Rocco Quinn's strike gave Ross County victory against Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership.

After threatening several times earlier in the match, the midfielder fired home his second goal of the season early in the second half.

Niall McGinn had come close to giving the Dons the lead with a powerful shot that drew a save from Mark Brown.

And Brown blocked Scott Vernon's header to keep County's lead intact and secure all three points.

Derek Adams' side move into double figures for the season and are now four points behind fourth-placed Aberdeen.

Quinn perhaps should have put County ahead when put through by Richie Brittain early on, the midfielder firing high and wide of target.

Aberdeen welcomed Niall McGinn back in to their starting line-up and the forward fired wide midway through the first half.

However, the flow of play was interrupted when referee Crawford Allan pulled up with an injury and the match resumed several minutes later with David Somers taking over as whistler and Allan assuming Sommers' role of fourth official.

Quinn flashed a shot wide and McGinn then tested goalkeeper Mark Brown with a shot from outside the box in first-half injury time.

Having been so prominent in County's attacks, Quinn finally broke the deadlock after being put through by Melvin De Leeuw.

Though the angle was tight, the 27-year-old found the power and direction he needed to beat Jamie Langfield from inside the box.

The Dons tried to respond and Scott Vernon's header from Peter Pawlett's cross was saved by Brown.

Langfield smothered a shot from Graham Carey and De Leeuw's replacement Kevin Luckassen almost doubled the home side's lead with a header just wide.

But, in the end, one goal proved to be enough for the Dingwall men.

Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (6)

Ross County

  • 01 Brown
  • 03 Gordon Booked
  • 02 Kovacevic
  • 21 McLean
  • 05 Boyd
  • 10 Quinn Booked (Saunders - 83' )
  • 04 Kettlewell
  • 11 De Leeuw (Luckassen - 72' )
  • 23 Carey Booked
  • 08 Brittain Booked
  • 17 Ross (Sproule - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Micic
  • 15 Glen
  • 20 Fraser
  • 14 Maatsen
  • 07 Sproule
  • 19 Luckassen
  • 22 Saunders

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield
  • 02 Shaughnessy
  • 05 Considine Booked (Robertson - 56' )
  • 27 Hector Booked
  • 06 Reynolds
  • 09 Vernon Booked (Magennis - 72' )
  • 11 Hayes Booked
  • 16 Pawlett
  • 22 Jack
  • 14 Smith (Flood - 56' )
  • 10 McGinn

Substitutes

  • 35 Murray
  • 20 Weaver
  • 21 Magennis
  • 17 Wylde
  • 08 Flood
  • 03 Robertson
  • 18 Low
Ref: Crawford Allan
Att: 5,290

Match Stats

Shots

7 8

On target

2 3

Corners

7 14

Fouls

12 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Ross County 1, Aberdeen 0.

90:00 +6:28 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Aberdeen 0.

90:00 +6:09 Booking

Booking Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +5:49 Booking

Booking Michael Hector (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +3:32

Attempt missed. Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

90:00 +3:08

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

90:00 +2:45

Attempt saved. Michael Hector (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

90:00 +1:12

Brian McLean (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:12

Foul by Josh Magennis (Aberdeen).

89:25

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

87:58

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Mihael Kovacevic.

86:17

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

85:57

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Mihael Kovacevic.

85:29

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

83:28

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

82:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Steve Saunders replaces Rocco Quinn.

82:27 Booking

Booking Graham Carey (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

82:00

Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:54

Foul by Graham Carey (Ross County).

81:00

Rocco Quinn (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:58

Foul by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen).

79:00

Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:57

Foul by Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County).

78:31

Attempt missed. Kevin Luckassen (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

76:38

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

76:38

Foul by Clark Robertson (Aberdeen).

73:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Ivan Sproule replaces Steven Ross.

73:25 Booking

Booking Richard Brittain (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

73:10

Foul by Richard Brittain (Ross County).

73:10

Willo Flood (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aberdeen. Josh Magennis replaces Scott Vernon.

71:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Kevin Luckassen replaces Melvin De Leeuw.

70:35

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

69:12

Attempt missed. Steven Ross (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

66:33

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Joe Shaughnessy.

64:14

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

63:55

Attempt saved. Graham Carey (Ross County) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

62:11

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

60:57

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jonathan Hayes.

60:04

Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:04

Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

57:27

Attempt saved. Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

57:00

Willo Flood (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:59

Foul by Steven Ross (Ross County).

56:23

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:23

Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

55:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aberdeen. Clark Robertson replaces Andrew Considine.

55:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aberdeen. Willo Flood replaces Cameron Smith.

54:09

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Ryan Jack.

53:33

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Joe Shaughnessy.

53:01

Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

53:01

Foul by Michael Hector (Aberdeen).

51:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ross County 1, Aberdeen 0. Rocco Quinn (Ross County) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Stuart Kettlewell.

48:53

Attempt missed. Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

47:40 Booking

Booking Ben Gordon (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

47:29

Foul by Ben Gordon (Ross County).

47:29

Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:30

Attempt missed. Steven Ross (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Ross County 0, Aberdeen 0.

45:00 +6:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Ross County 0, Aberdeen 0.

45:00 +5:33

Foul by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

45:00 +5:33

Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +4:26

Attempt missed. Michael Hector (Aberdeen) header from very close range is too high following a corner.

45:00 +3:53

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Stuart Kettlewell.

45:00 +1:41

Attempt saved. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

44:42

Attempt missed. Rocco Quinn (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

43:04 Booking

Booking Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

43:00

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:58

Foul by Scott Vernon (Aberdeen).

41:47

Foul by Steven Ross (Ross County).

41:47

Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:56

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Mihael Kovacevic.

40:08

Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County).

40:08

Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:57

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

31:26

Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:26

Foul by Michael Hector (Aberdeen).

31:00

Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:58

Foul by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen).

30:25

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

27:27

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

25:05 Booking

Booking Rocco Quinn (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

25:00

Cameron Smith (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:56

Foul by Rocco Quinn (Ross County).

23:28

Foul by Graham Carey (Ross County).

23:28

Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:38

Attempt missed. Rocco Quinn (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

20:42

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

17:08

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Cameron Smith.

16:33

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

16:07

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

15:37

Foul by Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen).

15:37

Scott Boyd (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:41

Foul by Scott Vernon (Aberdeen).

12:41

Rocco Quinn (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:44

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

8:41

Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:41

Foul by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

7:49

Foul by Scott Vernon (Aberdeen).

7:49

(Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:14

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Richard Brittain.

6:51

Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:51

Foul by Brian McLean (Ross County).

2:10 Booking

Booking Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

2:03

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:03

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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