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Aberdeen 3 - 0 Dundee

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 0 Dundee

SPFL Development League
Aberdeen scorers: Smith 29, Smith 46, Smith 55 (Pen).

10/03/2015 | KO: 18:00

Nicky Low made his come back in this match in Brechin as a hat-trick from Cammy Smith kept the Dons U20s top of the Development League. Nicky played with his usual skill and enthusiasm and will have been pleased to have got an hour under his belt.
Paul Sheerin's side had to work very hard to break down a young but well organised Dundee side. Aberdeen took the lead on the half hour mark when Callum Broadie in the Dundee goal failed to hold a Smith shot from outside the area. However the Dundee keeper had absolutely no chance 11 seconds into the second half when Cammy scored a screamer from all of 35 yards. He rocketed a shot into the top corner. One of the goals of the season. Then on 55 minutes he completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot. Aberdeen should have won by more - Shankland missed a penalty and there were a couple of bad misses. However a more emphatic score line would have been a little tough on the Dens Park youngsters who battled till the end.

The Dons this evening lined up with Langfield in goal, Shaughnessy at right back, Daniel Harvie at left back and Rose and Culjak were in central defence. Gibbons and Robson were the central midfielders with Low starting wide on the right and Masson on the left. Smith played just in behind Shankland. In the early stages the young Dons had lots of possession but the Dundee defence held a good line and the reds could find no way through. In fact it was the visitors on 12 minutes who had the first real chance on break when John Black headed just wide.
Then on 16 minutes Langfield was forced into action and he made a good parry from a Craig Wighton shot and on 22 minutes Michael Rose made a vital interception on his own goal line to prevent a goal. A minute later from the Dons second corner the ball fell to Masson at the edge of the area but his dipping volley was just too high. Low and Robson then started to influence the game and on 29 minutes the home side opened the scoring. Robson played a diagonal ball which found Smith. Cammy showed good strength to hold off his marker before hitting a swerving shot that deceived the keeper and found the net.
On 32 minutes the keeper was beaten again when Smith and Shankland combined for the first real time. Lawrence's shot though rattled off the near post. It was not to be the striker's night as he was to have no luck in front of goal. Throughout the game the Dundee side battled strongly and on 32 minutes Langfield made another very good save from Wighton after the striker had done well to carve an opening for himself. On the stroke of half time Brodie also made a very good save when he raced off his line and tackled Shankland after a loose back pass.

Within 11 seconds of the restart the young Dons scored the all-important second goal - and what a goal it was. Cammy Smith won the ball about 35 yards out, created room for himself and hit a superb left footed shot into the top hand corner. The ball appeared to be going over but dipped a massive amount at the end. A quite brilliant goal, similar to the one he scored against Viking Stavanger a couple of years back.
On 50 minutes Masson turned and made room for himself inside the area but his angled drive just went over. Then on 52 minutes a major let off when Wighton beat the offside trap but he pulled his shot wide. Langfield did very well to narrow his angles and give him little of a target to aim at. Then on 54 minutes Smith completed his hat-trick. Nicky Low won a penalty when he was tripped in the box just as he was about to shoot. Smith stepped forward and coolly rolled the ball home. After that the game opened up and when the Dons brought on Wright and Felek, their pace created numerous openings. Aberdeen should have had more goals - on 60 minutes a Low free kick at the edge of the box was inches too high. Scott Wright curled one just past the post after a good positive run.
The game was still very competitive and Gibbons, Masson and substitute Campanile were booked as the tackles flew in. The Dons had even better chance near the end to add to the score line. On 80 minutes Wright set up Shankland but his snap shot went agonisingly wide. On 85 minutes Campanile should have had a penalty when he was bundled over as he was about to score. A minute later Aberdeen did get a penalty when Wright was brought down by the keeper but Brodie saved Shankland's effort down the middle with his foot. Lawrence then scored from the resulting corner but it was disallowed for an infringement on the keeper. With a minute to go Wright set up Masson but just when it looked like he would score the ball took a bobble and hit off him and went wide. No more goals but another very professional performance from Paul Sheerin's side who now travel to Dingwall next Tuesday still top of the League.

Aberdeen Teamsheet
Langfield, Shaughnessy, Harvie, Gibbons, Culjak, Rose, Masson, Robson (Campanile 64), Shankland, Smith (Felek 68), Low (Wright 62).

Unused Subs: Mutch, Jones, Henry, Robertson.

Bookings:  Campanile,  Gibbons,  Masson.
Dundee Teamsheet
Brodie, A. Black, Priest (Gibb 62), Waddell, C. Black, Colquhoun, Allan, J. Black, Cameron, Skelly (Avolio 68), Wighton Unused Subs: Gourlay, Lomond, McHardy, Gallacher, Davidson
Venue: Glebe Park, Brechin
Next Match
Ross County
19 May 2024 / 15:00 / Victoria Park, Dingwall