Aberdeen 0-0 St Mirren- Match Report
Report of match 9th February 2013
Aberdeen 0-0 St Mirren- Match Report.
Dons secure point despite Reynolds red
Ten-man Aberdeen survived the dismissal of Mark Reynolds for two bookable offences to earn a share of the points from a 0-0 draw with St Mirren.
They had keeper Jamie Langfield to thank, however, for the fine save he made from St Mirren's in-form striker Esmael Goncalves in the dying stages, with the game teetering towards the Saints.
The Dons went into the game without a win in their last five games but made just one change to the side defeated by Hibs in the Scottish Cup last Sunday, with Peter Pawlett starting in place of the benched Rob Milsom.
Saints brought in Kenny McLean, David Barron and on-loan Newcastle left-back Paul Dummett, and dropped former Celtic pair Graham Carey and David van Zanten to the bench. John McGinn missed out completely.
A win for the away side would have seen them move up from second bottom in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League to within a point of their sixth-placed hosts.
It took almost 18 minutes for either goalkeeper to be seriously tested, with Aberdeen winger Johnny Hayes drawing a comfortable save from Craig Samson.
At the other end, Steven Thompson's knockdown allowed Gary Teale the chance to shoot from 20 yards, but the former Scotland winger sliced his effort well wide of Langfield's post.
The game had failed to spark into life on a pitch that had clearly suffered for hosting Scotland's friendly victory over Estonia in midweek, but there was the glimmer of an opportunity when the Dons' Reynolds hauled back Goncalves, earning the game's first booking.
Teale lined up the free-kick, 22 yards out and to the left of centre, but blasted his shot straight at the wall.
Moments later Reynolds was joined in the book by St Mirren's McLean, but the Dons' set-piece also came to nothing.
St Mirren's biggest threat throughout the first half had been the runs of Dummett from left-back and, just before half-time, he put in a low cross which required the intervention of Reynolds and Joe Shaughnessy to turn it behind for a corner.
Aberdeen had invited Paul Lawrie to parade the Ryder Cup at half-time, and his lap of honour round Pittodrie was the highlight of the day so far.
And the glimpse of a trophy may have refocused the Aberdeen players, as they spent the first five minutes of the second period camped in the St Mirren half, albeit with only a 20-yard Hayes effort stinging the palms of Samson.
When St Mirren did eventually get the ball clear, Langfield had to be on his toes to palm Teale's powerful angled drive over the bar. And ten minutes into the second half, the goalkeeper was called upon to mop up Paul McGowan's weak header from a left-wing cross.
The Dons fans were convinced they should have had a penalty when Pawlett appeared to be pulled back by St Mirren skipper Jim Goodwin, but there looked to be very little in it, and referee John Beaton was unmoved by their appeals.
St Mirren were finding their way into the game, though, and on the hour mark McLean saw a thunderous drive blocked by Langfield, before Pawlett blocked his follow-up effort.
Isaac Osbourne became the third man to go into the book when he caught Conor Newton with a trailing leg after 64 minutes.
And then came the substitutes, first Josh Magennis and then Scott Vernon, with Clark Robertson and Stephen Hughes the men replaced.
But after 73 minutes, all hell broke loose. Reynolds lifted an arm as he charged to block a McLean shot, with Beaton ruling it had been a deliberate handball.
The Dons man received a second yellow card, and the Saints had a free-kick just a yard or so outside the area, but ultimately McLean's shot was wasted.
The third Aberdeen sub, with no naturally defensive players left on the bench, saw Cammy Smith come on for Pawlett.
St Mirren's bookings also began to mount up, as Newton and Goodwin were both cautioned, but they had the best chance of the match as the game entered a frantic final five minutes.
