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Scottish Premiership 
16/03/2019
 
Aberdeen 1 - 1 Livingston
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   McGinn 30.       Sibbald 43  
Attendance: 14,366 (Visitors: 142)
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Dons Drookit as Winless 2019 Home Run Continues

The Dons made two changes to the side that defeated Rangers at Ibrox on Tuesday night as Dean Campbell and Andrew Considine were replaced by Sam Cosgrove and Mikey Devlin.

Aberdeen started the match on the front foot and could have taken an early lead when McGinn threaded a ball through for Shinnie in the box, the angle was tight for the skipper but he forced a save from Kelly.

That early start perhaps gave a false impression of what was to come as both sides struggled to create any shooting opportunities.

Aberdeen needed a spark and it came in the 26th minute when McLennan broke free on the right and picked-out McGinn in the middle. The winger had it all to do but took the cross well on the volley and it had too much power for the keeper, sending the home side in front. It was a moment of real quality from the Northern Ireland international and was sorely needed.

A few minutes later McLennan had an opportunity of his own to test the keeper when Cosgrove showed great strength to hold off his marker and play the winger in. McLennan?s strike had plenty of power on it but not enough direction to beat Kelly at his near post.

Lewis was forced into action in the 36th minute, pushing the ball wide when a low shot from Gallagher looked to be creeping in at the near post.

It wasn?t too long before The Dons were back on the front foot, Lowe picking out Cosgrove in the area with a cross from the left. The striker met the ball on the volley but had too much to do to get the ball on target with his left foot and subsequently the ball drifted wide of the post.

The visitors stunned Pittodrie in the 42nd minute when a low cross into the box was met by Sibbald a couple of yards from goal. It was a poor goal for Aberdeen to concede after failing to clear a long ball. The goal meant that the sides would head into the half-time break on level terms.

Within minutes of the restart the visitors had the ball in the net again as Gallagher headed a long ball into the back of the net, but it was correctly ruled out for offside.

Livingston looked to be through on goal again when Pittman broke free from Ferguson but Ball got across to recover and force the ball out for a corner. It wasn?t really happening for Aberdeen and in the 56th minute they made a change when Campbell replaced May, perhaps to bring a bit of control to a game that was being dominated by long balls and aerial duels.

Just after the hour mark Ferguson glided his way into the area, beating a couple of players with ease, but his shot floated over the bar and into the stand. It was a great opportunity.

The home side had greater control of the ball after the introduction of Campbell but couldn?t create any clear-cut opportunities. With 20 minutes remaining McGinn was replaced by Stewart in an effort to try and supply the final ball that had been missing for most of the match.

Unfortunately, there was no immediate impact as it took Stewart 10 minutes to get an opportunity to try and create something, when he did get the ball in some space his cross was headed clear.

In an effort to try and force the issue Aberdeen made their final change replacing Ferguson with Wilson. The striker had just a few minutes to make an impact but nothing fell his way.

In the first minute of added time a cross from Lowe deflected into Stewart?s path on the 18-yard line but his shot was deflected wide of the post. It was the best opportunity that The Dons would get as the match finished level.

 
Weather: Wet, Cold and Very Windy
Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Lewis, Ball, Devlin, McKenna, Lowe, Ferguson (Wilson 88), Shinnie, McLennan, May (Campbell 57), McGinn (Stewart 76), Cosgrove.

Unused Subs: Gleeson, Halford, Ross, Cerny.

Bookings:

Livingston Teamsheet:  01.Kelly, 31.Gallagher, 26.Halkett, 04.Lithgow, 05.Brown, 33.Lawson (06.Byrne 71), 07.Jacobs 17.Robinson (09.Hardie 83), 08.Pittman, 10.Sibbald, 19.Erskine (14.Odoffin 65).

Unused Subs: 15.Lawless, 21.Stewart, 22.Tiffoney, 23.De Vita.

Bookings:

Referee: Don Robertson

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