Aberdeen striker Scott Vernon came on as a late substitute to score the winner and inflict a first defeat of the season on Inverness.

Caley Thistle goalkeeper Dean Brill twice denied the Dons in the first half, diverting goal-bound efforts from Cammy Smith and Michael Hector.

Smith later reacted sharply to clear Josh Meekings' header off the line.

But Vernon's first goal of the season gave the Dons a first home victory over Inverness since 2011.

Terry Butcher's side remain top of the Premiership on goal difference, three points ahead of Aberdeen in third.

Vernon's brilliant volley on the turn, after skilfully chesting the ball, followed an Aberdeen free-kick which had been put into the Inverness penalty box.

It will boost the English forward's confidence and, in the absence of their usual talisman Niall McGinn, encourage a Dons team that has failed to score in four of their eight games this season.

It took Inverness 18 meetings with Aberdeen to record their first victory over the Dons in 2008, but in recent times the tables have turned.

Inverness goalkeeper Dean Brill brilliantly denied Aberdeen twice in the first-half.

Inverness goalkeeper Dean Brill brilliantly denied Aberdeen twice in the first-half.

Butcher's men defeated the Pittodrie side on the last two occasions so it never looked too promising that it would be against the Highlanders that Aberdeen would get their first home league win since the opening day of the season.

However, Derek McInnes's charges might have taken a first-half lead had it not been for an inspired performance by Brill.

Much has been said in the past week about Butcher's desire to extend the stay of the on-loan Luton Town man at Inverness, who nearly got his fifth clean-sheet of the season here.

He dived low to his left to beat away Smith's powerful drive, denying the 17-year-old a second senior goal - his first was against Caley Thistle last season.

Englishman Brill showed strong wrists again when Aberdeen's own loanee, Reading's Hector, rose to firmly meet a Jonny Hayes delivery at the back-post. The bulleted effort was goal-bound until Brill diverted it over for a corner.

Inverness failed to fashion many chances in what was generally a poor game to watch for spectators, but Aberdeen's Smith did crucially clear off his line when Graeme Shinnie's delivery was met by the head of Meekings.

The Inverness players claim it crossed the line but no goal was given, and it was left to Vernon to replace Smith and subsequently fire the winner.

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (5)

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield
  • 02 Shaughnessy
  • 05 Considine
  • 06 Reynolds
  • 27 Hector Booked
  • 11 Hayes
  • 16 Pawlett
  • 17 Wylde (Low - 59' )
  • 22 Jack Booked
  • 07 Zola (Magennis - 67' )
  • 14 Smith Booked (Vernon - 77' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 20 Weaver
  • 03 Robertson
  • 18 Low
  • 26 Storie
  • 35 Murray
  • 09 Vernon
  • 21 Magennis

Inverness CT

  • 12 Brill
  • 02 Raven Booked
  • 03 Shinnie Booked
  • 05 Warren
  • 06 Meekings
  • 08 Draper Booked
  • 09 Foran
  • 10 Doran
  • 11 Ross
  • 04 Vincent (Agdestein - 82' )
  • 07 McKay (Polworth - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Esson
  • 14 Devine
  • 18 Tremarco
  • 17 Greenhalgh
  • 19 Williams
  • 20 Polworth
  • 23 Agdestein
Ref: Craig Thomson
Att: 11,251

Match Stats

Shots

10 5

On target

3 4

Corners

8 6

Fouls

18 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:36 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows the whistle.

90:00 +3:08

The ball is swung over by Gary Warren.

90:00 +2:57

Clearance by Andrew Considine.

90:00 +2:53

A cross is delivered by Aaron Doran.

90:00 +1:34

Dean Brill takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:29

Booking for Scott Vernon.

90:00 +1:29 Booking

Booking

90:00 +1:25

Scott Vernon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Graeme Shinnie.

90:00 +0:03

Corner taken by Aaron Doran.

88:45

Centre by David Raven.

88:12 Substitution

Substitution Liam Polworth comes on in place of Billy McKay.

86:32

Josh Magennis takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

85:41

Andrew Considine restarts play with the free kick.

85:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonny Hayes by Gary Warren.

84:50

Michael Hector manages to make a clearance.

84:46

Graeme Shinnie delivers the ball.

84:28

Ryan Jack makes a clearance.

83:49

Jonny Hayes takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.

81:58

Clearance by Andrew Considine.

81:06 Substitution

Substitution (Inverness CT) makes a substitution, with Torbjorn Agdestein coming on for James Vincent.

