Dons battle past~plucky United

Chris Maguire grabbed the winner as Aberdeen scraped past Ayr United 1-0 to reach the third round of the Co-operative Cup.

Last Updated: 27/08/08 at 22:05 Post Comment

Maguire: Grabbed Aberdeen's winner

Maguire: Grabbed Aberdeen's winner

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

The win may not have been the most comprehensive but was enough for Jimmy Calderwood's men to avoid a shock at Somerset Park and head back to the Granite City with their pride intact.

On paper, this was a tie Aberdeen should have cruised through despite being without skipper Scott Severin and Zander Diamond through injury and the suspended Lee Miller.

But Ayr had plenty of reasons of their own to be confident. For a start, their impressive form saw them top the Irn-Bru Second Division heading into the second round tie.

More importantly, Aberdeen's own form in the cup competitions had been far from convincing, suffering a shock defeat to Queen's Park in this tournament two years ago, before being dumped out of the Scottish Cup by Queen of the South last season.

The Pittodrie side could have knocked the stuffing out of their hosts early on when Jamie Smith's corner found the head of Derek Young, who glanced across goal and wide when he really should have left the net bulging.

Ayr then had a decent chance of their own when Maguire lost possession in the middle of the park, allowing Ryan Stevenson to embark on a run into the box. But finishing let him down and he dragged the ball harmlessly wide with Bertrand Bossu untroubled in the Dons goal.

Aberdeen pushed forward and another Smith corner broke to Gary McDonald. He supplied the cross from the right for Andrew Considine but his header was easily dealt with by goalkeeper Stephen Grindlay.

Young then resorted to blasting over from 40 yards, before Maguire finally opened the scoring five minutes from the break.

Charlie Mulgrew supplied a curling ball from the left and Maguire beat Grindlay to the ball to stab home from a few yards, with Ayr boss Brian Reid facing the task of lifting his players at the interval.

That is exactly what he did and the plucky lower league side started the second half well and could have been back on level terms had Martyn Campbell been able to take advantage of poor defending to bundle home from Stevenson's corner.

Aberdeen should then have killed the tie off as a contest with a lovely passing move which saw Darren Mackie set up Smith, only for his angled drive across the face of goal to smack off the post instead.

Ayr had one final go at forcing their way back into the tie when former Dons player Bryan Prunty tried his luck with a long-range volley which was comfortably gathered by Bossu as the SPL side held on for the win.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Tuesday, 26 August 2014
19:45
Dundee 4-0 Raith  
Falkirk 0-0 Cowdenb'th  
Hamilton 4-1 Alloa  
Hibernian 3-2 Dumbarton  
Kilmarnock 1-0 Ayr United  
Livingston 1-0 Q of South  
Queen's Pk 1-2 Rangers  
St Mirren 2-1 Dunf'mline  
Stranraer 1-2 Ross Co  
19:30
Morton 0-1 Partick  

Footer 365

Transfer news: Tottenham strike deal for Montpellier midfielder Benjamin Stambouli

Tottenham have agreed a fee with Montpellier for defensive midfielder Benjamin Stambouli, according to the French club.

Transfer news: Chelsea confirm agreement with AC Milan for two-year Fernando Torres loan

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will have a medical at AC Milan on Saturday ahead of an agreed two-year loan deal.

Europa League: Roberto Martinez happy Everton start and finish at home

Roberto Martinez is happy with the way the fixtures have worked out for Everton in their tough Europa League draw.

Mail Box

Surely A Spurs Fan Should Remember...

...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property