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match report 2000-01 fixture list
St. Mirren 2 - 0 Aberdeen
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Walker 24, Gillies 54        
Attendance: 5,763
Venue: St Mirren Park (Love Street), Paisley
Buddies Win Despite Dons Pressure
St Mirren picked up all three points despite Aberdeen's continual pressure, leaving the Dons ninth in the SPL. The Dons started well, when Darren Young had a shot saved by home goalkeeper Ludovic Roy, and brother Derek couldn't get in for the rebound. With ten minutes on the clock, Dons top scorer Robbie Winters hit a shot just over the bar when, to be honest, it did look easier to score.
Despite the Dons having the bulk of the possesion, the Saints went ahead in the 24th minute. A defensive mix-up led to Mark Yardley and Scott Walker fighting over who would stick the ball in the net, with the latter heading in to make it 1-0 to the home team. Four minutes later, Aberdeen nearly scrambled the ball over the line, with Winters and Young nearly making it 1-1, but Roy despite looking shaky, pushed it wide. Just seconds later a Robbie Winters strike went just wide as the Dons continued to press for the all important goal.
Derek Young found himself with a scoring opportunity, but he failed to score. Furter first half efforts from Jess, with a superb strike off the inside of the post, and Derek Young came close, underlining just how much pressure the Dons were enjoying.

St Mirren substituted injured keeper Roy at half-time with youngster Derek Scrigmour, and nine minutes into the second half ex-Don Ricky Gillies made it 2-0 to the Saints. Darren Mackie forced a good save from Scrigmour, and Robbie Winters 64th minute effort, was superbly saved by the keeper. When Darren Young then saw a great shot hit the bar, most of those who had travelled realised it just wasn't going to be Aberdeen's day. By this point the Dons had managed eight corners without any luck. In the final minutes, Ryan Esson denied Paeslack with a good save, and Eoin Jess had a long range shot just over, meaning the score finished 2-0, leaving the Dons to wonder how on earth St Mirren managed to win.
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Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Esson, Rowson, McNaughton, Guntveit (Mackie 50), Perry, Whyte, Young, Jess, Winters, Young, Clark (Mayer 68).

Unused Subs: Preece, McAllister, Dow.


Referee: Stuart Dougal, Burnside

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