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St Mirren   1 - 1   Aberdeen

St Mirren v Aberdeen

Highlights - St Mirren 1-1 Aberdeen

By Clive Lindsay

Rory McArdle's stoppage-time equaliser for Aberdeen stunned St Mirren, who looked like they were destined for the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.

Substitute Michael Higdon inspired the Buddies after a quiet first-half and sent a header against the crossbar.

The striker then volleyed into the path of Paul McGowan, who swept it home from close range after 77 minutes.

But, after several missed chances by the home side, substitute McArdle poked it into the net from a couple of yards.

And the Dons will now dream of a repeat of the last Scottish Cup meeting between the sides in 2000, when the Dons won 2-0 in a replay after a 1-1 draw in Paisley.

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon had dropped Higdon and midfielder Kenny McLean to the bench, but both came on to inspire their side in an enthralling finish after which they will consider themselves unlucky to be facing a Wednesday evening trip to Pittodrie.

Darren McGregor returned to the defence after missing last weekend's defeat by Rangers following the death of his father, while the experienced Craig Dargo was up front.

Rory McArdle celebrates his equaliser for Aberdeen
McArdle scored deep into injury time for Aberdeen

Dons manager Craig Brown had been unhappy with his side's defeat by Dundee United, but Josh Magennis made enough of an impression as a substitute to be paired up front with Chris Maguire, now free from with suspension.

Nikola Vujadinovic came into defence, with Derek Young and Sone Aluko dropping to the bench and Ryan Jack missing out through injury.

Brown was forced into another change on a 13th minute that proved unlucky for David McNamee, who was replaced with McArdle as the full-back's injury woes continued following a hamstring problem picked up after a late Hugh Murray challenge.

By then, the Dons had already had a claim for a penalty rejected when Maguire fell to ground under pressure from Jure Travner.

Both sides adapted well to a surface made tricky by the wet surface and sporadic falls of snow.

St Mirren fired several dangerous balls across the face of goal, while Aberdeen's Scott Vernon sent a dangerous header towards goal that was deflected wide for a corner.

The first shot on target did not arrive until the 51st minute, with a 20-yard Magennis snap shot taking a deflection off the inside of McGregor's heel and being pushed away by goalkeeper Paul Gallacher.

Aberdeen took encouragement from that Rob Milsom was next to try his luck from distance, but his 22-yard drive curled wide of the far post.

St Mirren were poised to replace midfielder Jim Goodwin with Higdon after 60 minutes, but a cut to John Potter's eye meant it was the defender who took his seat in the dugout.

Paul Hartley fired a few feet over from the edge of the box, but St Mirren came to life with the best move of the game only to be thwarted by goalkeeper Jamie Langfield.

McLean played a one-two with Higdon before firing a low drive with the outside of his foot that was parried by Langfield, who reacted quickly to save Higdon's attempt on the rebound.

Higdon was causing the Dons problems and sent a curling 18-yard drive flying just wide then rose to send a header off the underside of the crossbar that Langfield was fortunate to gather at his feet before the striker could pounce again.

The breakthrough finally came when Dargo's cross to the back post was volleyed into the six-yard box by Higdon and the unmarked McGowan side-footed home from close range.

McLean had a low drive saved by Langfield as the Buddies went close to a second, while Nick Blackman just failed to connect with a downward Zander Diamond header at the other end.

Higdon and Dargo both squandered chances for St Mirren before a Hartley free-kick was flicked on by the head of Andrew Considine and McArdle added the finish from five yards.

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Saturday, 12 March 2011

Scottish Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
St Mirren 1-1 Aberdeen FT
(HT 0-0)
  • McGowan 77
  • McArdle 90+3

St Mirren

  • 01 Gallacher
  • 02 van Zanten
  • 05 Mair yellow card
  • 06 Potter (Higdon 60)
  • 14 McGregor
  • 16 Travner yellow card
  • 07 Murray
  • 08 Thomson
  • 11 Goodwin (Mclean 67)
  • 09 Dargo yellow card (Mooy 87)
  • 19 McGowan yellow card

Substitutes

  • 12 Samson,
  • 17 McAusland,
  • 33 Mooy ,
  • 45 Mclean,
  • 10 Higdon

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield
  • 03 McNamee (McArdle 13)
  • 05 Diamond
  • 06 Considine
  • 13 Vujadinovic
  • 16 Smith (Aluko 71)
  • 08 Hartley
  • 27 Milsom yellow card
  • 07 Maguire yellow card
  • 09 Vernon (Blackman 63)
  • 20 Magennis

Substitutes

  • 21 Howard,
  • 02 McArdle,
  • 11 Aluko,
  • 14 Young,
  • 24 Blackman
Ref: NorrisAtt: 4,120
ST MIRREN
ABERDEEN

