Last-gasp Lovell rescues Dons
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Aberdeen shared two late goals and the spoils.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Aberdeen shared two late goals and the spoils as it ended 1-1 at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium on Monday night.
Graham Bayne appeared to have handed Caley their first-ever win against the Dons as he headed home 12 minutes from time, but Steve Lovell (pictured) - returning after three months out injured - popped up in the final minute to grab a dramatic equaliser.
The match was woefully short of quality in the first half with neither side able to produce much in the way of goalmouth threat.
Aberdeen's Gary Dempsey flashed a 20-yard effort wide on 20 minutes while at the other end Craig Dargo went close with a swerving long-range effort of his own shortly afterwards.
The lively Jamie Smith produced a couple of nervy moments in the home defence with inviting crosses from the left, but the sides went in at the break having given the crowd precious little to talk about.
In truth, the second half followed a similarly drab pattern with both sides cancelling each other out - that was until Bayne provided the catalyst for a grandstand finish by putting the hosts ahead.
Dargo's intelligent ball in behind the full back released Roy McBain and his pinpoint left-footed cross was converted with a diving header by a jubilant Bayne.
However, the goal galvanised Aberdeen and they almost drew level when Christopher Maguire's acrobatic volley came back off the bar with Lovell heading the rebound wastefully over.
They were not to be denied, though, and Lovell atoned for his profligacy as he was on hand at the back post to ensure Lee Miller's flicked near-post header ended up in the net after a good run and cross from Michael Hart.
The draw ensures both sides stay level in the table, joining Rangers and Kilmarnock on 19 points.