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Dunfermline Athletic 3 - 0 Aberdeen

HT Score: Dunfermline Athletic 1 - 0 Aberdeen

Dunfermline Athletic scorers: Crawford 40, McAllister o.g. 48, Brewster 63

15/12/2002 | KO: 15:00

Dons fail to give Paterson winning start

If Steve Paterson learned anything from today then it was that there is a lot of work to be done. A late goal in the first half gave the home side the lead before the Pars struck again just after the break. A cheaply conceded penalty wrapped up the points as the Dons struggled to produce any sort of form and struggled even more to find the back of the net on a bitterly cold afternoon.

Dunfermline had the better of the play in the opening five minutes, but it was the Dons who carved out the first chance in the 5th minute. A neat turn and cross by D?Jaffo sent the ball into the danger area and Skerla had to look lively to head the ball over the bar as Mackie waited to pounce. Aberdeen then put the home side under pressure with a series of corner kicks. Dunfermline were still looking dangerous however and both Anderson and McGuire were forced to make telling interceptions to deny the home side.

Brewster had a half chance in the 9th minute, but he was well marshalled by Anderson and could only produce a weak shot, which didn?t threaten Preece. A minute later Darren Young hit a long-range effort that was easily held by ex Don Derek Stillie. Brewster was causing problems again in the 15th minute when he fired a dangerous header across the face of the goal, but Preece was quick to react and cut out the danger.

Jason Dair then went very close in the 21st minute when he hit a fierce shot inches wide of Preece's left hand post. Just as it looked like Dunfermline were taking complete control, Aberdeen threatened through Phil McGuire. The centre back headed straight for the Dunfermline penalty area before being unceremoniously dumped by Mason. The Pars man picked up the only booking of the match for the challenge, and the resultant free kick saw McAllister hit the ball inches over the bar. Minutes earlier Darren Young had released Mackie on the left, but as D?Jaffo headed for the near post the cross fell behind him and the danger was cleared.

D?Jaffo had another chance in the 28th minute when a McAllister cross was half cleared and fell into his path. Unfortunately he was unable to get any power in his shot and Stillie collected easily. Dunfermline then carved out several chances with McNaughton having to clear a dangerous cross for a corner in the 32nd minute. The home side deservedly took the lead in the 40th minute with the help of some poor defending. Tiernan put Anderson under pressure with a poor pass and Brewster dispossessed the centre back before finding Crawford on the right. Despite looking offside, the Scotland striker strode through and fired a powerful shot past Preece for a half time lead.

The Dons made the worst possible start to the second period as they conceded a second goal in the 48th minute. Dunfermline were awarded a corner despite protests that Preece had kept a deflected shot in play. As the corner was swung in Dair headed the ball goalwards and the unfortunate Jamie McAllister turned the ball into his own net.

The Dons battled to get back into the match and Darren Young hit a great volley in the 51st minute that looked netbound before Mackie managed to divert the effort over the bar. Four minutes later Darren Young attempted an audacious overhead kick which Stillie tipped over the bar. The resultant corner was fired across the face of the goal and despite needing only a touch to convert, no one could produce the finish.

There was almost disaster for the Dons on the hour mark as McNaughton attempted to usher the ball out of play, but lost out. The cross was almost turned in by McGuire, but he managed to clear. The third was only delayed a few minutes however as Derek Young made an unnecessary challenge on Thomson to concede a penalty kick. Brewster made no mistake from the spot and the game was effectively over.

The best chance of a consolation fell to D?Jaffo in the 65th minute when his shot came back off the post when it looked like a certain goal. This summed up the Dons' afternoon and the game petered out after this leaving Paterson and Shearer with a lot to think about over the next few weeks.

Dunfermline Athletic Teamsheet
Stillie, Skerla, Thomson, Nicholson (Dempsey 83), Mason, Crawford, Brewster (McGarty 89), Hampshire, Dair, Bullen, Wilson Unused Subs: Ruitenbeek, Walker, Kilgannon

Bookings:  Mason 23
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Preece, McNaughton, McAllister, McGuire, Anderson, Young, Tiernan, Deloumeaux (Clark 83), Young, Mackie (Mike 77), D'Jaffo (Michie 83).

Unused Subs: Esson, O'Donoghue.
Attendance: 4,835
Venue: East End Park, Dunfermline
Referee: Hugh Dallas, Motherwell