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Formartine United 1 - 2 Aberdeen

HT Score: Formartine United 1 - 1 Aberdeen

Aberdeenshire Cup Quarter Final
Formartine United scorers: Mann 22 (P)
Aberdeen scorers: Megginson 5, Magennis 54.

15/08/2011 | KO: 20:00

Dons Progress in Pitmedden

Chris Clark this evening played the full 90 minutes as Aberdeen moved into the semi finals of the Aberdeenshire Cup with a 2-1 victory over Formartine United in Pitmedden. The midfielder had a good game and looks back to full fitness. He could well now come into contention for a starting spot against Inverness CT on Saturday.

As well as Clark the Dons had a strong team out. Low, Jack, Magennis, Paton, Megginson and Pawett have all played for the first team this season. Formartine had a strong Aberdeen connection in their line up. As well as being managed by Steve Paterson, they had Stuart Smith, Neil McVitie, Andrew Bagshaw in their starting XI and also have Kyle MacAulay and Derek Soutar in their squad.

The Highland League side had a good chance in the opening minutes to take the lead when Barrie Stephen took advantage of a mix up at the back but he put his shot inches wide. Then after only five minutes the Dons took the lead. The ball was played forward by Nicky Low down the left to Mitch Megginson and everyone stopped presuming he was offside. The flag never went up (not that anyone would have been able to see it because of the low sun which was making visibility difficult for both teams) and Mitch took his time before finishing well. It was an uncharacteristic mistake from the Formartine back four who otherwise all put in an impressive performance. Lewis Knight, Bobby Mann, Ross Campbell and Stuart Smith all had good games.

The home side had another good chance when Andrew Bagshaw, who also had a fine game, did well to beat his marker and set up Stephen but again his shot went inches wide. On 17 minutes a good passing move created space for Clark in the middle of the park. He had time to set up Magennis but the striker shot just wide. Then from a cross Josh headed just past. After slow start Clark was coming more and more influential in the proceedings.

Although the Dons were beginning to take control United were still creating the odd chance and when Stephen again got in behind the defence Rumsby did really well to get a blocking tackle in and the ball went out for a corner. From the corner the ball was lofted long to the back post. Rumsby clashed with Smith and the referee gave a penalty kick. It did seem a very soft penalty as there was minimal contact. Bobby Mann stepped forward and hammered the ball low to Brown's right hand side to make the score level. (22 mins) 

Aberdeen had a chance to go back ahead shortly after that when Jordon Brown pinged in a good ball from the left to Megginson but his shot went just wide. Stephen then had another chance but his shot was well saved by Brown. From the resulting corner Aberdeen cleared their lines and raced up the other end. The ball was worked to Nicky Low but the left back's effort was well saved with his legs by Bremner.

On 34 minutes Magennis was booked for a tangle off the ball. The same player then set up Ryan Jack who hit a brilliant first time shot which crashed off the bar. Jack was the Dons best player in the first half.

After the break the Dons took complete control of the game and were camped inside the Formartine half for the majority of the 45 minutes. On 46 minutes Jack again hit the bar, this time with a left foot curler. Peter Pawlett was causing real problems down the right and eventually on 58 minutes Aberdeen got their noses in front again. Jordon Brown, who is normally a central midfielder and not a full back, played in an excellent cross from the right which Magennis judged well and headed home.

From then on the Dons really should have made their superiority in terms of ability and fitness tell but despite all the possession they failed to find the net again.

Josh went close again with a header, Paton put one just past. Pawlett almost got through after a neat 1-2. Chris Clark, who was by now in complete control of the game, hit a shot just wide with a drive. Low set up Clark again but the keeper saved well. Paton had another shot which just went past and Low had a drive after being put in on the left.

Although the Dons finishing could have been better credit must go to the United back four and in particular Ross Campbell who had quite brilliant game in the centre of defence. Stuart Smith at full back also had a fine game.

The Dons were almost made to pay for their missed chances in the final minutes when Campbell and Smith almost combined. A free kick was hurled into the danger area, almost the first time during the half the ball had been there, Campbell as he had done all night won the header, the ball was knocked down to Smith and although he got his head on it Brown was able to save.

The main thing was that Chris Clark and all the Dons players came through the evening unscathed. After the game Chris told RedWeb "It is just good to be back involved in the action again. It has been a frustrating time sitting in the stands watch the games so I was pleased to get a full 90 minutes under my belt."

Formartine United Teamsheet
Ross Bremner, Lewis Knight (Davidson 58), Stuart Smith, Bobby Mann (Coyle 46), Ross Campbell, Neil McVitie, Barrie Stephen, Andy Bagshaw, Stuart McKay, Mark Smith, Colin Robertson. Unused Subs: Simpson, Johnston, Derek Soutar.
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Brown, Brown, Low, Jack, Shaughnessy, Rumsby, Magennis, Clark, Paton, Megginson, Pawlett.

Unused Subs: Lukasik, Masson, McManus, O'Neill, Smith.

Bookings:  Magennis (36).
Venue: North Lodge Park, Pitmedden
Referee: Bryan Braidwood