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Heart of Midlothian 0 - 4 Aberdeen

HT Score: Heart of Midlothian 0 - 3 Aberdeen

SPFL Development League
Aberdeen scorers: Felek 16, Shankland 29, Shankland 38, Ross 67.

23/04/2015 | KO: 14:00

Aberdeen U20s continued what has been a very good week for the Youth side in the SPFL Development League with a comfortable 4-0 win over Hearts at their Academy inside the Heriot-Watt University Campus. With nearest rivals Hamilton Accies and Celtic both losing earlier in the week, it means Paul Sheerin's side are in a strong position with three games to go.

Cem Felek gave Aberdeen the lead just after the quarter hour mark. It was a well worked goal, Cem made a strong run into the box and scored after Shankland played him by chesting the ball into his path. The Dons completely dominated the possession and went two ahead on the half hour mark. Nicky Low created the opening by winning the ball with a strong tackle and Lawrence Shankland made no mistake with a fine first time finish. Eight minutes later the two players combined again, Nicky with a great through ball, and Lawrence had his second, goal number 29 for the season. The Development League's top scorer could have had a hat-trick but hit the post in the first half. Frank Ross also struck the woodwork and Kelby Mason in the Hearts goal made a couple of decent saves.

Hearts, who had beaten Hamilton on Tuesday, fielded a very young side today and their youngsters deserve credit, especially for the way they dug in during the second half and Aberdeen were only able to add more goal. It came in the 66th minute when an Andrew Driver ball in from the left, after fine wing play, was finished off by Frank Ross at the back post. That was Frank's first goal for the 20s. Yesterday the midfielder was named in the Scotland squad for this summer's U17 European Championships in Bulgaria along with Daniel Harvie. The young Dons had numerous other openings during the second period but Kelby again made a few more saves. At the other end Jamie Langfield had a fairly quiet afternoon although Robbie Buchanan did have a couple of half chances near the end.
Paul Sheerin's side now need to win two of their last three games to win the Development League. They have two home games against Hearts and Dunfermline to play before travelling to Edinburgh to face Hibs on the final day of the season.

Paul Sheerin spoke to RedTV post match:

"It was really good. It was a fiery pitch and hard underfoot but we still played some good football. The player's attitude was really good. We were 3-0 up at half time and sometimes in these games it is really difficult to keep that standard of performance going. Maybe if I was being over critical we were a bit sloppy at times in the second half but then you have to give credit to Hearts who worked hard and got bodies behind the ball. Four goals away from home, clean sheet, I can't ask for much more really. We knew from looking at the team sheet that Hearts were very young today but it is important that our attitude was still right and it was. We dominated for long periods and were in their half more often than not. They had a couple of chances on the break late on and that was maybe down to a bit of slackness from ourselves. The scoreline should have been more but it is difficult to be too critical. I have had my moments during the season but I cannot be too grumpy today!
"And as I say you have to give Hearts youngsters credit as well. It was important after the defeat last week that we got back to winning ways as soon as possible and also with Celtic and Hamilton dropping points this week it was essential that we got the win and we have done that. It is back in our hands and we are in strong position and it is up to ourselves to try and see it out. We have three games to go and we will look to win all three so we don't leave anything to chance. It will be another tough game on Tuesday (against Hearts). I think they will come up and will have a bit more experience in their squad than they did today. It will be a different game from the one today and we have to be prepared for that. We have put ourselves in a strong position but there is still work to be done."
Heart of Midlothian Teamsheet
Mason, Hutchings, Reid, K Smith (Baxter 58), Henderson, McKirdy, Flanagan, Stevenson (Gillian 75), Buchanan, Irving (Baur 58), I Smith Substitute not used: Brown
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Langfield, Shaughnessy, Robertson, Gibbons, Culjak, Rose, Felek (Campanile 51), Low (Norris 70), Shankland (Orsi 59), Ross, Driver.

Unused Subs: Mutch, Harvie, Orsi, Henry, Robertson.
Venue: Hearts Football Academy, Riccarton
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