McGowan worked the ball across the face of goal to the unmarked Goncalves, but Langfield was alert to the danger and spread himself to block as the striker tried to lift the ball over him.
|Competition: Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premiership Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Pittodrie Attendance: 7,240|
||0 - 0||St. Mirren
|90+2||Gary Teale takes the outswinging corner, save by Jamie Langfield.|
|89||Kenny McLean goes off and Graham Carey comes on.|
|87||Corner taken by Johnny Hayes from the right by-line, save by Craig Samson.|
|86||Johnny Hayes takes a shot. Save made by Craig Samson.|
|85||Inswinging corner taken by Johnny Hayes from the right by-line played to the near post, Scott Vernon has a headed effort at goal from just inside the area that misses to the right of the target.|
|84||The ball is sent over by Isaac Osbourne, clearance by David Barron.|
|83||Esmael Goncalves takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.|
|82||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Niall McGinn by Jim Goodwin. Caution for Jim Goodwin. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.|
|82||David Barron produces a cross, clearance by Russell Anderson.|
|82||Johnny Hayes produces a cross, David Barron makes a clearance.|
|80||Unfair challenge on Niall McGinn by Conor Newton results in a free kick. Booking for Conor Newton for unsporting behaviour. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.|
|80||Gary Teale takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Scott Vernon.|
|79||Russell Anderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Esmael Goncalves. Kenny McLean takes the direct free kick.|
|78||Outswinging corner taken by Johnny Hayes, Scott Vernon challenges Marc McAusland unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Samson takes the direct free kick.|
|78||The ball is crossed by Scott Vernon.|
|75||Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gary Teale, clearance made by Josh Magennis.|
|75||A cross is delivered by Conor Newton, clearance made by Joe Shaughnessy.|
|74||Scott Vernon challenges Jim Goodwin unfairly and gives away a free kick. (Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Cameron Smith coming on for Peter Pawlett. Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.|
|72||Mark Reynolds is adjudged to have handled the ball. Red card for Mark Reynolds. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Kenny McLean, save by Jamie Langfield.|
|71||Corner taken right-footed by Gary Teale from the left by-line to the near post, Isaac Osbourne manages to make a clearance.|
|70||Stephen Hughes goes off and Scott Vernon comes on.|
|69||Centre by Paul Dummett, Russell Anderson makes a clearance.|
|68||The referee blows for offside. Marc McAusland restarts play with the free kick.|
|66||Josh Magennis on for Clark Robertson.|
|64||Jim Goodwin challenges Johnny Hayes unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Johnny Hayes from right wing, Russell Anderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marc McAusland.|
|63||Isaac Osbourne concedes a free kick for a foul on Conor Newton. Isaac Osbourne shown a yellow card. Marc McAusland restarts play with the free kick.|
|61||Gary Teale concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Shaughnessy. Johnny Hayes crosses the ball in from the free kick, Marc McAusland makes a clearance.|
|61||The ball is sent over by Peter Pawlett, Kenny McLean makes a clearance.|
|60||Gary Teale decides to take the corner short.|
|59||Kenny McLean takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Langfield.|
|59||The ball is sent over by Gary Teale, clearance by Russell Anderson.|
|59||The ball is sent over by Gary Teale, Mark Reynolds makes a clearance.|
|58||Joe Shaughnessy fouled by Steven Thompson, the ref awards a free kick. Russell Anderson takes the free kick.|
|57||Esmael Goncalves challenges Mark Reynolds unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Clark Robertson.|
|57||Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Stephen Hughes from the right by-line, Jim Goodwin makes a clearance.|
|57||Stephen Hughes delivers the ball, clearance made by Jim Goodwin.|
|56||Steven Thompson produces a cross, Paul McGowan takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.|
|54||Peter Pawlett sends in a cross, clearance by Jim Goodwin.|
|53||Effort from the edge of the box by Johnny Hayes goes wide of the left-hand post.|
|53||Clark Robertson produces a cross, Jim Goodwin manages to make a clearance.|
