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Aberdeen   2 - 0   Hearts

Aberdeen striker Darren Mackie celebrates scoring against Hearts
Mackie ended a goal drought stretching back almost 11 months

By Andy Campbell

Darren Mackie's first goal of the season helped Aberdeen secure a spot in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup at the expense of Hearts.

The forward's header was brilliantly saved by Hearts goalkeeper Marian Kello as the Dons enjoyed the best of the first-half chances.

But Mackie broke the deadlock on the hour mark with a close-range finish.

Hearts rarely threatened throughout and Lee Miller made sure of Aberdeen's victory with 14 minutes remaining.

Both sides struggled to deliver telling crosses into the box early on and when Hearts' Scott Robinson did manage to put a teasing centre into the Dons penalty area, Ian Black could not make a connection at the back post.

The home side almost capitalised on uncertainty in the Hearts rearguard on 17 minutes when Mackie stole possession from the indecisive Ismael Bouzid and, with Kello having come off his line, the Aberdeen striker's chip cleared the crossbar.

Black fired over from distance before Aberdeen won a free-kick right on the edge of the Hearts box, giving set piece specialist Charlie Mulgrew a chance to score.

The defender opted for power and his rising effort sailed beyond the junction of the post and crossbar.

Kello made a stunning diving save to deny Mackie after the forward had headed Derek Young's cross towards the goalkeeper's bottom left-hand corner and Fraser Fyvie's rebound effort crept harmlessly across the face of goal.

Aberdeen continued to pressurise and Fyvie's lofted centre was punched clear by Kello as Mackie threatened and the Dons striker then saw a dipping volley narrowly miss the target.

Mackie's frustration in front of goal continued after the break as he connected awkwardly with a Maurice Ross delivery and scooped the ball wide.

Peter Pawlett's mis-hit volley failed to trouble Kello before Aberdeen finally broke the deadlock.

Miller beat the offside trap to latch onto Kerr's pass and nudged the ball beyond the onrushing Kello, allowing Mackie to fire into the empty net and claim his first goal since February 2009.

Pawlett drew a save from Kello after cutting in from the right and the Hearts keeper then denied substitute Chris Maguire twice in quick succession.

But Maguire's endeavours were not to go unrewarded as his low cross was converted at the back post by Miller.

Hearts looked to halve their deficit but debutant Rocky Visconte's shot was ushered over the bar by goalkeeper Jamie Langfield.

Kello comfortably claimed another Mulgrew free-kick and Langfield made sure of a clean sheet when he palmed substitute Christian Nade's drive over.


Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee:
"I think we deserved to win the game. We had the majority of the game. I'm well pleased with the day's work.

"Darren Mackie worked really, really hard for the team. I felt that everyone was pleased for him, not just us, I think the crowd were pleased for him as well.

"I thought Darren Mackie's goal might have been offside. When he put it in, I looked across at the linesman because I wasn't sure if he had got ahead.

"I couldn't say if the second was offside, I don't know."

Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo:
"It wasn't just a poor performance. I think, definitely, you saw also today that we need some players up front.

"The young guys lose confidence very quickly. They tried to do their best but this was not enough. There wasn't much danger created by our side.

"I am very disappointed about this result. I know that we can definitely do better but we need help.

"It is disappointing also for the fans to be going out of the cup."


Aberdeen: Langfield, Maurice Ross, Ifil, Mulgrew, Pawlett, Young, Kerr, Marshall (Maguire 68), Fyvie, Mackie, Miller.
Subs Not Used: Nelson, Paton, Crawford, Jack.

Goals: Mackie 60, Miller 76.

Hearts: Kello, Cinikas, Zaliukas, Bouzid, Visconte, Santana (Templeton 65), Black, Robinson (Obua 79), Jonsson, Smith (Nade 65), Michael Stewart.
Subs Not Used: Balogh, Balatoni.

