Darvel v Aberdeen - LIVE updates

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

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

Jordan Kirkpartick 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.

Aberdeen team: Lewis, McCrorie, Scales, Stewart, Duk, Myslovic, Ramadani, Clarkson, Coulson, Duncan, Kennedy.

Subs: Samson, Shinnie, Barron, Mivoski, Besuijen, Watkins, Hayes, Richardson, Roberts.

Darvel team: Chris Truesdale Eadie, Meggatt, McShane, MacKenzie, Kirkpatrick, Meechan, Robertson, McGowan, Craig Truesdale, Caldwell.

Subs: Allan, Syme, Miller, Stirling, Reilly, Moore, Ferguson, Avci, Morrison

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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!

20:26Peter Davidson

Darvel enjoying life

Darvel players celebrating after opening the scoring.

20:23Peter Davidson

Too high from Stewart

Anthony Stewart has seen a header float over the bar.

Ryan Duncan played a ball into the box from a free-kick which was met by the Aberdeen captain just outside the six-yard box.

He was unable to get a good connection on it. Still Darvel 1-0 Aberdeen.

20:19Peter Davidson

Truesdale booked

Craig Truesdale has picked up a booking for a careless tackle on Ross McCrorie.

The defender was not happy with the challenge and squared up to the Darvel man.

20:14Peter Davidson

Darvel continue to impress

The West of Scotland junior side are continuing to impress at Recreation Park.

Aberdeen have not come back into the game since going one down. Darvel will fancy their chances for a second.

20:13Peter Davidson

Penny for Dave Cormack's thoughts


Goal Darvel!

Jordan Kirkpatrick scores to make it 1-0 Darvel

Darvel have opened the scoring!

Jordan Kirkpatrick has slotted it past Joe Lewis in the Aberdeen goal. It was great play by Truesdale down the left and picked out the forward.

He turned in the box and beat the English stopper.

What an upset this would be!

20:02Peter Davidson

Press, press, press

Darvel are not letting Aberdeen have any time on the ball so far.

It is working as the Goodwin's side are struggling to create clear cut chances.

Can the Junior side keep it up for the entire game?

19:59Peter Davidson

Darvel double chance

Darvel has sustained the earlier Aberdeen pressure and had two chances of their own.

Ross Caldwell shot wide before Craig Truesdale saw his shot saved by Joe Lewis at the near post.

Good spell from the Vale.

19:55Peter Davidson

Duncan shoots wide

Ryan Duncan has seen his shot curl wide.

A long ball from Leighton Clarkson was picked up by Duncan who cut in on his favoured left foot but shot wide of Truesdale's goal.

19:54Peter Davidson

Duncan causing problems

Ryan Duncan is causing all sorts of problems down the right side for the Pittodrie men.

The 19-year-old wins a corner for the Dons which eventually comes to nothing.

Darvel will have to address the issue.

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