First Division strugglers Queen of the South emerged from Pittodrie with a Scottish Cup fifth round replay as Aberdeen came back from a goal behind.

The Dons had the upper hand in the match, especially in the second half, yet found themselves trailing when Queens' Scott McLaughlin stroked home.

Rory McArdle smashed a header off the bar before Scott Vernon prodded the equaliser from Kari Arnason's throw-in.

Mitch Megginson blazed over the bar in the final minute as Queens held on.

Interview - Queen of the South manager Gus MacPherson

Aberdeen gave an early, and false, indication of their attacking intent after only two minutes.

Fraser Fyvie, who has told the club he will not be renewing his contract when it expires at the end of December, took an inswinging corner and, when the ball fell to Rory Fallon inside the six-yard box, the striker fired wide of the target.

And there was a different sort of attack, with intent questionable, when Arnason challenged Queen of the South's Stephen McKenna with his foot at head height. Referee Steven McLean booked the Icelander.

On 19 minutes, Ryan Jack skipped away from the Queens defence down the right wing and sent in an inviting ball for Fallon, whose volley flew six feet wide of Lee Robinson's left-hand post.

Josh Magennis got the Dons' one and only first half shot on goal when he pinged one in from 20 yards that Robinson saved comfortably.

The only moment for the travelling fans to get excited about was when a cross from the right was tipped away by Jason Brown but only as far as Sam Parkin who was a fraction away from connecting at the back post.

Interview - Aberdeen manager Craig Brown

The match, unlike the foul weather, improved after the break.

Queens tore the Aberdeen defence to shreds in the 54th minute, with Parkin laying the ball on for McLaughlin left of centre in the box and he coolly stroked it into the net.

Memories of cup defeats, including one at the hands of Queen of the South in 2008, must have been flashing through the minds of Dons fans as they watched their team try to recover the situation against the First Division strugglers.

McArdle smacked the crossbar with a powerful header as the Dons pinned they visitors back and soon they were level.

A long Arnason throw-in from the right gave the Queens defence plenty of time to consider how they might deal with it - but that they failed to do so and Vernon was first to react in the melee, prodding home from close range.

There were more than 20 minutes to be played at that point and Aberdeen showed the greater desire and fitness. In Jack they had a player who got forward down the right at every opportunity, though his crosses tended to fall too close to Robinson.

Megginson, on as a last-minute substitute for Jack, blew the chance to negate the trip to Palmerston for the replay when he side-footed the ball over the Queen of the South bar with seconds remaining.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Aberdeen

  • 32 Brown
  • 02 McArdle
  • 03 Reynolds
  • 06 Considine
  • 07 Clark (Magennis - 31' )
  • 11 Arnason Booked
  • 17 Fyvie
  • 20 Hughes
  • 22 Jack (Megginson - 89' )
  • 09 Vernon
  • 14 Fallon (Chalali - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Langfield
  • 05 Mawene
  • 18 Chalali
  • 21 Magennis
  • 23 Megginson

Queen of South

  • 01 Robinson
  • 02 Reid
  • 03 Reid
  • 05 McGuffie
  • 06 Higgins
  • 04 McKenna
  • 07 Johnston (Simmons - 76' )
  • 08 McLaughlin
  • 09 Parkin
  • 10 Brighton (Reilly - 65' )
  • 11 Carmichael

Substitutes

  • 12 Atkinson
  • 14 Simmons
  • 15 Clark
  • 17 Holt
  • 16 Reilly
Ref: Mclean
Att: 6,785

Match Stats

Shots

10 1

On target

2 1

Corners

13 1

Fouls

8 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:36 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +3:03

The referee blows for offside against Scott Vernon. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Robinson.

90:00 +1:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Parkin by Andrew Considine. Daniel Carmichael restarts play with the free kick.

90:00

Mitchel Megginson has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

88:16 Substitution

Substitution Mitchel Megginson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ryan Jack.

87:33

Josh Magennis crosses the ball, clearance by Craig Reid.

86:25

The ball is delivered by Kari Arnason, Chris Higgins manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Jack from the right by-line, Chris Higgins manages to make a clearance.

84:34

The ball is crossed by Fraser Fyvie, Stephen McKenna makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Fraser Fyvie.

81:48

Corner taken by Fraser Fyvie played to the near post.

80:22

Unfair challenge on Ryan McGuffie by Josh Magennis results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan McGuffie.

79:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Parkin on Josh Magennis. Indirect free kick taken by Andrew Considine.

78:25

Ryan Jack crosses the ball, Lee Robinson makes a save.

76:47

The ball is sent over by Ryan Jack.

76:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen McKenna on Andrew Considine. Free kick taken by Andrew Considine.

75:29 Substitution

Substitution Stephen Simmons is brought on as a substitute for Allan Johnston.

73:13

Andrew Considine crosses the ball, Alan Reid manages to make a clearance.

71:42

The ball is delivered by Fraser Fyvie, Alan Reid gets a block in.

70:01 Substitution

Substitution Rory Fallon goes off and Mohamed Chalali comes on.

69:50

Ryan Jack delivers the ball.

69:10

The ball is delivered by Scott Vernon, save by Lee Robinson.

