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24 Jan 2023
The Dons boss is on the brink after suffering the biggest Scottish Cup shock of all time.

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Darvel have pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Scottish Cup history after defeating Aberdeen 1-0 at Recreation Park.

Jordan Kirkpatrick was the hero for the West of Scotland side as they dumped Jim Goodwin’s side out of the competition at the fourth round stage.

The Ayrshire side will now go on to face League One side Falkirk in the fifth round at home next month. High-flying Darvel were comfortable throughout the game after taking the lead in the 19th minute and could have added to their lead on a number of occassions.

Aberdeen had a couple of chances and were denied a goal when they had a goal cancelled out after the linesman raised his flag. Replays showed Leighton Clarkson was several yards onside, while some excellent saves from Chris Truesdale in the Darvel goal also kept the Ayrshire in the tie.

Key Events


Goodwin given no assurances

Jim Goodwin has vowed to fight on as Aberdeen boss.

But admits he;s been given no assurances over his future after a 'humiliating' Scottish Cup fourth round defeat to Darvel.

22:43Peter Davidson

Goodwin yet to speak to Cormack

Jim Goodwin has admitted he hasn't spoken to chairman Dave Cormack after the defeat to Darvel yet.

The Aberdeen manager said he was "embarassed" and "humiliated" after the 1-0 loss the junior side. On the game, he said: "Extremely disappointed, embarrassed, humiliated. All of those things really. We have a bit of assessing to do tonight that’s for sure."

He was also asked about his future, Goodwin said: "No I’ve not spoken to him, I was in the dressing room speaking to the players."

22:42Ross Pilcher

Miller doubts Goodwin survives

Aberdeen legend Willie Miller believes "serious discussions" will have to take place between manager Jim Goodwin and chairman Dave Cormack after the Scottish Cup defeat to Darvel.

The West of Scotland League Premier Division champions dumped the Dons out the cup at the fourth round stage thanks to a 19th minute goal from Jordan Kirkpatrick. It is one of the biggest shocks in the history of the competition and many Aberdeen fans are calling fro Goodwin to be shown the door.


Goodwin on offside goal

Jim Goodwin admits Aberdeen offside call would have been an injustice if it HAD been given and denied Darvel victory.

He said:

I’m sure you guys have had plenty of time to watch it. I thought it was onside at the time but we’re clutching at straws when we’re asking for decisions like that. We’ve come here as the Premiership team against a team who are many tiers below us and we should've put on a better performance, it’s as simple as that.

If the goal was a good goal and it’s been chalked off, that’s a major disappointment but, as I said, I think it would have been an injustice if that had happened because I thought Darvel thoroughly deserved to win the game.

22:17Ross Pilcher

Aberdeen next manager odds

Paul Lambert 2/1

Jack Ross 7/2

Neil Lennon 4/1

David Martindale 6/1

Darren Fletcher 8/1

Duncan Ferguson 10/1

Mark Warburton 12/1

22:15Peter Davidson

No sign of Goodwin

Aberdeen manager Jim Goodwin has not been spotted since entering the away dressing room at Recreation Park at full-time.

He hasn't conducted an interview with the BBC, who went off at 10pm, or with any other media

22:10Ross Pilcher

Kirkpatrick planning a sickie

Darvel goal hero Jordan Kirkpatrick is planning to pull a sicke as he celebrates his historic Scottish Cup winner against Aberdeen.

Hir first half strike was enough to dump the Dons out and pile the pressure on Jim Goodwin.

The forward is meant to be back at his graft in the morning, but his boss can expect a phonecall.

He told BBC Scotland:

I’m meant to be at work tomorrow so I’ll need to phone my boss and see if I can get it off!

I might get the day off – or maybe I’ll phone in sick!

It’s a bit surreal. I’m sure we’ll digest it tonight but it’s just unbelievable.

This means everything. You saw the crowds tonight, it was just amazing. It just shows what it means to them.

It shows the level a lot of the boys are at. It’s not about the league, it's about the players and the standards we’ve set.

It’ll take me a few days to digest it.

22:07Peter Davidson

Kennedy 'believed' in his team

Darvel boss Mick Kennedy said he believed his side could create the upset all week in the lead up to the game.

Speaking after dumping Aberdeen out the cup, he said:

I believed in the guys all week. It's about togetherness and love and respect. We've been driving that home all week. We probably deserved going in front. We had to show our togetherness. The community has been unbelievable. From the first day I came here I told the board we are going to build something special.

22:05Peter Davidson

Party time in Darvel

22:04Peter Davidson

Cormack has a huge decision to make, Miller

Dave Cormack has a "difficult" decision to make around the future of Aberdeen manager Jim Goodwin, says Willie Miller.

The Aberdeen legend thinks there isn't enough goodwill from the chairman to keep Goodwin on as boss.

He said: "It's a really difficult situation that he finds himself in. To have an exit in the cup at this stage to Darvel then it's a huge decision for him.

"I think Jim Goodwin and the chairman will have to have serious discussions to see what the future is. I don't know if there's enough goodwill there from the chairman to actually allow Jim Goodwin to stay."

