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Aberdeen 3 - 1 Dunfermline

HT Score: Aberdeen 2 - 1 Dunfermline

SPFL Development League
Aberdeen scorers: Low 11, Shankland 30, Wright 87.
Dunfermline scorers: Thomas 19

05/05/2015 | KO: 19:00

The Young Dons this evening lifted the SPFL Development League trophy at Pittodrie. Kieran Gibbons was presented with the trophy by Neil Doncaster after the match. Before then Paul Sheerin's side beat the young Pars 3-1. The game was not a classic and the Dons maybe did not play at quite the same intensity as they have done all season but for the large crowd it was an enjoyable game to watch and an occasion the players will never forget.

The young Dons this evening lined up with Mutch in goal, Clark Robertson was at left back with Rose and Anderson in central defence and Culjak was at right back. Gibbons and Campanile filled the centre of midfield with Wright on the left and Low on the right. Smith played in the hole behind Shankland. Not surprisingly the match did not have the same intensity as previous weeks with the league already won. On 3 minutes Shankland peeled to the back post and his dangerous cross was forced behind for the first corner of the night. Then on 11 minutes the Dons took the lead. Smith was released down the left by a great pass from Shankland. Cammy ran into the box before cutting the ball back. Wright had made a run to the near post and had taken a few defenders with him, leaving Nicky Low unmarked at the back of the six yard box and Nicky made no mistake with the finish. On 14 minutes a Shankland shot was well held by the keeper. Then on 17 minutes Smith hit a shot across the keeper from the edge of the area that just went past the post. On 19 minutes the visitors with their first real attack levelled. Right back Ryan Williamson made a great run to the by-line, evading a number of tackles. He had plenty of time to look up and played the ball across the goal to James Thomas who forced it home from close range. Then the same player very nearly gave the Pars the lead. After 26 minutes Crossan cut it back from a similar position as the goal. He found Thomas but Mutch managed to block the shot with his legs. On the half hour mark the best move of the game, Low to Wright to Robertson who ran in on goal, he tried to beat the keeper at his near post but Wilson stood up well. Clark might have been better crossing. Seconds later though Aberdeen regained the lead. Scott Wright created room for himself at the edge of the area with a mazy run. He struck a powerful shot which Wilson beat away but the ball landed at the feet of Shankland who scored goal number 31 - this was one of his easiest goals of the season. Like he has done all year he showed good anticipation.
On 39 minutes Mutch was forced to dive full length to keep out an effort from Galloway. On 42 minutes the same player had an even better chance, Williamson again cut the ball back but Michael Rose made a goal saving block. Outstanding defending from a player who has been an unsung hero this season. Just before the interval Wright was booked for the sort of tackle that is normally allowed to go at this level.

At the start of the second half Shankland hit a shot over and then on 55 minutes the keeper could only get one hand on a Campanile cross, Robertson then played it into the path of Smith but he volleyed over. After that the game became a bit pedestrian. Both teams were still trying hard but nothing was coming off. Aberdeen were defending strongly as this was a game they did not want to lose. On 63 minutes Campanile was replaced by Jamie Henry. Low, who was still giving it 100% for the cause was booked before on 75 minutes Scott Wright sparked the game into life with good aggressive run and after a one two with Shankland he almost had a scoring chance. On 78 minutes Orsi came on for Smith and then on 85 Shankland came off allowing the popular Michael Jones to get a run out. A fairly quiet second half had a more dramatic final few minutes when Low tried an effort from his own half. The shot had the keeper back peddling but the ball just came up short. Then with a couple of minutes to go Henry played it wide to Scott Wight and his low shot squirmed under the keeper and into the net for the third. In injury time Shaun Byrne made a brilliant run into the box, Archie Gemmill like, and it looked like he had scored when he had rounded the keeper but Mutch produced an absolutely top drawer save to get an outstretched hand on the ball when he was on the ground.

Aberdeen Teamsheet
Mutch, Culjak, Robertson, Gibbons, Anderson, Rose, Wright, Campanile (Henry 63), Shankland (Jones 85), Smith (Orsi 78), Low.

Unused Subs: Ellis, Felek, Robertson, Norris.
Dunfermline Teamsheet
Wilson, Williamson, Mercer, O'Kane, Martin (Morrison 89), Graham, Crossan, Byrne, Thomas, Galloway, (Crawford 81) McClair (McMillian 63) Subs: Gill, Orru
Attendance: 1,854
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
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