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Dundee 2 - 4 Aberdeen

HT Score: Dundee 0 - 2 Aberdeen

Scottish Premier Reserve League
Dundee scorers: Jack (Pen), Rafferty
Aberdeen scorers: MacLeod, Gray, Irvine, Grant.

10/10/1987 | KO: 14:00

Gers Help Young Dons Get Ahead

The Reserves survived a slightly worrying set-back at Dundee 10 days ago when, in 90 turnabout seconds, two set pieces saw them pulled back from a 2-0 lead to 2-2. It was the kind of situation which draws out a team's character a resilience and sure enough Dons ran out 4-2 winners so it was a case of all's well that ends well.
A first-half lead of 2-0 had been comfortably established by Andrew McLeod and Stevie Gray, each taking advantage of crosses from the left by Peter Weir and Scott Harvie. McLeod drove one in at the near post while Weir the other at the far post. When the interval arrived it looked to be a case of Dons completing a fairly untroubled victory in the second-half. However, what a transformation was ahead!

Within seconds of the second-half whistle sounding Ian Robertson and Harvie had combined to bring the winger down and a penalty was given. The two Dons felt it was unjust. But the official said differently. Dundee's penalty brought it back to 2-1 and then, almost immediately, Brian Irvine conceded a free-kick near the edge of the box and suddenly Aberdeen were all-square and with a battle on their hands. Not surprisingly the quick one-two scoring burst had injected new life into Dundee who for a while had their tails up making life difficult for the Dons.
The lead was restored when Irvine, having been partly responsible for the loss of the lead, went upfield on one of his scoring excursions. As a Harvie free-kick came over he met it firmly for a super header and a 3-2 scoreline. By now the home team were well in command again, a fact confirmed when before the end Brian Grant headed in another Weir centre.
'In parts of the game we played some of the best football I have seen from us for a while,' said coach Teddy Scott. 'We pushed the ball about beautifully with Ian Porteous controlling things very well up front.'

Source; Match programme, 21st October 1987

Dundee Teamsheet
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Beckett, Watson, Harvie, Grant, Irvine, Robertson, Porteous, Gray, MacLeod, Gardner (Selbie), Weir.

Unused Subs: Emslie.
Venue: Dens Park, Dundee
Referee: D. M. Keenan, Bishopbriggs
Next Match
23 Jul 2024 / 19:45 / Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen