The first couple of minutes saw a more determined Aberdeen side putting the home team under pressure. More than once, Edinburgh’s defenders played risky passes and unnecessarily lost hold of the ball in dangerous situations. The Aberdeen strikers and midfielders were always alert and lurked for chances to steal the ball. Nevertheless, they were not able to create scoring opportunities in the first phase of the match.
After ten minutes, the Edinburgh side got on their feet and eventually had the first chance of the game. Trevor O’Hara entered the box, sidestepped two defenders and was aiming at releasing a drive from close range but Aberdeen’s goalkeeper Cameron Jarvie left his goal just in time to clear the ball.
From that moment on the match was very even, both sides kept the ball on the ground, built triangles and showed they know how to play good football. However, what was missing were scoring chances as both teams relied on safe passes rather than trying to outsmart the opponent’s defence by doing something unexpected.
After a while, it was the Edinburgh side again that had the next big chance of the match. Lewis McKay broke through on the left wing in the 25th minute and passed the ball to O’Hara who was standing at the 18 yard line. However, O’Hara’s second chance of the match did not find the way into the net, either, as Jarvie could parry his shot into the bottom left corner.
Two minutes later, Aberdeen had their first big chance of the match, resulting from a careless and too short pass an Edinburgh defender played to one of his team mates. Josh Milne anticipated well and all of a sudden, the Aberdeen striker was clear through on goal but failed to beat Fraser Briton.
The scoring was finally opened in the 29th minute when Aberdeen was awarded a penalty kick. Before, Matt Cumming and Laurie Cunningham had found a leak in Edinburgh’s defence with a fine combination and had passed the ball into the path of Cameron Moultrie who entered the box on the left-hand side and lay on the ground after having felt the touch of an Edinburgh defender. The penalty kick resulting from that was converted into the bottom right corner by Moultrie himself.