Date: 11th February 2018 at 10:39pm
Written by: Vital Arabs

Gary Mackay-Steven scored twice against his former club as Dundee United went down 4-2 at Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup fifth round.

Adam Rooney earned the hosts a twentieth-minute lead and Mackay-Steven added to it before Sam Stanton replied at the other end.

But Kenny McLean immediately headed in for a 3-1 interval advantage that was improved upon by Mackay-Steven early in the second-half.

Substitute Paul McMullan then grabbed a second for the visitors with twenty minutes remaining.

The Dons had gone ahead with Rooney helping in Mackay-Steven’s mishit attempt after a cross from Niall McGinn.

Seven minutes later Craig Slater conceded possession and McGinn allowed Mackay-Steven to double their advantage.

However, Stanton halved the deficit with a smart conversion after racing clear, only for McLean to instantly head in from Ryan Christie’s delivery.

Mackay-Steven then made it four with an angled drive following the break, although McMullan later curled an excellent reply.

Aberdeen: Woodman, Logan, O’Connor, McKenna, Considine, Shinnie, McLean, McGinn, Christie, Mackay-Steven (Ball 82), Rooney (Maynard 90)

subs (unused): Reynolds, Stewart, Arnason, Rogers, Nwakali

Goals: Rooney (20), Mackay-Steven (27, 55), McLean (35)

Dundee United: Lewis, Slater (McMullan 46), Murdoch, Durnan, Robson, Flood, Gillespie, King, Stanton, Lyng (McDonald 71), Smith (Mikkelsen 76)

subs (unused): Allardice, Mehmet, Martin, Mason

Goals: Stanton (34), McMullan (70)

Ref: W. Collum

Att: 11,611