The Staggies suffered their second league defeat of the season at Pittodrie today. Goals from Leigh, Cosgrove and Hedges sealed the 3 points for Dons as the Staggies remain with 4 points on the board.
Cosgrove had the best chance of the opening exchanges. McGinn’s cross was parried out by Laidlaw to the feet of Cosgrove at the back post but Keith Watson was well placed on the line to clear the goal bound effort.
The Dons took the lead just after the half hour. A freekick on the edge of the box was played short to Hedges who curled a great cross in for Greg Leigh who headed towards the back post and beyond Laidlaw.
Only 3 minutes later the score line doubled for Derek McInnes’ side. Laidlaw cleared the ball, clashing with Lewis Ferguson in the process resulting in referee Nick Walsh pointing to the spot. Cosgrove stepped up and smashed the ball to the left. Although going the right way there was too much power for Laidlaw to get a hand to it.
Aberdeen sealed the game just minutes after halftime. This time McGinn chipped a ball to the back post, where from only 2 yards out, Ryan Hedges was able to squeeze the ball beyond Laidlaw.
Only minutes later County were offered a lifeline back in to the game. A handball in the box led to Walsh giving the Staggies a penalty. Billy McKay stepped up sending his effort to the right but hammering the penalty off the post in the process keeping the score at 3-0.
County had another great opportunity with 14 minutes remaining. Substitute Brian Graham won the ball on halfway then set off Ross Stewart with a good pass. Stewart made a driving run towards the Aberdeen goal but his shot came back off the post with Joe Lewis beat. In what was a much improved Staggies performance from last weekends 4-1 defeat to Livi, the Staggies undone today by two set plays and a neat back post ball with our boys denied by the post on two occasions.
It’s now on to the International Break which will give the team some time to prepare for 3 big matches in September starting at home to St Mirren on 14th Sept before trips to Motherwell and Kilmarnock.