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Aberdeen 3 - 1 Dunfermline

HT Score: Aberdeen 2 - 1 Dunfermline

SPL Under 21
Aberdeen scorers: Solberg 1 (Pen), Carella 32, Mackie 75.
Dunfermline scorers: Hamphshire 5

17/09/2001 | KO: 19:00

U21's record their first win

Aberdeen under 21's recorded their first win of the season, beating Dunfermline 3-1 at Pittodrie. Russell Anderson put in another fine display as he battles back from injury. Darren Mackie also caused the visitors defence problems with his pace and could well be in contention for a recall on Saturday.

The game started sensationally when Aberdeen were awarded a penalty in the first minute. Ross O'Donaghue split the Pars defence with a great through ball that Darren Mackie latched on to. As he made his way into the penalty area keeper Thomson brought him down. Solberg stepped up and fired the spot kick beyond the keeper. The Dons only held the lead for four minutes though. A cross into the box was cushioned down by Fotheringham and Hampshire drilled the ball past Peat.

Mackie should have restored the Dons lead in the 11th minute. After playing a neat one-two with O'Donaghue on the edge of the box, the striker was left in the clear with only Thomson to beat. The keeper came off his line quickly and blocked the effort. Some neat one touch football in the 26th minute saw Mackie released on the right. Unfortunately he couldn't finish the move and the ball broke to O'Donaghue who hit a 25-yard drive over the bar.

Aberdeen were looking the likelier side with Tiernan and O'Donaghue linking well in the middle and Mackie's pace causing Dunfermline problems at the back. The pressure paid off in the 31st minute when the Dons regained the lead. A neat back heel by Mackie found Tiernan. Carella met his deep cross on the right and he beat his marker to head home. Nish went close to levelling for a second time when his shot was deflected over the bar in the 35th minute. Two minutes later Clark worked hard to keep the ball in play, then cut in and tried to curl the ball into the net. His effort floated wide of the target.

McHattie who was stepping up a grade was beginning to gain in confidence and he tested Thomson in the 38th minute with a low driven shot. A minute later, Peat breathed a sigh of relief when McGarty hit an effort from wide on the right, which crashed off the keepers far post to keep the Dons lead intact at half time.

Peat was called into action in the 49th minute when he was smartly down to smother a low drive. The visitors should have levelled three minutes later when Nish had a free shot at goal, but blasted his effort wide. A minute later, McHattie had another long-range effort that had Thomson scurrying across his line to hold. Tiernan made a dreadful blunder in the 57th minute when a slack pass let Nish in. He really should have buried the chance, but could only hit the ball against Peat's post. Terry Kidd replaced McHattie a minute later.

Dunfermline were having most of the play in the second period, but the 70th minute saw Terry Kidd have his first attempt on goal after good interplay with Mackie. In the 73rd minute Mackie and Ferguson were booked after an off the ball fracas. The Dons striker had the last laugh though when he extended the Dons lead a minute later. A solo run ended with the first team regular rounding the keeper and passing the ball into the empty net. Kidd almost added a fourth in the 75th minute when his shot was deflected inches over the cross bar.

Aberdeen Teamsheet
Peat, Rutkiewicz (McCulloch 79), Solberg, Anderson, McKenzie, Tiernan, O'Donoghue, Clark, Carella, Mackie, McHattie (Kidd 69).

Unused Subs: Jones, Souter, Esson.

Bookings:  McHattie (46),  Mackie (74).
Dunfermline Teamsheet
Thomson, McGarty (Nicol 45), McGroaty, Duisberg, Potter, Moss, Fotheringham (Vaughan 82), Ferguson, Nish (Mortimer 82), Hampshire, McLeish. Unused Subs:

Bookings:  Duisberg 72,   Ferguson 73   None
Attendance: 405
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Stephen Finnie
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