Football: Shooting Booth stuns Clydebank

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TWO late goals by Scott Booth last night earned Aberdeen a Scottish Cup semi-final against Hibernian on 3 April, but only after the most astonishing of cup ties.

The Premier Division side gave away a two-goal lead and had to come back from a 3-2 deficit to steal victory on a thunderous night at a small, packed Kilbowie Park.

Aberdeen made an imposing start and took an early lead when central defender Brian Irvine sent a left-foot shot into the net off a post.

Booth had earlier shot against the crossbar and, without controlling the game , Aberdeen scored a second with a Mixu Paatelainen header from a Booth cross.

The goals did little to dampen Clydebank's spirit and they responded with Stephen Jack's shot which was saved by Theo Snelders. In the ensuing alarm Roy Aitken headed against his own crossbar.

A minute before half-time Ken Eadie scored for Clydebank from close range after a Graeme Hay shot had squirmed out of Snelders's hands.

A greater shock lay in store for Aberdeen after an hour when John Maher evaded several challenges to shoot diagonally past Snelders and over the line off a post. Eight minutes later Eadie put Clydebank ahead with a header from Craig Flannigan's cross.

With 15 minutes remaining Aberdeen's Theo Ten Caat hit the crossbar with a free-kick and the inrushing Booth headed an equaliser. Five minutes later Booth scored Aberdeen's winner with a glancing header from a corner.

Clydebank: Woods; Maher, Hay (Lansdowne, 82), Murdoch, Sweeney, McIntosh, Harvey, Henry, Eadie, Flannigan, Jack. Substitute not used: Crawford.

Aberdeen: Snelders; Wright, McKimmie, Grant, Irvine, McLeish, Kane, Aitken, Booth, Ten Caat, Paatelainen. Substitutes not used: Shearer, Roddie.

Referee: W Crombie (Edinburgh).

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