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Aberdeen 1 - 1 Kilmarnock

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Kilmarnock

SPL Under 21
Aberdeen scorers: Michie 63.
Kilmarnock scorers: jaconelli 75

04/03/2002 | KO: 19:00

All square at Pittodrie

The points were shared at Pittodrie tonight in the U21 match against Kilmarnock. Michie had opened the scoring for the home side midway through the second half, but Jaconelli converted an equaliser for a share of the points. Thornley and Zerouali were given welcome run outs and a draw was probably just about right. The U21's face United in their next match.

Both teams looked evenly matched in the early stages, though neither were asking too many questions of the defences. In the 5th minute Clark broke on the right, but his cross fell behind Michie allowing the danger to be easily mopped up. The closest Kilmarnock came was a wild effort from Baker in the 10th minute, which landed in the upper tier of the Richard Donald Stand. Kilmarnock nearly took the lead in the 13th minute when Duncan almost turned a cross into his own net. Fortunately for the youngster, Esson was able to turn it round the post.

Boyle had an audacious attempt at goal in the 18th minute. Noticing Esson off his line, he tried to float the ball into the net from 30 yards, but pulled the effort wide of the target. The visitors were having the better of the play at this stage with a long range Zerouali drive being the only shot at goal that Aberdeen had created. In the 22nd minute Zerouali won a free kick 30 yards from goal, but despite attempting a rehearsed move, the ball failed to make it into the Killie penalty area as Clark was forced to carry the ball over bye line before he could deliver a cross.

The Dons should have taken the lead in the 27th minute. Neat play between Michie and Thornley saw the Dons win a corner. Thornley delivered a decent cross and Rutkiewicz bulleted his header inches wide of the post with the keeper beaten. The Dons were beginning to create more chances and on the half-hour mark Clark released Zerouali on the right. The Moroccan delivered an early ball and Innes just managed to beat Michie to the ball and clear for a corner.

The Dons should have done better in the 37th minute when O'Donoghue broke through the centre and found Zerouali on the right. The Moroccan's cross was just too far ahead of the front men allowing Meldrum to gather. Pizzo had a decent shot on target in the 44th minute, but Esson was able to gather at the second attempt.

Aberdeen should have done better in the 47th minute when O'Donoghue released Clark on the counter attack. The winger hit the bye line, but his cross was swung out of play. Clark was involved again three minutes later when he was first to a poor clearance, but he drilled his shot wide of the target. The visitors should have taken the lead in the 55th minute when Jaconelli found himself with plenty of space 12 yards out. Fortunately for the Dons the striker scooped his effort over the bar.

Zerouali went close in the 59th minute. After working his way across the 18yard box, he unleashed a powerful drive that was blocked. The ball was fed out to him on the right again and after slipping the ball past Meldrum he watched in agony as his shot was cleared off the line. Michie had a chance two minutes later, but was closed down as he released his shot allowing Meldrum to gather easily. The Dons finally opened the scoring in the 63rd minute and it was a well-worked goal. O'Donoghue surged forward and found Zerouali on the left. He cleverly released Thornley and Michie had the easiest of tasks to fire the ball into the net from the wingers cross.

Kilmarnock went close in the 67th minute when McDonald fired over following a corner. The visitors did equalise in the 75th minute as they broke quickly from a Dons attack. McCutcheon hit the bye line on the right and his cut back was converted by Jaconelli from six yards. The goal had come in a period when Aberdeen looked more likely to extend their lead. Neither team were able to carve any more openings and both had to settle for a share of the points.

Aberdeen Teamsheet
Esson, Kidd (Payne 80), Duncan, Tiernan, Rutkiewicz (Belabed 83), Jones, Clark, O'Donoghue, Michie, Zerouali, Thornley.

Unused Subs: McKenzie, McHattie, Preece.

Bookings:  Rutkiewicz (77).
Kilmarnock Teamsheet
Meldrum, Canning, Baker (logan 50), Coyle, Innes, San Juan, McDonald, Pizzo (Moffat 77), Jaconelli (Gilroy 85), McCutcheon, Boyle.

Bookings:  Pizzo 72
Attendance: 851
Venue: ,
Referee: Paul Watson