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Aberdeen 4 - 2 St. Mirren

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 2 St. Mirren

SPFL Development League
Aberdeen scorers: Harvie 41, Ross 52, Anderson 88, Anderson 91 (Pen).
St. Mirren scorers: MacPherson 23, Jamieson 42

10/10/2017 | KO: 18:00

Having slipped to eighth place in the table following last week's reversal against Partick Thistle, the Young Dons faced a St Mirren side currently standing just one place above them by virtue of having scored two more goals than their Pittodrie counterparts. Danny Harvie returned to the Dons side after injury while there was also a starting berth for Bruce Anderson. Archie Mair took over from David Craddock in goal.

A frenetic opening ten minutes saw little in the way of cultured football although one fine Dons move saw Ryan Harrington deliver a good low ball to the edge of the six-yard box but the Buddies defence cleared the danger. Another fine ball from Harrington sent Ethan Ross scampering down the right but he ran out of ground before delivering his cross. A dangerous free kick from Leitch was well cleared by Mbayo at the expense of a corner from which the Dons broke quickly but an offside flag halted Anderson's run towards the St Mirren goal. The visitors were forced to make a change on 22 minutes when skipper Macdonald limped off to be replaced by Barclay. A minute later MacPherson gave St Mirren the lead when he turned a Jamieson cross past Mair. The striker looked to be yards offside when he broke forward but pictures later showed he had been played on by one of the Dons defenders. Danny Harvie's protests earned him a yellow card.
Just on the half hour Miller of Saints was booked for a clumsy challenge on Frank Ross but the free kick came to nothing. Reilly came close to making it 2-0 to the visitors' seconds but Harrington did well to block the winger's effort. The Dons were working hard trying to create openings but the final ball just lacked the quality needed to unlock a stuffy Saints defence. McBrearty was the second Saints man booked on 38 minutes again for a foul on Frank Ross. A minute later the same player was booked for a second time for a tackle on Dean Campbell and had to take an early shower. Erhahon was also booked for a comment to referee Soutar.
The resulting free kick found Mbayo at the back post and his header dropped perfectly for Danny Harvie to score from six yards. St Mirren went straight back up the park and took advantage of some hesitant defending to grab a second goal through Jamieson.
The half drew to a close with the Dons pressing but it was the visitors who held on to the lead.
Chris Antioniazzi replaced Danny Harvie at the interval with Toby Wells dropping back to left back with the sub in left midfield. Keeper Wilson made a fine save from Seb Ross after a penetrating pass from Antoniazzi as the Dons pushed for an equaliser. Despite being a man short Saints pressed forward and forced a couple of corners but they came to nothing.
Aberdeen broke quickly through Ethan Ross but Wilson saved well from older brother Seb. However the keeper had to admit defeat on 52 minutes when Seb Ross drilled a Frank Ross cutback into the net to make it 2-2. That's five goals for the Inverurie youngster this season. Bruce Anderson raced clear from the halfway line after a misplaced Saints pass but fired just wide under pressure from the pursuing St Mirren defence.
Having the extra man was giving Ryan Harrington licence to get forward and he produced some fine crosses from the right. Seb Ross came within a whisker of making it 3-2 on the hour mark when his shot was deflected on to the post and wide. A fantastic ball from Dean Campbell sent Antoniazzi scurrying forward but his shot was well blocked. Frank Ross was causing lots of problems for the Saints defence as the Dons piled on the pressure.
Leitch was yellow carded for a silly foul on Antoniazzi as the visitors' defence threatened to crumble in the face of some good play from the Dons who were working the ball from side to side as they probed for the opening which would give them a third goal. Wilson saved well again from Frank Ross as the match edged toward the final ten minutes. David Dangana came on for Dean Campbell in 82 minutes to bolster the Aberdeen attack. However it was the visitors who were next to threaten and Mair had to pull off a fine diving save to thwart Jamieson.
But the Dons were not to be denied and the mercurial Frank Ross produced a fantastic cross from the left for Bruce Anderson sneaking in at the far post to beat Wilson and make it 3-2. A fine goal and just reward for a fine display from Frank Ross. As the game went into stoppage tie Aberdeen were awarded a penalty when Ethan Ross was held back by the keeper and Bruce Anderson completed the scoring with an emphatic spot kick.
So it ended 4-2 for Aberdeen but they were made to work very hard for the victory by a doughty Saints side who were forced to play for 50 minutes a man light after McBrearty's couple of mad minutes just before the interval.
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Mair, Harrington, Harvie (Antoniazzi 45), Campbell (Dangana 82), Mbayo, Roscoe, Ross, Ross, Anderson, Ross, Wells.

Unused Subs: Hutchison, MacKenzie, Robertson, Craddock.

Bookings:  Harvie (25).
St. Mirren Teamsheet
Wilson, Horne, Macdonald (C) (Barclay 22), McBrearty, McKendry, Miller, Reilly, Erhahon, Jamieson, MacPherson, Leitch. Unused substitutes - Henry (GK), Barclay, Breadner, King, Morrison

Bookings:  Miller 30,   McBrearty 38,   McBrearty 39,   Erhahon 40,   Leitch 68  McBrearty 39
Venue: Glebe Park, Brechin
Referee: Greg Soutar