Scottish League Cup - Second Round
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Ayr United 1-2 Aberdeen

Adam Rooney (left), Niall McGinn and Wes Burns
Niall McGinn (centre) made it 2-0 for Aberdeen

Aberdeen safely made it through to the last 16 of the Betfred Cup with victory over Ayr United at Somerset Park.

The Dons were ahead early when Ayr's Darryl Meggat turned Wes Burns' cross into his own net, and Niall McGinn made it two.

But after Adam Rooney hit a post Alan Forrest pounced on a loose ball to pull one back.

Wes Burns hit the crossbar twice and Andrew Considine put a shot wide as the Dons struggled to put the game to bed.

After early exits in both Cup competitions last season, this was a welcome result for Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes on the long trek down to Ayrshire.

It did not take long for Aberdeen to get themselves in front. It was good play from Burns on the wing, and his ball was aimed towards the ever dangerous Rooney, but it was the unfortunate Meggat who got the final touch to put the ball past his own goalkeeper.

But Ayr could have been level straight away when Forrest raced away from Anthony O'Connor, but Dons goalkeeper Joe Lewis denied him.

Alan Forrest (left) pulled one back for Ayr United before half-time
Alan Forrest (left) pulled one back for Ayr United before half-time

However, the home side were struggling to make inroads against the Scottish Premiership team and McGinn made it 2-0 when he volleyed in Shay Logan's cross.

Rooney headed off a post before Burns fired a shot just wide as Aberdeen refused to take their foot off the pedal.

But against the run of play Ayr pulled one back when Forrest pounced on a scramble in the box and turned the ball in.

Burns, on loan from Bristol City, has been given his chance with the loss of Jonny Hayes to injury, and he was keen to make an impression.

He twice hit the bar in the second half; first after a 30 yard run through the Ayr rearguard, and the second after cutting inside and finding the woodwork.

But as the game wore on Aberdeen were finding it increasingly difficult to create chances and find the killer third goal, and Jamie Adams was not too far away from turning in Brian Gilmour's corner as Ayr sensed an equaliser.

Then when Andrew Considine was robbed in possession after a poor pass from Dons goalkeeper Lewis, Nicky Devlin raced forward but blasted his shot well wide.

In the end it was comfortable enough for Aberdeen to make it through to the third round.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "The first half we were so much in control of the game you would have thought it would be a bit more comfortable for us, but it just shows you you're never there in the Cup until the final whistle goes.

"Ayr deserve so much credit; not just their spirit but their confidence and belief to go and get something from the game. I thought they were excellent. As was the referee, I need to say that. There was a couple of penalty appeals that they have, the two boys have thrown themselves, but he dealt with them well.

"It was our third trip in six days. The players have been constantly travelling, it's a big physical demand."

Ayr United manager Ian McCall: "We lost a daft goal early and that really settled Aberdeen. I couldn't hand on heart say Aberdeen didn't deserve to win but we had two or chances and a very decent chance for a penalty kick, in fact I thought it was a stonewall penalty kick.

"I've kept faith with the vast majority of the players that got us (promoted) so they've got to enjoy it, but if they play like that they'll do fine.

"He (Gary Harkins) would be a good player for us. We'll see what happens."

Line-ups

Ayr

  • 1Fleming
  • 2DevlinBooked at 68mins
  • 6Murphy
  • 18Meggatt
  • 3Boyle
  • 8CrawfordSubstituted forJohnstonat 84'minutes
  • 14Cairney
  • 16AdamsBooked at 29mins
  • 21McGuffieSubstituted forO'Connellat 74'minutes
  • 7ThomasSubstituted forGilmourat 60'minutes
  • 10Forrest

Substitutes

  • 4Gilmour
  • 5Rose
  • 11Donald
  • 15O'Connell
  • 19Hart
  • 20Wardrope
  • 25Johnston

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Logan
  • 15O'Connor
  • 6Reynolds
  • 4Considine
  • 7McLeanSubstituted forMcKennaat 90+3'minutes
  • 22JackBooked at 37mins
  • 3Shinnie
  • 8Burns
  • 9RooneySubstituted forStockleyat 60'minutes
  • 10McGinn

Substitutes

  • 17Stockley
  • 19Storie
  • 20Nuttall
  • 24McKenna
  • 25Alexander
  • 26Wright
  • 39Storey
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
2,653

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away9
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Ayr United 1, Aberdeen 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ayr United 1, Aberdeen 2.

Attempt blocked. Brian Gilmour (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Scott McKenna replaces Kenny McLean.

Attempt saved. Andy O'Connell (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Jayden Stockley (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Alan Forrest (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Aberdeen).

Andy O'Connell (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Attempt missed. Nicky Devlin (Ayr United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

Peter Murphy (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Andy Johnston replaces Robbie Crawford.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Brian Gilmour.

Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Cairney (Ayr United).

Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen).

Jamie Adams (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jamie Adams (Ayr United) with an attempt from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Patrick Boyle.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Andy O'Connell replaces Craig McGuffie.

Attempt blocked. Jayden Stockley (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Robbie Crawford.

Booking

Nicky Devlin (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nicky Devlin (Ayr United).

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Aberdeen).

Jamie Adams (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Wes Burns (Aberdeen) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

Attempt blocked. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Patrick Boyle.

Attempt saved. Wes Burns (Aberdeen) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Brian Gilmour replaces Jamie Thomas.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Jayden Stockley replaces Adam Rooney.

Jamie Adams (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen).

Wes Burns (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Peterhead42118628
2East Fife42115418
3Dundee4211155107
4Forfar4112411-75
5Dumbarton4022713-62

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Johnstone4310112910
2Falkirk42025416
3Stirling420267-16
4Brechin411258-35
5Elgin4103612-63

C

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1Inverness CT43101531210
2Dundee Utd4220103710
3Dunfermline42027706
4Cowdenbeath4103411-73
5Arbroath4013113-121

D

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1Alloa4400102812
2Raith Rovers42115418
3Ross County421111477
4Cove Rangers4103413-93
5Montrose400418-70

E

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1Partick Thistle440092712
2Queen of Sth43016249
3Airdrieonians411257-25
4Queen's Park411257-24
5Stenhousemuir400429-70

F

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1Rangers44001001012
2Motherwell43019369
3Stranraer420258-36
4Annan Athletic410347-33
5East Stirlingshire4004111-100

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hamilton430110559
2Ayr43015239
3St Mirren43017529
4Livingston410367-13
5Edinburgh City4004211-90

H

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1Morton431050511
2Kilmarnock42115507
3Clyde411245-15
4Albion403112-15
5Berwick402236-32
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