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Hampden bound Dons defeat ten man Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock U20s 0

Aberdeen U20s 3

Anderson 8, 55, 61
  • Thursday, 05 April 2018
  • Rugby Park
  • Under 20´s
  • Scottish FA Youth Cup
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.
  • Half Time:
  • Kilmarnock U20s
  • 0-1
  • Aberdeen U20s
After the restart it was Kilmarnock who came out guns blazing and looking the most dangerous side. Lone striker Innes Cameron had a shot saved and David Craddock in the Aberdeen goal made another smart interception moments after to deny the Ayrshire side.
Despite the early pressure, Aberdeen doubled their advantage after Frank Ross won the ball back inside his own half and started the counter attack, a failed Kilmarnock clearance fell towards Miko Virtanen who played in Seb Ross who ended up playing in his teammate Bruce Anderson who picked up his second goal.
The goal seemed to have taken the sting out of the game with the Dons well on top. Kilmarnock’s fate was subsequently sealed when Bruce Anderson completed his hat-trick; the striker took a shot from just inside the left hand side of the box on his right foot which flew past the Killie keeper with a slight deflection.
But Aberdeen refused to ease attack and was awarded a penalty just after the 70th minute, captain Seb Ross took responsibility after taking the ball off Bruce Anderson but unfortunately for him and the Dons, Keranovic guessed correctly and made a good save on his left.
Despite this save, there was no way back for Andy Millen’s Kilmarnock team whose cup journey ended at the semi-final stage.
Paul Sheerin’s Aberdeen side were able to close in on the win with a clean sheet, for them the cup and league double remains possible.
A trip to national stadium awaits Aberdeen in the Scottish Youth Cup final, where they will play either Hibs or Celtic, the Dons first final since 2003.   
  • Full Time:
  • Kilmarnock U20s
  • 0-3
  • Aberdeen U20s


Kilmarnock U20s
Aberdeen U20s
1. Jasmin Keranovic
2. Kenny Barr
3. Ewan McLevy
4. Ursene Mouanda
5. Aiden Wilson
6. Iain Wilson
7. Oliver McDonald
8. Daniel Scally
9. Innes Cameron
10. Alex Samizadeh
11. William Graham
12. Thomas Dempsie
13. Ross Miller
14. Jack Paterson
15. Josh Walker
16. Eddie Campbell
1. David Craddock
2. Ryan Harrington
3. Toby Wells
4. Miko Virtanen
5. Harlaine Mbayo
6. Danny Harvie
7. Connor McLennan
8. Seb Ross
9. Bruce Anderson
10. Frank Ross
11. Ethan Ross
20. Archie Mair
12. David Dangana
14. Jack Makenzie
15. Chris Antoniazzi
16. Joe Macpherson
17. Max Berry
18. Connor Barron
Star Player
Kilmarnock U20s
Aberdeen U20s
Jasmin Keranovic, made some vital saves that stopped Killie from having an ever bigger defeat.
Bruce Anderson, a superb and well-deserved hat-trick, the defence couldn't handle him.
Magic Moment
Kilmarnock U20s
Aberdeen U20s
Innes Cameron's chance in the second half, a really well-worked move by Kilmarnock, unlucky not to get one back.
Bruce Anderson's third goal, the long ball to pick him out unmarked set Anderson up nicely for him to get enough power in his shot to drill it home for his hat-trick, great goal.
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