Teenager Cammy Smith's first Aberdeen goal denied Inverness their maiden league win of the season.

Both sides scored after being reduced to 10 men, Caley Thistle losing Owain Tudur Jones for a strong challenge after 55 minutes.

Shane Sutherland was pulled down inside the penalty box 10 minutes later and Richie Foran scored from the spot-kick.

Dons captain Russell Anderson was sent off for his foul, but substitute Smith headed the equaliser after 84 minutes.

Aberdeen had arrived as the shut-out kings of the Scottish Premier League, Caley Thistle had the leakiest defence.

So both managers will take some satisfaction from the result and improved second-half displays, no doubt on the back of some strong words at the interval from Messrs Terry Butcher and Craig Brown.

Owain Tudur Jones is shown a red card by George Salmond

Tudur Jones was one of two players sent off by Salmond

Inverness gave a debut to on-loan Celtic defender Andre Blackman and the Englishman made an immediate impact with a heavy challenge on winger Ryan Fraser that ought to have had referee George Salmond reaching for at least a yellow card.

The Inverness faces were being battered by the strong sea breeze, but they were handing out a beating to the Dons wingers and Aaron Doran found himself presented with a booking after a foul on the man he has replaced in the starting line-up, Johnny Hayes.

That strong wind ensured that the Dons had the territorial advantage for much of the first half.

However, other than a few wind-assisted crosses, home goalkeeper Ryan Esson had little to deal with, although Ryan Jack and Stephen Hughes had efforts deflected just wide.

Yet Caley Thistle had the better chances to squander and Foran did just that, twice delaying the trigger too long in front of goal.

The second-half exploded into life as Dons defender Andrew Considine had a half-volley cleared off the line following a corner then Blackman sent a blistering, wind-assisted drive from 25 yards just wide.

Caley Thistle were down to 10 men when the towering Tudur Jones slid in powerfully to leave the diminutive Fraser crumpled in a heap.

It seemed a slightly harsh decision, but referee Salmond might have been influenced by the tough treatment being meted out by the home side - Josh Meekings had also been shown yellow in the first half.

Butcher re-arranged his chess pieces, with Foran dropping back into midfield and Andrew Shinnie being sacrificed.

Substitute Sutherland made an immediate impact playing on his own up front, his pace taking him behind the visiting defence and being felled by Anderson.

With the red-carded former Scotland defender on his way to the dressing-room, Foran sent goalkeeper Jamie Langfield the wrong way from the spot.

Caley Thistle should have wrapped up the points when Foran found Doran in front of goal on the break, but the winger delayed too long and Mark Reynolds' tackle saved the day for the Dons.

The home side paid for that when Hayes' cross was despatched by Smith and there was further disappointment when Sutherland was stretchered off in stoppage time.

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle

  • 01 Esson
  • 02 Raven
  • 03 Shinnie
  • 05 Warren
  • 14 Meekings Booked
  • 25 Blackman
  • 04 Tudur-Jones Dismissed
  • 08 Draper
  • 10 Shinnie (Sutherland - 63' )
  • 09 Foran Booked
  • 17 Doran Booked (McKay - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Reguero
  • 24 Brislen-Hall
  • 19 Morrison
  • 22 Pepper
  • 07 McKay
  • 16 Oswell
  • 18 Sutherland (Pepper - 90' )

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield
  • 02 Jack (Smith - 74' Booked )
  • 04 Anderson Dismissed
  • 06 Considine
  • 22 Reynolds
  • 05 Rae
  • 11 Hayes
  • 18 Hughes
  • 20 Fraser (Megginson - 81' )
  • 09 Vernon Booked (McGinn - 73' )
  • 21 Magennis

Substitutes

  • 32 Brown
  • 03 Robertson
  • 07 Clark
  • 10 McGinn
  • 24 Brown
  • 19 Megginson
  • 38 Smith
Ref: Salmond
Att: 4,499

Match Stats

Shots

3 1

On target

1 0

Corners

4 13

Fouls

12 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:16 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +4:24

Goal kick taken long by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).

90:00 +2:53

Free kick taken left-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from left channel, resulting in open play.

90:00 +2:53 Substitution

Substitution Inverness CT substitution: Shane Sutherland replaced by Conor Pepper (injury).

90:00 +2:21

Foul by Richie Foran (Inverness CT) on Stephen Hughes (Aberdeen).

90:00 +1:34

Defending throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

90:00 +1:09

Defending throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

90:00 +0:22

Attacking throw-in by Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen).

89:34

Goal kick taken long by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).

88:40

Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

88:07

Foul by Stephen Hughes (Aberdeen) on Ross Draper (Inverness CT). Free kick taken left-footed by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT) from right channel, resulting in open play.

87:20

Defending throw-in by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

87:00

Defending throw-in by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

85:58

Goal kick taken long by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).

85:58 Substitution

Substitution Inverness CT substitution: Aaron Doran replaced by Billy McKay (tactical).

85:34

Attacking throw-in by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

85:24

Attacking throw-in by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

84:01 Booking

Booking Cameron Smith (Aberdeen) booked for unsporting behaviour.

83:12

Assist (cross) by Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen) from right wing.

83:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Cameron Smith - Inverness 1 - 1 Aberdeen headed goal by Cameron Smith (Aberdeen) (top-left of goal) from right wing (12 yards).Inverness CT 1-1 Aberdeen.

82:50

Foul by Richie Foran (Inverness CT) on Josh Magennis (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen) from right wing,

82:15

Defending throw-in by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

80:56 Substitution

Substitution Aberdeen substitution: Ryan Fraser replaced by Mitchel Megginson (tactical).

79:09

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Ryan Fraser (Aberdeen) to far post, clearance by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

78:35 Booking

Booking Richie Foran (Inverness CT) booked for unsporting behaviour.

78:29

Foul by Richie Foran (Inverness CT) on Cameron Smith (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from left channel, resulting in open play.

77:44

Attacking throw-in by Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen).

76:35

Defending throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

76:01

Goal kick taken long by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).

75:19

Attacking throw-in by Josh Magennis (Aberdeen).

74:01

Goal kick taken short by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

73:20 Substitution

Substitution Aberdeen substitution: Ryan Jack replaced by Cameron Smith (tactical).

72:40 Substitution

Substitution Aberdeen substitution: Scott Vernon replaced by Niall McGinn (tactical).

71:34

Goal kick taken long by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).

70:52

Defending throw-in by Josh Magennis (Aberdeen).

70:42

Defending throw-in by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen).

70:01

Goal kick taken short by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

69:37

Shot by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) left-footed from left channel (30 yards), missed right.

69:17

Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) on Shane Sutherland (Inverness CT). Free kick taken right-footed by Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) from right wing, resulting in open play.

69:06

Defending throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

67:53

Attacking throw-in by Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen).

66:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Richie Foran - Inverness 1 - 0 Aberdeen Placed penalty taken right-footed by Richie Foran (Inverness CT) (bottom-left of goal), scored.Inverness CT 1-0 Aberdeen.

66:01 Booking

Booking Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) booked for unsporting behaviour.

65:56 Dismissal

Dismissal Russell Anderson (Aberdeen) dismissed for foul and abusive language.

65:28

Foul by Russell Anderson (Aberdeen) on Shane Sutherland (Inverness CT).

64:00

Attacking throw-in by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

62:52

Defending throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

62:13 Substitution

Substitution Inverness CT substitution: Andrew Shinnie replaced by Shane Sutherland (tactical).

61:51

Attacking throw-in by Josh Magennis (Aberdeen).

60:56

Foul by Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) on Andre Blackman (Inverness CT). Free kick taken left-footed by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT) from left channel, resulting in open play.

59:26

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Ryan Fraser (Aberdeen) to near post, save (caught) by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).

58:46

Goal kick taken long by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).

58:08

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen) to centre, resulting in open play.

56:28

Foul by David Raven (Inverness CT) on Ryan Fraser (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) from left channel, resulting in open play.

55:49

Goal kick taken long by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).

55:16

Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from left channel, resulting in open play.

55:07 Dismissal

Dismissal Owain Tudur Jones (Inverness CT) dismissed for foul and abusive language.

54:48

Goal kick taken long by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).

54:10

Owain Tudur Jones challenges Ryan Fraser unfairly and gives away a free kick. Johnny Hayes takes the direct free kick.

51:57

Attacking throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

51:40

Defending throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

51:09

Defending throw-in by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

51:00

Defending throw-in by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

50:27

Goal kick taken long by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).

50:01

Attacking throw-in by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

49:51

Defending throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

49:42

Defending throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

49:36

Attacking throw-in by Gavin Rae (Aberdeen).

48:57

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen) to centre, clearance by Richie Foran (Inverness CT).

48:46

Goal kick taken short by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

48:21

Shot by Andre Blackman (Inverness CT) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed right.

47:46

Attacking throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

47:31

Attacking throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

46:42

Defending throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

45:30

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen) to centre, save (caught) by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).

45:17

Attacking throw-in by Josh Magennis (Aberdeen).

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +0:08 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

44:36

Foul by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) on Stephen Hughes (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Ryan Fraser (Aberdeen) from left wing, resulting in open play.

43:45 Booking

Booking Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) booked for unsporting behaviour.

43:23

Attacking throw-in by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT).

42:51

Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) on Richie Foran (Inverness CT). Free kick taken left-footed by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) from left wing, resulting in open play.

42:27

Defending throw-in by Andre Blackman (Inverness CT).

41:26

Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) on Aaron Doran (Inverness CT). Free kick taken left-footed by Andre Blackman (Inverness CT) from left wing, resulting in open play.

