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Three-goal Rooney aces Aberdeen test

Published: Friday 11 July 2014, 9.20CET
"He is always looking to test himself," said manager Derek McInnes after Adam Rooney scored Aberdeen FC's first UEFA hat-trick in 30 years in a 3-0 win in Latvia.
by Alex O'Henley
Three-goal Rooney aces Aberdeen test
Adam Rooney celebrates a goal in Riga ©Roman Koksharov

Match statistics

Daugava RīgaAberdeen

Goals scored0
3
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts9
 
8
on target3
 
5
off target4
 
3
blocked2
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
5
Offsides1
 
6
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
11
Fouls suffered11
 
15

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Published: Friday 11 July 2014, 9.20CET

Three-goal Rooney aces Aberdeen test

"He is always looking to test himself," said manager Derek McInnes after Adam Rooney scored Aberdeen FC's first UEFA hat-trick in 30 years in a 3-0 win in Latvia.

Aberdeen FC striker Adam Rooney scored the first hat-trick of the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League campaign in the 3-0 away victory over FK Daugava Rīga and is so doing became the only Dons player to score a treble in Europe for 30 years.

The 26-year-old's strikes on 22, 40 and 45 minutes in the Latvian capital gave the Dons a comfortable 8-0 aggregate win in their first round qualifying tie. The Republic of Ireland striker's feat also echoed that of Mark McGhee – the last player to score a hat-trick for Aberdeen, against Újpest FC in the quarter-final of the 1983/84 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

"I am sure Adam will know that statistic because he is always looking to test himself," said Dons manager Derek McInnes. " I thought the three goals were excellent and well worked. It was very clinical from Adam. They were real good finishes and two of them were top quality.

"He got two in the first leg, so he's off to a good start. Strikers thrive on that confidence. He likes to go between the penalty spot and the goal and if you put the ball in those areas that is where he is comfortable. Adam makes good runs across people and he anticipates well especially when defenders are flat-footed. He thrives off good service and he got that."

The Dons now face Dutch side FC Groningen in the second qualifying round with the first leg at Pittodrie next Thursday. McInnes knows they will face a much tougher task against the Eredivisie outfit.

"We have to get our heads on the Groningen game now," he added. "They have a bit of pace and presence, playing a similar system to ourselves. It will be a good test for us, but it will be a good test for them as well because we've got better as we've gone along.

"Hopefully, we will be good enough to get through and will be one to look forward to. Groningen are a bit behind us in terms of competitive matches, but we are up and running. The advantage Daugava had over us, we will have that slight advantage over Groningen. It is good to get competitve football now and we will certainly need to be competitive in the games against Groningen."

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Lineups

daugava rīga

Daugava Rīga

aberdeen

Aberdeen

67
KrūmiņšJānis Krūmiņš (GK)
1
LangfieldJamie Langfield (GK)
4
SolovichOleh Solovich
2
LoganShaleum Logan
5
RibokasArnas Ribokas
Substitution62
3
ConsidineAndrew Considine
7
SavėnasMantas Savėnas (C)
5
TaylorAshton Taylor
8
KačanovsDeniss Kačanovs
6
ReynoldsMark Reynolds (C)
9
BlanksKristaps Blanks
Substitution66
8
FloodWillo Flood
12
TomkevičiusGiedrius Tomkevičius
9
RooneyAdam Rooney
Goal22
Goal40
Goal45
20
AbdelazizNabil Abdelaziz
10
McGinnNiall McGinn
Substitution80
26
MendyEmmanuel Mendy
11
HayesJonathan Hayes
Substitution62
27
KnapšisEmīls Knapšis
15
RobsonBarry Robson
Substitution80
99
Vítor FloraVítor Flora
Substitution55
22
JackRyan Jack

Substitutes

1
OzolsRoberts Ozols (GK)
20
BrownScott Brown (GK)
11
ApiņšVerners Apiņš
4
AndersonRussell Anderson
17
VītolnieksRaivis Vītolnieks
Substitution62
14
SmithCameron Smith
Substitution62
21
JokstsEdijs Joksts
18
LowNicholas Low
Substitution80
22
KarkliņšEdgars Karkliņš
Substitution55
21
ShaughnessyJoseph Shaughnessy
23
MarkevičiusTadas Markevičius
Substitution66
25
ShanklandLawrence Shankland
33
BorovskijValdemar Borovskij
39
WrightScott Wright
Substitution80

Coach

Armands Zeiberlinš (LVA) Derek McInnes (SCO)

Referee

Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Aleksei Vorontsov (RUS), Valeri Danchenko (RUS)

Fourth official

Aleksandr Egorov (RUS)

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