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Match Preview | RD27 | St Johnstone

February 22, 2019 6:40 pm Author: Matthew Findlay

We preview Aberdeen’s trip to Perth.

Aberdeen make the journey to Perth on Saturday to face St Johnstone looking to pick up their first league victory since the win at Easter Road at the start of the month. Last Saturday brought a disappointing 2-2 draw against St Mirren, but The Dons didn’t lose ground on Rangers in 2nd place and remain five points behind after Saints earned a goalless draw at Ibrox.

For Saturday’s hosts they will be looking for their first win in six, which included a difficult triple header against Celtic in both league and cup. Tommy Wright’s side are still just inside the top six, two points ahead of Motherwell.

On Thursday lunchtime Derek McInnes and Lewis Ferguson, who signed a new deal at Pittodrie until 2024, spoke to the media together to discuss the new contract and look forward to the match with St Johnstone.

Quotes From The Press Room

Derek McInnes

“We’re looking for Lewis to keep improving and to try get as much experience as he can in an Aberdeen shirt by playing in Europe regularly, winning cup finals – not just taking part in them and being at the top end of the table. He’s handled everything that’s come his way brilliantly and the contract is a reflection of how well he’s done.

“Tommy’s (Wright) recruited well and they’ve probably got more legs in them this season. They’ve still got that experience and know-how and battle hardened players so it will be a tough game. St Johnstone normally go on a run where they can lose a few games and then win a few games. They got a good point and a very good performance last Saturday so we know it will be difficult. The intention is to make it difficult for them.”

Lewis Ferguson

“The manager’s helped me massively and he’s gave me that confidence to go out and play my own game. He tells me to take everyone as it comes and to work hard in training, prepare for the game so when it comes to game day I’m ready to go out there and perform.”

“It was tough on Saturday. St Mirren came up with a game plan and fair play to them. They carried it out really well and it was difficult. We’re part to blame for that performance as we were poor. St Johnstone will likely be a similar opponent, as they did that when they won up here in December. They’ll sit in, allow us to have the ball and counter us and will see their chances from set pieces or counters. We expect a better performance for ourselves.

You can read the quotes in full from the press conference here

The Season So Far | St Johnstone

Last year The Dons often found a way to produce their best performances against the men from Perth with comfortable victories in all three matches. This season however Saints have managed to frustrate Aberdeen on both occasions and have collected four points from the two matches.

St Johnstone 1-1 Aberdeen

The first meeting of the season came in September at McDiarmid Park and it had a feeling of normal service had resumed between these two, which was a close affair. The hosts took the lead after McMillian lost his man in the box to head home after 15 minutes.

The Dons were up against it first half, but came out after the break well and Niall McGinn curled home an excellent free kick to level the score. They pressed for a winner, but ultimately had to settle for a point, despite having the lion share of the second half.

Aberdeen 0-2 St Johnstone

After their impressive victory at Ibrox three days later The Dons were brought back down to earth when they lost 2-0 to an equally impressive St Johnstone at Pittodrie. Former Aberdeen defender Joe Shaughnessy came back to haunt his old club by giving Saints the lead on the hour mark. The game was effectively killed off moments later when Blair Alston brilliantly chipped Joe Lewis from the edge of the box after finding space. The Dons were never able to recover and the visitors left with the points.

For The Record V St Johnstone

Saints won their first league match at Pittodrie on 21st November 1925 but had to wait until 2nd January 1964 to register their second!

Aberdeen scored more league goals against St Johnstone at Pittodrie last season (7) than they did in the previous four seasons, when they racked up only six in nine attempts against their visitors from Perth.

The biggest recorded attendance for a home league game against St Johnstone was 24,235 on 3rd January 1972 when goals from Arthur Graham (2), Joe Harper and Steve Murray saw the Dons win 4-2, Fred Aitken netting both for Saints.

Of the current AFC team, Niall McGinn has the best scoring record against St Johnstone with 10 goals and 3 assists

Meanwhile Joe Lewis has recorded 5 clean sheets against the Perth side.

Aberdeen League Record In Perth

Played 67

Won 22

Drawn 22

Lost 23

Goals For 79

Goals Against 85

 

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If you can’t make the match on Saturday make sure to tune into our RedTV coverage from 2.45pm. UK subscribers will receive the usual live audio from Dave and Andrew, while supporters abroad will receive pictures and commentary courtesy of our colleagues at St Johnstone.

Post-match we will have reaction, goals, highlights and a full match replay.

Enjoy the game and come on you reds!

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SFA YOUTH CUP | Aberdeen 1-3 Rangers | Dons Bow Out At Last Four

February 22, 2019 5:34 pm Author: Matthew Findlay

SFA Youth Cup semi-final at Balmoral Stadium, Cove

22nd February 2019

Aberdeen 1 Rangers 3

A place in the Final of the SFA Youth Cup was up for grabs as Aberdeen and Rangers locked horns at Balmoral Stadium. Aberdeen had beaten Inverurie Locos, Motherwell and Kilmarnock to claim their berth in the last four, while the Glasgow side had seen off East Kilbride, Morton and Cove Rangers on their way to this stage.

