Aberdeen 1 - 0 Dumbarton

Scottish Cup - 4th Round
Saturday, January 18th, 2020, 3:00 PM at Pittodrie Stadium
Attendance: 10,010
Referee: Gavin Duncan
Aberdeen v Dumbarton, Jan 18th 2020, Pittodrie Stadium
Aberdeen Dumbarton 

Sam Cosgrove (86) pen None.

Team Managers
Derek McInnes

Starting Eleven
Joe Lewis
Shay Logan
Ash Taylor
Scott McKenna
Andrew Considine
Bruce Anderson
Funso Ojo
Connor McLennan
Dylan McGeoch
Niall McGinn
Sam Cosgrove
Conor Brennan
Ryan McGeever
Lewis Crawford
Morgyn Neill
Rico Quitongo
Joe McKee
Ruaridh Langan
Kyle Hutton
Callum Wilson
Stefan McCluskey
PJ Crossan

Michael Devlin
Curtis Main
Ryan Hedges
Tomas Cerny
Jon Gallagher
Dean Campbell
James Wilson
Jordan Pettigrew
Conor Scullion
Mati Zata
Ryan Tierney

Ryan Hedges for Connor McLennan (67)
Dean Campbell for Dylan McGeoch (78)
Jon Gallagher for Bruce Anderson (90)
Mati Zata for Callum Wilson (74)
Ryan Tierney for Ruaridh Langan (89)
Conor Scullion for PJ Crossan (90)

None. Conor Brennan (87)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Conor Brennan (GK) 26 apps -
Ryan McGeever 25 apps5 goals
Lewis Crawford 11 apps -
Morgyn Neill 27 apps2 goals
Rico Quitongo 24 apps -
Joe McKee 22 apps2 goals
Ruaridh Langan 24 apps1 goal
Kyle Hutton 114 apps -
Callum Wilson 1 app (debut) -
Stefan McCluskey 23 apps -
PJ Crossan 25 apps6 goals
Conor Scullion (sub) 14 apps -
Mati Zata (sub) 9 apps -
Ryan Tierney (sub) 18 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Lewis Crawford (19 years 361 days)
Oldest Player:Stefan McCluskey (29 years 156 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 35 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Mati Zata (19 years 213 days)
Oldest Player:Stefan McCluskey (29 years 156 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 67 days
Domestic Players:13 (86.67 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Callum Wilson(Signed January 16th, 2020)


AND you thought the quarter final defeat was tough to take.

Dumbarton, on their return to Pittodrie six years from their last eight tie, weren't expected to make any impression.

They can come down the A90 feeling very hard done by that the teams are not doing it all again in 11 days' time.

They were six minutes away from ensuring as such when Sam Cosgrove went over in the area under a challenge from Rico Quitongo (pictured). The Aberdeen striker did the rest.

After an afternoon of all-out effort which hardly saw a major assault on the home goal, but very few seriously troubling efforts on theirs, Sons' efforts were for nothing.

It was 15 minutes before Conor Brennan was forced into his first save of the afternoon, keeping out a low effort by Dylan McGeouch after some neat play by the Dons put him in.

In quick succession, Ash Taylor twice found space for a header from a set piece, but neither effort was on target.

Bruce Anderson was next to have a go, but his shot from 12 yards was also wayward after efforts to clear a low ball only resulted in reflections.

Then Andrew Considine's header from a corner frayed some nerves, but it too was over, while Niall McGinn bent a shot wide.

Right on half time, Considine made space from another corner, but Brennan dealt with his header.

It hadn't always been comfortable to watch, nor had it ever been likely to always be comfortable to watch. But Dumbarton had survived to the interval without taking any seriously painful blows.

The second half started similarly. Cosgrove's shot was easy for Brennan, and then his header missed the target.

Another corner found Taylor, but his header was blocked on the line. Then Anderson shot over from Considine's low ball in.

The next contender was Funso Ojo, from distance with 19 minutes left. Brennan was equal to his shot and did enough to stop Anderson putting the rebound away.

He then made another fine save from Anderson's volley, although any goal would not have counted anyway due to an offside flag.

McGinn tried another bending effort from 20 yards with 10 minutes left, but it drifted just wide.

But with six minutes left, Cosgrove went down in the area under Quitongo's challenge. Penalty it was and the striker put it away himself.

One of these days it'll happen for Sons at Pittodrie. It hasn't since 1975, when they drew 1-1. They can feel very hard done by that it didn't today.

Match report by Andy Galloway

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