80:07

Nicky Low provided the assist for the goal.

80:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott Vernon - Aberdeen 1 - 0 Inverness Scott Vernon slots the ball right footed into the goal. Aberdeen 1-0 Inverness CT.

79:35

Clearance made by Josh Meekings.

79:30

Free kick crossed by Jonny Hayes.

79:00

David Raven is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

79:00 Booking

Booking

78:55

Unfair challenge on Jonny Hayes by David Raven results in a free kick.

78:16

Gary Warren gets a header at goal. Jamie Langfield makes a block.

77:53

Corner taken by Graeme Shinnie.

77:37

The ball is crossed by Josh Meekings.

76:48

Andrew Considine makes a clearance.

76:21 Substitution

Substitution Scott Vernon is brought on as a substitute for Cameron Smith.

75:26

Andrew Considine manages to make a clearance.

75:08

Free kick crossed by Graeme Shinnie.

75:02

Michael Hector is booked.

75:02 Booking

Booking

74:55

Booking for Graeme Shinnie.

74:55 Booking

Booking

74:20

Michael Hector challenges Nick Ross unfairly and gives away a free kick.

74:09

Nick Ross delivers the ball.

73:56

Michael Hector manages to make a clearance.

73:50

Free kick taken by Josh Meekings.

73:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Josh Magennis on Gary Warren.

73:05

Shot by Billy McKay missed to the left of the target.

72:14

Gary Warren gets a header at goal.

71:55

Corner taken by Graeme Shinnie.

71:25

Josh Meekings crosses the ball in from the free kick.

71:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Graeme Shinnie by Peter Pawlett.

70:29

Centre by Nicky Low.

70:11

Clearance made by Richie Foran.

70:02

Corner taken by Jonny Hayes from the left by-line.

69:09

Shot by Cameron Smith went wide of the right-hand upright.

68:53

Graeme Shinnie restarts play with the free kick.

68:40

Richie Foran challenges Peter Pawlett unfairly and gives away a free kick.

68:09

Shot by Joe Shaughnessy missed to the left of the net.

67:42

Jonny Hayes takes the free kick.

67:16

Gary Warren concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Pawlett.

66:26 Substitution

Substitution Josh Magennis on for Calvin Zola.

61:34

Clearance made by Andrew Considine.

61:16

Free kick taken by Graeme Shinnie.

61:08

Joe Shaughnessy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nick Ross.

60:55

Free kick taken by Dean Brill.

60:34

Unfair challenge on Gary Warren by Calvin Zola results in a free kick.

59:52

Clearance by Andrew Considine.

59:46

Free kick taken by Gary Warren.

59:39 Booking

Booking

59:39

Ryan Jack goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

59:32

Ryan Jack challenges Billy McKay unfairly and gives away a free kick.

58:53 Substitution

Substitution Gregg Wylde goes off and Nicky Low comes on.

57:43

Joe Shaughnessy manages to make a clearance.

56:59

Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.

56:55

The assistant referee signals for offside against Billy McKay.

55:53

Josh Meekings makes a clearance.

55:37

Corner taken by Jonny Hayes.

54:23

Free kick crossed by Jonny Hayes.

54:09

Richie Foran concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonny Hayes.

51:39

Free kick taken by Josh Meekings.

51:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Hector on Billy McKay.

50:41

Clearance by Calvin Zola.

50:14

Clearance made by Michael Hector.

49:57

Josh Meekings takes the free kick.

49:41

Unfair challenge on Aaron Doran by Peter Pawlett results in a free kick.

48:53

Richie Foran makes a clearance.

48:48

Free kick taken by Ryan Jack.

48:24 Booking

Booking

48:24

The referee shows Ross Draper a yellow card.

48:17

Ross Draper gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Pawlett.

47:50

Mark Reynolds manages to make a clearance.

47:46

Richie Foran produces a cross.

47:18

Billy McKay takes a shot. Jamie Langfield catches the ball.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +0:29 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +0:13

The ball is crossed by Jonny Hayes.

44:53

Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.

44:48

Billy McKay is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

42:49

Graeme Shinnie makes a clearance.

42:44

The ball is delivered by Gregg Wylde.

41:53

Michael Hector takes the free kick.

41:40

Jonny Hayes fouled by Richie Foran, the ref awards a free kick.

40:26

Clearance made by Josh Meekings.

39:53

Clearance by Jamie Langfield.

38:19

Corner taken by Jonny Hayes.

37:59

Corner taken by Jamie Langfield.

