Aberdeen 3 David Rowson (19, 63) Brian O'Neil (69)
Dunfermline 3 Andy Tod (46, 53) George Shaw (80)
Dunfermline brought Andy Tod back to central defence to replace Dave Barnet who has gone to Port Vale. Making a return after several months absence following a knee operation was midfielder Marc Millar who started on the bench.
Aberdeen, with five player chosen for the Scotland A and B squads, were without
suspended defender Ilian Kiriakov.
In the opening minutes both teams forced corners but neither was converted. Thereafter the game developed into a midfield struggle for supremancy by both sides. David Rowson headed visiting Aberdeen into the lead at East End after 19 minutes. Eion Jess delivered a cross despite a strong challenge from defender Andy Tod, Rowson hit the back of the net.
Dunfermline then twice forced two quick corners but could not penetrate a
tight Aberdeen defence in front of their goal.
In the 35th minute Hamish French was booked for a handball offence as he stretched
to connect with a clever Dave Bingham forward pass inside the penelty box.
Four minutes later Billy Dodds was given the ball with a clear shot at goals
but he pulled it to rebound off a defender.
The half ended with the Pars fighting hard to gain an edge over a confident
Dunfermline looked set for three points when they took the lead in the 53rd
minute. Andy Smith knocked a pass down to Hamish French who slipped the ball
to Andy Tod who in turn rifled home his second goal from seven yards.
For the next 10 minutes Dunfermline were on top with Aberdeen scrambling to
regain their form.
In the 64th minute the visitors equalised when a punch out from keeper Westwater
landed at Davis Rowson's feet and he shot perfectly into the corner of the
The six minutes later Brian O'Neil put Aberdeen ahead.
Aberdeen manager Alex Miller was left rueing the loss of two points after
the 3-3 thriller at Dunfermline.
Miller said: "When you score three goals away from home you expect to
get three points but we threw the points away with bad defending.
"We should have finished Dunfermline off in the first half."
DUnfermline manager Bert Paton said: "It was good to get three goals
but I wa annoyed at some of our defending. We now have a young defence, all
in the early 20's and they need a bit more experience.
"We have now gone six games with only one defeat and are taking ourselves
further away from the possibility of relegation."