Mark Reynolds scored the winning spot-kick for Aberdeen after Championship side Alloa took them to a League Cup penalty shoot-out.

Alloa hung on in normal time and extra-time despite the Dons domination.

Peter Pawlett had some of the hosts best chances in open play but Daryll Meggatt's header was not far away for the visitors.

Michael Doyle missed for Alloa in the shoot-out, allowing Reynolds to fire Aberdeen into the third round.

Cup success is one of manager Derek McInnes's main remits at Pittodrie and his charges cut it slightly fine here.

As you would have expected, Aberdeen took the game to their visitors and Niall McGinn's free-kick was collected fairly comfortably by Alloa goalkeeper Scott Bain.

The Dons threatened again from a corner but defender Mark Reynolds directed his header over the crossbar.

Bain's next test was to tip over a good volley from Aberdeen midfielder Pawlett.

Alloa manager Paul Hartley, a former Aberdeen player, almost watched his side take the lead against the run of play when Meggatt's header was diverted away from the top corner by the hand of goalkeeper Jamie Langfield.

Alloa defender Michael Doyle is left devastated by his penalty miss

Alloa defender Michael Doyle is left devastated by his penalty miss

The industrious Pawlett saw another one of his drives whistle over the bar as the Dons re-established their domination.

Alloa's Ryan McCord whipped over a free-kick for Stephen Simmons to knock just over to give the hosts an early second-half scare.

But more worrying for Derek McInnes's side were the injuries to two key players.

Firstly, Willo Flood pulled his hamstring while chasing the ball and then Jonny Hayes was stretchered off in a concerning state following a head-knock.

A fraught ending to the 90 minutes did not bring any goals.

Aberdeen looked rejuvenated in extra time and Meggatt had to be on his toes to intercept before Calvin Zola pulled the trigger.

Zola remained in the thick of the action, directing a header well-wide. Scott Vernon, too, missed when Bain let a long ball go through his hands.

So then, to penalties, and after both sides scored all five of their initial kicks, Doyle missed for Alloa and Reynolds scored to bring relief to Pittodrie.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield
  • 03 Robertson Booked (Vernon - 67' )
  • 04 Anderson Booked
  • 06 Reynolds
  • 35 Murray
  • 08 Flood (Low - 55' )
  • 11 Hayes (Wylde - 67' )
  • 16 Pawlett
  • 22 Jack
  • 07 Zola
  • 10 McGinn

Substitutes

  • 20 Weaver
  • 02 Shaughnessy
  • 17 Wylde
  • 18 Low
  • 09 Vernon

Alloa

  • 01 Bain Booked
  • 02 Doyle
  • 03 Meggatt
  • 04 Gordon
  • 05 Marr
  • 06 Simmons (Young - 83' )
  • 08 McCord Booked
  • 10 Holmes Booked
  • 11 Creaney
  • 07 Cawley
  • 09 Kirk (Fearns - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 21 McDowall
  • 12 Young
  • 14 Tiffoney
  • 15 Robertson
  • 16 Fearns
Ref: O'Reilly
Att: 4,897

Match Stats

Shots

19 4

On target

7 1

Corners

12 4

Fouls

20 15

Live Text Commentary

126:02 Penalty

Penalty scored by Mark Reynolds. Aberdeen 6-5 Alloa on penalties.

125:03 Penalty

Scott Vernon scores a penalty. Aberdeen 5-5 Alloa on penalties.

124:38 Penalty

Penalty scored by Darren Young. Aberdeen 4-5 Alloa on penalties.

124:08 Penalty

Penalty scored by Ryan Jack. Aberdeen 4-4 Alloa on penalties.

123:37 Penalty

Penalty scored by Ben Gordon. Aberdeen 3-4 Alloa on penalties.

123:04 Penalty

Penalty scored by Peter Pawlett. Aberdeen 3-3 Alloa on penalties.

122:33 Penalty

Penalty scored by Ryan McCord. Aberdeen 2-3 Alloa on penalties.

122:03 Penalty

Nicky Low scores a penalty. Aberdeen 2-2 Alloa on penalties.

121:39 Penalty

Edward Ferns scores a penalty. Aberdeen 1-2 Alloa on penalties.

121:04 Penalty

Penalty scored by Niall McGinn. Aberdeen 1-1 Alloa on penalties.

120:36 Penalty

Graeme Holmes scores a penalty. Aberdeen 0-1 Alloa on penalties.

120:01

The first player steps forward to start the penalty shoot-out.

120:00 +0:21

The match is going to penalties.

119:14

Nicky Low takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

119:05

Clearance made by Jason Marr.

118:51

Corner from the right by-line taken by Niall McGinn.

117:21

Scott Bain takes the free kick.

117:08

Foul by Mark Reynolds on Michael Doyle, free kick awarded.

114:39

Free kick taken by Scott Bain.

114:18

Foul by Calvin Zola on Ben Gordon, free kick awarded.

114:07

Gregg Wylde sends in a cross.

