Monday, 14 March 2011

Aberdeen Snatch Late Goal to Get Replay.

Rory McArdle's stoppage-time equaliser for Aberdeen stunned St Mirren, who looked like they were destined for the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.

In a quiet first half  both sides had to adapt to the surface made tricky by the wet surface and falls of snow but the game was never in any doubt of being postponed like the Inverness V Celtic tie which was deemed unplayable after a heavy night of snow in the north.

Aberdeen boss Craig Brown was forced into a substitution after 13th minute when David McNamee was replaced with McArdle as the full-back's injury woes continued following a hamstring problem picked up after a late challenge from Hugh Murray.

Both sides attempted to create chances in the first half but nothing came and they went in at halftime level and the game in real need of someone to step up and lead their team on.

It was Aberdeen who went on to have the first real chance of the game when Magennis shot took a deflection off the inside of McGregor's heel and being pushed away by goalkeeper Paul Gallacher.

Aberdeen took encouragement from that Rob Milsom was next to try his luck from distance, but his 22-yard drive curled wide of the far post

St Mirren were poised to replace midfielder Jim Goodwin with Higdon after 60 minutes, but a cut to John Potter's eye meant it was the defender lead to him being swapped instead.

St Mirren brought the game to life with the best move of the game only to be thwarted by goalkeeper Jamie Langfield.McLean played a one-two with Higdon before firing a low drive with the outside of his foot that was parried by Langfield, who reacted quickly to save Higdon's attempt on the rebound.

Higdon was causing the Dons problems and sent a curling 18-yard drive flying just wide then rose to send a header off the underside of the crossbar that Langfield was fortunate to gather at his feet before the striker could get the rebound.

The breakthrough finally came on 77 minutes when Dargo's cross to the back post was volleyed into the six-yard box by Higdon and the unmarked McGowan side-footed home from close range.

The Buddies could have doubled their lead when McLean had a low drive saved by Langfield and Nick Blackman just failed to level the game as he couldn't connect with a downward Zander Diamond header down the other end.Higdon and Dargo both wasted chances for St Mirren which would prove costly 3 minutes into injury time.

A Paul Hartley free-kick was flicked on by the head of Andrew Considine and McArdle added the finish from five yards.

What's with all these draws,Does no one want to win the cup?:O

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