McDiarmid Park

Late Ryan Hedges Goal Seals Points For Dons

Aberdeen secured their first win of the season thanks to a late goal from sub, Ryan Hedges against St Johnstone.

It was a make-shift Dons side that travelled to McDiarmid Park, after the stop-start opening to our season, we finally got the season back on track 19 days after our opener against Rangers.

Whilst it wasn’t pretty to watch, the size of the task could be seen.  Derek McInnes was missing all recognised strikers and three centre-backs for the match.

New signings Ross McCrorie and Tommie Hoban also made starts with Lewis Ferguson playing through the middle of a three pronged attack with Niall McGinn and Scott Wright either side.

It was Aberdeen that had the early chance, with a Niall McGinn shot at goal, but Elliot Parish managed to save it.

St Johnstone’s Danny McNamara ran at goal and fired a 22 yarder but Joe Lewis tipped the shot over goal.

As the game progressed, Aberdeen changed to a back five with Ronald Hernandez and Jonny Hayes dropping back.

There wasn’t much to talk about for the remainder of the half, we lacked focus and a lot of stray shots.

In the 38th minute, Aberdeen nearly scores when Hayes fired the ball across to Ojo, and his acrobatic volley went inches over the bar.

Derek McInnes chose to make a double sub at half time, with Matty Kennedy and Connor McLennan coming on for Dean Campbell and Ronald Hernandez, changing the formation to a 4-3-3.

Liam Craig fired in a left footed shot from outside the box in the 63rd minutes, but it went high and wide.

But sub Ryan Hedges was on target in the 82nd minute after he raced toward goal, cut inside and fired a low shot that took a deflection to send it into goal.

It was a hard graft and hard watch, but we travel back up the A90 with the points and move to 8th in table.


Date Time League Season Full Time
20th August 2020 7:30 pm Scottish Premiership 2020-21 90'


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsPossessionOutcome
St Johnstone00045%Loss

St Johnstone

2Wallace Duffy Defender
3Scott Tanser Defender
4Jamie McCart Defender
5Jason Kerr Defender
6Liam Gordon 19 Defender
7Craig Conway 22 Midfielder
10David Wotherspoon 16 Midfielder
11Michael O’Halloran Forward
12Elliott Parish Goalkeeper
15Danny McNamara 20 Defender
16Isaac Olaofe 10 Forward
18Alistair McCann Midfielder
19Shaun Rooney 6 Defender
20John Robertson 15 Forward
22Callum Hendry 7 Forward
23Cammy Ballantyne Midfielder
26Liam Craig Midfielder 87'
45Ross Sinclair Goalkeeper


1Joe Lewis Goalkeeper
2Shay Logan 25 Defender
3Tommie Hoban Defender
7Craig Bryson 8 Midfielder
8Funso Ojo 7 Midfielder
10Niall McGinn 11 Forward
11Ryan Hedges 10 Forward 82'
14Ash Taylor Defender
15Dylan McGeouch Midfielder
17Jonny Hayes Midfielder
18Connor McLennan 22 Forward
19Lewis Ferguson Midfielder 52'
20Tomáš Černý Goalkeeper
22Ronald Hernández 18 Defender
24Dean Campbell 33 Midfielder
25Scott Wright 2 Forward
28Michael Ruth Forward
29Jack Mackenzie Defender
33Matty Kennedy 24 Midfielder
40Ross McCrorie Midfielder 89'