adams. Isaac Osbourne restarts play with the free kick.

35:14

Ryan Fraser has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

34:52

Ryan Fraser delivers the ball, David MacKay manages to make a clearance.

33:03

Centre by Nigel Hasselbaink, Jamie Adams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Langfield. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.

31:41

The ball is delivered by Stephen Hughes.

30:39 Substitution

Substitution Chris Millar leaves the field to be replaced by Jamie Adams.

28:37

David MacKay concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Fraser. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.

25:50

Nigel Hasselbaink produces a cross, Isaac Osbourne gets a block in. Corner taken by Liam Craig from the left by-line, Frazer Wright has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

24:05

The ball is crossed by Liam Craig, Sean Higgins takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Langfield.

21:06

Johnny Hayes sends in a cross, save by Alan Mannus.

20:26

Sean Higgins concedes a free kick for a foul on Russell Anderson. Russell Anderson restarts play with the free kick.

19:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gavin Rae on Thomas Scobbie. Liam Craig takes the direct free kick.

17:50

Stephen Hughes is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Alan Mannus.

15:56

Assist on the goal came from Ryan Fraser.

15:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Isaac Osbourne - St J'stone 0 - 1 Aberdeen Isaac Osbourne fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 0-1 Aberdeen.

15:47

A cross is delivered by Ryan Fraser,

14:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Murray Davidson on Gary Naysmith. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.

14:23

The referee blows for offside. Alan Mannus takes the indirect free kick.

13:11

Curled right-footed shot by Chris Millar. Save made by Jamie Langfield.

10:19

Sean Higgins is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Russell Anderson.

9:35

Johnny Hayes crosses the ball, Steven Anderson manages to make a clearance.

8:30

Free kick taken by Steven Anderson.

8:30 Booking

Booking Scott Vernon shown a yellow card.

8:10

Scott Vernon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson.

7:48

Isaac Osbourne produces a cross, save made by Alan Mannus.

5:56

Free kick taken by Ryan Fraser.

5:56 Booking

Booking Steven Anderson goes into the book.

5:43

Ryan Fraser fouled by Steven Anderson, the ref awards a free kick.

4:55

A cross is delivered by Stephen Hughes, David MacKay manages to make a clearance.

2:48

The assistant referee signals for offside against Scott Vernon. Alan Mannus restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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