Attendance: 8,226

Referee: S Conroy

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Saturday, 9 January 2010

Scottish Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Mackie 60
  • Miller 76

    Aberdeen

    • 01 Langfield
    • 02 Mulgrew
    • 17 Ross
    • 22 Ifil
    • 08 Kerr
    • 14 Young
    • 19 Pawlett
    • 20 Marshall (Maguire 68)
    • 34 Fyvie
    • 09 Miller
    • 10 Mackie

    Substitutes

    • 21 Nelson,
    • 25 Crawford,
    • 26 Jack,
    • 07 Maguire,
    • 24 Paton

    Hearts

    • 25 Kello
    • 21 Ismael Bouzid
    • 26 Zaliukas
    • 04 Jonsson
    • 07 Suso Santana (Templeton 65)
    • 08 Black
    • 12 Cinikas
    • 23 Stewart
    • 29 Eisconte
    • 44 Smith (Nade 65)
    • 55 Robinson (Obua 79)

    Substitutes

    • 01 Balogh,
    • 13 Obua,
    • 42 Balatoni,
    • 14 Nade,
    • 24 Templeton
    Ref: ConroyAtt: 8,226
    ABERDEEN
    HEARTS

    Possession

    • Aberdeen 56%
    • Hearts 44%

    Attempts on target

    • Aberdeen 8
    • Hearts 3

    Attempts off target

    • Aberdeen 5
    • Hearts 2

    Corners

    • Aberdeen 7
    • Hearts 6

    Fouls

    • Aberdeen 7
    • Hearts 13
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:16 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+0:46 Unfair challenge on Derek Young by Ian Black results in a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.
    • 88:43 Inswinging corner taken by Rocky Visconte from the right by-line played to the near post, Fraser Fyvie makes a clearance.
    • 87:34 Christian Nade takes a shot. Charlie Mulgrew gets a block in. Eggert Jonsson takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Jerel Ifil manages to make a clearance.
    • 86:34 Rocky Visconte delivers the ball, Charlie Mulgrew manages to make a clearance.
    • 85:21 Christian Nade has a curled shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save. Rocky Visconte takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jerel Ifil.
    • 83:49 Marius Zaliukas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Mackie. Charlie Mulgrew produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Marian Kello makes a save.
    • 82:33 Long range shot by David Obua goes wide right of the target.
    • 81:59 A cross is delivered by Maurice Ross, save by Marian Kello.
    • 81:21 Centre by Christian Nade.
    • 80:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Kerr on Christian Nade. Marius Cinikas takes the direct free kick.
    • 79:39 The assistant referee flags for offside against David Obua. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
    • 78:35 Substitution David Obua replaces Scott Robinson.
    • 77:52 Shot from 20 yards by Ian Black. Jamie Langfield makes a save. Rocky Visconte takes a inswinging corner to the near post.
    • 77:17 Peter Pawlett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eggert Jonsson. Free kick taken by Michael Stewart.
    • 75:22 The assist for the goal came from Christopher Maguire.
    • 75:22 GOAL - Lee MillerAberdeen 2 - 0 Hearts Lee Miller grabs a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aberdeen 2-0 Hearts.
    • 75:16 The ball is delivered by Christopher Maguire,
    • 74:36 Christopher Maguire takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
    • 74:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Robinson on Charlie Mulgrew. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.
    • 73:27 Foul by Fraser Fyvie on Marius Cinikas, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Marius Cinikas.
    • 72:59 The ball is delivered by Marius Cinikas, Jamie Langfield makes a save.
    • 71:50 Mark Kerr takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Marius Cinikas manages to make a clearance.
    • 70:55 Unfair challenge on Christopher Maguire by Marius Zaliukas results in a free kick. Mark Kerr crosses the ball, Christopher Maguire takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
    • 67:12 Substitution Paul Marshall goes off and Christopher Maguire comes on.
    • 64:47 Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
    • 64:47 Substitution David Templeton is brought on as a substitute for Suso Santana.
    • 64:47 Substitution Christian Nade joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gordon Smith.
    • 64:47 Gordon Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Maurice Ross.
    • 64:19 The assistant referee signals for offside against Darren Mackie. Indirect free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.
