Almondvale Stadium

Dons Dig Deep For Livingston Win

The Dons took all three points in a hard-fought win at the Tony Macaroni Arena against Livingston on a sun-kissed Saturday.

Derek McInnes is having a bit of an injury nightmare at the moment, with no less than six players out injured, namely – Craig Bryson, Funso Ojo, Scott Wright, Stephen Gleeson, Scott McKenna and Ash Taylor.

He made three changes to the starting line-up.  Sam Cosgrove was dropped to the bench with Curtis Main starting.  Dean Campbell started, as did Jon Gallagher.

It was Livingston that were on the front foot in the early stages of the game, with Scott Robinson getting a chance in the 18th minute and just moments later Jack McMillan having a shot that flew over the bar.

Aberdeen went ahead thanks to Andrew Considine in the 28th minute from a corner kick from the left which he converted with a low finish from six yards.

Livingston nearly equalised just before half-time when Chris Erskine broke into the penalty area, he was one-on-one with Joe Lewis, but he mistimed the shot a put the ball clear in the air.

Livingston came out of the traps in the second half and put on the pressure to happen for a good chunk of the second half and once again the Dons started a second half with a lack of intent which frustrated the travelling support.  It was dire to watch.

With Livingston pushing for a win they had another couple of chances to take the game.  In the 57th minute, Steven Lawless picked up a ball from the right but his shot was saved by Joe Lewis.

In the 73rd minute, Jon Guthrie hit a half volley that crashed off the underside of the crossbar before bouncing out of goal – a very close shave indeed.

It took to the 87th minute for Aberdeen to have any chance, with Lewis Ferguson driving his 20 yarder inches over the bar.

But into injury time, Aberdeen were given an opportunity to seal the game, after Nicky Devlin brought down Sam Cosgrove in the box.  He took the resultant spot kick to give the Dons a 2-0 win and put us into third in the Scottish Premiership.

Derek McInnes said: “It wasn’t pretty. We knew we weren’t going to get it all our own way, but we’ve found a way to win. It was a tough watch.

“We can expect more in certain games, but what I couldn’t get any more of today was the willingness of the players to get the three points.”


Date Time League Season Full Time Attendance
21st September 2019 3:00 pm Scottish Premiership 2019-20 90' 2,803


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsPossessionOutcome


1Ross M. Stewart Goalkeeper
2Nicky Devlin Defender
5Ricki Lamie Defender
6Marvin Bartley 33 Midfielder
7Keaghan Jacobs Midfielder 83'
10Craig Sibbald Midfielder
11Steven Lawless Midfielder
15Cécé Pepe Defender
16Robbie Crawford Midfielder
17Scott Robinson 22 Midfielder
19Chris Erskine 31 Midfielder
20Aymen Souda Forward
21Jack McMillan Defender
22Scott Tiffoney 17 Midfielder
27Jon Guthrie Defender
30Matija Sarkic Goalkeeper
31Jack Stobbs 19 Forward
33Tevi Steve Lawson 6 Defender


1Joe Lewis Goalkeeper
2Shay Logan 33 Defender
3Greg Leigh Defender
4Andrew Considine Defender 29'
6Michael Devlin Defender
9Curtis Main 16 Forward
10Niall McGinn Forward
11Ryan Hedges 18 Forward
16Sam Cosgrove 9 Forward 93'
18Connor McLennan 11 Forward
19Lewis Ferguson Midfielder
20Tomáš Černý Goalkeeper
21Jon Gallagher Forward
24Dean Campbell Midfielder
25Bruce Anderson Forward
28James Wilson Forward
33Zak Vyner 2 Defender
42Connor Barron Midfielder