37:25

Headed chance falls to Michael Hector. Dean Brill parries the ball away.

37:12

Corner taken by Jonny Hayes from the left by-line.

36:55

The ball is delivered by Gregg Wylde.

36:46

Gary Warren makes a clearance.

36:40

Centre by Gregg Wylde.

36:28

Clearance made by Gary Warren.

36:23

Graeme Shinnie makes a clearance.

35:39

Clearance made by Jamie Langfield.

35:27

Corner from the left by-line taken by Aaron Doran.

35:17

The ball is sent over by Nick Ross.

34:59

David Raven sends in a cross.

34:02

Centre by Andrew Considine.

33:30

Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.

33:22

Gary Warren challenges Michael Hector unfairly and gives away a free kick.

33:06

Free kick crossed by Graeme Shinnie.

32:58

Peter Pawlett concedes a free kick for a foul on Graeme Shinnie.

32:05

Andrew Considine takes the free kick.

31:57

Foul by David Raven on Calvin Zola, free kick awarded.

31:45

Andrew Considine makes a clearance.

31:36

Graeme Shinnie restarts play with the free kick.

31:25

Nick Ross fouled by Joe Shaughnessy, the ref awards a free kick.

30:01

Clearance made by Ryan Jack.

29:55

Graeme Shinnie delivers the ball.

29:27

Josh Meekings restarts play with the free kick.

29:17

Cameron Smith receives a caution.

29:17 Booking

Booking

29:13

Cameron Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Warren.

28:24

Mark Reynolds manages to make a clearance.

28:14

Corner taken by Graeme Shinnie.

27:57

Richie Foran crosses the ball.

27:50

Clearance by Andrew Considine.

27:31

Corner taken by Aaron Doran.

26:56

Clearance made by James Vincent.

26:50

Centre by Michael Hector.

26:39

Dean Brill manages to make a clearance.

26:35

Jonny Hayes takes the free kick.

26:19

Gregg Wylde fouled by Gary Warren, the ref awards a free kick.

25:37

Jonny Hayes takes the free kick.

25:31

Gary Warren challenges Calvin Zola unfairly and gives away a free kick.

24:44

Clearance made by Jamie Langfield.

24:33

Calvin Zola manages to make a clearance.

24:10

Clearance made by Joe Shaughnessy.

23:29

Aaron Doran delivers the ball.

21:16

Calvin Zola makes a clearance.

20:44

The ball is delivered by Graeme Shinnie.

20:10

Clearance made by Mark Reynolds.

20:00

Free kick taken by Graeme Shinnie.

19:42

Joe Shaughnessy concedes a free kick for a foul on Nick Ross.

19:26

Dean Brill restarts play with the free kick.

19:09

Andrew Considine concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Warren.

19:05

Corner taken by Jonny Hayes.

18:42

Shot by Cameron Smith.

17:17

Andrew Considine restarts play with the free kick.

17:12

David Raven concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonny Hayes.

15:39

Josh Meekings restarts play with the free kick.

15:19

Calvin Zola concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Warren.

14:33

Gary Warren restarts play with the free kick.

14:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Warren by Calvin Zola.

13:42

Shot by Jonny Hayes missed to the left of the net.

13:12

Ross Draper has an effort at goal. Jamie Langfield safely holds on.

12:16

David Raven restarts play with the free kick.

12:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Doran by Andrew Considine.

10:59

Peter Pawlett has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

10:15

Clearance made by Gary Warren.

9:44

Free kick taken by Jonny Hayes.

9:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonny Hayes by Ross Draper.

9:26

Clearance made by Joe Shaughnessy.

9:06

Free kick taken by Josh Meekings.

8:59

Gary Warren fouled by Calvin Zola, the ref awards a free kick.

7:12

Headed chance falls to Joe Shaughnessy.

6:41

Corner taken by Jonny Hayes.

6:35

Clearance by Ross Draper.

6:25

The ball is sent over by Jonny Hayes.

6:16

Corner taken by Jonny Hayes from the right by-line.

6:08

Gary Warren makes a clearance.

6:03

The ball is sent over by Calvin Zola.

5:36

Andrew Considine takes the free kick.

5:28

Ryan Jack fouled by Gary Warren, the ref awards a free kick.

4:31

Nick Ross delivers the ball.

2:59

Joe Shaughnessy crosses the ball.

1:43

Richie Foran manages to make a clearance.

1:36

Jonny Hayes takes the free kick.

1:10

Unfair challenge on Jonny Hayes by Ross Draper results in a free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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