It was Aberdeen who claimed their spot in the Scottish Youth Cup final after a Bruce Anderson hat-trick led the Dons to an impressive 3-0 away win at Rugby Park over opposition Kilmarnock.
A decent crowd turned up to witness the semi-final at a sunny Rugby Park in a game that didn’t disappoint. Kilmarnock, shooting into the sun, looked to have started the brighter of the two sides. Killie number nine Innes Cameron had an early chance but nothing came of it.
It would be Aberdeen that would break the deadlock, Toby Wells picked up the ball on the left hand side of the pitch where he floated the ball into Bruce Anderson who took one touch and placed it into the net.
Just before the fifteenth minute mark Killie got another real chance on goal, Alex Samizadeh won the ball before bursting into the box, however, he was unable to get a shot away on the turn and the Dons cleared.
As the game entered the 20th minute the home side were dealt a major blow, Samizadeh, Killie’s top goal scorer in the cup, was red carded for an apparent punch on Toby Wells off the ball. The incident took place before the free kick was taken but the linesmen spotted the incident before consulting the referee.
Despite being a man down, Kilmarnock enjoyed one of their better spells of the match with some several half chances, but the Aberdeen defence stayed resilient.
Kilmarnock’s defence on the other hand was beginning to show signs of slackness; Anderson almost got a second just before half time after a long clearance found the youngster unmarked on the edge of the box. He unleashed his shot but it was saved well by Keranovic in the Kilmarnock goal.