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Aberdeen 1 - 1 St. Mirren

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 0 St. Mirren

Scottish Premier Reserve League
Aberdeen scorers: Barry 38.
St. Mirren scorers: Jamieson 58

30/04/2019 | KO: 13:30

Aberdeen brought the curtain down on their Reserve League campaign as they welcomed St Mirren to the Balmoral Stadium. A victory by two or more goals for Paul Sheerin's side would see them end the season in eighth place in the table.

A young Aberdeen side kicked off with David Craddock in goal behind a back four of Lloyd Robertson, Conor Power, Sam Roscoe and skipper Jack MacKenzie. Max Barry and Connor Barron were the holding midfielders, Tyler Mykyta and Kevin Hanratty flanking Seb Ross ahead of them with David Dangana leading the line.

Saints were awarded an indirect free-kick seventeen yards out in the opening seconds after what was deemed a pass-back from MacKenzie was picked up by Craddock. However, the defensive wall stood firm and blocked Breadner's shot. At the other end, keeper Wilson was fortunate when his attempted clearance rebounded off Seb Ross and away to safety.

Great pressing from the Dons on five minutes won the ball high up the park and Dangana picked out Hanratty eight yards out, but the youngster's shot was inches too high. The game had started at a brisk tempo, not really like an end of season match.

The young Buddies threatened again on 11 minutes when Sam Jamieson made a good break on the left, the Dons defence just getting back in time to cut out his cross before a team-mate could get a shot at goal.

After a period of scrappy play, both sides guilty of giving possession away cheaply, St Mirren were next to threaten as they broke following an Aberdeen corner. Despite having a three to one advantage as they moved forward the final pass found Lewis Jamieson offside and the opportunity was wasted.

A fine passing move from the Dons saw them shift the ball quickly through the thirds, but Robertson's tempting cross couldn't pick out a man in red in the area. Robertson again found himself in good space down the right, but his cross-cum-shot drifted wide.

Seb Ross came close on 34 but couldn't get enough power on his flicked shot to get the ball into net, Girvan stepping in to clear. Aberdeen were doing most of the pressing but weren't able to create anything clear-cut.

On 38 minutes the Dons drew first blood. A fine ball from Sam Roscoe sent Lloyd Robertson racing down the right and his delightful cutback was rifled high into the net by Max Barry who had made an excellent supporting run. An excellent goal from Aberdeen and Barry's first of the season in this his first start in the Reserve League.

Mykyta came close from twenty five yards a minute before the break after Dangana had nicked the ball off Glover but it was Max Barry's splendid goal which was the difference between the teams at the break.

Half time - Aberdeen Reserves 1 St Mirren Reserves 0

Neither coach made any changes at the break as the teams went into their final forty five minutes of competitive action this season.

St Mirren broke well down the left through Lewis Jamieson, but Breadner shot high and wide when he really should have tested Craddock.

Dangana and Barry combined well as the home side broke forward and Max forced a great save from Wilson, the rebound being fired wide by David when he will feel he should have doubled the Dons' advantage.

On 53 minutes Sam Roscoe was booked for tugging the shirt of Sam Jamieson, the free kick being fired high over by Lewis Jamieson. Three minutes later Henderson replaced Smith for the Buddies.

Saints were in the ascendancy and it was no real surprise when they drew level on 58 minutes, Sam Jamieson slamming the ball into the net from close range after an almighty scramble in the Dons box.

Mykyta was inches wide with a free-kick as the Dons battled to regain the lead before the visitors made a second change bringing on Jack for McBrearty. Kyle Dalling came on for Roscoe at the same time. As the game went into its final quarter Wilson saved brilliantly from Mykyta after Seb Ross picked him out at the back post.

Henderson forced a fine save from Craddock just before the Dons made a double switch, Lewis Duncan and Danny Strachan coming on for Barron and Mykyta on 73 minutes. Saints introduced McFarland and Doherty for Breadner and goal-scorer Jamieson.

Glover saw yellow for a foul on Ross, the free kick from the edge of the area fired inches wide of the post by Dangana. Jack was the next Buddie to try his luck, Craddock well positioned to make the save look comfortable.

Substitute Duncan fired just wide after a neat one-two with Barry before Kieran Shanks, celebrating his 17th birthday, was given a late run out replacing Hanratty.

Centre back Girvan was the game's third booking on 87 minutes after a clumsy challenge on Dangana, but Barry couldn't test the keeper with the set piece effort.

Girvan's day went from bad to worse as he received a second yellow for a block tackle on Dangana as the game went into stoppage time. The decision seemed a little harsh but the Saints number four took the long walk.

The Dons weren't able to take advantage of having the extra man in the final few minutes of the game so it finished all square and Aberdeen remained in ninth place in the table.

Aberdeen Teamsheet
Craddock, Robertson, MacKenzie, Barry, Power, Roscoe (Dalling 65), Hanratty (Shanks 83), Barron (Strachan 73), Dangana, Ross, Mykyta.

Bookings:  Roscoe (53).
St. Mirren Teamsheet
Wilson, Millar, Ellis, Girvan, Glover (C), McMaster, Breadner (McFarlane 73), McBrearty (Jack 65), S Jamieson (Doherty 73), L Jamieson, Smith (Henderson 56)
Unused substitute: Bodea (GK)

Bookings:  Glover 75,   Girvan 87,   Girvan 90  Girvam 90
Venue: Balmoral Stadium, Cove
Referee: Greg Soutar
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