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match report 2005-06 fixture list
Dunfermline Athletic 1 - 0 Aberdeen
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Burchill (48)        
Attendance: 5,308
Venue: East End Park, Dunfermline
Burchill strike sinks ragged reds
Aberdeen's top six ambitions took a severe knock at East End Park this afternoon after a poor performance saw them stutter to defeat and slip back to eighth spot. After a poor first half the Dons lost an early goal after the interval when Burchill stepped past a static defence to drill a hunt cross pass Langfield. Aberdeen never looked like clawing themselves back into this match thereafter and need to lick their wounds and ensure they don't repeat this form against Livingston next week.

Aberdeen kicked off but it was a quiet opening to the match until the 4th minute when Mackie controlled the ball and laid it off to Macaulay. The youngster fired a snap shot goalward but it drifted wide of the target. Two minutes later a penetrating run from ex Don Scott Muirhead won the opening corner of the game. The set play was cleared to the edge of the box and Ross fired his effort well over the bar. Dunfermline went close again in the 9th minute but an interception from McNaughton denied the Pars.

Foster and Crawford combined to good effect in the 16th minute but were unable to carve out a finish then two minutes later McNaughton released Macaulay but lack of control denied the youngster a chance. A low drive from Foster then went wide before Crawford won a free kick on the 20th minute that produced a decent header from Russell Anderson but it drifted wide of the target. A minute later Diamond made a clumsy challenge on Burchill but the home side were unable to make anything of the set play.

Muirhead was causing problems for Griffin and he whipped in another cross in the 24th minute that forced Anderson to clear for a corner. The resulting set play saw Hunt head over from six yards. At this stage Aberdeen were conceding possession cheaply as the home side held the upper hand. Just after the half hour mark the Dons managed to put some pressure on the home defence but they lacked that final killer ball. Another chance was carved out in the 38th minute when Clark fed Crawford and his first time cross was screwed well wide of the target by Scott Severin.

Mason then went close for the Pars three minutes later when he tried to curl the ball into the top corner but fortunately lifted the ball too high. Burchill was almost released in the final minute but McNaughton did well to challenge. The home side were finishing the half on top and Aberdeen would need to up the tempo after the break if they were to take anything from this match.

Aberdeen failed to heed the warning signs lost a goal within two and a half minutes of the restart. Hunt drove the ball low across the face of the goal and as the Aberdeen defence looked at each other Burchill nipped in and drilled the ball past Langfield. It almost got worse a minute later when Burchill should have made it two but screwed the ball wide of the target. Aberdeen were given a lucky break in the 54th minute when Langfield came for a corner and completely missed it. Burchill didn't and headed the ball against the bar with Aberdeen in disarray.

After a bit of a mix up Aberdeen finally introduced Snoyl in the 57th minute in place of McNaughton. The Dutchman's first contribution was to be wrestled to the ground by Ross as Aberdeen abandoned the 4-4-2 for a 3-5-2 formation. They had now woken up a bit and were starting to show more of themselves as an attacking force and Stewart replaced Griffin in the 64th minute. Dunfermline were still a danger and the Dons looked nervy at that back any time they were put under pressure.

Foster again showed his pace in the 70th minute but his control let him down and he ran the ball out before he could threaten. Two minutes later Snoyl had a speculative effort from 25 yards but the ball deflected wide off of John Stewart. There was good build up play in the 74th minute but the Dons looked to need too many touches in their approach and the home defence were able to clear easily. Scott Wilson then earned the first card of the game for a cynical challenge on Snoyl. The resulting free kick created a chance for Stewart but he scooped the ball over the bar from 12 yards.

Aberdeen finally won their first corner of the match in the 80th minute, which ended with Macaulay firing over the bar. Dempsey immediately replaced the youngster as Aberdeen looked to get back into the match. Substitute Tarachulski skinned Diamond in the 83rd minute and the striker should have done better. Aberdeen forced the issue in the closing minutes but couldn't find a way past the home defence. Crawford had the best chance in injury time but he failed to control the ball and it trundled off his shin and into the keeper's hands to sum up a dismal afternoon for the Dons.

Dunfermline Athletic Teamsheet:  McGregor, Labonte, Shields, Wilson, Thomson, Ross, Mason, Young Dk, Muirhead, Burchill, Hunt.

Unused Subs: Daquin for Young. Dk (46), Tarachulski for Burchill (81), Todd for Hunt (86)

Bookings:  Wilson (77)

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Langfield, Griffin (Stewart 64), Diamond, Severin, Anderson, McNaughton (Snoyl 57), Foster, Macaulay (Dempsey 81), Mackie, Crawford, Clark.

Unused Subs:


Referee: Iain Brines

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