68:34

Kari Arnason delivers the ball, blocked by Alan Reid. Outswinging corner taken by Fraser Fyvie, clearance by Chris Higgins.

68:17

A cross is delivered by Ryan Jack, clearance made by Chris Higgins.

66:06

Kari Arnason provided the assist for the goal.

66:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott Vernon - Aberdeen 1 - 1 Queen of S Scott Vernon gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aberdeen 1-1 Queen of South.

64:25 Substitution

Substitution Gavin Reilly on for Tom Brighton.

63:41

Corner taken by Fraser Fyvie from the right by-line, Rory McArdle takes a shot.

63:36

The ball is crossed by Ryan Jack, clearance made by Alan Reid.

62:47

Centre by Andrew Considine.

60:44

Centre by Alan Reid.

59:58

A cross is delivered by Stephen Hughes, Lee Robinson makes a save.

59:20

Tom Brighton concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Reynolds. Jason Brown takes the indirect free kick.

58:29

Ryan Jack produces a cross, save by Lee Robinson.

58:23

The ball is sent over by Mark Reynolds, Alan Reid makes a clearance.

55:11

Daniel Carmichael crosses the ball, blocked by Mark Reynolds. Corner taken by Scott McLaughlin from the right by-line, save by Jason Brown.

53:18

The assist for the goal came from Sam Parkin.

53:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott McLaughlin - Aberdeen 0 - 1 Queen of S Scott McLaughlin grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aberdeen 0-1 Queen of South.

52:54

Stephen Hughes delivers the ball, Daniel Carmichael makes a clearance.

52:12

Centre by Josh Magennis, clearance made by Craig Reid. Corner taken by Fraser Fyvie, Craig Reid manages to make a clearance.

51:17

The ball is sent over by Ryan Jack. The assistant referee signals for offside against Rory McArdle. Lee Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

50:51

Centre by Fraser Fyvie, clearance made by Chris Higgins. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Fraser Fyvie played to the near post, Allan Johnston manages to make a clearance.

50:39

A cross is delivered by Kari Arnason.

48:20

Fraser Fyvie takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Chris Higgins makes a clearance.

48:15

The ball is crossed by Fraser Fyvie, Chris Higgins makes a clearance.

47:51

Sam Parkin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Hughes. Fraser Fyvie takes the free kick.

47:06

Ryan McGuffie fouled by Rory Fallon, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Robinson takes the free kick.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +0:16 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

44:27

Stephen Hughes decides to take a short corner. Shot from long distance by Mark Reynolds misses to the right of the goal.

41:08

Stephen McKenna concedes a free kick for a foul on Kari Arnason. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Reynolds.

39:53

Centre by Ryan Jack.

39:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Higgins on Mark Reynolds. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Brown.

38:28

Daniel Carmichael fouled by Andrew Considine, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Reid crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Andrew Considine makes a clearance.

37:35

Effort on goal by Fraser Fyvie from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

35:24

The ball is delivered by Andrew Considine.

34:37

Josh Magennis takes a shot. Save by Lee Robinson.

31:15

Mark Reynolds fouled by Daniel Carmichael, the ref awards a free kick. Jason Brown takes the indirect free kick.

30:19

Chris Higgins produces a cross, Rory Fallon makes a clearance.

30:19 Substitution

Substitution Josh Magennis on for Chris Clark.

30:19

Rory Fallon challenges Chris Higgins unfairly and gives away a free kick.

29:46

Rory Fallon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Allan Johnston. Free kick taken by Craig Reid.

28:04

Sam Parkin is ruled offside. Mark Reynolds restarts play with the free kick.

26:10

Kari Arnason sends in a cross, Alan Reid gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Fraser Fyvie, Craig Reid makes a clearance.

23:37

Stephen Hughes produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

23:30

Centre by Andrew Considine, clearance by Craig Reid.

22:38

Andrew Considine produces a cross.

22:16

The ball is crossed by Kari Arnason, clearance made by Craig Reid.

19:48

Andrew Considine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Parkin. Free kick taken by Craig Reid. Centre by Craig Reid, Andrew Considine makes a clearance.

18:22

The ball is delivered by Ryan Jack, Effort from deep inside the area by Rory Fallon misses to the left of the goal.

16:17

The ball is sent over by Stephen Hughes, blocked by Chris Higgins.

15:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Parkin on Kari Arnason. Free kick taken by Mark Reynolds.

14:19

Kari Arnason produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.

12:27

Fraser Fyvie decides to take the corner short, Centre by Stephen Hughes, Alan Reid gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Fraser Fyvie played to the near post, clearance by Alan Reid.

7:38

Daniel Carmichael delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Andrew Considine makes a clearance.

7:38 Booking

Booking Booking for Kari Arnason.

7:22

Kari Arnason challenges Stephen McKenna unfairly and gives away a free kick.

3:20

The ball is swung over by Chris Clark, clearance made by Chris Higgins.

1:59

Chris Clark sends in a cross, Ryan McGuffie manages to make a clearance. Fraser Fyvie takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Shot from inside the six-yard box by Rory Fallon goes wide right of the target.

1:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan McGuffie on Rory Fallon. Mark Reynolds restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The match begins.

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