Scottish League Cup - Semi-Final
Aberdeen4St Johnstone0

Aberdeen 4-0 St Johnstone

Jonny Hayes scored twice at Tynecastle as Aberdeen brushed St Johnstone aside to reach the League Cup final.

The little winger converted from close range after three minutes.

The Dons then needed to defend stoutly to preserve their lead before the advantage was extended by a composed Peter Pawlett finish.

After the interval, Adam Rooney raced clear to shoot home and Hayes found the net again with a powerful shot as the St Johnstone challenge faded.

The result means a first final in 14 years for the Dons who had the backing of around three quarters of a packed stadium.

The men in red were first to threaten when a sharp shot on the turn from Rooney was tipped over by keeper Stevie Banks.

Lee Croft missed St Johnstone's best chance in the first half

The veteran goalie was deputising for the suspended Alan Mannus and it was his poor clearance that led to the opening goal.

Rooney gathered the scuffed goal-kick on the right and left Brian Easton behind before rolling a pass beyond a static Steven Anderson for Hayes to slide in and bundle home from close range.

St Johnstone responded with a concerted period of pressure, forcing six first-half corners and pinning the Dons back.

However, Aberdeen defended determinedly, with Mark Reynolds and Andrew Considine impressing at the back for Derek McInnes's side.

Saints did find a way through when Stevie May and Gary McDonald linked and an unwitting assist from Dons skipper Russell Anderson sent Lee Croft scurrying in on goal.

The former Manchester City midfielder hammered in a low, angled shot but keeper Jamie Langfield got the slightest touch on the ball, directing it against the post.

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Interview: Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

Dave McKay then made a mess of a close-range header and suddenly Saints found themselves two goals behind.

David Wotherspoon was unconvincing when clearing an aimless, deep cross from Hayes and Pawlett gathered the loose ball to drive into the penalty box before slipping a cool finish under Banks.

St Johnstone hit the frame of the goal again early in the second half when a looping header from McKay landed on the junction of post and bar. McDonald helped the stray ball on and May's attempt to convert from inside the six yard box was thwarted by Reynolds.

Aberdeen thought they had won a penalty when Banks flapped at the heels of Rooney after beating away a low shot from Pawlett but the keeper was spared, briefly, when an offside decision went against the striker.

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Interview: St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright

Rooney was not to be denied, however, and moments later the January signing was celebrating his second goal in two games for the Dons.

Pawlett robbed the dithering McKay and clipped a lovely pass forward for the striker to run on to and slam a shot beyond the exposed Banks.

Saints' heads dropped in the heavy Edinburgh rain as Hayes fired a rising strike over the crossbar and a powerful header from Considine cannoned off the crossbar.

With 10 minutes remaining, Hayes twisted away from the retreating Anderson to send a skidding shot past Banks from the edge of the penalty box and the singing from the jubilant fans in red reached new levels in spite of the wretched weather.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Langfield
  • 29Logan
  • 5ConsidineBooked at 86mins
  • 8Flood
  • 4AndersonSubstituted forTateat 81'minutes
  • 6Reynolds
  • 16PawlettSubstituted forLowat 87'minutes
  • 15RobsonBooked at 19minsSubstituted forVernonat 82'minutes
  • 10McGinn
  • 17Rooney
  • 11Hayes

Substitutes

  • 7Zola
  • 9Vernon
  • 18Low
  • 20Weaver
  • 28Tate

St Johnstone

  • 15Banks
  • 2Mackay
  • 24B EastonSubstituted forMillerat 88'minutes
  • 8McDonald
  • 5Wright
  • 6Anderson
  • 10WotherspoonBooked at 71mins
  • 22CroftSubstituted forO'Halloranat 72'minutes
  • 17May
  • 11HasselbainkSubstituted forIwelumoat 61'minutes
  • 7Millar

Substitutes

  • 4Cregg
  • 19Miller
  • 25Iwelumo
  • 29O'Halloran
  • 35Hurst
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
16,761

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away10
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 4, St Johnstone 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 4, St Johnstone 0.
Foul by Nicky Low (Aberdeen).
David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, St Johnstone. Gary Miller replaces Brian Easton.
Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Chris Iwelumo (St Johnstone).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Nicky Low replaces Peter Pawlett because of an injury.

Booking

Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).
Chris Millar (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Michael O'Halloran (St Johnstone).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Scott Vernon replaces Barry Robson.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Alan Tate replaces Russell Anderson.

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 4, St Johnstone 0. Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.
Corner, St Johnstone. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

Substitution

Substitution, St Johnstone. Michael O'Halloran replaces Lee Croft.
Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) hits the bar with a header from the left side of the six yard box.

Booking

David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.
Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone).
Attempt missed. Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.
Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Steve May (St Johnstone).

Goal!

Goal! Aberdeen 3, St Johnstone 0. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Peter Pawlett.

Substitution

Substitution, St Johnstone. Chris Iwelumo replaces Nigel Hasselbaink.
Attempt saved. Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Willo Flood (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone).
Attempt saved. Steve May (St Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, St Johnstone. Conceded by Andrew Considine.
Barry Robson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Steve May (St Johnstone).
Corner, St Johnstone. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.
Frazer Wright (St Johnstone) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.
Corner, St Johnstone. Conceded by Andrew Considine.
Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).
Lee Croft (St Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Aberdeen 2, St Johnstone 0.
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