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Aberdeen 1 - 0 Heart of Midlothian

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 0 Heart of Midlothian

Aberdeen scorers: Rowson 7.

02/01/2001 | KO: 15:00

Early Rowson Strike Defeats the Jambos

The Dons go into the winter break on the back of a brilliant team performance, and a 1-0 win over Hearts. Aberdeen got off to the best possible start when after just 6 minutes, DAVID ROWSON opened the scoring. Great work from Derek Young and Alex Di Rocco eventually led to Rowson firing a superb right foot drive into the net.

Hearts first real chance came after 11 minutes, when ex-Rangers striker Gordon Durie expertly tried to chip Dons keeper Ryan Esson, who had strayed slightly off his line, but the ball went just over. The Dons remained in control in the first half, and Alex Di Rocco came close with a 20th minute shot, but he hit it straight at Hearts Finnish international goalkeeper Antti Niemi. Thomas Solberg came close in the 31st minute with a decent effort from a free kick 25 yards out, and Aberdeen were looking increasingly likely to score again.

In a rare foray up the park Hearts nearly equalised in the 36th minute when they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Aberdeen area. Juanjo beat Esson with a terrific shot, but the post saved the Dons. Arild Stavrum was denied a chance on goal when Steven Pressley made a great saving tackle as the Norwegian shaped to shoot.

The Dons should have been 2-0 up in the 56th minute, when great work Stavrum down the wing led to Winters having an opportunity from just a couple of yards, but he somehow managed to put the ball wide. Further chances from Stavrum and Darren Young failed to find the target, and on 72 minutes a brilliant shot from Di Rocco was equally well saved by ex-Rangers keeper Niemi. Darren Young had one last chance but couldn't put the game beyond doubt. However the Dons defence held out, giving Hearts very little in the way of chances, to give the team their first win in eight matches.

NB - The Giant Sized programme for this match also covered the scheduled St Mirren game of 30th December which was postponed for weather, eventually being played on 21st February.
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Esson, Rowson, McAllister, Solberg, McGuire, Whyte, Young, Young, Winters (McNaughton 90), Stavrum (Dow 82), Di Rocco.

Unused Subs: Preece, Belabed, Clark.
Heart of Midlothian Teamsheet
Niemi, Murray, Goldie, Pressley, Cameron, Locke, Fulton (Severin 54), Tomaschek, Juanjo, McSwegan (Kirk 64), Durie Unused Subs: mcKenzie, Neilson, Simmons

Bookings:  Goldie 90
Attendance: 13,524
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: J. Rowbotham, Kirkcaldy