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match report 2002-03 fixture list
Aberdeen 1 - 1 Motherwell
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Young 30.       Kinninburgh (59)  
Attendance: 9,569 (Visitors: 280)
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Ten man Dons have to settle for draw
Gardner Speirs was unable to conjure up a win for the Dons as they took the run to nine league games without a win. The Dons had a deserved lead at half time, but lost a goal from a set play to Kinniburgh. Despite a number of chances in the second half they couldn't collect all three points and ended the match with ten men. Kevin Rutkiewicz was ordered off late in the game following his second yellow card from referee Mr. Thomson who infuriated the red army throughout the match.

The Dons made a positive start with Darren Mackie looking lively up front and Derek Young relishing his return to action. It was these two who combined in the 5th minute to manufacture the first attempt on goal with Mackie's header being comfortably held by Dubourdeau. Two minutes later the visitors won the first corner of the match when a Fagan shot was blocked, but when the corner was delivered, Lehman fouled and the danger was cleared.

Derek Young then went close in the 9th minute. Following good build up play Young collected the ball on the edge of the box and hit a fierce drive which the keeper did well to tip over. A McGuire slip two minutes later almost let the visitors in, but Lehman hit his effort well wide. Quinn was lucky to escape a yellow card in the 13th minute after a very late challenge on Darren Young.

D'Jaffo should have done better in the 16th minute after Derek Young released McAllister on the left. D'Jaffo met the full back's cross, but directed it well wide of the target. A minute later Rutkiewicz had a dig from 30 yards, but it drifted over the cross bar. The Dons were certainly on top at this stage, but were being held at bay by a well organised Motherwell defence.

Then Anderson collected the first yellow card of the match for a challenge no worse than that committed by Quinn earlier in the match. Mackie created a half chance for himself in the 28th minute when he turned his marker well only to be closed down by a second defender as he tried to pull the trigger. The Dons finally took the lead after 30 minutes when Deloumeaux provided a telling long ball. Both Mackie and his marker slipped leaving Derek Young to run in on goal and calmly slot the ball past the advancing Dubourdeau.

Motherwell tried to hit back immediately and Preece produced a fine stop from Ferguson. In the 32nd minute Kevin Rutkiewicz picked up the second yellow card of the match as the visitors indiscretions continued to go unpunished. Jamie McAllister caused anguish to David Preece and the entire home support with a dangerous pass back in the 40th minute. Fortunately the keeper was able to clear.

A minute later a similar incident occurred and Preece was taken late by Ferguson as he cleared. This time Mr. Thomson produced the yellow card. The final chance of the half fell to Motherwell when McFadden slipped on the ball at the edge of the box and was promptly awarded a free kick, which he blasted over the bar. In the final minute Motherwell went close again as Rutkiewicz was caught in possession and play raged on despite Jamie McAllister lying inside the area nursing a head knock.

McNaughton made his long awaited return to action when he replaced McAllister at half time. Mr Thomson didn't take long to reassert himself in the second half by booking Darren Young in the first minute for a complaint, then only spoke to Corrigan a minute later after he took Mackie out of the play with a late challenge. Deloumeaux was next into the book and this time it was deserved, but how Leitch escaped discipline for retaliation on Deloumeaux will remain a mystery. Especially as he was not involved in the original incident.

McFadden had a chance to pull Motherwell level in the 54th minute, but Preece got his angles right and the effort went inches wide. Two minutes later Lehman headed an Adams corner wide then as Aberdeen broke Deloumeaux went on a great run forward and despite being pulled back all the way, Mr Thomson waved play on. Aberdeen were to pay for this as Motherwell went back up the pitch to win a corner from which Kinniburgh was to fire home the equaliser.

Speirs responded by sending on Leon Mike in place of D'Jaffo. Aberdeen were awarded a free kick in the 64th minute which was greeted with ironic cheers and produced a yellow card for McFadden. Fagan was booked several minutes later for a brutal challenge on McGuire as the game threatened to boil over. Aberdeen had a great chance to regain the lead in the 72nd minute after Mike did well on the left and delivered a hanging cross. Deloumeaux steered the ball into the path of Tiernan, but the youngster failed to get his shot away as he was closed down quickly. Seconds later Mackie had a chance on the right, but finished weakly.

Aberdeen had gained the upper hand again and Rutkiwicz went close in the 77th minute when he headed a Deloumeaux free kick wide. Motherwell then had a real let off in the 81st minute when the keeper came sprinting off his line for a ball he was never going to reach. Deloumeaux forced the ball past him, but it drifted too wide for Mackie to convert. Seconds later Mike challenged the keeper for a high ball and the ball broke free. Unfortunately no one was on hand to capitalise.

Mr Thomson once again took centre stage when Rutkiewicz picked up a second yellow for a poor challenge. The card seemed to be produced more from the Motherwell players' reaction than anything else. Once again a Motherwell player raised his hand in retaliation (Adams), once again he was not involved with the incident and once more referee Thomson took no action. In the final minute Mike delivered another telling cross, but again the ball failed to break to any Dons player inside the box.

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Preece, Rutkiewicz, McAllister (McNaughton 46), McGuire, Anderson, Young, Tiernan, Deloumeaux, Young, Mackie, D'Jaffo (Mike 60).

Unused Subs:

Bookings:  Anderson (22),  Rutkiewicz (32),  Young (46),  Deloumeaux (49),  Rutkiewicz (84),  Rutkiewicz (84).

Motherwell Teamsheet:  Dubourdeau, Corrigan, Hammell, Ferguson, Fagan, Kinniburgh, Adams, Leitch, Lehman, Quinn, McFadden.

Unused Subs: MacDonald for Fagan (89), Clarkson for Ferguson (90)

Bookings:  Ferguson (41),   McFadden (64),   Fagan (68)

Referee: Craig Thomson

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