McCrorie and Hedges On Target As Dons Progress In Europe

Viking FK v Aberdeen

Two Europa League Qualifers down, two wins, as Aberdeen progress to the third round following our win against Viking FK in Stavanger this evening.

It’s our sixth win in a row after Ross McCrorie opened the scoring for the Dons late in the first half and Ryan Hedges secured our second from a corner kick.

Aberdeen made one change to the side that defeated Kilmarnock 1-0 last weeked.  Dylan McGeouch came on for the injured Matty Kennedy.

Viking came out of the blocks all guns firing, when Zymer Bytyqi hit a powerful shot into the side netting within the first minute of the game.

Marley Watkins came close in the sixth minute, when Jonny Hayes burst down the left flank crossed to Marley but his header was pushed over the bar by Iven Austbo.

Scott Wright was nearly on target, playing clean through on goal in the 15th minute, bit Austbo blocked with his legs as he attempted to shoot low and wide across him.

Andy Considine saved the Dons blushes in the 20th minute, when Yildren Ibrahimaj was denied after a great tackle from Andy inside the penalty area.

Ibrahimaj had another efforted shortly after only for McCrorie to head his shot wide.

Lewis Ferguson was close in the 29th minute, his shot firing wide off the far post.

Aberdeen were keeping up the pressure, with Scott Wright crossing to Marley Watkins in the 33rd minute only for his shot to be saved by the keeper.

But the pressure paid off in the 44th minute, after a low drive from Scott Wright was deflected to Ross McCrorie at the edge of the box, and he unleashed a brilliant volley into the near corner.

It wasn’t clear cut, after the assistant referee called over ref, Filip Glova to raise an issue about Andy Considine’s position in the box.  But the referee awarded the goal to put the Dons ahead.

Into the second half, and in the 47th minute, Veton Berisha hit a low drive wide on the half-volley after connecting with a corner kick.

Aberdeen went 2-0 ahead in the 78th minute with a goal direct from a corner kick.  It was beautfiul to watch.

Ryan Hedges whipped an inswinging shot from the corner, which went beyond the keeper into the far top corner of the net.

Whilst the second half was a more laboured affair, it lines up a cracking tie against Sporting Clube de Portugal next Thursday.

Sporting are suffering from a coronavirus outbreak with seven players and manager Ruben Amorim and two backroom-staff having all test postivie.  All are currently self isolating and will be ruled out for our match.


Date Time League Season Full Time
17th September 2020 7:30 pm UEFA Europa League 2020-21 90'


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsPossessionOutcome
Viking FK00057%Loss

Viking FK

1Iven Austbö Goalkeeper
3Viljar Vevatne 10 Defender
5Axel Óskar Andrésson 18 Defender
7Zymer Bytyqi Forward
8Joe Bell Midfielder
9Fredrik Torsteinbö Defender
10Tommy Höiland 3 Forward
11Yann-Erik de Lanlay 16 Forward
13Michael Crowe Goalkeeper
14Veton Berisha Forward
16Even Östensen 11 Forward
17Sebastian Söraas Sebulonsen Forward
18Sondre Björshol 5
20Ylldren Ibrahimaj Forward
23Rolf Daniel Vikstöl Defender
26Jefferson De Souza Forward
35Henrik Heggheim Defender


1Joe Lewis Goalkeeper
2Shay Logan 15 Defender
3Tommie Hoban Defender
4Andrew Considine Defender 72'
5Scott McKenna Defender
8Funso Ojo 25 Midfielder
9Curtis Main 50 Forward
10Niall McGinn Forward
11Ryan Hedges Forward 78'
14Ash Taylor Defender
15Dylan McGeouch 2 Midfielder
17Jonny Hayes Midfielder
18Connor McLennan Forward
19Lewis Ferguson Midfielder
20Tomáš Černý Goalkeeper
25Scott Wright 8 Forward
40Ross McCrorie Midfielder 44'
50Marley Watkins 9 Midfielder

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