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Aberdeen 1 - 0 Celtic

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 0 Celtic

SPFL Development League
Aberdeen scorers: McLennan 10 (Pen).

26/01/2017 | KO: 14:00

Aberdeen continued their fine head to head record against Celtic in the SPFL Development League this afternoon with a 1-0 victory at Glebe Park.

The young Dons lined up with Mutch in goal, a back four of MacPherson, Roscoe and Robertson. Seb Ross and Norris were the sitting midfielders with Frank Ross head of them. Antoniazzi and Wright played wide with McLennan up front. Aberdeen battled really well in the opening stages and looked very dangerous on the break. They were rewarded in the 10th minute when the won a penalty. After pressing high up the pitch Connor McLennan collected a cross which had gone over everyone. He cut inside from the left and was hauled down after beating his man. Connor took the spot kick himself and fired the ball low into the corner. An excellent penalty which gave the keeper no chance.
On 16 minutes Sam Roscoe was booked for a slightly late tackle on the half way line. It typified the Dons aggression during the first 25 minutes. They really did not let Celtic play and apart from a couple of free kicks the visitors failed to threaten. On 20 minutes a long clearance from Mutch was flicked on and Chris Antoniazzi, who had gambled on Connor winning the ball in the air, manage to get in behind the defence. As he ran in on goal he was pulled down by Celtic skipper McCart. As he was the last man the referee had no choice but to produce a red card. The foul was right on the line of the penalty box. Ross took the free kick which beat the wall, the keeper could only parry but McLennan could not quite get onto the rebound. Then Wright put over a great cross which picked out McLennan. His header looked net bound but keeper Ross Doohan produced a great save. On 24 minutes Calvin Miller was booked for a rash challenge on MacPherson. It highlighted Celtic's frustration. After 28 minutes they changed tactics as Kerr came on for striker Aitchison. Just after the half hour mark Frank Ross glided past his man as he cut inside. He floated over a cross which was flicked on by McLennan but no one was coming in at the back post.
On 35 minutes all the Dons good work was almost undone when Celtic cut them open for the first time but fortunately right back Sam Wardrop just over ran the ball. The pitch was starting to cut up badly but credit to both teams as they were still trying to play football. On 38 minutes Frank Ross played a superb forward pass to release left back Sam Robertson. His clever cutback found Wright and he was a bit unlucky to see his shot strike the arm of Fiacre Kelleher. The strong penalty shouts were turned down.
Aberdeen had to withstand some pressure late in the half but Mutch did well to punch a corner clear and the Dons stood firm when another cross came over.

In a pre-planned move at half time Wright and Frank Ross were withdrawn and they were replaced by Dean Campbell and David Dangana. Aberdeen started the second period strongly and MacPherson might have done better after being released by a clever Antoniazzi flick. On 52 minutes Aberdeen defended a deep free kick but Celtic picked up the second ball. Regan Henry made room for the shot but Mutch was able to watch his chip sail over.
Just before the hour mark Celtic worked the ball well down the left and Aiden MclIDuff got in behind. His cut back looked a dangerous one but thankfully landed at the feet of a redshirt. Then Donnelly caused real problems with nice footwork. After beating a number of player's he was eventually stopped before seeing a left footed shot just go wide. Then Hill picked out Miller with a long throw who got in behind Roscoe but Mutch did very well to stay big and save at his near post. The ten men of Celtic were now on top and winning most of the second balls in midfield. The Dons were not helping themselves by giving away possession. There were too many short passes on a difficult surface when they would have been trying to turn Celtic with balls over the top. With twenty minutes to go Celtic made a double change - Henry and Wardrop off, Johnstone and Crossan on. The Dons then withstood a couple of dangerous crosses, centre half Sam Roscoe did very well today at the back. He made one crucial interception around point as well. On 72 minutes Robertson came off and Campbell went to left back. Bruce Anderson and his ball carrying skills in the final minutes was a factor and helped the Dons get up the pitch. On 78 minutes Bruce created a shooting chance for himself but his shot was deflected just wide.
In the final ten minutes the game was quite even. It opened up a bit as well as there were a lot of tired legs on both sides. The Dons did survive one real scare when a cross from the right picked out Mcllduff who was unmarked but he sent his header wide from about eight yards out. In injury time a fine run by Antoniazzi, he beat two players before firing in a shot which Doohan did well to save at his near post. Although the Dons rode their luck a little bit late on, they deserved the clean sheet and the victory. A really good win for Paul Sheerin's side.
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Mutch, MacPherson, Robertson (Anderson 72), Ross, Mbayo, Roscoe, Wright (Dangana 45), Antoniazzi, McLennan, Ross (Campbell 45), Norris.

Unused Subs: Craddock, Hutchison, .

Bookings:  Roscoe (16),  Ross (76).
Celtic Teamsheet
Doohan, Wardrop (Crossan 68), Kelleher, McCart, McIlduff, McManus, Hill, Hendry (Johnstone 68), Donnelly, Miller, Aitchison (Kerr 28). Unused Subs: McAdams, Duffy, Payne

Bookings:  Miller 24,   Hill 88   McCart 21
Venue: Glebe Park, Brechin
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