113:45

Ben Gordon makes a clearance.

113:37

Ryan Jack takes the free kick.

113:25

Booking for Graeme Holmes for unsporting behaviour.

113:25 Booking

Booking

113:20

Russell Anderson fouled by Graeme Holmes, the ref awards a free kick.

112:16

The referee shows Scott Bain a yellow card for time wasting.

112:16 Booking

Booking

111:46

Header by Calvin Zola misses to the right of the target.

111:39

Corner taken by Niall McGinn.

110:32

Clearance made by Scott Bain.

110:29

Niall McGinn restarts play with the free kick.

109:53

James Creaney challenges Craig Murray unfairly and gives away a free kick.

109:10

Craig Murray takes the free kick.

109:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Niall McGinn by James Creaney.

108:50

Craig Murray makes a clearance.

108:46

Centre by Edward Ferns.

108:03

Scott Bain restarts play with the free kick.

107:54

Unfair challenge on Ben Gordon by Scott Vernon results in a free kick.

107:04

Free kick taken by Mark Reynolds.

106:58

Mark Reynolds fouled by Edward Ferns, the ref awards a free kick.

105:19

Free kick taken by Scott Bain.

105:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Gordon by Calvin Zola.

105:01

The referee blows to start the second half of extra time.

104:23

Michael Doyle makes a clearance.

104:20

The ball is swung over by Peter Pawlett.

103:31

Centre by Gregg Wylde.

101:45

Ben Gordon manages to make a clearance.

101:39

The ball is sent over by Niall McGinn.

99:59

Header at goal by Calvin Zola to the left of the net.

99:53

Craig Murray crosses the ball.

97:10

Daryll Meggatt manages to make a clearance.

97:05

Gregg Wylde crosses the ball.

96:41

Header at goal by Scott Vernon to the left of the net.

96:34

Corner taken by Gregg Wylde from the right by-line.

96:14

Craig Murray delivers the ball.

95:21

Nicky Low has an effort at goal. Scott Bain catches the ball.

94:28

Scott Bain takes the free kick.

94:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daryll Meggatt by Scott Vernon.

93:59

Scott Bain makes a clearance.

93:55

Corner from the left by-line taken by Gregg Wylde.

93:10

The ball is sent over by Gregg Wylde.

91:59

Free kick taken by Scott Bain.

91:45

The referee penalises Calvin Zola for handball.

90:00 +5:32

The whistle goes for the end of normal time.

90:00 +4:57

The ball is delivered by Nicky Low.

90:00 +4:40

Ben Gordon manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:57

The ball is delivered by Niall McGinn.

90:00 +1:35

Shot by Niall McGinn cleared the net.

90:00 +1:28

Ryan Jack produces a cross.

90:00 +0:20

The ball is crossed by Edward Ferns.

87:18

Centre by Kevin Cawley.

86:55

Daryll Meggatt shoots direct from the free kick.

86:17

Russell Anderson is shown a yellow card.

86:17 Booking

Booking

86:11

Foul by Russell Anderson on Ryan McCord, free kick awarded.

85:10

Edward Ferns crosses the ball in from the free kick.

84:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Young by Nicky Low.

84:28

Nicky Low manages to make a clearance.

84:18

Corner taken by Edward Ferns from the left by-line.

83:51

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ryan McCord.

82:41

Nicky Low has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

82:19 Substitution

Substitution Darren Young on for Stephen Simmons.

81:59

Ben Gordon manages to make a clearance.

81:52

Gregg Wylde sends in a cross.

79:42

Edward Ferns has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

78:18

Russell Anderson manages to make a clearance.

78:15

The ball is sent over by Graeme Holmes.

77:37

Scott Bain restarts play with the free kick.

77:29

Calvin Zola challenges Ben Gordon unfairly and gives away a free kick.

77:21

Corner taken by Peter Pawlett from the left by-line.

76:05 Substitution

Substitution Andrew Kirk goes off and Edward Ferns comes on.

75:17

Ryan McCord restarts play with the free kick.

74:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Jack on Kevin Cawley.

73:31

Shot by Niall McGinn missed to the left of the net.

68:25

Header by Calvin Zola misses right.

68:17

Centre by Gregg Wylde.

67:32

Daryll Meggatt takes the free kick.

67:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Kirk by Ryan Jack.

66:37

Corner taken by Ryan McCord from the left by-line.

66:33 Substitution

Substitution Scott Vernon replaces Clark Robertson.

66:23 Substitution

Substitution Gregg Wylde replaces Jonny Hayes.

60:24

Ryan McCord takes the free kick.

60:05 Booking

Booking

60:05

Clark Robertson goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

60:00

Clark Robertson challenges Ryan McCord unfairly and gives away a free kick.

59:02

Mark Reynolds makes a clearance.

58:59

The ball is delivered by Graeme Holmes.

56:07

Free kick taken by Craig Murray.

55:52

Andrew Kirk challenges Craig Murray unfairly and gives away a free kick.

55:33

Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.

55:20

The official flags Kevin Cawley offside.

