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Watch: Adam Rooney Gifts Aberdeen Scottish Cup Lead After Just 12 Seconds

Watch: Adam Rooney Gifts Aberdeen Scottish Cup Lead After Just 12 Seconds

Bums were barely on seats inside Hampden Park before Irish striker, Adam Rooney, remarkably gave Aberdeen the lead in the Scottish Cup semi-final after just 12 seconds. The Dubliner was gifted the opportunity following a number of calamitous errors by the Hibernian players.

Hibs' John McGinn channeled his inner FIFA player as he attempted to run the ball straight from tip off before rather unsurprisingly being engulfed by a sea of red jerseys.

Marvin Bartley won possession back for the Edinburgh outfit with a - quite frankly - brash challenge but considered themselves fortunate not to give away a foul. As the experienced Darren McGregor received the ball, he was left with the simple task of playing a pass to his defensive partner, Efe Ambrose. Subsequently, it was with little venom and absolutely no precision. You can view the goal below.

Adam Rooney was quick to capitalise on the opportunity as he as the ball feebly rolled across the pristine playing surface. While the build up was rather fortunate, the finish was anything but as the former Stoke City attacker finished from the edge of the area as the ball curled into the bottom right-hand corner to send the Aberdeen supporters delirious. The Irishman has netted 11 times this season in the league for Aberdeen as they secured second place.

While the birthday cake may have been had yesterday for Rooney's 29th birthday, the celebrations will surely be tonight if the The Dons qualify for the Scottish Cup final.

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In the time since, the Premiership club went 2-0 with a curling free kick from Ryan Christie before Neil Lennon made the decision to bring Grant Holt into the game who scored moments later.

 

Darren Holland

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