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Aberdeen 2 - 0 Ross County

HT Score: Aberdeen 2 - 0 Ross County

SPL Youth 18

02/11/2018 | KO: 16:00

After a disappointing trip to Ayr last Friday when the young Dons drew 0-0, they got back to winning ways this afternoon against a Ross County side who are coached by former Don Brian Irvine.

Aberdeen had the better of the early possession and Lloyd Robertson headed an early corner over. On 20 minutes though a quick County throw out from the keeper led to a break from the visitors and a forward pass saw Archie Mair lose out in a race to the ball with Mathew Wright and the referee pointed to the spot when the striker went to ground. Archie though produced a brilliant penalty save from Gregor MacDonald, diving to his right.
On the half hour mark Sean Linden, who was having a good tussle with left back Josh Reid, got the better of his marker. The winger put over a dangerous cross and centre back Jack Grant did well to steer the ball past his own post.
After 38 minutes Ethan Ross hit a free kick into the wall. Lewis Duncan did well to retrieve the situation and get down the line. He put over a cross which Linden coolly laid off for Kieran Shanks but his shot went inches wide. The centre forward will have been disappointed to have missed the target because the keeper was rooted to his spot. A few minutes later the same player had another shot on goal which went just over.
Aberdeen were getting closer and on 40 minutes they took the lead. Duncan ahead produced a great run and cross from the left and Linden tapped home after timing his run into the box perfectly. On the stroke of half time Aberdeen added a second. They might have done better with a promising break but Reid did very well to prevent Linden getting a ball over to one of the unmarked red jerseys. However, with the County defenders still out of position Linden took a quick corner to Ross and his cross found Shanks inside the area and he produced a good low finish.
At the start of the second half Mair was called in action and produced a good save from close range. That was his only real save of note in a second half which Scott Anderson?s side dominated.
On 51 minutes Robertson showed good determination to burst into the area and when he went down the referee awarded another penalty. Skipper Ethan Ross took it and beat the keeper but his shot cannoned off the post.
After that Aberdeen continued to control the game and their hard work and excellent play deserved another goal ? Duncan in particular was in fine form ? but they could not force any more clear-cut openings.
Credit to the County youngsters who showed good aggression right up until the 90th minute.
Kevin Hanratty, a name to look out for, and Michael Dangana got a run out in the second half. Both have been excelling for the U16s during their impressive cup run. The Aberdeen U16s will face Hearts in the Club Academy Scotland Cup Final at this venue on Sunday 25th of November at 3pm. Entry is free.

Scott Anderson Post Match

"The frustrating part last time out against Ayr was finding that little bit extra needed in the final third. We found ourselves in numerous good areas and it was just about finding that little bit of quality and making sure we pick the right pass.
"I felt that we got that tonight in the first half and scored two good goals.
"As soon as we got the goal we settled ourselves down and got a second not long after.
"I think we then controlled the game and kept them at arm?s length. We were on top in the second half and if we had scored the penalty we would probably have kicked on again. The miss kept them in the game and 2-0 is a funny scoreline, if they get the next goal they are right back in the game, but I never felt we were under that much pressure.
"We stayed concentrated and never gave them any real opportunities to get back in the game. Again, really pleased with another clean sheet.
"The scoreline could have been bigger, just that final pass let us down again but that is something we will keep working on.
"The two Irish lads Luke Turner and Conor Power have come in and done well. They have settled well. They are both defenders but Luke has been playing more in midfield. I said to him after the game I was really pleased with his performance. He sniffs out any danger and does the ugly side of the game very well all over the park. He is a centre back and is just filling in there because we have a couple of midfield players with long term injuries. Max Barry and Jack Chessor will both be out for a while and Connor Barron is away with Scotland. We don't really have any natural centre midfielders in there. So Luke did well. With and without the ball he was good.
"Conor is very composed and does his defending duties effectively. He might have done slightly better for their penalty kick, but in the main he has done really well in the games he has played.
"Lewis Duncan plays off the cuff. A lot of the things you get from Lewis are things you would see from a street footballer. I am not sure he knows what is coming at times! I certainly don't. But he is really entertaining to watch. He brings an intensity to the game and he has a huge amount of skill. A great attitude as well. He wants to work hard."
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Mair, Strachan, McLauchlan, Turner, Power, Dalling, Linden, Robertson (Hanratty 68), Shanks (Dangana 84), Ross, Duncan.

Unused Subs: Booth, Ramsay, Aikamenze, Leiper.
Ross County Teamsheet
Williams, Williamson, Reid, Fraser, Grant, Brady (Lawrence 82), MacDonald (Gauld 62), Gallagher, Wright, Goodall, Noel (Brannan 82)
Sub not used: Dickson Hodge (GK)
Venue: Balmoral Stadium, Cove