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Ross wins it for the Dons

Aberdeen FC 1

Ross 72'

Hibernian FC 0

  • Tuesday, 09 February 2016
  • Balmoor Stadium, Peterhead
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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Balmoor, Peterhead was the venue as Aberdeen took on Hibernian in the SPFL Under 20s Development League. It was a fine, windy day in the North East and a good game of football was expected. 
Daniel Adejo made his debut at right back for the Dons. The Nigerian defender is on trial having played with Italian outfit Reggina in the past. Experienced midfielder Barry Robson was in the midfield for the hosts.
For Hibs, Farid El Alagul, who is returning from injury, was up front for the Easter Road men. Josh Peters, who signed for the club from Highland League side Strathspey Thistle, had to settle for a place on the bench.
Aberdeen had a great opportunity to open the scoring after nine minutes when a Barry Robson corner was tipped away by Sean Brennan, before Brennan denied forward Frank Ross. Aberdeen had the better changes in the opening exchanges of the game and Robson was using his experience to its full extent.
Brennan was called into action again in the 20th minute after Kalvin Orsi feeded the ball into Ross who fired in a great effort from the edge of the area, however the former Tynecastle goalkeeper denied the striker with a good save.
Hibs started to get into the game as the minutes wore on and nearly took the lead midway through the first half. Adam Watson fed in the advancing Aaron Dunsmore who made a bursting run from his right back position to get himself into the box. His effort got a hand from Aaron Lennox in the Aberdeen goal who just signed until the end of the season for the Pittodrie men last week.
El Alagul was having a quiet start to the game. He was up against Scott McKenna, with the young Dons defender winning everything in the air against the Moroccan attacker. However, it was El Alagul who almost opened the scoring after receiving a pass from Jordan Sinclair before chesting the ball and knocking his effort just wide.
Half time came with the deadlock yet to be broken and the game just required a goal to liven things up in the second period. Aaron Lennox and Sean Brennan were both producing some good saves to keep it level.
  • Half Time:
  • Aberdeen FC
  • 0-0
  • Hibernian FC
The Dons nearly used their attacking intent to full capacity two minutes into the second half, when a great delivery from Frank Ross found Bruce Anderson, but his header went straight at Brennan. Robson then put in a great delivery in the 49th minute from a corner, which found captain Scott McKenna whose header flashed wide of the left hand post.
Both teams smelled blood and wanted to break the deadlock and it saw chances at both ends of the park. An hour into the game, a Barry Robson free kick found McKenna, however his looping header went straight into the goalie's hands. Then, at the other end, El Alagul created room for himself and showed what he is capable of and had a good effort on goal however his effort was blocked by Lennox.
Aberdeen opened the scoring in the 73rd minute when Barry Robson played the ball wide into youngster Connor McLennan, whose cross then found Frank Ross, who had to take a few touches, but delivered a neat finish to put the hosts into the driving seat.
Hibs pushed for an equaliser late on and Aaron Lennox had to produce a couple of good saves to keep his clean sheet intact. The Dons held on for victory which they just shaded in the end and will only have a couple of days to recover before they take on Inverness CT at Banks O'Dee on Friday afternoon. Hibs take on Rangers next Tuesday.
  • Full Time:
  • Aberdeen FC
  • 1-0
  • Hibernian FC


Aberdeen FC
Hibernian FC
1. Aaron Lennox
2. Daniel Adejo
3. Daniel Harvie
4. Dylan Thomas
5. Scott McKenna
6. Michael Rose
7. Scott Wright
8. Barry Robson
9. Kalvin Orsi
10. Frank Ross
11. Bruce Anderson
12. Sam Robertson
14. Jamie Henry
15. Lucas Culjak
16. Aaron Norris
17. Connor McLennan
20. David Craddock
1. Sean Brennan
2. Aaron Dunsmore
3. Calum Crane
4. Kevin Waugh
5. Jordan McGregor
6. Aaron Scott
7. Adam Watson
8. Jack Breen
9. Farid El Alagul
10. Olly Shan
11. Jordan Sinclair
12. Ally Smith
14. Fraser Murray
15. Calum Donaldson
16. Josh Peters
31. Scott Costello
Star Player
Aberdeen FC
Hibernian FC
Frank Ross - Frank was lively in the Dons attack throughout the game and deserved his goal which ultimately won the game for the hosts. Scott McKenna and Aaron Lennox also put in good displays.
Aaron Dunsmore - Aaron was always keen to get on the ball and made a couple of dashing runs which almost led into goals.
Magic Moment
Aberdeen FC
Hibernian FC
The goal which led to the winner, great move from Barry Robson which went into the path of Connor McLennan and then into Frank Ross who produced a good finish.
Farid El Alaguls chance which was Hibs best chance of the game. Only a good save from Lennox denied the Moroccan attacker.
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