54:58

Free kick taken by Scott Bain.

54:52 Substitution

Substitution (Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Nicky Low coming on for Willo Flood.

54:39

Unfair challenge on Michael Doyle by Niall McGinn results in a free kick.

53:22

Kevin Cawley concedes a free kick for a foul on Willo Flood.

52:36

Stephen Simmons has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

52:19

Free kick crossed by Ryan McCord.

51:57

Mark Reynolds gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Kirk.

51:31

The ball is swung over by Niall McGinn.

49:14

Free kick taken by Scott Bain.

49:04

Calvin Zola is caught offside.

48:58

Peter Pawlett sends in a cross.

46:34

Craig Murray delivers the ball.

46:14

Clearance made by Daryll Meggatt.

46:10

The ball is swung over by Jonny Hayes.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +0:16 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

44:34

Clearance made by Stephen Simmons.

44:29

Jonny Hayes sends in a cross.

44:22

Graeme Holmes manages to make a clearance.

44:12

Corner taken by Niall McGinn.

43:49

Ben Gordon manages to make a clearance.

43:44

Clark Robertson sends in a cross.

42:57

Russell Anderson heads at goal. Scott Bain safely holds on.

42:51

Corner taken by Niall McGinn.

40:09

Jonny Hayes crosses the ball.

39:52

Kevin Cawley takes the free kick.

39:45

Russell Anderson challenges Kevin Cawley unfairly and gives away a free kick.

38:14

Shot by Calvin Zola went wide of the left-hand post.

37:58

Corner taken by Jonny Hayes.

36:11

Shot by Peter Pawlett missed to the left of the target.

35:37

Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.

35:31

Foul by Andrew Kirk on Jonny Hayes, free kick awarded.

35:00

Clearance by Mark Reynolds.

34:57

A cross is delivered by James Creaney.

34:43

Free kick taken by Ryan McCord.

34:20

Peter Pawlett concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Cawley.

32:56

Clearance by Ryan McCord.

32:28

Mark Reynolds makes a clearance.

32:09

Andrew Kirk heads at goal. A parry by Jamie Langfield prevents the goal.

32:00

Corner taken by Ryan McCord.

31:31

Mark Reynolds manages to make a clearance.

31:26

Free kick taken by Ryan McCord.

31:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Cawley by Russell Anderson.

31:03

Free kick taken by Daryll Meggatt.

30:53

Craig Murray concedes a free kick for a foul on James Creaney.

29:58

Free kick taken by Jason Marr.

29:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Cawley by Ryan Jack.

26:55

Calvin Zola takes a shot.

26:15

Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.

26:09

Craig Murray fouled by Andrew Kirk, the ref awards a free kick.

24:56

Header at goal by Mark Reynolds.

24:47

Free kick taken by Jonny Hayes.

24:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Willo Flood by Ryan McCord.

23:01

Shot by Jonny Hayes. Scott Bain catches the ball.

21:45

Clearance by Ben Gordon.

21:41

The ball is crossed by Clark Robertson.

20:51

Shot on goal comes in from Jonny Hayes from the free kick.

20:06

Kevin Cawley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Willo Flood.

18:41

Willo Flood crosses the ball.

17:46

Clearance by Scott Bain.

17:41

Corner from the left by-line taken by Niall McGinn.

17:21

Clearance made by Jason Marr.

17:15

Ryan Jack takes the free kick.

16:41

Ben Gordon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Pawlett.

16:20

Scott Bain restarts play with the free kick.

16:01

Corner taken by Niall McGinn.

15:30

Peter Pawlett has an effort at goal. Parried by Scott Bain back into danger.

13:12

Header at goal by Mark Reynolds goes over the frame of the goal.

12:58

Corner taken by Jonny Hayes from the right by-line.

12:43

Willo Flood delivers the ball.

12:01

Scott Bain takes the free kick.

11:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Calvin Zola on Daryll Meggatt.

11:46

Centre by Clark Robertson.

9:28

Niall McGinn shoots direct from the free kick. Scott Bain catches the ball.

8:32

Stephen Simmons challenges Jonny Hayes unfairly and gives away a free kick.

8:05

Willo Flood restarts play with the free kick.

7:56

Foul by Stephen Simmons on Willo Flood, free kick awarded.

7:40

Clearance by Daryll Meggatt.

7:30

Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.

7:23

Caution for Ryan McCord.

7:23 Booking

Booking

7:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonny Hayes by Ryan McCord.

6:42

Clearance by Mark Reynolds.

6:36

The ball is sent over by James Creaney.

5:51

Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.

5:42

Unfair challenge on Calvin Zola by Michael Doyle results in a free kick.

5:24

Free kick taken by Stephen Simmons.

5:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Pawlett on Stephen Simmons.

4:55

Jason Marr makes a clearance.

4:50

The ball is swung over by Craig Murray.

4:14

Willo Flood produces a cross.

3:49

Niall McGinn sends in a cross.

3:39

Corner taken by Niall McGinn from the left by-line.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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