Hearts v Aberdeen

Aberdeen End 2019 With Disappointing Draw Against Hearts

The last match of 2019 saw the Dons end with a draw against bottom side Hearts at Tynecastle.

Derek McInnes made three changes to the side that won against Livingston at Pittodrie on Boxing Day.

Dean Campbell and Jon Gallagher returned to the starting eleven, with Connor McLennan, Ryan Hedges and Niall McGinn all dropped to the bench.

Bruce Anderson was finally given his first start of the season for the Dons.

Sam Cosgrove was still out serving his second game of his two match ban following the red card he received against Celtic before Christmas.

Our opening chance came in the third minute when the ball broke to Bruce Anderson at the edge of the 18 yard box, but his shot went over on the turn.

Hearts had the closest of chances in the early stages of the game on the quarter hour mark when Meshino fired a shot along the face of goal and thankfully went inches wide.

Aberdeen were struggling and Hearts took more of the opportunities in the first half.  Meshino was nearly on target again in the 22nd minute and fired his shot over from 25 yards.

Uche Ikpeazu went past Dean Campbell in the 25th minute before putting a low cross across the face of goal.  The ball was picked up by Meshino at the back post who shot low beyond Joe Lewis but Scott McKenna managed to clear the ball off the line.

It wasn’t working for the Dons, so Derek McInnes put Shay Logan from right back to left back with Zak Vyner dropping from the midfield three into the right back role and he pushed up Dean Campbell from left back into midfield.

Andy Irving picked up Craig Halkett eight yards out and Joe Lewis denied his attempt in the 37th minute.

Zak Vyner was forced off injured in the 44th minute with an injury to his right arm and Niall McGinn came on as his replacement.

Hearts came out of the blocks in the second half with all guns blazing, and three minutes into the half Ikpeazu went beyond Shay Logan and drilled his shot low to Euan Henderson.  His shot landed on the roof of the net.

Hearts got the opener in the 48th minute when Meshino picked up the ball 25 yards out and hit his shot into the far corner of the net.

And just moments later Andy Irving drove a shot towards Lewis who pushed the ball behind for a corner.

Heart were reduced to ten men, in the 68th minute when Sean Clare pulled back Jon Gallagher, Alan Muir showing the Hearts’ player a straight red.

It was left to Niall McGinn to score the equaliser just moments later, when he stepped up from the free kick, hit the ball over the wall and in off the post to score for the Dons.

Although the Dons had the advantage in numbers, they didn’t make the most of it, and ended the game all square.

A disappointing draw for the 1,790 travelling the Red Army as we finish 2019 in fourth place in the Scottish Premiership.


Date Time League Season Full Time Attendance
29th December 2019 2:00 pm Scottish Premiership 2019-20 90' 17,788


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsPossessionOutcome


1Zdeněk Zlámal Goalkeeper
2Michael Smith Defender
6Christophe Berra Defender
7Oliver Bozanic 17 Midfielder
8Sean Clare Midfielder 68'
9Conor Washington 77 Forward
15Craig Wighton Forward
17Ben Garuccio 7 Defender
18Steven MacLean Forward
19Uche Ikpeazu 22 Forward
22Loïc Damour 19 Midfielder
23Joel Pereira Goalkeeper
26Craig Halkett Defender
28Clévid Dikamona Defender 89'
40Andy Irving Midfielder
43Euan Henderson Forward
51Aaron Hickey Midfielder
77Ryotaro Meshino 9 Forward 49'


1Joe Lewis Goalkeeper
2Shay Logan Defender
5Scott McKenna Defender
6Michael Devlin Defender
9Curtis Main 28 Forward
10Niall McGinn 33 Forward 68'
11Ryan Hedges 22 Forward
14Ash Taylor Defender 65'
18Connor McLennan Forward
19Lewis Ferguson Midfielder 30'
20Tomáš Černý Goalkeeper
21Jon Gallagher Forward
22Funso Ojo 11 Midfielder 55'
24Dean Campbell Midfielder
25Bruce Anderson Forward
28James Wilson 9 Forward
32Jack Mackenzie Defender
33Zak Vyner 10 Defender