Aberdeen squandered a two goal lead at Pittodrie as St Mirren came back to claim a point in a game full of controversy. Scott Vernon and Rory Fallon gave the Dons a significant reward for a bright opening spell when they scored two goals within 17 minutes. St Mirren hit back through Kenny McLean and a wonder free kick from Graham Carey that left Jason Brown stranded.
The Dons made two changes to the team that fell to another poor defeat at Rugby Park the weekend previous. Both Kari Arnason and Ryan Jack recovered from their respective injuries to make the starting line up with Rory McArdle and Chris Clark dropping out.
Aberdeen started well straight from the kick off and were rewarded with just 40 seconds gone. Kari Arnason's long throw was knocked on by Rory Fallon to Scott Vernon who had no hesitation in slamming the ball off the underside of the post and into the net to give the Dons an early advantage.
The home side were again looking dangerous in 9 minutes but no one was in the right place to connect with Rob Milsom's pin point cross to the back post.
Aberdeen domination was again rewarded as they grabbed a second goal on 17 minutes thanks to Rory Fallon's first league goal for the club. Isaac Osbourne won the ball just outside the St Mirren box, Fraser Fyvie crossed back into the box and the New Zealander met the cross with a diving header to send the Dons support into raptures.
The Dons continued to press in the first half and created several half chances from crosses into the St Mirren box, the best of which saw Fyvie's dangerous cross cut out by the St. Mirren defence on 30 minutes after good work from Ryan Jack.
However the Dons soon found their lead halved when- in the 34th Minute- Jerome Tesselar crossed into the box, Steven Thompson headed down to Kenny McLean who calmly slotted the ball past Jason Brown. Question marks once again over the defending from the Dons who struggled to deal with the initial ball into the box.
A well timed tackle from Ryan Jack inside the box was all that stopped St Mirren from equalising before half time when McLean again found himself with far too much space in the Dons penalty box. Kari Arnason was then booked for a tackle on Steven Thompson.
Buddies' defender David Barron was then at the centre of two incidents in quick succession. Firstly he hauled Rory Fallon to the ground 25 yards from goal but the resultant free kick smashed against the wall. Moments later Scott Vernon beat the offside trap but he was felled by Barron inside the box. The Red Army claimed for a penalty and it certainly looked a good shout but referee Stephen Finnie waived play on and St Mirren managed to avert danger to keep the score 2-1 at the half time interval.
The Dons began the second half well and came close to a second a few minutes in, when Tesselar fouled Fyvie. Jack's free kick was played to Arnason who found Milsom in space on the left. Milsom's cross was met by Vernon but the ball just cleared the cross bar.
In 51 minutes, referee Finnie was the centre of attention once again when Foster's neat ball towards Fallon resulted in a poor challenge on the Kiwi who went down under pressure. The referee once again waived away the penalty cries much to the annoyance of the home crowd.
To rub salt in the wounds- St Mirren went up the park and equalised. Isaac Osbourne challenged Steven Thompson and Grahame Carey scored sublimely from the resultant free kick, 30 yards out. Welshman Brown in the Dons goal could do nothing as the powerful drive crashed off the underside of the crossbar and into the net to level the match.
As the game progressed the Dons had several glimpses of goal, mainly from long range, however Craig Sampson spilled a Vernon header but no one was able to capitalise in a red shirt and the Paisley side cleared. The visitors were then unlucky not to go ahead when unmarked Paul McGowan's header went just wide of the left hand post from Carey's corner.
The Dons collected their first corner of the match in 70 minutes but Fallon couldn't connect with it properly. Up the other end Rob Milsom was late with a tackle on Carey and the referee awarded a free kick on the edge of the box and booked the former Fulham man. The resultant free kick was well held by Jason Brown.
With 13 minutes remaining on the clock Aberdeen created another decent opening but Fallon again headed wide from Milsom's cross. In search of a winning goal, boss Craig Brown then sent Mohamed Chalali on for Rory Fallon.
Keeper Brown made a stunning save low to his right when it looked like St Mirren would score, while up the other end a stramash inside the box led to further calls for a penalty from the Red Army which were again ignored by the referee.
Peter Pawlett then replaced Rob Milsom with time running out for the home side. Then there was yet another controversial decision by the match officials that baffled most of the crowd. Fraser Fyvie's cross deep into the St Mirren box began to drop and with Sampson struggling to read the flight of the ball many of the home players and fans were claiming the ball crossed the line. However the Main Stand linesman flagged for offside and a free kick was awarded to the Buddies in the 90th Minute. The correct decsion would have been to give a corner. Just a minute later Fyvie's frustrations got the better of him and having had words with the linesman, the youngster was then ordered off the park by referee Finnie.
A frustrating end to another frustrating afternoon. The point saw the Dons move up to 10th- joint bottom with just goal difference separating them, Hibernian and Dunfermline. The Dons have a game in hand against St Johnstone on Tuesday before another vital game against Hibernian at Pittodrie next Saturday.