Lanarkshire ended this match as the deserved winners on a cold and blustery day on the banks of the River Clyde. In the first half of the match Aberdeen had most of the possession whilst Lanarkshire had the best of the chances, this all changed however with the start of the second half were Lanarkshire completely dominated from then on in.
Aberdeen had an effort early on when Craig Mackie managed to get on the end of a ball inside the Lanarkshire penalty area, his resulting shot went close but on the wrong side of the crossbar. Shortly after, Lanarkshire’s first attempt came off the top of the bar when Alexander More sent his corner kick high towards the far post, Aidan Bickerton rose to meet the ball with his head despite being under pressure from the Aberdeen defence.
Aberdeen’s best effort came when Lachie MacLeod picked up the ball on the edge of the Lanarkshire box, with his back to goal, he managed to turn whilst holding off a challenge before letting loose just wide of the post. On the twentieth minute Mackie passed across field to Mathew Wallace who brought the ball under control and watched as his shot from twenty yards struck the outside of the Lanarkshire post and out for a corner.
Two minutes later, the home side had a corner kick that was sent low towards the Aberdeen goal mouth, the ball managed to evade both sets of players before being cleared from the penalty area towards More whose shot from twenty yards was comfortably stopped by Reece Duncan.
Just after the half hour, Grant Brownlie and Stefan Law combined well before sending a cross field pass towards Paul Nash running towards the Aberdeen goal, he controlled the ball and shot from the edge of the penalty area, Duncan saved for a Lanarkshire corner.
The assault on goal continued when Conor McLaughlin passed nicely for Law to drill his close range shot towards Duncan who somehow managed to parry the ball away to safety. Afterwards More shot high from twenty five yards, this was to be the last of the action of a good first half.