 The Dons made the perfect start opening the scoring after only four minutes. A long ball eluded the Rangers defence allowing Kevin Hanratty to get in behind the full back and he showed good composure to pick out Connor Barron in the middle, the wee man making no mistake from six yards.

Aberdeen were going forward at every opportunity and a fine run and shot from Lewis Duncan forced a fine save from keeper Hogarth. However, Rangers drew level on 10 minutes when Dickson forced the ball home after his initial effort had been blocked by Archie Mair.

The goal reinvigorated Rangers and they enjoyed a lot of possession without creating anything clear-cut. Aberdeen fought their way back into things and Shanks was only inches away from connecting with another Hanratty pass in the box. It had been an entertaining opening twenty minutes with both sides enjoying some good moments.

McPake tested Archie Mair on 25 minutes after beating the offside trap, but the big keeper stood up well to parry the shot away to safety.  

The pace and trickery of Rangers striker Mebude was causing the Dons defence a few problems and his strong run ended with a shot which didn’t seriously trouble Mair.

Rangers took the lead four minutes before the break, McPake sliding the ball past Mair from ten yards after a good run through the inside-right channel. On the balance of possession, Rangers had edged themselves ahead of the Dons and were perhaps deserving of the lead.

The Dons would be disappointed to be trailing at the interval having made such a good start and face a real battle in the second half against a Rangers team which dominated the last twenty minutes of the opening period.

Half time Aberdeen 1 Rangers 2

The home side introduced Mark McLauchlan at half-time, taking the place of Jack Chesser who had taken a knock in the first half. The sub moved into the left back role to allow Lloyd Robertson to bolster the Dons midfield.

McPake had the ball in the net again for Rangers after 48 minutes, but the flag was up for offside.

A lovely flowing move from the Dons saw Robertson and Ross combine to create a shooting chance for Hanratty, but the winger’s effort as just the wrong side of the keeper’s right-hand post.

Rangers left back Patterson was the first booking of the game in 55 minutes following a clumsy challenge on Duncan.

A good run by Robertson saw him drive into the Rangers box, but he was closed off before he could get a shot away. Hanratty raced forward to fire in a shot at goal, but Hogarth was well positioned to make the save look routine.

Archie Mair produced the save of the game to deny McPake on 66 minutes, just before Dickson was replaced by Young-Coombes. Aberdeen took off Barron and Shanks as Max Barry and Michael Dangana were introduced.

A display of dissent from Williamson earned the Rangers midfielder a caution then Duncan shot high and wide as the Dons pushed for an equaliser.

Rangers caught the Dons on the counter-attack on 72 minutes when Mebude slipped the ball through for substitute Young-Coombes to dink the ball over Mair to make it 3-1.

Mebude was the third Rangers man into the book after a foul on Danny Strachan, the striker almost going from sinner to saint in the space of sixty seconds as he placed the ball just wide after a fine pass from the impressive McPake.

A foul on Ethan Ross saw Miller booked as the Dons skipper threatened to get clear shortly after Mair had again saved brilliantly from McPake. McClelland could have put the game out of sight but snatched at his shot before another excellent Mair block denied Williamson.

Ethan Ross had an opportunity on 86 minutes after the Dons won a free-kick twenty-five yards out, but his shot ballooned high over the bar.

Danny Strachan was cautioned for a late challenge as the clock ran down with Rangers seeing the game out to deservedly claim their spot in this year’s SFA Youth Cup final. Aberdeen had battled hard throughout but ultimately didn’t have enough on the day to get the victory they craved.

Full tine Aberdeen 1 Rangers 3

 

Teams:-

Aberdeen – Mair, Strachan, Robertson, Chesser (McLauchlan 46), Turner, Power, Duncan, Barron (Barry 67), Shanks (Dangana 67), E Ross (C), Hanratty.

Unused substitutes – Mykyta, Dalling, Ramsay, Ritchie (GK).

Rangers – Hogarth, O’Connor, Patterson (Maxwell 73), Miller, Finlayson (C), McClelland, McPake, Williamson, Mebude (Balde 80), Dickson (Young- Coombes 66), Kennedy.

Unused substitutes – Kinnear (GK), Maxwell, McKechnie, Yates, McKee.   

Goals:

Aberdeen – Barron 4

Rangers – Dickson 9, McPake 41, Young-Coombes 72

Yellow cards – 

Aberdeen – Strachan 89

 Rangers – Patterson 55, Williamson 68, Mebude 75, Miller 81

 

Referee – Liam Duncan; Assistants – Jack Bell and Scott Donohoe.

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