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Aberdeen 2 - 0 Falkirk

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Falkirk

SPFL Development League
Aberdeen scorers: Anderson 69, Anderson 80.

27/03/2018 | KO: 14:00

Anderson double gives young Dons the win

The drive towards Development League title honours continued at Station Park as Paul Sheerin's boys aimed for a fifth successive victory when they took on Falkirk. The Bairns second string have had a mixed season sitting in eleventh place only three points off the foot of the table back have had some decent results along the way. First team squad members Danny Rogers, Dominic Ball, Mark Reynolds, Sam Cosgrove and Nicky Maynard all lined up in a strong looking Dons side.

Aberdeen enjoyed the bulk of the early possession and created the first opening in the seventh minute, Nicky Maynard picking out Seb Ross with a clever cutback. Ex Don Robbie Mutch however was well positioned to make a comfortable save. Danny Harvie was next to threaten but his header from Bruce Anderson's cross didn't trouble Mutch. The visitors were not posing much of a threat to the Dons goal, but they were well drilled and difficult to break down. Mutch made a fine save with his feet to deny Maynard on 22 minutes after a quick break forward from Ryan Harrington.
Moments later the keeper was in the right place to deny Seb Ross after good work from Sam Cosgrove and Anderson. A fine block from Mark Reynolds denied Falkirk's O'Hara on 28 minutes when the visitors threatened for the first time, the experienced defender resuming after treatment. Anderson picked Cosgrove out with an accurate corner, but the striker got under his header and the chance went a-begging. Cosgrove then delivered a good cross from the right for Maynard, but Nicky's connection wasn't clean and Mutch saved comfortably.
It was proving to be a frustrating afternoon in front of goal for the Dons, but the Bairns deserve great credit for their organisation at the back. Danny Rogers had his first direct save to make on 40 minutes when he parried a fierce fifteen-yard drive from Laverty. Bruce Anderson came close with a snap shot from twenty yards, but the half time whistle sounded with the scoreline blank.

Half time Aberdeen 0 Falkirk 0

Neither coach made any changes at the interval and the pattern continued as in the first period with the Dons pushing forward. A nice ball in from the left from Harvie was just out of the reach of the hard-working Maynard then the full-back won a corner which the Bairns defence dealt with. Just before the hour mark a fine move involving Antoniazzi and Harrington created a chance for Maynard but Mutch produced a fine save to keep the score nil-nil. The biggest chance of the game fell Maynard's way on 65 minutes when the striker raced clear of the Falkirk defence but Mutch stood tall and thwarted the striker with a fine save.
Sam Roscoe was booked a minute later for a pull on Laverty as the Bairns front man looked to break clear. Aberdeen deservedly took the lead on 69 minutes. Danny Rogers played a clearance over the top of the Falkirk defence which Maynard ran on to before crossing for Bruce Anderson to net a spectacular diving header. A simple goal in terms of build up but one fit to grace any game.
Sam Roscoe took a knock and was replaced by MacPherson on 72 minutes. Falkirk introduced Sweeney in place of Laverty. The Dons made a double switch on 75 minutes, Wells and Dangana coming on for Ball and Maynard
. O'Hara had a chance to get an equaliser as the game went into the last ten minutes, but he sliced his left-footed effort well wide. And he was made to pay as Bruce Anderson doubled the Dons lead seconds later firing home from ten yards after good work by Chris Antoniazzi. With six minutes left Anderson came within inches of grabbing his hat-trick with a powerful shot which flew just over. Falkirk pushed hard for a consolation but the final whistle went to signal another Aberdeen win as they keep the pressure on Hibs at the top of the table.
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Falkirk Teamsheet
Venue: Station Park, Forfar
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