Scottish League Cup - Third Round
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Aberdeen 4-0 Livingston

Adam Rooney salutes the Aberdeen support after netting a hat-trick against Livingston.
Adam Rooney salutes the Aberdeen support after netting a hat-trick against Livingston

Adam Rooney scored a hat-trick as Scottish League Cup holders Aberdeen began the defence of the trophy with a comfortable win over Livingston.

The Dons got off to the best possible start with Ashton Taylor heading his first goal for the club from Nicky Low's cross.

Rooney hammered in a second after a back-heel from David Goodwillie and then netted another shortly after.

The hosts continued to impress and Rooney completed his hat-trick late on.

However, there were concerns for midfielder Ryan Jack who was carried off with a serious looking injury.

Livingston had chances of their own in an enterprising first half, but found Aberdeen a different animal after half-time.

After a sticky start to the season Aberdeen look like they are beginning to find form, and Dons boss Derek McInnes signalled his side's intent to follow on from the weekend 3-0 win over Ross County by naming a strong team.

And, after Rooney saw an early shot saved by the knee of Livingston goalkeeper Darren Jamieson, the Dons were soon in front.

Good play from Jonny Hayes won the hosts a corner, and Taylor rose highest at the back post to head in Low's delivery.

However, Livingston responded well to the early set-back and carved out a few opportunities that troubled their Scottish Premiership opponents.

Keaghan Jacobs hit a snap shot that debutant goalkeeper Scott Brown dealt well with, and then Gary Glen twice went close to drawing Livingston level.

At the other end, Rooney hit a shot over the bar after seeing his initial effort saved.

Ashton Taylor celebrates after his first goal for Aberdeen gave them an early lead against Livingston
Ashton Taylor celebrates after his first goal for Aberdeen gave them an early lead against Livingston

A good passing move from Aberdeen at the beginning of the second half opened up the chance for Low to lash in a stinging shot that was well saved by Jamieson.

Myles Hippolyte whistled a shot just wide of the post for Livingston with his first touch of the game after replacing David Robertson.

The Dons got their second though when Andrew Considine launched a flowing move forward after winning the ball from Hippolyte.

Hayes picked out Goodwillie who heeled back to Rooney, and the Dons striker thumped the ball into the net.

The home side lost Jack to injury but were soon further ahead when Rooney gave the goalkeeper no chance with a hard shot into the far corner.

McInnes had accused his side of not winning by enough at the weekend and their continued pressing led to Rooney's 10th goal of the season.

Peter Pawlett had a number of options as the red shirts piled forward. He elected to play it wide for Hayes, who drilled the ball across goal for the Irishman to net his hat-trick.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "From five or ten minutes after scoring a goal it was problematic for us, Livingston were very good. We expected them to be good.

"We had to change our shape slightly because they were getting too much of the ball.

"All three of his [Rooney] goals were different but all very good. Some top finishes - finishes of a confident player.

"I think Adam, in around the penalty box there's few better than him. He's a proper penalty box striker.

"[Jack's] not got a lot of swelling at the minute but we have to wait and see. We'll see the extent of that damage tomorrow."

Livingston manager John McGlynn: "I thought we were well in the game until the second goal.

"The lads did exceptionally well in the first half and we caused one or two problems for Aberdeen and maybe on another day we could have got a goal and went in level at half-time.

"It's disappointing to lose 4-0 it looks like a heavy defeat but I think it's a bit harsh on our lads, we didn't really deserve that.

"Aberdeen are a very, very good side. We knew that before we came up here, it was a tough ask tonight.

"But, we'll dust ourselves down because we've got a big game at Tynecastle on Sunday."

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 20Brown
  • 5Taylor
  • 11Hayes
  • 2Logan
  • 6Reynolds
  • 22JackSubstituted forRobsonat 71'minutes
  • 8Flood
  • 16Pawlett
  • 18LowSubstituted forConsidineat 61'minutes
  • 9Rooney
  • 17GoodwillieSubstituted forSmithat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 3Considine
  • 7Monakana
  • 14Smith
  • 15Robson
  • 25Shankland
  • 27Murray

Livingston

  • 1Jamieson
  • 6JacobsBooked at 84mins
  • 5FordyceBooked at 90mins
  • 3Talbot
  • 2Sives
  • 7Jacobs
  • 10RobertsonSubstituted forHippolyteat 57'minutes
  • 8O'Brien
  • 17McKennaSubstituted forMullenat 79'minutes
  • 18White
  • 19GlenSubstituted forOglebyat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Ogleby
  • 11Hippolyte
  • 16Beaumont
  • 20Mullen
  • 21Grant
  • 27Burchill
  • 31Rutherford
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
6,454

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamLivingston
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away3

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aberdeen 4, Livingston 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aberdeen 4, Livingston 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cameron Smith (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Willo Flood (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  5. Booking

    Callum Fordyce (Livingston) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Callum Fordyce (Livingston).

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Aberdeen 4, Livingston 0. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonny Hayes with a cross.

  9. Booking

    Kyle Jacobs (Livingston) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Jacobs (Livingston).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Livingston. Daniel Mullen replaces Michael McKenna.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Livingston. Robert Ogleby replaces Gary Glen.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Aberdeen 3, Livingston 0. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cameron Smith.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Cameron Smith replaces David Goodwillie.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Barry Robson replaces Ryan Jack because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Ash Taylor (Aberdeen).

  19. Post update

    Gary Glen (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Callum Fordyce.