Co-operative Insurance Cup semi-final highlights - Aberdeen 1-4 Celtic
By Clive Lindsay
Kris Commons inspired Celtic as they destroyed Aberdeen with four goals in the opening 33 minutes to swagger into the Co-operative Insurance Cup final.
New signing Commons set them on their way with a sublime chip into the far corner after five minutes.
Former Aberdeen defender Charlie Mulgrew headed the second four minutes later and Thomas Rogne rose to finish for the third after 20 minutes.
Anthony Stokes made it 4-0 before Scott Vernon's headed reply.
Many of 12,000-odd Aberdeen fans had taken Celtic's fourth goal as a signal to desert Hampden with their dream of a first final since May 2000 having already virtually disappeared.
Celtic dropped the pace, sparing the Dons the spectre of a repeat of that historic 9-0 Scottish Premier League defeat in November, safe in the knowledge that they will face Motherwell or Rangers in the final.
Commons had come straight into the Celtic starting line-up after his transfer from Derby County, replacing the injured James Forrest on the wing.
Mulgrew scored for Celtic against his former club
And the Scotland international made a dream start when he picked the ball up 18 yards from goal and chipped it into the far corner of the net over the despairing figure of goalkeeper Jamie Langfield.
Scott Brown, whose shown a vast improvement in form in recent weeks, was the driving force for Celtic, firing long-range efforts wide either side of that opener and then winning the corner that led to Celtic's second.
Commons' cross was headed towards goal by Anthony Stokes and Mulgrew rose above his marker to send it into the net off the underside of the crossbar from point-blank range against his former club.
Aberdeen immediately had a chance to reduce the deficit when a precise through ball from Chris Maguire set up strike partner Vernon, but the Englishman's low shot hit the outside of the post.
That provided only a moments' respite for the team in red as Joe Ledley chested the ball into the path of Stokes, whose half-volley was turned brilliantly on to the top of the crossbar by Langfield.
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The Dons goalkeeper looked slow seconds later, however, when Rogne rose unmarked 12 yards out and headed low into the corner of the net.
Aberdeen had chances of their own, with Rob Milsom firing over from range and Maguire having a couple of efforts charged down on the edge of the penalty box.
Dons boss Craig Brown hauled off central defender Nikola Vujadinovic after 27 minutes, introducing Ryan Jack into midfield as he attempted to find a formation capable of subduing Celtic while the Serbian headed straight up the tunnel minus his discarded shirt.
Jack had been replaced in the starting line-up with defender David McNamee as Brown attempted to add steel and experience to his midfield.
However, any hope that the youngster could inspire a turnaround of momentous proportions were ended by a moment of madness from Derek Young - in the starting line-up in place of cup-tied striker Nick Blackman, who helped Motherwell into the other semi-final.
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The midfielder raised a hand high above his head to clear a Gary Hooper free-kick that was curling above the defensive wall and Stokes sent Langfield the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Aberdeen responded after the break as they sought to restore some pride and Maguire squandered a chance when he rounded goalkeeper Forster but blasted over the crossbar with his effort from wide inside the penalty box.
The Dons did get one back after 61 minutes, with Vernon rising to head in a 15-yard header from a Milsom free-kick.
Vernon missed a chance to reduce the arrears further with five minutes remaining, firing over from six yards after a good run and pass from substitute Josh Megennis.
Mark Wilson was on hand to clear off the line after Vernon rounded Forster in the dying seconds.
So, as Celtic moved into yet another cup final, the Dons had to make do with a second-half performance that might give them some heart ahead of the midweek league meeting between the sides.
Live text and stats
Saturday, 29 January 2011
Stokes (pen) 34
03 McNamee yellow card (Pawlett 77)
13 Vujadinovic (Jack 28)
14 Young yellow card (Magennis 77)
03 Izaguirre yellow card
25 Rogne (Juarez 62)
33 Baram Kayal (McCourt 73)
10 Stokes (Murphy 79)
Ref: ThomsonAtt: 38,085
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+2:03 The referee brings the game to a close.
90:00+0:48 Corner taken by Chris Maguire from the left by-line, Joe Ledley makes a clearance.
90:00+0:36 Shot by Paul Hartley. Clearance made by Charlie Mulgrew.
90:00+0:18 Corner taken left-footed by Robert Milsom, Efrain Juarez manages to make a clearance.
90:00+0:01 Scott Vernon takes a shot. Clearance by Mark Wilson.
86:24 Scott Vernon produces a right-footed shot from close in that clears the bar.
82:22 Joe Ledley concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Milsom. Free kick taken by Robert Milsom.
81:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Efrain Juarez by Josh Magennis. Direct free kick taken by Mark Wilson.
80:42 Patrick McCourt fouled by Chris Maguire, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.
80:25 Daryl Murphy produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
78:14 The official flags Chris Maguire offside. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick. Ryan Jack gives away a free kick for
an unfair challenge on Patrick McCourt. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.
78:14 Substitution Anthony Stokes goes off and Daryl Murphy comes on.
76:16 The assistant referee flags for offside against Anthony Stokes. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
76:16 Substitution Derek Young goes off and Josh Magennis comes on.
76:16 Substitution David McNamee goes off and Peter Pawlett comes on.
74:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zander Diamond by Gary Hooper. Paul Hartley takes the direct free kick.
73:00 Ryan Jack is penalised for a handball. Mark Wilson takes the direct free kick.
72:04 Substitution Patrick McCourt is brought on as a substitute for Beram Kayal.
71:30 Corner taken by Chris Maguire from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Joe Ledley.
70:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Stokes by David McNamee. Emilio Izaguirre takes the free kick.
