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match report 1999-00 fixture list
SPL 
18/09/1999
 
Aberdeen 1 - 2 Dundee United
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Dow 51.       Faras, Dodds  
Attendance: 11,814
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
First goal of season not enough to earn a point
The Dons put on their finest display of the season, only to be denied by a combination of good goalkeeping and poor finishing. Although they were denied victory the sense of relief around Pittodrie was tangible as Andy Dow netted their first goal of the season. The increased work rate and rediscovery of long lost footballing skills were clearly appreciated by the red army as the team received a standing ovation at the end. This clearly shows that if the players show this commitment then the supporters will get behind them 100%.

Jim Hamilton had an early chance for the Dons when his looping header from a Winter cross landed on the roof of the net with the United keeper struggling. After a fairly even opening half hour United opened the scoring in the 32nd minute under fairly controversial circumstances. A corner kick was headed goalward by Faras and Andy Dow looked to have headed it off the line and in to the hands of Preece. However the officials adjudged the ball had crossed the line and the goal was awarded. T.V. evidence, although not 100% conclusive, strongly suggested this was not the case. Judge for yourself on Red TV.

At the other end Coombe denied Jamie Buchan when he dived full length to turn a 25-yard shot round the post. Hamilton went close again when Hamilton headed a Solberg flick on to the post with Coombe beaten. The strike that the fans had been waiting so long for finally came in the 51st minute, and what a strike it was. Mayer was fouled on the edge of the box allowing Andy Dow to score his first goal for the club when he curled a lovely free kick into the net Aberdeen totally dominated the rest of the game and only some fine goalkeeping denied them the victory that this performance deserved. It wasn't to be however as Dodds (who else) lobbed Preece with an overhead kick from a Faras knock down for the winner.

Coombe denied the Dons again at the death when he somehow blocked a Solberg drive. It's too early to say that this is a turning point, but if the players can produce this level of performance week in, week out then it's only a matter of time before the points follow.

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Preece, Anderson, McAllister (Gillies 46), Solberg, Perry, Buchan, Jess, Mayer, Dow, Winters (Young 77), Hamilton.

Unused Subs: Bernard, Leighton, Smith.

Bookings:  Anderson,  Mayer.

Dundee United Teamsheet:  Combe, Worrell, Pascual, Hannah, de Vos, Johnsson, Partridge, Easton, Telesnikov, Ferraz, Dodds

Unused Subs: Winters, Gilles, Lilley.

Bookings:

Referee: M. A. Clark, Edinburgh

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