Dons too good for Terrors

Icelandic international Kari Arnason opened the scoring when he

fired the ball into the roof of the net from close range after Rory

Fallon’s header had been kept out by Dusan Pernis. A Youl Mawene

header six minutes after the break gave the Dons a second before

Andrew Considine added a third when he slotted the ball home at the

back post. United substitute Lauri Dalla Valle pulled a goal back,

but Aberdeen held on for all three points. Aberdeen stuck with the

same team that thrashed Dunfermline 4-0, with Scott Vernon – the

hat-trick hero of the SPL’s Friday night football experiment –

again partnered New Zealand international Fallon in attack. The

Terrors, looking to bounce back after a 3-1 home defeat to

Motherwell, made two changes. Youngsters Johnny Russell and Scott

Allan were both handed starts in place of the injured Keith Watson

and Ryan Dow, who dropped to the bench. Dundee United made an

encouraging start with Russell’s snap-shot from the edge of the box

drawing a fine save from David Gonzalez after only five minutes.

Aberdeen skipper Richard Foster was next to try his luck with a

curling free-kick which was well held by Pernis. The Dons made the

breakthrough after 14 minutes from a Fraser Fyvie corner when

Fallon’s downward header was well kept out by Pernis, only for

midfielder Arnason to scoop the ball into the roof of the net from

close range. The home support were appealing for a penalty after 28

minutes when Rob Milsom tumbled in the box under pressure from

United’s makeshift right-back Willo Flood. The Dons came close to

doubling their advantage a couple of minutes later when Fallon was

unable to turn the ball home after a tantalising cross from Fyvie.

United had a penalty appeal of their own turned down before the

break when Danny Swanson looked to have been clipped by Ryan Jack,

but referee Willie Collum waved away the protests. Swanson failed

to recover from the challenge and was replaced by Dalla Valle after

41 minutes. The Dons carved out an early opening within minutes of

the restart when Arnason laid the ball into the path of the

onrushing Vernon, but the Englishman’s effort was blocked by Flood.

Mawene increased Aberdeen’s lead after 51 minutes when he rose

highest to head home Foster’s free-kick to the delight of the home

support. And Mawene’s central defensive partner Considine squeezed

the ball home at the back post on the hour mark for Aberdeen’s

third after the United rearguard failed to deal with a Milsom

free-kick into the box. United pulled a goal back after 78 minutes

when Stuart Armstrong, who had replaced Scott Allan, drove the ball

across the face of goal for Valle who had the easiest of finishes.

Despite a late spell of United pressure, Aberdeen held on to record

back-to-back wins for the first time in the Clydesdale Bank Premier

League this season.