Ross County salvage point with late goal against Aberdeen

Aberdeen looked set for three points but were stunned in the final seconds.

Ross County salvage point with late goal against Aberdeen SNS Group

Ross County salvaged a last-gasp 1-1 draw against Aberdeen in the cinch Premiership.

Chances were hard to come by in Dingwall, so much so that when Luis Lopes scored in the 88th minute it seemed like the points would be heading to Pittodrie.

However, William Akio marked his return from injury by scoring with the last kick of the game to ensure that the Staggies would be able to take something from the match.

The visitors started on the front foot, with Jonny Hayes tested Ross Laidlaw in the opening minutes with a strike from distance.

County’s keeper was called into action again when Leighton Clarkson made an interception inside his own half and gave the ball to Vicente Besuijen, who ran the length of the Staggies half to test Laidlaw, but found his angle too narrow to net.

Although the Dons dominated possession and territory in the first 45 minutes, neither goalkeeper had too much to do for the rest of the half.

Malky Mackay made two substitutions at the interval, looking to inject some pace and width to his side, but the second half continued in much the same way the first had panned out.

Aberdeen again had more of the ball but the Dons’ final ball let them down, as when they got in a position to cross into dangerous areas they were wayward more often than not.

County, too, were never able to create a clear-cut opening to test out Kelle Roos, with the visiting defence doing enough to keep them away from goal, meaning a draw looked inevitable going into the closing stages.

However, Matty Kennedy showed a burst of energy after being sent on by Jim Goodwin to force a save out of Laidlaw, and with less than five minutes to go the Dons took the lead.

Kennedy again drove his side forward, this time playing in Hayes who managed to force the ball to Lopes in the middle.

Lopes, affectionately known as Duk, managed to acrobatically finish past Laidlaw from around eight yards out, but there would be one final twist in the tale.

In the dying seconds of the match, County sent the ball into the penalty area where a scramble ensued, and Akio turned the ball in to save a point for his side. 

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