Aberdeen Under-20s manager Paul Sheerin is targeting the Scottish Youth Cup final after watching his side edge past Ross County.
Goals from Ethan Ross and Sam Roscoe helped the young Dons see off the Staggies 2-1 at North Lodge Park in the quarter-finals of the cup.
While not his side’s finest display, boss Sheerin was pleased they set up a semi- final tie away to Motherwell or Kilmarnock.
He hopes the Reds can come through that and reach the final of the competition they have not won since 2001.
Sheerin said: “It was an ugly game, there was no great deal of quality in all honesty.
“They had a lot of possession, especially after we scored to go 2-1 up.
“But I said to them that there are other ways to win games and we showed that.
“Joe MacPherson’s block at the end was absolutely brilliant he put himself on the line and got in the way.
“We would have liked more quality but cup football is all about getting into the next round.
“So I’m really chuffed for the players that we got over the line. We all want to be Pep Guardiola and have your team playing like Manchester City.
“But it doesn’t always work like that, we tried to force things a bit too often by going too long.
“But in terms of grinding out a win I thought we did that brilliantly. It’s a cup that we haven’t had a run in since I’ve been at the club.
“So it’s nice to get where we are and now we are just one game away from a final.
“It’s Kilmarnock or Motherwell and when that comes around we will hopefully get ourselves through to the final in a better manner in terms of footballing performance.
“But either way if we get there it will be great for the club.”
The Dons went ahead in five minutes after Connor McLennan’s left-wing cross found captain Seb Ross.
His shot was blocked but looped up kindly for younger brother Ethan ROSS to head home from eight yards.
County levelled in 18 minutes when Max ASHMORE curled home a beautiful free-kick from 20 yards after Danny Harvie’s foul on Joel MacBeath.
Shortly after the hour, Aberdeen were back in front with Joe MacPherson flicking on Ethan Ross’ corner from the left and ROSCOE headed home from close range at the back post.
Late on Reds keeper David Craddock saved well from Greg Morrison and MacPherson made a fantastic block to stop sub Matthew Wright turning home the rebound.