69:29 Robert Milsom concedes a free kick for a foul on Kris Commons. Kris Commons takes the free kick.
68:22 Andrew Considine challenges Beram Kayal unfairly and gives away a free kick. Efrain Juarez takes the free kick.
67:56 Beram Kayal concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Vernon. Paul Hartley takes the free kick.
66:49 Anthony Stokes is caught offside. Free kick taken by Andrew Considine.
64:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rory McArdle by Anthony Stokes. Direct free kick taken by Rory McArdle.
63:38 The referee blows for offside. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
63:08 Chris Maguire takes a short corner.
62:08 Corner taken left-footed by Kris Commons to the near post.
61:47 Substitution Efrain Juarez replaces Thomas Rogne.
60:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Maguire by Emilio Izaguirre. Assist on the goal came from Robert Milsom.
60:16 GOAL - Scott Vernon:Aberdeen 1 - 4 Celtic Scott Vernon scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Aberdeen 1-4 Celtic.
59:43 Booking Emilio Izaguirre is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
59:09 Kris Commons concedes a free kick for a foul on Zander Diamond. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
58:21 Chris Maguire takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
57:25 Unfair challenge on Emilio Izaguirre by David McNamee results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kris Commons.
55:52 Chris Maguire is caught offside. Free kick taken by Beram Kayal.
52:56 Corner taken by Kris Commons from the right by-line played to the near post, Andrew Considine makes a clearance.
52:45 Scott Brown has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Robert Milsom manages to make a clearance.
51:19 Short corner taken by Robert Milsom.
51:05 Anthony Stokes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zander Diamond. Free kick taken by Andrew Considine.
50:00 Thomas Rogne is adjudged to have handled the ball. Paul Hartley restarts play with the free kick. Robert Milsom takes the
chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.
48:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David McNamee by Joe Ledley. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
48:01 Chris Maguire concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Wilson. Free kick taken by Mark Wilson.
46:53 Robert Milsom gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Beram Kayal. Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
45:01 The second half kicks off.
45:00+0:14 The players leave the pitch at half time.
44:39 Chris Maguire is caught offside. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
42:22 Handball decision goes against Chris Maguire. Free kick taken by Joe Ledley.
41:43 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Mark Wilson.
40:34 The assistant referee signals for offside against Scott Vernon. Thomas Rogne restarts play with the free kick.
39:49 Corner from the right by-line taken by Robert Milsom, save by Fraser Forster.
39:14 Foul by Scott Brown on Rory McArdle, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Rory McArdle.
37:59 Derek Young takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
37:01 Unfair challenge on Kris Commons by David McNamee results in a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
37:01 Booking David McNamee receives a caution.
35:01 Inswinging corner taken by Chris Maguire from the left by-line, Fraser Forster makes a save.
33:28 Derek Young gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emilio Izaguirre. The referee gives a against Derek Young for
handball. Anthony Stokes fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
33:28 GOAL - Anthony Stokes:Aberdeen 0 - 4 Celtic Anthony Stokes scores a penalty. Aberdeen 0-4 Celtic.
32:45 Booking Derek Young is given a yellow card.
30:47 Kris Commons has an effort at goal. Save by Jamie Langfield.
27:28 Unfair challenge on Derek Young by Beram Kayal results in a free kick. Paul Hartley takes the direct free kick.
27:28 Substitution Nikola Vujadinovic goes off and Ryan Jack comes on.
26:25 Robert Milsom is penalised for a handball. Mark Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
25:14 Foul by Derek Young on Gary Hooper, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
24:34 Gary Hooper challenges Paul Hartley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Zander Diamond.
23:59 Mark Wilson takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
22:11 The referee blows for offside against Scott Vernon. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
21:19 Shot by Robert Milsom from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
20:23 Charlie Mulgrew provided the assist for the goal.
20:23 GOAL - Thomas Rogne:Aberdeen 0 - 3 Celtic Thomas Rogne grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Aberdeen 0-3 Celtic.
20:08 Corner taken left-footed by Kris Commons from the right by-line, clearance by Rory McArdle.
19:52 Shot by Anthony Stokes from 18 yards. Save made by Jamie Langfield.
18:54 Corner taken by Chris Maguire from the left by-line, save by Fraser Forster.
17:55 Emilio Izaguirre gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Derek Young. Free kick taken by Rory McArdle.
16:54 Foul by Scott Vernon on Thomas Rogne, free kick awarded. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
14:45 Chris Maguire is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
13:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Considine on Beram Kayal. Charlie Mulgrew crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance
made by Andrew Considine.
12:04 The assistant referee signals for offside against Scott Vernon. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
9:17 Inswinging corner taken by Kris Commons from the right by-line, the assist for the goal came from Scott Brown. Effort from
inside the box by Scott Vernon hits the post.
9:17 GOAL - Charlie Mulgrew:Aberdeen 0 - 2 Celtic Charlie Mulgrew grabs a headed goal from close in. Aberdeen 0-2 Celtic.
8:49 Shot from 12 yards from Scott Brown. Blocked by Nikola Vujadinovic.
7:49 Shot from just outside the area by Scott Brown misses to the left of the target.
7:24 Scott Brown takes a shot. Blocked by Nikola Vujadinovic.
6:51 Emilio Izaguirre fouled by David McNamee, the ref awards a free kick. Kris Commons restarts play with the free kick.
5:07 Mark Wilson provided the assist for the goal.
5:07 GOAL - Kris Commons:Aberdeen 0 - 1 Celtic Kris Commons gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Aberdeen
4:28 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Wilson from the left by-line to the near post, David McNamee makes a clearance.
3:04 Scott Vernon is caught offside. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.
0:00 The referee gets the match started.
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