Ross County U20 2 Aberdeen U20 2
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Aberdeen U20s drew 2-2 this evening in a very entertaining game in Dingwall. Both teams played some good football and both keepers made some excellent saves. A draw was probably a fair result in the end.
The Dons lined up with Rogers in goal, Murray at right back, Shaughnessy and Rose in central defence with Clark Robertson at left back. In midfeld it was O'Neill, Brown, Milsom and Storie with Smith pushing forward to support McManus.
Despite the long bus journey Neil Cooper's side started strongly and on 10 mins had a great chance to take the lead when Rob Milsom played a superb through ball for Jordon Brown to run onto. As ever Jordon had timed his run perfectly but County keeper Mark Brown did really well to get out quickly, narrow the angle and block the shot. The experienced keeper made three or four excellent saves. At the other end Danny Rogers continued his fine form this season and after 20 minutes tipped a shot round the post and then a short time after that made a superb block.
In spells Aberdeen played some very good football with some excellent passing. Neil Cooper deserves much credit for how he sets his team up. At times they are a joy to watch.
At times though this evening they over did the passing and the home side were given openings after Dons players gave the ball away in dangerous areas.
The second half was just like the first with play going from end to end. Aberdeen took the lead on 51 mins. Clark Robertson took up a good position on the left before playing in McManus. The striker showed a good turn of pace before brilliantly curling his shot beyond Brown. The young Dons had a few more half chances but it was Ross County who scored next on 61 minutes. The ball was crossed from the left and the experienced Colin McMenamin got infront of Rose to beat Rogers. It was the only time Rose put a foot wrong all night. The centre half had a very good game.
Play continued to rage from end to end and the game was being played at a great tempo.
Aberdeen regained the lead on 67 minutes. Cammy Smith played a quite brilliant ball through to McManus who again showed good pace and composure with a good finish. However the lead lasted less than a minute. Ross picked the ball up about 35 yards out. He looked up and hit a dipping shot over Rogers. The keeper was slightly caught out and could not move his feet quick enough to get back. It would be unfair to be too critical of the keeper as it was some strike.
Both teams pushed for a winner and Neil Cooper put Gibbons on for Storie and Hamilton on for O'Neill. McManus had a couple of half chances to get his hat-trick and Brown had another good opportunity whilst Milsom hit a free kick right on the edge of the box into the wall.
In the end Aberdeen had to settle for a point. Although they will be disappointed with twice losing the lead, a draw is a good result. Not many teams will be travelling south from Dingwall with three points.
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Aberdeen Team | Rogers, Murray, Robertson, Storie (Gibbons 71'), Shaughnessy, Rose, O'Neill (Hamilton 76'), Brown, McManus, Smith, Milsom Subs not used | Macaulay, Rumsby
Ross County Team | Brown, MacDonald, McPhee, Findlayson, Porritt, Ross, Dingwall, Glen, McMenamin, Brittain, Hutchinson Subs | Grimes, McCarthy, McLeod, McKillop, Crown, Corbett