41:11

Attacking throw-in by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

40:44

Defending throw-in by Andre Blackman (Inverness CT).

39:51

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) to centre, clearance by Russell Anderson (Aberdeen).

39:09

Foul by Stephen Hughes (Aberdeen) on David Raven (Inverness CT). Free kick taken right-footed by David Raven (Inverness CT) from right wing, resulting in open play.

37:51

Defending throw-in by Andre Blackman (Inverness CT).

37:33

Goal kick taken long by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).

37:07

Header by Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

36:16

Foul by Josh Magennis (Aberdeen) on Richie Foran (Inverness CT). Free kick taken left-footed by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT) from left wing, resulting in open play.

35:58

Defending throw-in by Andre Blackman (Inverness CT).

35:15

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen) to centre, resulting in open play.

33:56

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Ryan Fraser (Aberdeen) to centre, resulting in open play. Attacking throw-in by Andre Blackman (Inverness CT).

33:33

Attacking throw-in by Josh Magennis (Aberdeen).

33:04

Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Ryan Fraser (Aberdeen).

31:54

Handball by Aaron Doran (Inverness CT). Free kick taken left-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from left wing, resulting in open play.

31:41

Attacking throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

30:47

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen) to centre, resulting in open play. Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) on David Raven (Inverness CT). Free kick taken left-footed by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT) from left side of penalty area, resulting in open play.

29:59

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Johnny Hayes, clearance by Gary Warren.

28:30

Foul by Richie Foran (Inverness CT) on Russell Anderson (Aberdeen). Free kick taken left-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from left channel, resulting in open play.

27:13

Attacking throw-in by Josh Magennis (Aberdeen).

26:28

Foul by Andre Blackman (Inverness CT) on Ryan Fraser (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Stephen Hughes (Aberdeen) from right wing, resulting in open play.

24:27

Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Aaron Doran (Inverness CT). Foul by Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen) on Aaron Doran (Inverness CT). Free kick taken right-footed by Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) from right wing, resulting in open play.

23:06

Corner taken right-footed by Aaron Doran to the near post, Russell Anderson makes a clearance.

22:39

Attacking throw-in by Andre Blackman (Inverness CT).

21:57

Defending throw-in by Josh Magennis (Aberdeen).

21:32

Defending throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

21:27

Attacking throw-in by Andre Blackman (Inverness CT).

20:36

Defending throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

20:01

Richie Foran (Inverness CT) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from right channel, resulting in open play.

19:21

Defending throw-in by Josh Magennis (Aberdeen).

18:02 Booking

Booking Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) booked for unsporting behaviour.

17:53

Foul by Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) on Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen). Free kick taken left-footed by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) from left wing, resulting in open play.

17:02

Foul by Ryan Fraser (Aberdeen) on Owain Tudur Jones (Inverness CT). Free kick taken left-footed by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) from left wing, resulting in open play.

16:38

Goal kick taken long by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT).

16:06

Goal kick taken long by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

15:35

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) on Aaron Doran (Inverness CT). Free kick taken right-footed by David Raven (Inverness CT) from right wing, resulting in open play.

15:07

Shot by Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen).

14:18

Attacking throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

13:46

Foul by Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) on Josh Meekings (Inverness CT). Free kick taken left-footed by Ryan Esson (Inverness CT) from left channel, resulting in open play.

12:27

Defending throw-in by Josh Magennis (Aberdeen).

12:02

Foul by Owain Tudur Jones (Inverness CT) on Stephen Hughes (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Stephen Hughes (Aberdeen) from right channel, resulting in open play.

10:52

Defending throw-in by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

10:18

Attacking throw-in by Josh Magennis (Aberdeen).

9:51

Foul by Andre Blackman (Inverness CT) on Ryan Fraser (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Josh Magennis (Aberdeen) from right wing, resulting in open play.

8:49

Defending throw-in by Josh Magennis (Aberdeen).

8:23

Defending throw-in by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

7:36

Corner from left by-line taken short left-footed by Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen).

6:54

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Johnny Hayes (Aberdeen) to centre, resulting in open play.

5:57

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Ryan Fraser (Aberdeen) to near post, resulting in open play.

4:55

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) to centre, resulting in open play.

4:31

Attacking throw-in by Andre Blackman (Inverness CT).

4:02

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) on Aaron Doran (Inverness CT). Free kick taken right-footed by David Raven (Inverness CT) from right wing, resulting in open play.

3:13

Attacking throw-in by Andre Blackman (Inverness CT).

2:39

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Inverness CT) on Ryan Fraser (Aberdeen). Free kick taken right-footed by Josh Magennis (Aberdeen) from right wing, resulting in open play.

0:52

Richie Foran (Inverness CT) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Jamie Langfield (Aberdeen) from own half, resulting in open play.

0:28

Defending throw-in by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

0:19

Attacking throw-in by David Raven (Inverness CT).

0:00

The match gets underway.

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