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ABERDEEN BOOK CUP FINAL PLACE

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SECOND-HALF goals from Adam Rooney and Kenny McLean helped Aberdeen to a 2-0 victory over luckless Morton in their Betfred League Cup semi-final at Hampden this afternoon.

Derek McInnes’ side, who won the trophy in 2014 when they beat inverness caley thistle 4-2 on penalty-kicks after a scoreless stalemate, started brightly, but found it difficult to break down the stubborn defence of the opposition.

Jonny Hayes and Rooney both struck the bar in the first-half, with Cappielow striker Jai Quitongo squandering a one-on-one with Joe Lewis at the other end.

The Dons made the breakthrough when Jim Duffy’s team could clear a crossball and the Northern Ireland frontman was unmarked as he headed beyond the exposed Andy McNeil.

There was a touch of fortune for the Pittodrie side with TV pictures showing the frontman was marginally offside before he applied the killer touch.

Near the end, McNeil pushed away an angled drive from Nial McGinn, but McLean followed up to tap in the rebound from close range.

Aberdeen now await the winners of the Rangers v Celtic semi-final tomorrow to discover who they meet in the November 27 silverware showdown.

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