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Aberdeen 2 - 2 Heart of Midlothian

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 2 Heart of Midlothian

SPL Youth 18
Aberdeen scorers: Duncan 40 (Pen), Zimmerman 94.
Heart of Midlothian scorers: Hambrook 16, Kirk 42

20/08/2021 | KO: 13:00

Young Dons Dig Deep to Earn A Point

Aberdeen scored deep into second half stoppage time to earn a well deserved point after a competitive game against Hearts at Cormack Park.

The Dons created the first chance of the match after five minutes. Liam Harvey showed a good turn of pace to get in behind the Hearts defence, the away side failed to clear his low cross into the box, the ball fell to Tom Findlay but the Hearts keeper, Liam McFarlane, produced a smart save to deny the Aberdeen attacker with Ryan Duncan flashing the rebound wide.

The Dons front two were looking bright in the early stages and on 11 minutes, Alfie Bavidge latched onto another ball in behind, he cut the ball back to Harvey who was denied by another smart save from the Hearts keeper. From the resulting corer Evan Towler headed over the bar.

On 16 minutes the away side took the lead against the run of play. Aberdeen lost possession from a free kick and Callum Hambrook was played in on goal for the away side and finished calmly high past Aberdeen keeper Blessing Oluyemi.

Aberdeen had a big chance to pull themselves level on the half hour mark when a long ball forward found Harvey through on goal but he was again thwarted by McFarlane in the opposition goal.

The young Dons grabbed a deserved equaliser 10 minutes later from the penalty spot when Bavidge was fouled from behind inside the box. Ryan Duncan stepped up and scored high to the goal keeper?s right hand side to draw Aberdeen level.

However, the joy was short lived for Aberdeen as the away side went back in front just before half time. Hambrook hung a ball up to the back post and MacKenzie Kirk headed in from close range.

Half Time: Aberdeen 1-2 Hearts

Adam Emslie had the first chance of the second half for The Dons just after the hour mark but he was denied by McFarlane in the away side?s goal from a tight angle. Aberdeen created the next chance a few minutes later when they swept forward on a counter attack, Harvey had his shot blocked by the Hearts defence, the rebound fell to Tom Findlay but he was denied by the feet of McFarlane.

There were strong appeals for a penalty for the away side in the 85th minute following a goal mouth scramble but the referee was not moved by the protests. Up the other end Duncan swivelled to find himself space in the opposition box but fired wide.


The young Dons kept pressing for the winner and had a couple of chances late on. Right back Timi Fatona did well to drive forward and his powerful low cross was turned behind for a corner which The Dons failed to capitalise on. A minute later another corner caused a goalmouth scramble which the away side failed to clear, the ball fell to Emslie but the ball would not sit up kindly for him and he shot over the bar.

As the three points looked to be heading back down the road with the away side, Aberdeen grabbed a deserved equaliser right at the death. Duncan?s free-kick from the left hand side was met by substitute Gregor Zimmerman who bravely got on the end of the set play and was able to convert the ball into the net.

Full Time: Aberdeen 2-2

Heart of Midlothian Teamsheet
McFarlane, Aitken, Macaulay Tait (C), Hambrook, Gordon, Thomas, Kirk, Sandilands, Williamson, Forrester, Luke Rathie

Unused Substitutes: Zach Paris, Michael Beagley, Mackenzie Ross, McLuckie, Spence, Smutek
Venue: Cormack Park, Aberdeen