21:50Peter Davidson

Kirkpatrick the hero

Goalscorer Jordan Kirkpatrick with an inflatable sheep at full-time. What a night for him!

21:49Peter Davidson

Party night in Darvel

Former Aberdeen captain Willie Miller believed Darvel were the better side in the tie.

He told the BBC: "To be perfectly honest, Darvel were the better team. Aberdeen had the ball in the back of the net and it should have stood. But it was a magnificent performance from Darvel. It's party night!"

21:45Peter Davidson

Darvel celebrate


Aberdeen player ratings

Joe Lewis 4, Ross McCrorie 4, Liam Scales 4, Anthony Stewart 4, Matty Kennedy 3, Yiber Ramadani 4, Patrik Myslovic 3, Hayden Coulson 4, Leighton Clarkson 4, Duk 4, Ryan Duncan 4

Subs:, Bojan Miovski (for Kennedy 46) 3, Vicente Besuijen (for Myslovic 46) 3, Jonny Hayes (for Coulson 65) 4, Callum Roberts (for Duncan 80) 2

21:39Peter Davidson

Full-time: Aberdeen are out!

Darvel are through to the next round of the Scottish Cup after defeating Premiership Aberdeen.

It is one of the biggest upsets in Scottish Cup history without a doubt!

21:38Peter Davidson

Aberdeen fans rage

The travelling Aberdeen fans have found their voices and it's directed at Jim Goodwin.

"Goodwin, get to f***" rings around Recreation Park.

21:31Peter Davidson

Good save from Lewis

Joe Lewis has kept Aberdeen in the game thanks to a good save from an Ian McShane free-kick.

Four minutes for Darvel to hang on now.

21:23Peter Davidson

Another chance

What a save from Chris Truesdale again in the Darvel goal.

Duk connected well with a cross from left but an outstretched leg denied a certain goal for the visitors.

21:21Peter Davidson

Dons have ball in back of net

Leighton Clarkson raced through the Darvel defence and played it across to Mivoski in the six yard box, however the Liverpool loanee was flagged offside.

On reply Clarkson was about two yards onside. Just a reminder there is no VAR in operation tonight.

21:18Peter Davidson

Huge chance for Aberdeen

A great save from Chris Truesdale in the Darvel goal has kept their lead intact.

Jonny Hayes got to the byline down the left side and crossed it to Besuijen who couldn't get enough on it to lift it over the keeper.

Still Darvel 1-0 Aberdeen

21:12Peter Davidson

Hayes on for Dons

Jonny Hayes has replaced Hayden Coulson for Aberdeen.

The Irishman has been brought on to create more of a threat down the left hand side for the Dons.

21:10Peter Davidson

McShane should have done better

Ian McShane should have done better from a cross into the box.

The former Queen of the South star sliced a shot wide at the back post.

21:08Peter Davidson

Big 30 minutes for Goodwin at Aberdeen

21:01Peter Davidson

Chance for Duncan

Ryan Duncan should have equalised for the Dons,

Truesdale made an excellent save from the youngster who connected with a Duk cross.

Just moments later Duncan got to the byline but saw his cross intercepted by the Darvel defence.

Aberdeen are starting to create more now.

20:59Peter Davidson

Slack passing

Aberdeen have attempted to up the intensity in the second half but there are still a lot of slack passing from the Premiership side.

The Dons have made changes but they are still persisting on going down the right where Ryan Duncan is struggling to beat his man.

20:53Peter Davidson

'Disastrous' if Aberdeen go out, says Miller

Aberdeen legend Willie Miller has described the second half as the biggest of Jim Goodwin's career.

He added it would be "disastrous" if the Dons were knocked out against Darvel.

Miller told the BBC: "It's the most important 45 mins of the manager's career. To go out of the Scottish Cup at this stage would be disastrous "

20:49Peter Davidson


Darvel have got the game underway hoping to keep hold of their 1-0 lead.

Aberdeen have brought on Bojan Miovski and Vicente Besuijen for Patrik Myslovič and Matty Kennedy.

20:38Peter Davidson

Boos at half-time for Goodwin

The travelling Aberdeen fans made their feelings known at half-time. As soon as the whistle went the supporters turned on Jim Goodwin who is under huge pressure to turn this game around.



Darvel are ahead at the break thanks to a goal from Jordan Kirkpatrick.

The Ayrshire side have been sensational in the first half not letting Aberdeen have any time on the ball and restricting them from making any chances.

Jim Goodwin has a huge job on his hands at the break to get his side back into this cup tie.

You'd think if the score stays the same then chairman Dave Cormack, who is in attendance tonight, may relieve Goodwin of his duties.

Half-time: Darvel 1-0 Aberdeen

20:29Peter Davidson

Robertson's shot too high

Darvel midfielder Willie Robertson has seen his shot sky over the bar.

The Ayrshire team are continuing to put pressure on the Aberdeen back four who are struggling to get into the game.

Robertson's shot was met by boos from the travelling Aberdeen support. The Red Army are not happy!

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