Aberdeen were proving hot and cold coming into this one, having won at Ibrox against Rangers before losing at home to St Johnstone.

They took on a Livingston team who had got back to winning ways against St. Mirren but after facing the Dons, had an all-Edinburgh double header awaiting them.

Derek McInnes named two more attacking changes following the defeat to his former team St Johnstone. In came Niall McGinn and Sam Cosgrove, following his suspension. Out dropped Dominic Ball and Connor McLennan with Stevie May acting as a number 10 supporting Cosgrove and Lewis Ferguson joining Graeme Shinnie to sit in front of the back four.

Gary Holt made three changes after they took care of fellow newly-promoted side St Mirren in West Lothian. McMillan replaced Steven Lawless on the right hand side, Bobby Burns replaced Ricki Lamie on the left and Craig Sibbald came in to support Dolly Menga up front after grabbing the third goal against the Buddies with Ryan Hardie dropping out.

Great cross, even better finish

Stevie May was to be denied with a save by Liam Kelly early on after being slid through by Graeme Shinnie but his strike partner Sam Cosgrove, after receiving a Shay Logan throw down the right, crossed for Niall McGinn to volley the Dons in front after just nine minutes.

Diabolical defending

However, the lead would last all of three minutes with Aberdeen being the masters of their own downfall. Andy Considine looked to head back to Joe Lewis after a long ball over the top had missed everyone else. Craig Sibbald raced in and tried to poke home what would’ve been a scrappy equaliser.

Lewis fumbled only as far as Scott Pittman, who struck at Scott McKenna but the ball instead looped up after deflecting off the defender, and dropped into the net. A horrendous equaliser to concede but Livi were back on level terms.

Abysmal from Aberdeen

Bad got to worse for the Dons before half time. Dolly Menga robbed Niall McGinn of possession before sliding through to Pittman, who after waiting for the run of Jack McMillan, poked through to the full back who struck across Lewis into the bottom left hand corner. Livi had turned the game on its head and lead 1-2.

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11/12/18 LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP ABERDEEN v LIVINGSTON PITTODRIE – ABERDEEN Referee Craig Thomson shows Aberdeen’s Sam Cosgrove the yellow card

McLennan the menace

In the second half, the introduction of young Connor McLennan would work wonders for the Dons. First, he’d pull back only for Niall McGinn to shoot straight at Kelly but he would later grab the assist for Aberdeen’s equaliser, a cross which was met emphatically by a Sam Cosgrove half-volley which bounced in off the crossbar.

The Dons were in the ascendancy and after Stevie May persisted to keep a ball in play that was seemingly astray, he centred for Andy Considine who, from six yards out and with the goal at his wake, headed wide. A sitter from the centre back in truth.

Upping the ante

Stevie May was next to miss a great chance for the hosts. He’d done the hard part well in getting the better of his man, nutmegging Craig Halkett to take it round him, but could only shoot straight at Liam Kelly. Aberdeen were piling on the pressure to hopefully find that breakthrough once more.

They’d get it in injury time. After missing chance after chance, the Dons must have thought it wouldn’t be their night. After crowding out Liam Kelly from a Niall McGinn corner, the keeper thought he’d tip clear, only for Lewis Ferguson to pull off the spectacular.

Familiar feeling for Ferguson

A great piece of instinct and improvisation from the teenager and another goal for the highlight reel. After Kelly had tipped out and with his back to goal, Ferguson hit the deck and flung his legs over his head to volley the ball home with a great overhead kick to nick all three points on the night.

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A deserved smash and grab for the Dons, who travel to Paisley at the weekend to take on St Mirren before playing host to Dundee in midweek the week after. Lewis Ferguson proving a real go-to figure in the Reds’ time of need.

A deserved smash and grab for the Dons, who travel to Paisley at the weekend to take on St Mirren before playing host to Dundee in midweek the week after. Lewis Ferguson proving a real go-to figure in the Reds’ time of need.

As for Livi, having had a point snatched from them in the dying embers of the game, they must pick themselves up and take on Hearts as part of the Friday night aspect of Matchday 18 before travelling to the capital to take on Hibs at the weekend.

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