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Pittodrie (ATT 11,487) 1st March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Aberdeen Aberdeen vs St Johnstone St J'stone

Aberdeen 1

R Jack (8)

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St J'stone 0

S MacLean (S/O 90)

Scottish Premiership: Aberdeen beat St Johnstone 1-0 with an early goal at Pittodrie

Last Updated: 05/03/14 5:13pm

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Ryan Jack: Scores the only goal of the game as Aberdeen beat St Johnstone

Ryan Jack: Scores the only goal of the game as Aberdeen beat St Johnstone

Aberdeen continue to lead the pack chasing second spot in the Scottish Premiership with a 1-0 victory over St Johnstone.

A match of few chances at Pittodrie was settled with an early goal from Ryan Jack, although Saints were unfortunate not to earn a share of the spoils.

The Dons struck after just eight minutes when midfielder Jack unleashed a low drive from 25 yards past Alan Mannus.

Adam Rooney then tested Mannus with a shot from outside the penalty area and two minutes later Jamie Langfield was tested by David Wotherspoon, but the Aberdeen keeper easily saved.

Saints came close to an equaliser nine minutes before the break when Stevie May kept the ball in play and set up Michael O'Halloran, but he shot narrowly wide.

O'Halloran came even closer to a goal on 66 minutes when he burst away from Alan Tate and smacked a shot off the inside of the post.

St Johnstone's frustrating afternoon was completed when substitute Steven MacLean was sent off for two mistimed challenges on Barry Robson and Nicky Low.

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Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 17 38
2 Dundee United 17 34
3 Aberdeen 17 34
4 Hamilton Academical 17 33
5 Inverness CT 17 32
6 St Johnstone 17 26
7 Dundee 17 21
8 Kilmarnock 17 21
9 Partick Thistle 17 20
10 Motherwell 17 14
11 Ross County 17 9
12 St Mirren 17 8