Adam Rooney scored a hat-trick for Aberdeen as they continued their undefeated begin to the Scottish Premiership season with a snug Three-Zero win over St Johnstone.
Rooney headed house two of his objectives, the primary on the close to put up from a Stevie Might cross and the second from shut vary after Anthony O’Connor had flicked on one other Might cross. His third got here from the penalty spot with 9 minutes to go.
Rooney was one in every of two modifications to the Dons’ beginning XI, the opposite seeing Greg Stewart begin, with final week’s aim hero Andrew Considine and midfielder Greg Tansey these dropping out.
Regardless of the modifications, the house facet have been fluent of their play all through the primary half, in stark distinction to their performances within the double-header with Motherwell.
Certainly, the opener, after simply seven minutes, got here from a shortly taken free-kick. Former St Johnstone man Might crossed from the left, and Rooney acquired in entrance of his man to ship a diving header previous Alan Mannus within the Saints aim.
The goalkeeper was practically embarrassed by a deflected Graeme Shinnie shot after 14 minutes, the ricochet wrong-footing the goalkeeper, but additionally taking ball the ability out of the hassle which allowed the keeper to recuperate and maintain the ball simply in entrance of the road.
However the house facet wouldn’t have to attend lengthy earlier than doubling their benefit. This time it was a nook on the correct, taken quick by Ryan Christie to Might. His cross was headed throughout aim by O’Connor, and Rooney popped up on the again put up to go house from simply a few yards.
Tommy Wright’s St Johnstone are often robust opposition for Aberdeen however they have been vastly disappointing all through the primary half and will have gone in three objectives down, had Christie made extra of a swift break only a minute earlier than the interval.
It was no shock, then, that Wright made a double substitution on the break, Paul Paton and Scott Tanser making approach for Chris Millar and David Wotherspoon.
Referee John Beaton had invoked the anger of the house assist greater than as soon as within the first half and he did so once more six minutes into the second when a intelligent downside noticed Might burst into the realm and take a tumble underneath stress.
His appeals have been waved away however they got a spot-kick with 10 minutes to go as Saints captain Steven Anderson despatched Christie tumbling.
With a hat-trick at stake there was little question Rooney would step up and he confidently despatched Mannus the flawed technique to seal the win.
There may have been a fourth aim however substitute Frank Ross was unlucky to see his effort come again off the upright simply seconds after changing Christie.