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Heart of Midlothian 0 - 0 Aberdeen

HT Score: Heart of Midlothian 0 - 0 Aberdeen

SPL Youth 18

24/08/2018 | KO: 19:00

Despite the scoreline it was a very open 90 minutes with good chances at both ends.
In the first half, Ethan Ross crossed for Lewis Duncan and his header just went wide.
Lewis Duncan then hit the post in the second half, which was probably Aberdeen's best chance of the game. Sean Linden also caused problems down the right hand side on a number of occasions.
Hearts though had several reasonable chances, forcing Tom Ritchie in the Aberdeen goal into some good saves. The keeper, who was also in fine form for Scotland U16s against England in midweek, produced an excellent performance and his solid display allowed the Dons to leave with a clean sheet. Subs this evening - Kevin Hanratty, Calvin Ramsay - were also part of the Scotland U16 squad that played at St Georges Park.
Another young Scotland internationalist Connor Barron played an important part against Hearts despite having just returned from Spain where the Scotland U17s played two games against Russia.
Danny Strachan and Mark McLauchlan, the two Aberdeen full-backs, also impressed this evening and can be pleased with their defensive efforts.

Reaction

Afterwards U18s coach Scott Anderson told afc.co.uk "It was an open contest that went back-and-fore with neither team ever really having control of the game.
"Although we had several chances, which unfortunately we were unable to finish off, Hearts also had their opportunities. So at the end of the day it was a fair result.
"I'm reasonably happy with that showing at this early stage of the season. We know we can do better with the ball, but I'm pleased with the defensive performance and the clean sheet. Hearts have traditionally always been strong at this level, so I'm happy we are taking a point back up the road."
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Heart of Midlothian Teamsheet
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Ritchie, Strachan, McLauchlan, Barron, Robertson, Dalling, Ross, Duncan, Linden, Shanks (Dangana 45), Mykyta (Chicken 69).

Unused Subs: Zanda, Hanratty, Ramsay, Leiper.
Venue: Oriam, Edinburgh