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RESERVES Staggies beat Aberdeen on penalties after eight-goal thriller

Richard Brittain's young Reserve side beat a visiting Aberdeen team on penalties after the Reserve Cup group match ended 4-4 following a scintilating 90 minutes at the HFA, Dingwall.

Under sunny skies at the HFA, Aberdeen raced into an early lead when Bruce Anderson tapped in but within ten minutes County were level when Tom Kelly smashed the ball into the top corner from 18 yards to make it 1-1.

On 34 minutes Jordan McGregor rose to head home from an Aberdeen corner to make it 2-1 to the visitors but again the home side responded and within a minute Dylan Dykes had coolly slotted home from 20 yards - from a James Wallace lay-off - to level the scores at 2-2.

The Dons would go in 3-2 in front when, five minutes later, Anderson netted his second after following up a teammate's fine strike.

Connor McLennan netted for the Dons in the first minutes of the second half to make it 4-2 but on the hour a brilliant Wallace header brought the Staggies back into the game. With the game played at a frenetic pace - with chances at both ends - it would be the home team that would net next when Tony Dingwall finished from 18 yards low to the keeper's left to make it 4-4.

Dingwall came close again with eight minutes to play when his cross-come-shot almost caught the keeper out and in the dying minutes - after the Staggies had had a decent penalty claim waved aside - Ross Munro pulled off a fine save from Bruce Anderson to preserve parity.

With penalties used to decide the tie, County bounced back from an early James Wallace miss, to run out winners after Greg Tansey saw his effort rebound off the post before Tony Dingwall finished high into the net from 12 yards.

Despite winning the tie on penalties, it was not enough to see the Staggies progress out of a difficult Reserve Cup group including Aberdeen, Celtic and Hamilton. The result didn't hamper Aberdeen's progress as the Dons went through to the semi finals as group winners.

County XI: Munro, Kelly, Reid, Johnstone, Murray, Grivosti, R Dingwall, Dykes, MacIver (C), Wallace, T Dingwall.

Subs– Dixon-Hodge (GK), Fraser, Grant, Hughes, Gallagher, Goodall, Wright.

Aberdeen XI: Craddock, Virtanen, MacKenzie, Tansey, McGregor, Roscoe (C), McLennan, S Ross, Dangana, Anderson, E Ross.

Subs – Mair (GK), Duncan, Linden, Robertson, Barron, Shanks, Alexander.