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Dons go top as Celtic match called off

In-form Aberdeen defeated St Johnstone 2-0 at Pittodrie to leapfrog Celtic and move to the top of the Scottish Premiership yesterday.

The Dons dictated the play but only had David Goodwillie's spectacular goal to show for their dominance until substitute Cammy Smith finally made the points safe in stoppage time.

The victory, their sixth in a row and eighth from their last nine matches, was enough to move Derek McInnes' men a point clear of the Hoops, whose fixture at Partick was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

A stunning overhead kick from Goodwillie had the Reds in front after just six minutes. With his back to goal, Goodwillie controlled Niall McGinn's chipped cross on his chest and then sent a acrobatic effort from 10 yards past the helpless Alan Mannus.

St Johnstone were edgy and were fortunate not to concede a second in the 20th minute. Jonny Hayes delivered a free-kick midway inside the visitors' half and Goodwillie flashed an eight yard header wide of the target.

It was one-way traffic but Saints were still alive thanks to impressive goalkeeping from Mannus, who made a fine save to deny Hayes with a stinging 25-yard drive.

It became nervy for the Dons in the closing stages but they scored a second deep in stoppage time. Andrew Considine sent Rooney clear down the right and his low centre was turned in by Smith as McInnes' team climbed to the summit.


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