Aberdeen U20 5 | Smith 2' (Pen ), 27' McManus 47', 49' 54'
Motherwell U20 1 | McHugh 31'
SPL U20 League | Pittodrie Stadium | 7pm | Full Time
RedWeb match report
Aberdeen produced a fantastic display at Pittodrie this evening to defeat Motherwell by 5 goals to 1. The U20 side were boosted by the presence of first team players, Rob Milsom and Gary Naysmith. and they got off to the perfect start inside 2 minutes when Cammy Smith cooly converted a penalty after a foul by Motherwell goalkeeper Ross Stewart. Cammy had another great chance on 13 minutes but shot just wide of the post.
The Dons continued to pass the ball about well and on 19 minutes Alan O'Sullivan headed over the bar after a superb cross into the box. Craig Murray who played superbly throughout, then sent in a great cross on 24 minutes which left the Motherwell defence under pressure but they cleared to safety. Aberdeen weren't to be denied for much longer and on 27 minutes, doubled their advantage when a fantastic pass from Declan McManus set Smith up to score his second with a classy curling effort past Stewart from the edge of the box. It was another delightful goal from the youngster who scored for the first team in Inverness a few weeks ago.
4 minutes later, the visitors got themselves back in the game when Bob McHugh slotted past Danny Rogers after the Dons had looked to have averted the initial danger. In truth it was more than 'Well deserved at this stage having been largely dominated by a superior Dons side.
Declan McManus stole the show after the half time break with a hatrick of goals in just 9 minutes. The first goal came after a fine cross from Craig Duguid, who had moved over from left back to right back to allow Naysmith to play, and Declan finished well. The second came from a superb pass by Rob Milsom and the third of which was a superb solo effort. After a 50 yard run, Declan cut inside and fired past Stewart on 54 minutes to make it 5-1. On 55 minutes Cammy Smith, who was suffering from a migraine, was replaced by Jamie Hamilton while 5 minutes later, Gary Naysmith, who was making his return from injury, was replaced by Kieran Gibbons.
The Dons continued to dominate the match with some fine attacking play and were rarely troubled by Motherwell although Moore found himself through one on one with Rogers but fired high and wide. Gibbons and O'Neill then went close for Aberdeen who continued to look dangerous every time they flooded forward. O'Sullivan was replaced by Craig Storie on 75 minutes and despite creating numerous chances the Dons didn't add to their tally in the closing stages but ran out 5-1 victors for the second match in just 3 days.
Aberdeen | Danny Rogers, Craig Duguid, Gary Naysmith (Gibbons 60'), Craig Murray, Joe Shaughnessy, Michael Rose, Alan O'Sullivan (Storie 73'), Stephen O'Neil, Declan McManus, Cammy Smith (Hamilton 55'), Rob Milsom
Subs | Scott MacAulay, Scott Rumsby, Kieran Gibbons, Craig Storrie, Jamie Hamilton, Marcus Campanile
Neil Cooper spoke to RedTV after his sides impressive 5-1 victory | click here
Gary Naysmith returned to action tonight following his injury and spoke to RedTV after the game | click here
RedTV Highlights to follow
We can confirm the match details for our forthcoming U20 matches as follows:
MATCH: Aberdeen U20 v Falkirk U20
COMPETITION: SPL U20 League
DATE: Monday 29th October 2012
VENUE: Glebe Park, Brechin
MATCH: Hamilton Accies U20 v Aberdeen U20
COMPETITION: SPL U20 League
DATE: Wednesday 7th November 2012
VENUE: New Douglas Park, Hamilton
The draw for Round Four of the Scottish FA Youth Cup Competition 2012/2013 took place this afternoon with the result as follows:
MATCH: Aberdeen F.C. v Queen of the South F.C. or Hamilton Academical F.C.
COMPETITION: Youth Cup, 4th round
DATE: Sunday 25th November 2012
The outstanding match between Queen of the South and Hamilton Academical is due to take place on Sunday 4th November 2012, kick-off 2pm