Dons Struggle at Tynecastle

It was definitely a game of two halves at Tynecastle this afternoon, with an indifferent first half showing from the Dons, in most part missing in action as Hearts went 2-0 up in the first half with a Djoum headed opener and a Steven Naismith soft penalty.

Aberdeen had double change at half-time which introduced Niall McGinn and Scott Wright at the expense of Sam Cosgrove and Dominic Ball.  That seemed to liven things up a bit and it wasn’t long before the Dons were back in the game.

Gary Mackay-Steven scored from the penalty spot early in the second half after Niall McGinn was brought down by Godingo in the box, GMS finding the corner of the net from the spot.

Hearts won their second penalty after Logan penalised Sean Clare in the box, earning him the Dons’ sixth yellow card of the afternoon.   Luckily for the Dons, Joe Lewis dived right and saved Steven Naismith’s resulting penalty.

And the Dons looked close to scoring an equaliser – GMS ran onto a loose ball from his own corner and it looked as if he found the net only for Zlamal turning the low-cross round the back of the post.

The Dons go into the League Cup Semi-Final 10 points behind Hearts in seventh place.  The Red Army will be looking for a much more polished performance at Hampden to have any hope of getting a League Cup Final spot.


Date Time League Season Full Time Attendance
20th October 2018 3:00 pm Scottish Premiership 2018-19 90' 18,051


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsPossessionOutcome


1Zdeněk Zlámal Goalkeeper
3Jimmy Dunne Defender
7Oliver Bozanic Midfielder
8Olly Lee Midfielder
10Arnaud Djoum Midfielder 36'
11Demetri Mitchell Defender
12Danny Amankwaa Midfielder
13Colin Doyle Goalkeeper
14Steven Naismith Forward 42'
15Craig Wighton Forward
16Aaron Hughes 26 Defender
17Ben Garuccio Defender
18Steven MacLean 9 Forward
20Harry Cochrane Midfielder
26Marcus Godinho 16 Defender 29'
28Clévid Dikamona Defender
38Callumn Morrison Forward
9Sean Clare 18 Midfielder 89'



1Joe Lewis Goalkeeper
2Shay Logan Defender 78'
3Graeme Shinnie Defender
4Andrew Considine Defender 36'
8Stephen Gleeson Midfielder
9James Wilson 17 Forward
10Niall McGinn 16 Forward
11Gary Mackay-Steven Midfielder 55'
15Scott Wright 21 Forward
16Sam Cosgrove 10 Forward
17Stevie May 9 Forward
18Michael Devlin Defender 42'
19Lewis Ferguson Midfielder 66'
20Tomáš Černý Goalkeeper
21Dominic Ball 15 Defender 10'
25Bruce Anderson Forward
27Connor McLennan Forward
29Max Lowe Midfielder