Aberdeen Draw Against FC Chikhura Sachkhere

It was a game of two penalties, after Aberdeen secured a vital away goal against FC Chikhura Sachkhere in Tbilisi this evening (Thursday 25 July 2019) to give us the advantage for the return leg at Pittodrie next Thursday.

Derek McInnes gave Funso Ojo a debut, Craig Bryson was on the bench.  Mikey Devlin was out with a hamstring injury and Greg Leigh was also out injured.

Our injury woes at the back were made worse when Ash Taylor came off injured early in the first half after making a challenge on Irakli Lekvtadze, meaning Craig Bryson made an early appearance from the bench which then needed a bit of a team re-shuffle.  Jon Gallagher was pushed to right back, Shay Logan came over to the left and Andy Considine moved next to Scott McKenna at centre-half.

Up to that point the Dons were fairly comfortable, but the enforced changes had an effect on the flow of the game, and it didn’t take long against the run of play for referee Fesnic to award a penalty after he brought down Lekvtadze in the box.  Joe Lewis nearly saved the penalty but was unable to keep the ball out of the net and put the Georgians ahead.

There was a further shuffle of the Dons pack for the start of the second-half.  Jon Gallagher went back to his midfield role.

It still wasn’t coming together for the Dons, and we were lucky not to go further behind after Mikheil Sardalishvili lashed a shot over our goal.

In the 64th minute, we were awarded a penalty after a Maisashvili handball.  Sam Cosgrove stepped up to the spot and slotted it home to make things level.

Joe Lewis made a magnificent save in the 85th minute by touching Mikheil Ergemlidze’s effort over the crossbar.

It was an uninspiring performance but The Dons go into the game next week with the away goal advantage and the winners will meet HNK Rijeka of Croatia in the third round.


Date Time League Season Full Time
25th July 2019 5:45 pm UEFA Europa League 2019-20 90'


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsPossessionOutcome
FC Chikhura Sachkhere10148%Draw

FC Chikhura Sachkhere

2Revaz Chiteishvili 23 Defender
3Irakli Kamladze Midfielder
6Oleg Mamasakhlisi Midfielder
7Teimuraz Markozashvili Midfielder
8Davit Maisashvili Defender
10Irakli Lekvtadze 14 Forward 9'
12Mikheili Ergemlidze Forward 22'
13Zurab Mtskerashvili Goalkeeper
14Giorgi Pantsulaia 10 Forward
15Giorgi Koripadze Midfielder 41'
17Besik Dekanoidze Forward
18Zurab Kapanadze Midfielder
21Mishiko Sardalishvili Forward
23Demuri Chikhladze 2 Midfielder
24Lasha Chikvaidze Defender
25Davit Megrelishvili Defender
30Dino Hamzić Goalkeeper
37Shota Kashia Defender


1Joe Lewis Goalkeeper
2Shay Logan Defender
4Andrew Considine Defender
5Scott McKenna Defender
7Craig Bryson 14 Midfielder
8James Wilson 21 Forward
9Curtis Main Forward
10Niall McGinn Forward
11Ryan Hedges Forward
14Ash Taylor 7 Defender 14'
15Scott Wright Forward
16Sam Cosgrove Forward 67'
20Tomáš Černý Goalkeeper
21Jon Gallagher 8 Forward
22Funso Ojo Midfielder 23'
24Dean Campbell Midfielder
25Bruce Anderson Forward