Clydesdale Bank Youth League | St Mirren U20 2 v Aberdeen U20 2
Scullion 37 mins, Doran 92 mins; Smith 14 mins, McManus 19 mins
The young Dons lined up with Macaulay in goal, Murray at right back, Rumsby was pushed across to left back with Shaughnessy and Rose in central defence.O'Neill was wide left Brown, Gibbons and Low in the centre of midfield with McManus wide right and Cammy Smith up top.
Aberdeen started the game slowly which was to be expected after most of the boys played last night in the win at Forfar.
Keeper Macaulay, in for Rogers who is away with the Republic of Ireland U19 side, made two excellent saves in the opening stages. On 5 minutes a slip at the back allowed in Jon Scullion but Macaulay did very well with the one v one situation and turned the ball behind for a corner. On 10 minutes the Dons defence failed to clear their lines from a corner. A snap shot came in from the edge of the box and the Dons keeper did very well to react quickly and get down low to left. He would have seen the shot very late.
Aberdeen started to come into the game and they were looking lively going forward. On 14 minutes Gibbons picked the ball up in a good area after intercepting a pass. The midfielder played in Cammy Smith on the left and he floated the ball perfectly beyond the experienced Chris Smith.As well as playing a starring role last night in the second half Cammy also played 90 minutes for the Scotland U20s on Sunday.
The goal lifted the visitors. Minutes later Declan McManus cut in from the right and saw his shot go inches past. Then the same striker went close again after a fine flowing move. The ball eventually came to Declan at the back post but Smith made a fine save. On 19 minutes though Declan did get a deserved goal. Nicky Low did really well down the right. After beating his man and getting to the byline he had time to look up and cut the ball back to McManus who finished well.
Neil Coopers men were now well in control. They could and probably should have added to their lead. The best chance fell to right back Murray who blasted over after another good move.
Then out of completely nothing the home side were given a lifeline on 37 minutes.Stephen O'Neill tried to play the ball back to the left back spot but he failed to find Rumsby. Jack Smith picked up the loose pass and squared the ball for Scullion who had the easiest of tasks to place the ball into the empty net from about 5 yards. Aberdeen tried to regain the initiative just before the break. Cammy Smith had a good opening but his fierce shot from the edge of the area was well blocked by keeper Smith. Then McManus had a header which the keeper did well to hold.
The goal lifted the home side and changed the momentum of the game. For long spells of the second half St Mirren dominated possession. The fact the Aberdeen players had to play their second game in two days was beginning to show and a number of key players were beginning to tire badly. Craig Storie replaced Gibbons in the middle of the park with 72 minutes to go and Nicky Low and Stephen O'Neill swapped position.
Aberdeen did though still look dangerous on the break. Declan McManus wasted a golden opportunity to make the game safe when he had an opening.
St Mirren continued to put pressure on the Dons and missed a couple of good chances and they also hit the post. Just when it looked like the young Dons had weathered the storm and would get a well earned victory they were forced to give away a corner after some nervous defending. The ball was swung in and no Aberdeen player attacked the ball. It fell to substitute Kieran Doran at the back post and he headed home from close range, giving Macaulay no chance.
A hugely disappointing finish to a game the Dons should have won. For their second half performance you have to say St Mirren deserved a share of the points.
Team: Macaulay, Murray, Rumsby, Gibbons (Storie 72), Shaughnessy, Rose, O'Neill, Brown, McManus, Smith, Low. Subs: Hamilton, Campanile, Szemis, O'Sullivan
RedTV | highlights to follow
RedTV | post match reaction from Neil Cooper please click here
next game |
We can confirm the match details for our forthcoming U20 match as follows:
MATCH: Aberdeen U20 v Motherwell U20
COMPETITION: SPL U20 League
DATE: Tuesday 23rd October 2012
VENUE: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen