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Aberdeen 4 - 5 Dundee United

HT Score: Aberdeen 2 - 2 Dundee United

SPFL Development League
Fixture Reversed, away game now 24-02-15
Aberdeen scorers: McKenna 4, Smith 23, Low 51, Monakana 58.
Dundee United scorers: Connolly 13, Telfer 16, Smith 83, Adeyemo 53, 90+1

14/10/2014 | KO: 17:00

Another Nine Goal Extravaganza at Glebe Park

Aberdeen U20s were involved in another nine goal thriller in Brechin but this time they lost despite taking the lead on three separate occasions with United scoring the winner in the 91st minute. It is the first time Paul Sheerin's side have been beaten this season.
The Dons lined up with Brown in goal, Kelly at left back, Rose and McKenna in central defence with Craig Murray at right back. Incredibly Craig had recovered from his injury last week, despite being on crutches for a few days. In midfield they lined up with Gibbons, Low and Smith in the central areas with Campanile and Monakana wide and Shankland up top. Craig Storie was injured whilst away on Scotland U19 duty.

United had a couple of openings before the home side took the lead on 4 minutes. Jeffrey Monakana did well down the left to win a corner. The same player swung the ball in and after a game of pin-ball in the six yard box, eventually McKenna forced it over the line. The visitors though were level after 16 minutes when they scored a similar goal. The Dons failed to deal with a corner and the impressive Aidan Connolly forced the ball home from close range at the second attempt. A few minutes later United took the lead. Connolly and then Spittal both played great reserve passes to put Telfer in and he placed the ball past Brown into the far corner.
Aberdeen then levelled on 23 minutes. Cammy Smith, who has been in great form all season for the Development side, disposed his marker about 30 yards out. Cammy then ran in on goal before beating McCallum with a superb low left footed shot. The young Dons then dominated possession for the rest of the half, playing a high pressing game but they could not find a way through. Smith's deflected shot was the closest they came. At the other end Adeyemo had a free header but failed to make contact.

Aberdeen started the second period strongly and Campanile missed a good chance after he had nipped in ahead of McCallum but hit his shot just wide. However on 51 minutes the Dons were ahead again when Nicky Low picked the ball up on the half way line. He ran in on goal and saw his initial shot blocked but the ball was then deflected over the keeper. Back came United and only two minutes later Adeyemo scored with a good finish from the edge of area. It really was end to end stuff. Just before the hour mark Monakana had a shot blocked and then McCallum made a point blank save from a Shankland header but seconds' later Murray crossed to the back post where Monakana picked the ball up, step inside and fired a shot past the keeper at his near post.
Aberdeen finally looked to have taken some control of the game and when Connolly's free kick hit the woodwork you felt it would the Dons night. However more poor covering on 83 minutes saw Smith's run untracked and he scored in off the post. The goal gave United a big lift in the closing stages and it took two very good saves from Scott Brown to keep Aberdeen level. However in the 91st minute he could nothing as Adeyemo was given a free header from a corner and the United striker looped the ball into the net, although Connolly on the line might have got the final touch. Incredibly the Dons could have equalised in the dying seconds but Lawrence Shankland was crowded out in the six yard box.

Aberdeen Teamsheet
Brown, Murray, Kelly, Gibbons, McKenna, Rose, Monakana, Campanile (Wright 67), Shankland, Smith, Low.

Unused Subs: Billington, Jones, Ross, Henry, Robertson, Henry.

Bookings:  Low,  Smith.
Dundee United Teamsheet
McCallum, Spark, Wilson, Telfer, Butcher, Souttar, Connolly, S Smith, Adeyemo, Coote, Spittal Subs: Booth, Harwood, Ballantine, Montgomery, B Smith, Malaga, Tumilty
Venue: Glebe Park, Brechin
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St. Johnstone
28 Feb 2024 / 19:45 / Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen