Dons Ready For Semi After Highland Win

Last updated : 27 January 2011 By Stand Free Ed

ABERDEEN moved to within two wins of fifth place in the SPL after a 2-0 victory over Inverness Caley Thistle this evening.

Manager Craig Brown shrugged off suggestions of playing a weakened side in the build-up to this game, and was good to his word with the Dons making only one change from Saturday's line-up, Ryan Jack taking the place of Derek Young.

And it was teenager Jack who opened the scoring in spectacular style with his first goal for the Dons - a screamer from 25 yards into the top corner of the net just before half-time.

Zander Diamond hit the post with a header in the first half, but the biggest talking point was a red card for Grant Munro within the opening half an hour for an elbow on Chris Maguire.

This should have led to a penalty for the Dons as play was in progress when the foul happened, but bewilderingly the referee restarted the game with a throw-in despite the Aberdeen players' protestations.

Soon after the second half got underway, the Dons made it two through new loan signing Nick Blackman, the Blackburn man stroking home after being set up by the ubiquitous Maguire.

The men in Red took their foot right off the gas for the rest of the game and were almost punished on a couple of occasions due to poor play from Vujadinovic and Langfield but nothing came of it.

The result is the perfect fillip for the Reds ensuring the club will have plenty of confidence going into Saturday's CIS Cup semi, and more importantly it appears that no serious injuries were picked up during the game.