A goal deep into stoppage-time from Jack MacKenzie handed Aberdeen a 2-1 Scottish Premiership win away to Livingston.
Home goalkeeper Max Stryjek failed to deal with a MacKenzie shot which sparked a pitch invasion from traveling supporters. Teddy Jenks’ second half strike cancelled out former Aberdeen striker Bruce Anderson’s third goal in six Livingston games as the away side retained their 100% record. Livingston sit bottom.
Scott Pittman came close to breaking the deadlock after three minutes but his chance from a lovely ball by James Penrice flew by the post. The hosts probably had the better of the opening exchanges.
Jackson Longridge then forced Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis into a fine save before the break. Anderson put the West Lothian side in front immediately after Longridge’s effort with a flick over his former teammate.
Stephen Glass’ side had to do something after having zero shots on target in the opening 45 minutes. Niall McGinn was deployed to play off of Jay Emmanuel-Thomas up front and they were both nullified by the home defence.
Brighton loanee Jenks equalised for Aberdeen in the second half with a lovely half-volley from around 25 yards out. The visitors were shooting towards the traveling support but it did not appear as though a winner would come.
Lewis made a superb save to deny Jason Holt a Livingston winner with minutes left on the clock, allowing MacKenzie to go up the other end and try his luck. The full-back’s effort went straight through Stryjek and into the net to send the visiting support wild. Here are three things we learned.
Bit of luck for Glass’ men
Glass made six changes from Thursday’s Europa Conference League trip to Breidablik, with youngsters Jenks and MacKenzie netting their first ever senior goals.
Declan Gallagher won almost every header in his first start for Aberdeen and Stryjek gifted the away side three points. He was in good form for the previous 90 minutes before stoppage time, but this will not be a day to remember for the Polish keeper.
Aberdeen let Anderson join Livi this summer in a deal that brought Emmanuel-Thomas to the Granite City but it was the Pittodrie academy graduate who opened the scoring in the close encounter. He looked a constant threat.
Livingston faced Rangers on the opening day of the season and Aberdeen at the Tony Macaroni Arena in the second match of the season was going to be a big ask. They matched or bettered their North-East opponents all the way.
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