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Aberdeen 0 - 2 Falkirk

SPFL U20 League
Falkirk scorers: Rowan, Small

01/04/2014 | KO: 18:00

Aberdeen U20s went down to a 2-0 defeat against Falkirk this evening in Peterhead. Both teams fielded very young sides and the first half was an even affair although Aberdeen had by far the better chances. However after the break Stevie Crawford's boys looked the far hungrier and deservedly went on and won the game. The Dons lined up with Burns in goal - Danny Rogers is out for the rest of the season - Petrie was at right back, Rose and McKenna were in central defence with Clark Robertson at left back. Clark played the full game and will be pleased to get 90 minutes under his belt as he continues his road to full match fitness. The midfield trio were Kelly, Storie and Campanile with Jones wide on the left, Wright on the right and Declan McManus up front. Aberdeen had two good chances in the opening five minutes. Declan McManus went close and then when the keeper raced out of his goal to head clear the ball fell to Jones but he was unable to lift the ball from distance into the empty net. The rest of the first half was even in terms of possession and both teams played some good passing football. There few clear cut chances but twice McManus went close with headers and he also put a free kick just over. Falkirk's Ryan Blair also went close with a free kick. The game was held up for a good five minutes when referee Morag Pirie was knocked to the floor after being thumped in the face with the ball from point blank range. After receiving treatment from all the medical personnel on duty she was eventually able to continue but sensibly sat out the second half. Declan McManus also did not appear for the second half, with one eye on the game tomorrow night. Declan looked extremely lively tonight. One or two of his team mates also appeared to sit out the second forty-five as Falkirk started the half very strongly and dominated the possession. They had a number of good chances, the best of which fell to Conor Hogg but he fired wide from close range. Just before the hour mark Aberdeen hit the visitors on the break. O'Sullivan played in Jones and although he cut back inside he fired a shot off the bar. Falkirk though went straight up the park and scored a deserved opener. From a free kick Ryan Blair shielded the ball well before laying it off to the right back Liam Rowan. He took one touch before thumping the ball into the top hand corner from about 25 yards. You thought the goal might have brought Aberdeen to life but it did not and 5 minutes or so later Falkirk added a second. After a good passing move Conor Hogg chipped the ball back from the byline and Lewis Small had a free header which he lopped into the net. Neil Cooper made two changes with youngsters Kalvin Orsi and Aaron Norris coming on. Both players did well are were probably the positive to take from this came. The Dons did show a bit more in the final third late on and Orsi was unlucky to see a shot go just wide after a strong powerful run. A disappointing performance from the young Dons.
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Burns, Petrie, Robertson, Storie, McKenna, Rose, Wright, Campanile (Orsi 70), McManus (O'Sullivan 46), Jones, Kelly (Norris 62).

Unused Subs: Tait, Dunbar, Robertson, Ross.
Falkirk Teamsheet
Bowman, Rowan, Turnbull, McNab, Greene, Dick, Small, Martin, Shepherd, Blair, Hogg Subs: Fairbanks, Biabi, Eadie, Blues
Venue: Balmoor Stadium, Peterhead
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