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Dunfermline 3 - 0 Aberdeen

HT Score: Dunfermline 1 - 0 Aberdeen

SPL Reserves
Dunfermline scorers: Donelly (23, 60, 75)

07/09/2004 | KO: 14:00

dons three under par

A hat trick from former Celtic striker Simon Donnelly gave Dunfermline's reserves the points on East End Park's artificial surface, although Dons manager Neil Cooper was disappointed not to have taken something from a game in which his young side created the majority of the chances.

Darren Mackie was unfortunate not to put the visitors in front early on when he was put through by Willie John Kiely but former Dundee keeper Jamie Langfield was on hand to save. Shortly afterwards, Mackie pulled an effort over the crossbar before Kiely also came close, his lob going wide of the target.

A Richard Buckley slip almost let Athletic in and midway through the opening period they went ahead when Ryan O'Leary, under pressure from Donnelly, allowed the forward in to shoot past Ryan Esson.

Early in the second half, Kiely found himself clear inside the area but instead of shooting, chose to cut the ball back allowing Athletic to clear. On the hour mark, Ricky Foster gave the ball away on the edge of the box and Donnelly was again first to react, making no mistake from fifteen yards.

Langfield again came to Dunfermline's rescue when he saved well from Foster, who had been played in by Mackie. The Dons were to rue that miss a few minutes later when Athletic made it three, Donnelly scoring directly from a free kick after Fergus Tiernan had pulled the same player down.

Aberdeen never gave up and Foster saw a good effort go just wide on the stroke of full time.

Neil Cooper commented after the game. "It was frustrating as we created the better chances but gave away poor goals. Overall it was a decent performance and it was good to see Darren Mackie get another full ninety minutes under his belt."
Dunfermline Teamsheet
Langfield, Ross, Tod, Scullion, Campbell, Greenhill, Labonte, McKeown, Clarke (Smith 55), Lyle (Wilson 85), Donnelly Unused Subs: Bruce for Kiely (75 mins)
Venue: East End Park, Dunfermline
Referee: Gary Hilland