    • 63:09 The offside flag is raised against Darren Mackie. Marius Zaliukas takes the indirect free kick.
    • 62:10 Michael Stewart takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Jerel Ifil manages to make a clearance.
    • 59:49 Assist on the goal came from Lee Miller.
    • 59:49 GOAL - Darren MackieAberdeen 1 - 0 Hearts Darren Mackie fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aberdeen 1-0 Hearts.
    • 59:06 Fraser Fyvie takes a shot. Save made by Marian Kello.
    • 57:44 The official flags Eggert Jonsson offside. Derek Young restarts play with the free kick.
    • 56:20 Centre by Maurice Ross, Shot by Lee Miller from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
    • 54:30 Peter Pawlett takes a short corner, Mark Kerr produces a cross, clearance by Ismael Bouzid.
    • 53:04 The referee blows for offside. Marian Kello takes the free kick.
    • 52:42 The ball is delivered by Marius Cinikas, clearance made by Jerel Ifil.
    • 51:57 Peter Pawlett takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:06 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 43:42 Shot from just outside the box by Darren Mackie goes over the target.
    • 43:16 Centre by Fraser Fyvie, save by Marian Kello.
    • 41:08 A cross is delivered by Peter Pawlett. The ball is sent over by Paul Marshall. Inswinging corner taken by Paul Marshall, clearance by Marius Zaliukas.
    • 38:40 Marius Zaliukas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Kerr. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from right channel, save by Marian Kello.
    • 36:58 Jerel Ifil produces a cross.
    • 35:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Mackie on Ismael Bouzid. Marius Zaliukas takes the free kick.
    • 34:14 Foul by Marius Zaliukas on Lee Miller, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Mark Kerr. Derek Young sends in a cross, Mark Kerr takes a shot. Save by Marian Kello.
    • 33:51 Suso Santana crosses the ball, save by Jamie Langfield.
    • 32:50 The ball is crossed by Peter Pawlett, save made by Marian Kello.
    • 32:08 Ian Black fouled by Paul Marshall, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marian Kello.
    • 31:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Suso Santana on Paul Marshall. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
    • 29:50 Lee Miller takes a shot. Marius Zaliukas gets a block in.
    • 25:35 Foul by Marius Zaliukas on Lee Miller, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Charlie Mulgrew from the free kick.
    • 21:57 Ian Black takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
    • 21:08 Eggert Jonsson takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, save by Jamie Langfield.
    • 18:12 Paul Marshall takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Ian Black makes a clearance.
    • 16:43 Darren Mackie takes a shot from close range clearing the crossbar.
    • 14:31 The referee blows for offside against Lee Miller. Marian Kello takes the free kick.
    • 13:55 Corner taken left-footed by Paul Marshall, save by Marian Kello.
    • 13:03 Corner taken by Paul Marshall from the right by-line to the near post, Ismael Bouzid makes a clearance.
    • 11:37 Eggert Jonsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Pawlett. Peter Pawlett restarts play with the free kick.
    • 9:36 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Marian Kello.
    • 8:33 Michael Stewart fouled by Mark Kerr, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Black takes the direct free kick.
    • 7:24 Marius Zaliukas challenges Fraser Fyvie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Fraser Fyvie.
    • 6:39 Darren Mackie fouled by Suso Santana, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Peter Pawlett from right wing, clearance made by Marius Zaliukas.
    • 5:47 Inswinging corner taken by Fraser Fyvie, save by Marian Kello.
    • 5:29 Fraser Fyvie produces a cross.
    • 4:43 Gordon Smith challenges Lee Miller unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jerel Ifil.
    • 3:51 The ball is swung over by Scott Robinson.
    • 2:03 Foul by Lee Miller on Eggert Jonsson, free kick awarded. Suso Santana restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:58 Rocky Visconte produces a cross.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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