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Dons trip to Kilmarnock ends in stalemate



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Posted 24 August 2019 - 03:51 PM

Aberdeen and Kilmarnock fought out a keenly contested stalemate in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

A game of few clearcut opportunities left both sides frustrated and neither goalkeeper seriously tested in the sweltering heat of Rugby Park.

Dons boss Derek McInnes made two changes for the trip to Rugby Park with Lewis Ferguson returning from suspension to play in midfield while James Wilson earned his first start since joining the club from Manchester United in the summer.

Ryan Hedges and Niall McGinn were the players who dropped to the bench.

Kilmarnock manager Angelo Alessio gave new signing Niko Hamalainen his debut but there was no place for Celtic target Greg Taylor in the starting line-up.

The Dons were the better side in the first half but they could not make their pressure count as they reached the break without a breakthrough.

James Wilson came closest with two long range efforts, both of which were held by Killie goalkeeper Laurentiu Branescu while Lewis Ferguson curled a free kick just wide.

Killie responded at the start of the second half through Eamonn Brophy and Hamalainen but both players failed to direct their efforts on target.

They had a great chance to break the deadlock 20 minutes from time when Chris Burke ran clean through on goal but the winger fired into the side netting after taking the ball past Joe Lewis.

 


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