Dingwall defeat for Dons

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Craig Brown saw his team's 10-match unbeaten run in the SPL come to an end
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Craig Brown saw his team's 10-match unbeaten run in the SPL come to an end

Ross County held on to beat Aberdeen 2-1 at Dingwall and register their first victory over the Dons in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

A Mark Reynolds own goal from a Richard Brittain free-kick gave County the lead 10 minutes from the break and a superb strike from Steven Ross early in the second half doubled the home side's advantage.

The Dons got one back when Niall McGinn knocked in his sixth goal in consecutive league games to break a 20-year record for the club with 14 minutes remaining. But despite constant pressure from the visitors County held out for all three points

The visitors came into the game boasting a 10-match unbeaten run in the SPL and they looked a looked a real threat going forward. Dons' winger Ryan Fraser was in full flight when he was clipped from the back by Rocco Quinn, who was booked by referee Craig Thomson.

However County had a great chance to go ahead in the 25th minute when Jamie Langfield made a hash of a Russell Anderson back-pass under pressure from Ross and Quinn's header looked to be going in until the Dons keeper recovered to fingertip it over the bar.

The home side took the lead in the 35th minute when a deep free-kick from Brittain took a deflection off the head of Reynolds and into his own net.

The Dons should have been back on level terms three minutes later when County defender Mark Fitzpatrick was wayward with a pass out of the box but Gavin Rae, with only Michael Fraser to beat, cracked a shot off the underside of the crossbar. The visitors came close again in their next attack when Scott Vernon flashed a shot narrowly past the far post.

There was no let-up in the pace of the match after the break and County doubled their lead in a breakaway move. Ross raced on to a though-ball from Quinn, shrugged off the attentions of Reynolds and blasted an angled drive into the far corner of the net.

The Dons brought on Jonny Hayes for Vernon in the 70th minute in an attempt to pep up their attack. The move paid dividends six minutes later when Hayes nutmegged Fitzpatrick on the right and his cut-back was swept into the net from close range by McGinn.

Right at the death Rae flashed a header wide of Fraser's left-hand post, but County held out for a historic win.

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