Livingston kicked off and enjoyed the early possession without really threatening David Preece in the Aberdeen goal. Aberdeen then began to settle and ease their way into the match without creating much themselves. The first shot at goal came from Fernandez in the 10th minute when he curled an effort wide of the target from the edge of the box. A minute later the Dons were dealt a severe blow when Heikkinen and Diamond were involved in a sickening collision. The young defender was stretchered off and replaced by Michael Hart with Phil McGuire moving into the middle of the defence.
Aberdeen created their first real chance in the 18th minute when Foster was released on the left. He found Tosh in the centre, but the midfielder failed to find the target with a weak header. A minute later Livi went close when McAllister hit a fierce shot from distance and Preece had to look sharp to block the effort. Aberdeen won their first corner kick in the 21st minute and almost grabbed the lead. Clark whipped in a dangerous delivery and McGuire looked certain to score before being denied by a last minute block. This produced a second corner and a head knock for McGuire.
Seconds later Aberdeen lost their second player to injury when Tosh limped off having failed to recover from a crunching challenge from Marvin Andrews. Muirhead replaced as the Dons were beginning to get the upper hand. There were five minutes of injury time at the end of the half, but neither side were able to create anything before the referee brought proceedings to a halt.
Livingston made a positive start to the second half and Preece was forced to punch a corner to safety in the 48th minute. Two minutes later the visitors took the lead when Anderson turned a Fernandez cross into his own net as the Dons luck continued to elude them. Hinds almost levelled in the 54th minute when he cleverly created space inside the penalty area and forced McKenzie into another fine save. The Dons did level in the 56th minute when Muirhead hit a low drive, which McKenzie saw late and failed to keep out. This lifted both the players and the crowd and the Dons were back on top. Hinds again did well on the hour mark and Heikkinen was inches from connecting with his cross.
Two minutes later Prunty had a gilt-edged chance to grab his first goal when he broke through the middle after a mix up in the Livi defence. Unfortunately he screwed the effort well wide and Zdrilic replaced him a minute later. Aberdeen had a huge penalty claim in the 78th minute when a McGuire header looked to have touched Rubio's hand. The claim was turned down as play raged on until Morrison fired wildly over the bar. Livi then raced up the field and Lilley went close as he headed a Fernandez cross over the bar. In the 82nd minute McAllister was booked for a challenge on Clark and Morrison fired the free kick well wide of the target.
With 86 minutes gone Muirhead almost grabbed a second when McKenzie was forced to tip a 30-yard drive over the bar. Then two minutes later Hinds got behind the Livi defence again and McKenzie punched his cross clear. Clark found himself in the same position seconds later, but his cross was ineffectual. Livi then raced up field and the Dons had Preece to thank for keeping them in the cup when he made a great block after Lilley went one-on-one with him. The resulting corner saw Clark become the saviour as he cleared an Anderson header off the line to ensure a replay.