Possession

  • St Mirren 41%
  • Aberdeen 59%

Attempts on target

  • St Mirren 4
  • Aberdeen 3

Attempts off target

  • St Mirren 4
  • Aberdeen 11

Corners

  • St Mirren 2
  • Aberdeen 6

Fouls

  • St Mirren 13
  • Aberdeen 15
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:18 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
  • 90:00+2:57 Paul McGowan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Maguire. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Hartley.
  • 90:00+2:57 GOAL - Rory McArdleSt Mirren 1 - 1 Aberdeen Rory McArdle gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Mirren 1-1 Aberdeen.
  • 90:00+2:24 Booking Paul McGowan is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+1:42 Unfair challenge on Sone Aluko by Jure Travner results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Hartley, Lee Mair manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+1:42 Booking Booking for Jure Travner for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+0:06 Shot from just outside the area by Nick Blackman goes over the bar.
  • 89:35 A cross is delivered by Nick Blackman, Jure Travner manages to make a clearance.
  • 87:45 Aaron Mooy produces a cross.
  • 86:45 Substitution Aaron Mooy is brought on as a substitute for Craig Dargo.
  • 85:24 Sone Aluko delivers the ball, Andrew Considine takes a shot. Save made by Paul Gallacher.
  • 84:51 Craig Dargo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zander Diamond. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
  • 84:51 Booking Caution for Craig Dargo.
  • 83:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Maguire on Kenny McLean. Shot comes in from Michael Higdon from the free kick.
  • 83:30 Booking Chris Maguire is given a yellow card.
  • 82:35 Chris Maguire takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 81:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Mair on Nick Blackman. Paul Hartley takes the direct free kick.
  • 79:14 Paul Hartley takes the inswinging corner, Close range header by Zander Diamond misses to the right of the target.
  • 78:48 The referee blows for offside against Michael Higdon. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
  • 78:33 Sone Aluko produces a cross, clearance by David van Zanten.
  • 78:07 Steven Thomson delivers the ball, Kenny McLean takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Langfield.
  • Correction - 76:39 Craig Dargo delivers the ball. Assist on the goal came from Michael Higdon.
  • Correction - 76:39 GOAL - Paul McGowanSt Mirren 1 - 0 Aberdeen Paul McGowan finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Mirren 1-0 Aberdeen.
  • 76:39 Craig Dargo crosses the ball. Assist by Michael Higdon.
  • 76:39 GOAL - Paul McGowanSt Mirren 1 - 0 Aberdeen Paul McGowan grabs a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Mirren 1-0 Aberdeen.
  • 75:49 Sone Aluko has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 74:01 Corner taken left-footed by Robert Milsom, Darren McGregor makes a clearance.
  • 73:53 The ball is crossed by Chris Maguire, clearance made by Darren McGregor.
  • 72:28 David van Zanten sends in a cross.
  • 71:52 Sone Aluko concedes a free kick for a foul on Jure Travner. Hugh Murray takes the direct free kick.
  • 71:09 The ball is delivered by Steven Thomson, Michael Higdon takes a shot.
  • 70:22 Substitution Sone Aluko on for Steven Smith.
  • 69:58 Michael Higdon produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
  • 69:01 Nick Blackman has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 68:36 The ball is sent over by Jure Travner, clearance by Rory McArdle.
  • 67:56 Kenny McLean takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield. Michael Higdon takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Langfield.
  • 67:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hugh Murray by Chris Maguire. Direct free kick taken by David van Zanten.
  • 67:10 The ball is sent over by David van Zanten, clearance made by Paul Hartley.
  • 66:04 Substitution Kenny McLean comes on in place of Jim Goodwin.
  • 65:27 Foul by Andrew Considine on Paul McGowan, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Jure Travner.
  • 63:55 Lee Mair concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Maguire. Free kick crossed right-footed by Robert Milsom, save by Paul Gallacher. Shot from just outside the box by Paul Hartley goes over the bar.
  • 63:55 Booking Booking for Lee Mair.
  • 62:50 Paul McGowan produces a cross, clearance made by Rory McArdle.
  • 62:17 Substitution (Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Nick Blackman coming on for Scott Vernon.
  • 61:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Higdon on Andrew Considine. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
  • 59:04 Inswinging corner taken by Robert Milsom from the right by-line. The ball is crossed by Andrew Considine, Scott Vernon challenges Lee Mair unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
  • 59:04 Substitution Michael Higdon joins the action as a substitute, replacing John Potter.
  • 58:52 The ball is delivered by Steven Smith, clearance made by Jure Travner.
  • 58:09 Centre by Josh Magennis, Darren McGregor makes a clearance.
  • 57:21 Shot from just outside the area by Robert Milsom misses to the left of the target.
