Click here to go back to the AFC Heritage Trust Homepage Aberdeen Football Club Heritage Trust Logo  
AFC - Match Report
match report 2002-03 fixture list
SPL 
21/12/2002
 
Aberdeen 0 - 0 Livingston
Kick Off:  3:00 PM          
Attendance: 11,253 (Visitors: 205)
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Dons fail to find Christmas cheer
Match programmeThere was no early Christmas present for the Dons fans this year as the match finished 0-0. Steve Paterson had mentioned on his arrival that he only remembered one 0-0 draw in his seven years with Inverness. It took only two matches at Aberdeen to achieve and he still has to see his new side score. Although plenty of chances were created none of the front men looked like scoring and it was defender Russell Anderson who came closest. The Dons can thank the linesman for holding on to the point as he failed to spot the ball crossing the line as Darren Young cleared an Andrews header.

Aberdeen started the game well and forced the first corner of the match in the 2nd minute. A minute later Clark dispossessed Quino in the middle of the park and made a direct run before hitting a low drive, which Broto collected at the second attempt. In the 7th minute Darren Young directed a header towards goal before McAllister hit a wild shot skyward as the ball was cleared. Two minutes later Derek Young tried a shot similar to the one Clark had produced earlier, but once more Broto saved comfortably.

Livingston carved out their first chance in the 11th minute, but it ended with Quino hitting his shot well over the top. They went a lot closer two minutes later when Rutkiewicz was forced to clear a Dadi header from the line. The Dons went close in the 15th minute when Deloumeaux swung a free kick into the danger area and D'Jaffo headed wide under pressure. A few basic errors in the Dons defence handed the visitors a spell of sustained pressure before Deloumeaux was booked in the 18th minute for what looked like a rather innocuous challenge on Bingham. To be fair the Livi midfielder did require treatment.

 
A long ball released Derek Young in the 23rd minute, but he couldn't get the better of Andrews and ran the ball out of play. Four minutes later McNaughton went on a probing run on the right. He tried to play a one-two with Deloumeaux, but the ex-Motherwell man went for goal instead and pulled his shot wide. The Dons certainly had the upper hand at this stage, but the final ball was invariably delivered behind the forwards. A mistake in the 31st minute let D'Jaffo in, but although he beat Broto he also steered the ball beyond the far post.

Livingston had a great chance to open the scoring in the 33rd minute when Quino released Barry Wilson. Fortunately for the Dons his finishing was poor and his shot went tamely wide. A minute later space appeared to open up for Deloumeaux as players around him lost their footing. He fed the ball to D'Jaffo and although the Frenchman went down in the box, referee Clark called it right when he turned down the penalty appeal. McNaughton became provider in the 41st minute when his cross found Phil McGuire in the penalty area. However the centre back's first time effort went well over the top.

Aberdeen had a real break in the 48th minute when Livi won the first corner kick of the second half. Andrews powered a header goalwards and as Preece failed to gather, the ball appeared to cross the line twice as Darren Young cleared. The standside linesman failed to signal a goal and the Dons breathed a huge sigh of relief. Five minutes later Chris Clark tried to show the strikers the way to goal as he tested Broto with another low drive.

Michie replaced D'Jaffo in the 55th minute and seconds later Darren Young had a powerful shot deflected wide. Clark had another effort on the hour mark, but once more Broto was equal to the task. Livingston made a double substitution in the 65th minute and it almost paid dividends. Quino easily disposessed Darren Young and then nutmegged McAllister before firing in a dangerous cross, which fortunately evaded his fellow teammates.

 
The Dons were creating less openings in the second period, but McNaughton delivered a decent cross in the 69th minute which Derek Young failed to convert. Five minutes later Mackie replaced Derek Young. The Dons should have taken the lead in the 75th minute when Anderson put Michie through with only the keeper to beat. The youngster never really got the ball under control and the gilt edged chance was gone.

A minute later Anderson went close when he headed a Deloumeaux free kick inches over the bar. The Dons then survived a real scare when Preece tipped a Wilson cross back across his own goal. It took a tremendous challenge from Anderson to deny Xausa. A minute earlier McMenamin had the ball in the net following some dithering by Deloumeaux, but he had been in an offside position.

Both sides went all out for a winner in the closing minutes. Firstly Darren Young released Michie in the 88th minute, but once more the youngster delayed and was closed down as he was set to pull the trigger. A minute later Anderson went close when he forced a fine save from Broto with a goal bound header from a Deloumeaux free kick. In the dying seconds Aberdeen survived a goalmouth scramble following a Livingston corner to earn the point.

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Preece, McNaughton, McAllister, McGuire, Anderson, Young (Tiernan 89), Rutkiewicz, Deloumeaux, Young (Mackie 74), Clark, D'Jaffo (Michie 55).

Unused Subs:

Bookings: Caution Deloumeaux (18).

Livingston Teamsheet:  Broto, Brinquin, Bollan, Hart, Andrews, Makel, Wilson, Bingham, Zarate, Quino, Dadi.

Unused Subs: Xausa for Dadi (65), McMenamin for Zarate (65), Rubio for Hart (90)

Bookings: Caution Makel (75), Caution  Wilson (78)

Referee: Kenny Clark, Clarkston

Related Links: