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Aberdeen 5 - 1 Livingston

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Livingston

Scottish Premiership
Aberdeen scorers: Hoilett 58, Shinnie 74, Polvara 77, Hoilett 81, Boyd 93.
Livingston scorers: Yengi 51 (pen)

15/05/2024 | KO: 19:45

Dons hit five in an emotional night at Pittodrie

Nine goals in space of the four days, the Dons under Peter Leven are certainly finishing the season in style.

The interim manager freshened up the side with five changes to the Aberdeen side that won 4-0 at Hibs on Sunday. Ross Doohan, James McGarry, Ester Sokler and captain Graeme Shinnie taking their place in the starting XI. And the new look side started the game really strongly. They really should have broken the deadlock in the seventh minute, when Hoilett’s shot could only be parried by Shamal George, but Dante Polvara pushed it wide from eight yards. I am being polite when I say he probably should have scored!

On a perfect night for football, Aberdeen continued to knock the ball about quickly as they looked for an opener. Duk was on the charge in the 12th minute after a fine pass from Polvara but his effort was deflected against the post.

Another good chance on 21, Duk drilling a low cross but Hoilett scuffed his effort. Seconds later, the outstanding Hoilett picked out Shinnie but his shot from 14 yards flew over after fine build-up play from Polvara and Hoilett.

Barron was the first player to be booked for a foul on Brandon after 34 minutes.

As the half wore on, Livingston started to come into the game, and it took a brilliant Nicky Devlin tackle to stop Yengi from opening the scoring before Steven Kelly fired a shot over the bar.

HT. Aberdeen 0 Livingston 0

Aberdeen again started the half strongly and Dante Polvara made a great run which was halted inside the area after a risky looking tackle. There was no VAR review and then Livingston from a corner won a penalty themselves. After a lengthy check, which bemused both sets of players, a handball was given against Sokler. It looked a very harsh penalty award as he had an opposition player climbing on his back at the time. Also, you could not claim it to be a clear and obvious mistake from referee Alan Muir. Credit to Tete Yengi who took the spot kick, it was the perfect penalty into the roof of the net and Doohan had no chance.

The injustice felt by the fans with the decision certainly got the crowd going, and soon after the players.

On 58 minutes Aberdeen were level. Junior Hoilett scored his first Aberdeen goal, and what a goal it was. He took a free kick 25 yards out, and he arrowed it precisely into the top corner. A brilliant finish.

65 minutes, McGarry won a free kick in the exact same spot as Hoilett scored from before. This time thought the winger just lifted it too high as he tried to go to the same corner. Aberdeen were now on the front foot and there were strong penalty appeals when Duk went down in the area after receiving the through ball from Hoilett but the referee felt it was a fair shoulder charge.

After 70 minutes the hard-working Ester Sokler was replaced by Bojan Miovski. Also Connor Barron came off, Leighton Clarkson entering the game.

Four minutes later the Dons had the lead. Hoilett played in a corner which found an unmarked Shinnie running in at the back of the area and the skipper produced a really good header, bouncing it into the ground, to beat George.

With 15 minutes to go Duk was replaced by Jonny Hayes who was given a brilliant reception. Shinnie also handed him the captains armband.

Polvara then got the goal he deserved! A well worked free kick was played along the ground to the America who was strong enough to hold off his man and then beat the keeper at his near post. His smile said it all! That was Dante’s last action of the game as he was replaced by Fletcher Boyd and Slobodan Rubezic came on for Angus MacDonald.

On 81 minutes Aberdeen had a fourth. Shinnie was alert enough to win the ball in an advanced area. He crossed for Hoilett who put the ball through the legs of George from about eight yards.

With a minute to go the visitors had the chance of a consolation when Yengi found space in the box but brave goalkeeping from Doohan kept him out. The same player should have done much better seconds later when substitute Daniel MacKay squared it to him, but he put his shot over the bar when inside the area.

Then once again young Fletcher put the icing on the cake and almost lifted the roof off the old Main Stand. He played a one two with Hoilett before running into space. The youngster then produced a superb low finish which completely wrong-footed George.

At full-time there were emotional scenes as Jonny Hayes made his way round Pittodrie, likely for the last time.  It was a fitting performance for a true Aberdeen legend.

2 minutes added at end 1st half.
4 minutes added at end 2nd half.
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Doohan, Devlin, Shinnie, Gartenmann, Barron (Clarkson 70), Lopes (Hayes 77), McGarry, Sokler (Miovski 70), Polvara (Boyd 79), MacDonald (Rubezic 79), Hoilett.

Unused Subs: Roos, Jensen, McGrath, Milne.

Bookings:  Devlin (43).
Livingston Teamsheet
George, Montano, Devlin, Pittman, Kelly, Brandon, Bradley, Nouble, Nottingham, Kelly, Yengi Unused Subs: Wright, Carson, Anderson, MacKay, Sangare, Shinnie, Sharp

Bookings:  Nottingham 54,   Shinnie 76
Attendance: 15,043
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Alan Muir
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