|51||Esmael Goncalves challenges Johnny Hayes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.|
|50||Corner taken right-footed by Gary Teale, Clark Robertson manages to make a clearance.|
|50||Gary Teale takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Langfield.|
|48||Peter Pawlett decides to take the corner short, Johnny Hayes takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson. Shot from outside the penalty box by Clark Robertson goes wide right of the goal.|
|48||The ball is delivered by Joe Shaughnessy, Paul Dummett gets a block in.|
|48||Johnny Hayes produces a cross, David Barron gets a block in.|
|45+1||Corner taken right-footed by Gary Teale from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Russell Anderson.|
|45+1||Centre by Paul Dummett, clearance made by Russell Anderson.|
|44||Centre by Johnny Hayes, clearance made by Paul Dummett.|
|43||Esmael Goncalves has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.|
|42||Effort on goal by Kenny McLean from just inside the area clears the bar.|
|41||The ball is crossed by Paul Dummett, Russell Anderson manages to make a clearance.|
|41||The ball is swung over by Gary Teale, clearance made by Joe Shaughnessy.|
|40||Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Johnny Hayes from the right by-line, clearance made by Steven Thompson.|
|40||The ball is swung over by Stephen Hughes, Jim Goodwin manages to make a clearance.|
|39||The ball is sent over by Gary Teale, save by Jamie Langfield.|
|39||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kenny McLean by Stephen Hughes. Free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.|
|38||Foul by Esmael Goncalves on Russell Anderson, free kick awarded. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.|
|36||Unfair challenge on Joe Shaughnessy by Steven Thompson results in a free kick. Russell Anderson takes the free kick.|
|35||Effort from the edge of the area by Clark Robertson goes wide of the right-hand post.|
|34||Paul Dummett delivers the ball.|
|34||Johnny Hayes crosses the ball, David Barron makes a clearance.|
|33||Free kick awarded for a foul by Kenny McLean on Peter Pawlett. Kenny McLean receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Johnny Hayes delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, blocked by Kenny McLean.|
|32||The ball is delivered by Peter Pawlett, Jim Goodwin manages to make a clearance.|
|31||Gary Teale gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Pawlett. Free kick taken by Isaac Osbourne.|
|30||Foul by Mark Reynolds on Esmael Goncalves, free kick awarded. Mark Reynolds booked. Gary Teale fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.|
|29||Johnny Hayes takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Gary Teale manages to make a clearance.|
|28||Foul by Joe Shaughnessy on Esmael Goncalves, free kick awarded. Kenny McLean restarts play with the free kick.|
|27||Gary Teale produces a cross, blocked by Joe Shaughnessy.|
|26||Foul by Gavin Rae on Paul Dummett, free kick awarded. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick.|
|26||Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Dummett on Peter Pawlett. Free kick crossed by Isaac Osbourne, David Barron manages to make a clearance.|
|24||Gary Teale produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.|
|19||Unfair challenge on Isaac Osbourne by Esmael Goncalves results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Reynolds.|
|19||Steven Thompson challenges Joe Shaughnessy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.|
|17||Johnny Hayes takes a shot. Craig Samson makes a comfortable save.|
|16||Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Johnny Hayes, clearance made by Steven Thompson.|
|16||Johnny Hayes produces a cross, Jim Goodwin gets a block in.|
|14||Gary Teale delivers the ball, clearance made by Russell Anderson.|
|12||Esmael Goncalves is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.|
|11||Unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Isaac Osbourne results in a free kick. Jim Goodwin restarts play with the free kick.|
|9||Gary Teale delivers the ball.|
|8||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kenny McLean by Gavin Rae. Direct free kick taken by Jim Goodwin.|
|5||Foul by Joe Shaughnessy on Esmael Goncalves, free kick awarded. Paul Dummett restarts play with the free kick.|
|4||Johnny Hayes sends in a cross, save by Craig Samson.|
|2||A cross is delivered by Johnny Hayes, save by Craig Samson.|
|2||Marc McAusland fouled by Niall McGinn, the ref awards a free kick. Conor Newton restarts play with the free kick.|