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SPL 
15/03/2003
 
Aberdeen 3 - 3 Dundee
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Sheerin 57, Sheerin 65, McGuire 80.       Lovell (15), Caballero (25), Wilkie (81)  
Attendance: 12,119 (Visitors: 857)
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Goals galore in Pittodrie thriller
Match programmeAberdeen had to settle for a draw after fighting back from a two goal deficit. In an exciting match Aberdeen found themselves two goals down at half time following the award of a controversial penalty and some sloppy defending. The Dons came roaring back in the second half and two goals from Paul Sheerin and a header from Phil McGuire put the Dons in the lead. Within seconds of taking the lead the Dons conceded another soft goal to leave the teams all square.

Aberdeen made a whirlwind start when Clark broke wide on the left in the opening minute and delivered an early cross. The ball was half cleared and Tosh volleyed over the bar from the edge of the box. Dundee hit back in the 7th minute when they were awarded a free kick after Milne went to ground easily 25 yards out. Caballero took the kick, but drilled wide of the goal.

Three minutes later the Dons carved out another half chance when Leigh Hinds drove the ball across goal, but Sheerin was unable to turn it into the net. He did get a shot away in the 13th minute when a low drive was well held by Speroni. The game burst to life in the 15th minute when Hart was adjudged to have handled the ball. Despite strong protests the decision stood and Lovell sent Kjaer the wrong way to give the visitors a lead they barely deserved.

 
In the aftermath Darren Young was cautioned. Aberdeen almost hit back in the 19th minute when Hinds watched his header crash off the post with Speroni well beaten. Dundee made it two in the 25th minute after a shocking bit of defending. McAllister failed to clear his lines and as the ball fell to Caballero he fired it into the corner of the net from 12 yards. Aberdeen responded with a Tosh effort three minutes later, but it never really tested Speroni.

Neat play between Darren Young and Chris Clark on the half hour mark was completely undone when Clark over-hit the cross. Seconds later Derek Young should have done better with a free header, but steered it wide. Dundee almost extended their lead in the 32nd minute following a mistake from Rutkiewicz. Fortunately Lovell hit a weak shot and Kjaer easily gathered.

Aberdeen were getting closer and a minute later Wilkie managed to clear a Sheerin cross with Hinds looking set to convert. In an all-action match Aberdeen had a lucky escape seconds later when Milne crashed a shot off the Dons upright. Aberdeen were laying siege to the Dundee goal in an attempt to get back into the match and although the corner count was creeping up, the visitors continued to stand firm. With two minutes of the half remaining Tosh had a great chance to pull a goal back, but was unable to get any power in his header.

 
Aberdeen created the first chance after the break when a Hart free kick was knocked down and Derek Young hit a low drive that Speroni gathered. Aberdeen threw themselves a lifeline in the 57th minute when Sheerin pulled a goal back. A cross was turned into the path of the ex-Ayr man and he drilled the ball low into the corner for a deserved goal.

The Dons looked lively now and set about Dundee looking for the equaliser and it came in the 65th minute with a well worked goal. Clark collected the ball wide left and threaded a great pass through to Sheerin and he once more drilled the ball past Speroni to set up a great finish. Dundee had five minutes of sustained pressure following the equaliser with Rae going closest in the 69th minute when he drove wide of the target from 18 yards.

Mike replaced Derek Young in the 79th minute and a minute later the game burst back into life. McGuire headed the Dons into the lead from a Rutkiewicz cross, but the Dons then lost a soft goal within seconds of taking the lead. Novo put a cross in from the right and Wilkie had plenty of time and space to dispatch the ball into the back of the net. With a minute remaining Darren Young hit a sweet shot from 30 yards, but it was straight at Speroni and with seconds remaining Novo hit the side netting.

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Kjaer, McAllister (Payne 82), McGuire, Rutkiewicz, Hart, Young, Tosh, Sheerin, Young (Mike 79), Hinds, Clark.

Unused Subs:

Bookings: Caution Young (16).

Dundee Teamsheet:  Speroni, Smith, Wilkie, MacKay, Caballero, Milne, Rae, Khizanishvili, Mair, Lovell, Brady.

Unused Subs: Novo for Lovell (74), Robb for Caballero (87)

Bookings: Caution Caballero (78)

Referee: Ian Fyfe, Linlithgow

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