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Dunfermline Athletic 3 - 2 Aberdeen

HT Score: Dunfermline Athletic 1 - 2 Aberdeen

Dunfermline Athletic scorers: Crawford 13, Rossi 46, Nicholson 51
Aberdeen scorers: Rowson 37, Dow 46.

26/12/2000 | KO: 15:00

Dons Lose Out in East End Five Goal Thriller

Dunfermline beat the Dons by the odd goal in five, in this Boxing day SPL match, which very nearly didn't go ahead. The game went ahead despite a 12:15 pitch inspection, but the weather left many wondering if the game would finish.
The game started slowly, and there were no real chances for either side in the first ten minutes, until Stevie Crawford opened the scoring for the home side after just 13 minutes.
Crawford found space to fire in at the right hand post, beating Esson with ease to make it 1-0 to Dunfermline.

The Dons got back into the game against the run of play, and two goals within six minutes turned the game around. In the 38th minute, DAVID ROWSON fired a superb left foot shot into the corner of the net. Rowson was brilliant throughout, giving no less than 100 percent effort. ANDY DOW then gave the Dons a 2-1 lead, when he scored a great goal to give the Dons the advantage.

Aberdeen went in at half-time with a 2-1 advantage, but the lead was short lived. The home side grabbed an equaliser only 70 seconds into the second half, Youssef Rossi hitting the back of the net. Just over five minutes later, Dunfermline completely turned the game on it's head. Ex-Rangers player Barry Nicholson fired into the top corner of the net to make it 3-2, and score what was to be the winning goal.

Dunfermline nearly extended their lead on two occasions, Stevie Crawford hitting both efforts just wide, with the second being ruled offside when it looked like he would make it 4-2. However, Dunfermline held on to take all three points, while the Dons must now put the disappointment behind them, and look forward to saturday's match with St Mirren at Pittodrie.

Dunfermline Athletic Teamsheet
Ruitenbeek, Rossi, Skerla, Ferguson, McGroarty, Moss, Skinner (Dijkhuizen 46), Thomson, Nicholson (Dair 80), Crawford, Hampshire (Doesburg 75) Unused Subs: Thomson, Bullen
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Esson, Rowson, McAllister (McNaughton 70), Solberg, McGuire, Whyte, Di Rocco, Young (Belabed 63), Winters, Stavrum, Dow (Mackie 70).

Unused Subs: Clark.

Bookings:  Solberg.
Attendance: 7,194
Venue: East End Park, Dunfermline
Referee: Gary Mitchell