Kenny McLean double powers Aberdeen to victory at Inverness
Kenny McLean scored twice as Aberdeen were worthy 3-1 winners at Inverness in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
Lonsana Doumbouya gave the hosts the lead before two goals in five minutes from Kenny McLean and Adam Rooney put Aberdeen in front.
Inverness pushed men forward in the second half in hope of finding an equaliser but failed to trouble Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis, with McLean putting the seal on victory as stoppage-time approached.
The hosts made three changes to the side that lost 3-0 to Celtic, with Lewis Horner, Greg Tansey and Liam Polworth replaced by Carl Tremarco, Aaron Doran and Larnell Cole
The Dons were unchanged after beating Partick Thistle 2-1 a fortnight ago.
Aberdeen started the brighter, McLean testing Owain Fon Williams from 20 yards
James Maddison, intercepting a Ross Draper pass, then put too much weight on his ball for Jayden Stockley.
Maddison fizzed a shot towards Inverness' goal that Fon Williams got down quickly to parry and it appeared Aberdeen would be the team most likely to open the scoring.
However, Doumbouya, who received his first cap for Guinea during the international break, continued a recent hot streak with his fifth goal in eight games
Draper lifted the ball into the Dons box and Doumbouya stooped in front of his man to glance a header beyond Lewis.
It took 13 minutes for the Dons to respond and it came from a dubious free-kick, given that Doran's challenge on Maddison looked soft
McLean made the most of the decision, dipping his shot over the wall into the bottom corner.
Aberdeen had come to life and turned the game around with a second goal in five minutes
Jonny Hayes tore forward, drifting past several challenges, before his run was brought to an end in the box by Gary Warren
Former Caley Thistle player Rooney made no mistake from the spot, beating Fon Williams into the bottom left corner.
McLean was regularly finding pockets of space and making room for shots
A 30-yard effort just before the break had Fon Williams scrambling to turn it wide.
The home side were not able to contain Maddison as he continued to meander his way through their lines
He teed up Graeme Shinnie, who was a Scottish Cup-winning captain in his Inverness days and on this occasion should have done better than shooting straight at Fon Williams.
Shinnie was involved in a later flash-point, when he appeared to leave a foot in on Brad Mckay, which resulted in the Inverness defender being stretchered off.
Maddison hit the post with a free-kick and Draper saw a deflected effort trickle agonisingly wide, before McLean slid in his second in the 89th minute.
Source : DSG