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Dunfermline 0 - 0 Aberdeen

HT Score: Dunfermline 0 - 0 Aberdeen

SPL Under 21

25/08/2003 | KO: 19:00

Keeper Keeps Dons at Bay

Two experienced sides fought out a no scoring draw in Fife this evening with Marco Ruitenbeek denying the Dons a deserved win. Aberdeen had the upper hand in the first 45 minutes with the best chance falling to Michael Bird. Good work from Leigh Hinds created the opening and released Bird only for Ruitenbeek to pull off his first decent stop of the night.

The Dons continued to dominate proceedings after the interval and Muirhead was through one-on-one with the keeper on two separate occasions but again the keeper couldn't be beaten. McNaughton carved out another chance but once again Ruitenbeek pulled off a magnificent save. Neil Cooper was pleased that the team had collected their first point of the season, but was even happier with the overall performance. "The guys worked really hard tonight and had the better chances over the 90 minutes. It was two experienced sides out there and we created enough chances to win the match. The most pleasing aspect had to be the work rate the lads put in."

Weather: Dry
Dunfermline Teamsheet
Ruitenbeek, McNicol, Dair, McLeish, Mcgarty, Labonte, Hunt (Storey 61), Dempsey, Mehmet (Clarke 80), Hampshire, Kilgannon

Bookings:  Kilgannon 87
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Esson, Payne, McQuilken, McGuire, Higgins, Hart, McNaughton, Tiernan, Bird, Hinds, Muirhead.

Unused Subs: Jones, McCulloch, Fraser, Lombardi, Hutton.

Bookings:  Payne (87).
Venue: New Bayview, Methil
Referee: Jeff Banks