Scottish League Cup - Second Round
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Dundee 1-2 Aberdeen (AET): Sam Cosgrove's goal puts Dons into last eight

Sam Cosgrove rises highest in the box to head in Aberdeen's second goal
Sam Cosgrove rises highest in the box to head in Aberdeen's second goal

Sam Cosgrove's extra-time goal edged Aberdeen into the quarter-finals of the Scottish League Cup, but only after a torrid 120 minutes against Dundee.

Three days after going out of the Europa League, Derek McInnes' side were on the brink of being knocked out by their Championship hosts after Danny Johnson's penalty.

But Andrew Considine's equaliser right on the 90 minutes denied Dundee a Premiership scalp, and Cosgrove rose highest to set up a quarter-final tie against Hearts at Tynecastle.

It was desperately unlucky for James McPake's side, who were the better team over the 90 minutes and looked set for their first quarter-final since 2017-18.

But for McInnes, it is a positive end to a tough week for Aberdeen, who had failed to score in their previous three games.

Considine takes centre stage

The last time these two teams met in the League Cup at Dens Park was 10 years ago and, in a five-goal thriller, it was the home side who crept through to the next round.

Aberdeen defender Considine played that day, and he had another uncomfortable afternoon on Tayside. He was harassed throughout the 90 minutes and never given a moment to settle thanks to the attentions of the impressive Dundee striker Johnson and he was culpable as Aberdeen fell behind.

Cammy Kerr floated a free-kick from distance into the box and, when Considine clattered into Jordan Foster, referee Willie Collum pointed to the spot. Johnson sent Joe Lewis the wrong way, and the Championship side had the lead.

Aberdeen looked lethargic following their midweek Europa League defeat by Rijeka, and it was only after the introduction of substitutes Dean Campbell, Connor McLennan and James Wilson they had an urgency about their game.

Dundee goalkeeper Jack Hamilton was having a much quieter afternoon than he probably expected but, just as it looked as if Dundee had booked their place in the last eight, Considine struck. Hamilton made a magnificent stop from a Greg Leigh header, but the cutback was straight into the path of Considine, who knocked home from close range.

Cosgrove's header in extra time simply rubbed salt into the wounds.

Sam Cosgrove's stats for this season

Man of the match - Finlay Robertson

On the evidence of this 90 minutes, the Dundee fans are in for a real treat this season. From the opening blow of Collum's whistle, McPake's players looked up for the battle that lay in front of them.

The stand-out player was teenager Finlay Robertson. The 16-year-old belied his youthfulness with another composed performance that is sure to have scouts booking a trip to Dens Park.

'We should have had two penalties' - reaction

Dundee manager James McPake: "I'm disappointed for the players because they deserve to be through. I think we should have had two penalties, and I'm talking about handballs.

"There's this new rule that if it makes you bigger and it hits your hand it's a penalty - we should have had two. I don't get the rules. If that is the rule then people need to do their job.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "Dundee had eight days to prepare and I think it showed. We looked like a team that were heavy-legged and lacking in confidence.

"It wasn't about us playing well today, it's about coming away from home and finding a way to win. It was a tough watch for us at times but pleased we've managed to get into the next round."

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 1Hamilton
  • 2Kerr
  • 5ForsterBooked at 90mins
  • 3McGhee
  • 23Marshall
  • 8Byrne
  • 19RobertsonSubstituted forMooreat 98'minutes
  • 4NessSubstituted forMcGowanat 74'minutes
  • 7ToddSubstituted forMeekingsat 86'minutes
  • 11McDaidBooked at 79mins
  • 18JohnsonSubstituted forNelsonat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Meekings
  • 9Nelson
  • 10McGowan
  • 12Ferrie
  • 22Moore
  • 24Anderson
  • 31Cunningham

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2LoganBooked at 79mins
  • 4ConsidineBooked at 43mins
  • 5McKenna
  • 3Leigh
  • 11HedgesSubstituted forWilsonat 65'minutes
  • 22Ojo
  • 7BrysonBooked at 50minsSubstituted forCampbellat 62'minutes
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forMcLennanat 57'minutes
  • 21GallagherSubstituted forVynerat 119'minutes
  • 16CosgroveBooked at 16mins

Substitutes

  • 9Main
  • 15Wright
  • 18McLennan
  • 20Cerny
  • 24Campbell
  • 28Wilson
  • 33Vyner
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
5,740

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 1, Aberdeen 2.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Dundee 1, Aberdeen 2.

Attempt missed. Jordan Marshall (Dundee) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Joe Lewis.

Cammy Kerr (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Connor McLennan (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Zak Vyner replaces Jon Gallagher.

Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott McKenna (Aberdeen).

Attempt missed. Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Delay in match because of an injury Joe Lewis (Aberdeen).

Attempt saved. Paul McGowan (Dundee) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Declan McDaid (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Jordon Forster (Dundee).

Declan McDaid (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Funso Ojo (Aberdeen).

Second Half Extra Time begins Dundee 1, Aberdeen 2.

First Half Extra Time ends, Dundee 1, Aberdeen 2.

Paul McGowan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Funso Ojo (Aberdeen).

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 1, Aberdeen 2. Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Greg Leigh with a cross.

Foul by Paul McGowan (Dundee).

Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. James Wilson (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Callum Moore replaces Finlay Robertson.

Foul by Andrew Nelson (Dundee).

Greg Leigh (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Jordon Forster (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen).

Attempt missed. Connor McLennan (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Cammy Kerr.

First Half Extra Time begins Dundee 1, Aberdeen 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 1, Aberdeen 1.

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Shaleum Logan.

Attempt missed. Scott McKenna (Aberdeen) header from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 1, Aberdeen 1. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

goal