Aberdeen U19s 2 Motherwell U19s 1
Megginson 15, 74 Lawless 50
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Aberdeen U19s recorded their second win of the season this afternoon at Balgownie with an impressive 2-1 victory over a strong Motherwell side. In a highly entertaining match Mitch Meggisnon scored both Aberdeen goals and was very unlucky not to complete his hat-trick.
Peter Pawlett, Ryan Jack and Stirling Smith all started the game after long injury layoffs and Jack and Smith played the full 90. Pawlett, who looked very lively despite this being his first game of the season, was replaced after 70 minutes after picking up a knock but he should hopefully be ok.
Aberdeen lined up with Stirling Smith at left back and Dean Jarvis filling in at right back. Captain Scott Ross was partnered in central defence by Joe Shaughnessy. In midfield Pawlett played on the left side with Hansson and Jack in the centre and McRobbie on the right. Megginson was partnered up front by Nico Gibson.
The visitors started the game strongly and looked very confident which was not too surprising considering they have opened their campaign with two 6-1 victories. Motherwell forced a couple of early corners but the Dons defended well.
On 4 minutes Hallur Hansson, who was away on International duty this week, had a half chance but his over head kick went wide. Then at the other end Scott Bain showed excellent handling to hold a Martin drive. A minute later Peter Pawlett had a powerful run down the left and his superb cross found Megginson but his header at the near post was just off target. Then a short time after Pawlett again picked the ball up on the left wing and powered forward. With no support he went himself and fired just over.
After a slow start Aberdeen were now in control and deservedly went ahead on 15 minutes. They won a free kick near the Well penalty box. Instead of shooting though Aberdeen worked the ball well. McRobbie played it inside to Pawlett whose dangerous cross was not cleared. Mitch Megginson pounced fastest to fire home from close range.
The goal gave the young Dons a great deal of confidence and they stepped up a gear. Nico Gibson had a good chance then defender Shaughnessy had a free headed from a corner but the ball was cleared off the line.
On the half hour mark McRobbie set up Megginson but he hooked the ball over. Five minutes later Mitch again had a chance when he created space for himself on the edge of the box but he curled his effort just wide with the keeper rooted to the spot.
The Dons continued to press forward and Hansson and Jack were controlling the game in the middle of the park. Motherwell were physically stronger but the Dons were battling hard to match them and passing the ball about brilliantly.
Pawlett then missed two decent chances. The first one he placed his shot straight at the keeper which was a comfortable save, then when the midfielder was put through one on one keeper Hyslop made a fine save.
5 minutes before half time Aberdeen really should have gone two up. The keeper failed to hold a cross and the ball fell to Nico Gibson but he was unable to score and on the stroke of half time Jack played a great ball across the face of goal but no one was able to get a touch.
After the break the Dons continued to dominate and after another fine passing move Ryan Jack had a chance at the back post but he showed a lack of composure and fired over.
Aberdeen were then made to pay for their missed chances when Motherwell grabbed an equaliser on 50 minutes. The impressive Martin played in a dangerous ball that was not cleared. Smith then appeared to have a shot which Bain had covered but the unmarked Lawless got in just ahead of the keeper to prod the ball home from close range.
The goal spurred Motherwell into life and they were now on top. Innes had an overhead kick but his effort went just wide. Neil Cooper decided to make a chance and brought on Nicky Low who replaced Gibson. Low went to left midfield with McRobbie going up front and Pawlett moving to the right.
The very impressive Dean Jarvis, another who was away on international duty, played a superb cross field pass which found Low unmarked in the box. Nicky fired the ball across the keeper but the ball went just wide.
Aberdeen were now back into the game and it was end to end stuff. On 65 minutes McRobbie created space for himself, his shot was on target but the keeper produced another excellent save. Hallur Hansson, who was having quite a battle in the middle of the park, had the next chance but he failed to hit the target.
Bain then produced a quite brilliant save from point blank range to keep the scoreline level. Pawlett then had the ball in the net but was ruled offside. On 71 minutes a blow for Aberdeen. Pawlett limped off and was replaced by Bolger.
The Dons then finally got the goal they deserved. Nicky Low beat a couple of players and found Megginson with his cross. The striker took one touch then fired home. Another great finish from the striker. A minute later he really should have had his hat-trick. After beating a few players, rounding the keeper and with an empty net in front of him he ran out of steam and fired wide.
Motherwell threw men forward at the end which created chances at both ends. Bain had a couple of good saves with outstanding handling again. It was a tense finish. Robertson replaced Megginson and in the dying minutes Hansson really should have made the game safe but the keeper grabbed the ball as he was about to score. Motherwell had one final corner but Ross and Shaughnessy again did their job and held out.
Team: Bain, Jarvis, Smith, Jack, Shaughnessy, Ross, McRobbie, Hansson, Gibson (Low 55), Megginson (Robertson 84), Pawlett (Bolger 71) Subs Brown, Davidson, Devaney, Lukasik
Neil Cooper Post Match Comments
Motherwell are a good side. They have had a couple of good victories. They won 6-1 against St Johnstone and they followed that up by beating Kilmarnock 6-1. So we knew it would be a hard game.
It was a difficult week as we had three who had just come back from International duty, Callum McRobbie, Hallur Hansson and Dean Jarvis. The travelling can take quite a lot out of you. On top of that we had three players coming back from injury, Peter Pawlett, Stirling Smith and Ryan Jack. I was delighted with the way the game went.
I thought Motherwell were the better team the first 20 minutes. I thought we then came into the game and the last 25 we finished strongly and scored a good goal with a well worked free kick between Callum and Peter. The ball has fallen in the box for Mitch and he has put it away well. He showed a good strikers instinct to finish it.
Second half we continued where we left off. We created lots of chances and their keeper has had some good saves, in both halfs, we have also missed a few. Then we lost a sloppy goal and at that point you begin to think it is not going to be your day. It was a test of character for the boys and you wonder how they are going to react by they reacted positively.
Nicky Low came on and helped us win the game. I am delighted with the result. It is what you work hard all week for and delighted for the boys that have come back from injury.
I took Peter off as he took a small knock and John Sharp recommended he came off and I always listen to the medical people. Hopefully though he will be ok. Stirling and Ryan also both did well.
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