  • 54:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Considine by Paul McGowan. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
  • 53:16 Long range shot by Chris Maguire goes wide right of the target.
  • 51:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Dargo on Nikola Vujadinovic. Nikola Vujadinovic takes the direct free kick.
  • 50:26 Josh Magennis takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
  • 48:52 Foul by Scott Vernon on John Potter, free kick awarded. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
  • 47:52 Jure Travner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Josh Magennis. Paul Hartley takes the free kick.
  • 46:39 Centre by Hugh Murray, save made by Jamie Langfield.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:06 The first half comes to an end.
  • 45:00+1:22 Steven Thomson challenges Chris Maguire unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
  • 45:00+0:48 Corner taken by Jure Travner, Nikola Vujadinovic manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:00+0:45 Steven Thomson sends in a cross, Zander Diamond makes a clearance.
  • 44:47 The ball is crossed by Chris Maguire, Jure Travner makes a clearance.
  • 44:12 Corner taken left-footed by Robert Milsom, clearance made by Hugh Murray.
  • 44:07 Josh Magennis crosses the ball, Lee Mair gets a block in.
  • 43:19 Jure Travner sends in a cross, save made by Jamie Langfield.
  • 42:03 Steven Smith crosses the ball.
  • 40:10 Foul by Josh Magennis on Jure Travner, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jure Travner from left wing, Paul Hartley makes a clearance.
  • 39:12 The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Maguire. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.
  • 38:25 The official flags David van Zanten offside. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
  • 38:11 David van Zanten crosses the ball, blocked by Steven Smith.
  • 37:41 Paul McGowan crosses the ball, Zander Diamond gets a block in.
  • 36:42 The ball is delivered by Andrew Considine, Headed effort on goal by Scott Vernon from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
  • 35:04 David van Zanten sends in a cross, clearance by Rory McArdle.
  • 34:58 Hugh Murray crosses the ball.
  • 34:25 Chris Maguire gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Mair. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
  • 34:00 The ball is delivered by Josh Magennis, Lee Mair gets a block in.
  • 32:56 Robert Milsom challenges Hugh Murray unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jim Goodwin takes the free kick.
  • 30:28 Effort from outside the box by Jim Goodwin goes wide right of the target.
  • 29:46 Robert Milsom takes a shot.
  • 28:48 Corner taken by Robert Milsom from the right by-line. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Paul Hartley, Darren McGregor manages to make a clearance.
  • 27:59 The ball is swung over by Craig Dargo, Rory McArdle manages to make a clearance.
  • 26:12 The ball is sent over by Darren McGregor, Andrew Considine makes a clearance.
  • 25:10 Chris Maguire produces a cross.
  • 24:11 Foul by Paul Hartley on Paul McGowan, free kick awarded. Paul McGowan crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 22:59 The ball is crossed by Hugh Murray, clearance by Robert Milsom.
  • 22:22 Centre by Jure Travner, clearance by Rory McArdle.
  • 20:45 Rory McArdle sends in a cross.
  • 19:10 Scott Vernon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren McGregor. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
  • 17:56 The referee blows for offside. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
  • 16:10 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jure Travner played to the near post, clearance by Rory McArdle.
  • 15:32 Robert Milsom challenges Darren McGregor unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Jure Travner, clearance by Paul Hartley.
  • 15:32 Booking Robert Milsom receives a caution.
  • 14:50 A cross is delivered by Chris Maguire, save made by Paul Gallacher.
  • 14:20 Effort on goal by Paul Hartley from 25 yards. John Potter gets a block in.
  • 13:33 The ball is crossed by Rory McArdle, clearance made by Darren McGregor.
  • 12:12 Substitution Rory McArdle joins the action as a substitute, replacing David McNamee.
  • 10:54 Craig Dargo fouled by Robert Milsom, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Paul McGowan, clearance made by Andrew Considine.
  • 9:07 A cross is delivered by Steven Smith, clearance by Jim Goodwin.
  • 7:58 The ball is swung over by Steven Smith, John Potter manages to make a clearance.
  • 7:11 Paul McGowan fouled by Zander Diamond, the ref awards a free kick. Hugh Murray takes the direct free kick.
  • 5:47 Steven Smith fouled by Jim Goodwin, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Hartley crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by John Potter.
  • 4:29 David McNamee fouled by Hugh Murray, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Milsom crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, David van Zanten makes a clearance.
  • 4:09 Unfair challenge on Robert Milsom by Jim Goodwin results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
  • 3:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jim Goodwin by Scott Vernon. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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