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Aberdeen 3-2 Livingston: Lewis Ferguson overhead kick secures late Dons victory

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Highlights: Aberdeen 3-2 Livingston

Lewis Ferguson's stoppage-time overhead kick gave Aberdeen a dramatic win over Livingston to lift them into the top six of the Scottish Premiership.

The home side missed a host of second-half opportunities before Ferguson struck at the death.

Niall McGinn volleyed in to put Aberdeen in front early on.

Calamitous defending helped Livingston go 2-1 in-front through Scott Pittman and Jack McMillan before Sam Cosgrove's leveller set up a grandstand finish.

But the night would belong to Ferguson courtesy of his acrobatic winner, his second such goal of the season.

The result means Aberdeen are up to sixth, while Livingston drop to seventh.

Ferguson is Dons' talisman again

Ferguson is creating a reputation for himself as Aberdeen's go-to man. Vital goals late in games against both Kilmarnock and Rangers have given Derek McInnes' side crucial victories, and so it was the case again at Pittodrie.

As a late corner was swung in the ball bounced in Ferguson's path, and he showed sublime technique and composure beyond his 19 years to acrobatically find the back of the net and send the Aberdeen fans wild.

It was much needed as Aberdeen had missed chance after chance in the second half as they pressed for victory.

Andrew Considine exemplified their wastefulness as he inexplicably nodded wide from six yards with the goal at his mercy, but he was not the only one.

Stevie May, Cosgrove, McGinn and Scott McKenna all squandered good chances from inside the box.

It was Cosgrove's cross which had teed up McGinn to brilliantly volley in the opener after nine minutes.

But Livingston battled back to lead at the break, albeit thanks to some generous Aberdeen defending.

Considine allowed a long ball to bounce, Craig Sibbald snuck in behind but was denied by Joe Lewis, only for the rebound to fall to Pittman, whose low strike hit a desperately lunging Considine and looped into the empty net.

And for Livingston's second McGinn was shrugged off the ball in his own half by Dolly Menga, who moved it to Pittman and then on to McMillan who showed great composure to skid the ball across Lewis and into the far corner.

Aberdeen rallied and Cosgrove grabbed the equaliser just before the hour mark, lashing in from close range after substitute Connor McLennan whipped the ball in from the right.

The visitors could not get out of their own half after the break, failing to register a shot on target, and they eventually succumbed to Ferguson's spectacular winner.

'The response was right' - analysis

BBC Scotland's Tyrone Smith at Pittodrie

After Saturday's defeat to St Johnstone, McInnes wanted a response from his players. He certainly got it.

Trailing at the break, Aberdeen's second-half performance was like the Dons of old.

They had their swagger back, cutting Livingston open at will. More importantly, they showed buckets of character to turn around a game that looked like it could drift away from them.

Aberdeen are now back in the top six, and McInnes will be hoping this result can be the turning point that will see them stay there and move onwards and upwards.

It was a turnaround inspired by forward Connor McLennan - an old head on young shoulders - and the strike from Ferguson was fit to win any game.

His impressive showreel gets ever bigger.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Logan
  • 4Considine
  • 5McKenna
  • 29Lowe
  • 19Ferguson
  • 3Shinnie
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forBallat 90+5'minutes
  • 17MaySubstituted forAndersonat 87'minutes
  • 15WrightSubstituted forMcLennanat 45'minutes
  • 16CosgroveBooked at 63mins

Substitutes

  • 7Forrester
  • 8Gleeson
  • 9Wilson
  • 20Cerny
  • 21Ball
  • 25Anderson
  • 27McLennan

Livingston

  • 1Kelly
  • 31Gallagher
  • 26HalkettBooked at 6mins
  • 4Lithgow
  • 2McMillanBooked at 56mins
  • 8Pittman
  • 7JacobsSubstituted forLawlessat 58'minutes
  • 6Byrne
  • 10Sibbald
  • 45MengaSubstituted forHamiltonat 68'minutes
  • 19BurnsSubstituted forRobinsonat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Hardie
  • 11Cadden
  • 15Lawless
  • 17Robinson
  • 21Stewart
  • 30Hamilton
  • 33Lawson
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
12,252

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamLivingston
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home18
Away3
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 3, Livingston 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 3, Livingston 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Dominic Ball replaces Niall McGinn.

Connor McLennan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alan Lithgow (Livingston).

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 3, Livingston 2. Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal following a corner.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Liam Kelly.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Declan Gallagher.

Connor McLennan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Craig Sibbald (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Bruce Anderson replaces Stevie May.

Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Pittman (Livingston).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Alan Lithgow.

Attempt blocked. Connor McLennan (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steven Lawless (Livingston).

Foul by Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen).

Shaun Byrne (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Scott McKenna (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Connor McLennan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Robinson (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Jack Hamilton replaces Dolly Menga.

Attempt saved. Stevie May (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen).

Scott Robinson (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Attempt missed. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

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

Foul by Craig Sibbald (Livingston).

Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Pittman (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Scott Robinson replaces Bobby Burns.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Steven Lawless replaces Keaghan Jacobs.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 2, Livingston 2. Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Connor McLennan with a cross.

Max Lowe (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jack McMillan (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 11th December 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic1510323682833
2Rangers1694338142431
3Kilmarnock179442517831
4Hearts179352319430
5St Johnstone168442020028
6Aberdeen168352017327
7Livingston177461916325
8Hibernian166552619723
9Motherwell164391626-1015
10Hamilton1741121237-2513
11Dundee1623111333-209
12St Mirren1723121234-229
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