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Aberdeen 1 - 0 Rangers

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Rangers

League Cup Quarter Final
Aberdeen scorers: Dow 118.

01/12/1999 | KO: 19:45

Semi For Dons as they Knock Gers out of Cup

Aberdeen reached the semi-final of the CIS Insurance Cup, beating holders Rangers 1-0 thanks to a 118th minute winner from Andy Dow.

The Dons were under increasing pressure throughout the match, apart from a spell in the second half when they were firmly in control. New siging Arild Stavrum got himself into some brilliant positions but couldn't finish off any chances. Rangers came close on numerous occasions in the first half through Amoruso, McCann and more notably Barry Ferguson.
The second half was more of the same, with Rangers continuing to pressurize the Dons defence, McCann and Ferguson coming close. With only one minute remaining in the match, Rangers thought they had won it when the ball looked to have crossed the line, but after closer inspection it appeared that the whole ball was not over, and the Don's bacon was saved.

Extra-time started and the game continued in the same pattern as the second half with unbelievable pressure from Rangers. Jim Leighton pulled off one of the saves of the season, stopping a Barry Ferguson diving header from point-blank range to deny the Scotland international a goal.

Aberdeen's only real chance of the extra-time period ended with a goal, when ANDY DOW popped up to slam the ball into the roof of the net from close range, after Thomas Myhre had saved well. Aberdeen held out to win the game 1-0 and hopefully, the overdue victory will have installed some confidence into the team who are propping up the SPL at present.
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Leighton, Anderson, McAllister, Whyte, Cobian (Perry 38), Guntveit (Belabed 105), Jess (Rutkiewicz 97), Bernard, Dow, Winters, Stavrum.

Unused Subs: Esson, Gillies.

Bookings:  Cobian (32),  Whyte (85),  Perry (93),  Bernard (118).
Rangers Teamsheet
Myhre, Amoruso, Numan, B. Ferguson, Kanchelskis, Bronkhorst, McCann (Carson 114), Wilson, Johansson, Nicholson (Penttila 91), Durie (I. Ferguson 46)

Bookings:  B. Ferguson 54,   I. Ferguson 77
Attendance: 12,108
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: S. Dougal, Burnside
Next Match
10 Jul 2024 / 19:00 / Balmoor Stadium, Peterhead