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Aberdeen 3 - 1 Ipswich Town

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 1 Ipswich Town

UEFA Cup First Round Second Leg
Aberdeen scorers: Strachan 19 (Pen), Weir 55, Weir 85.
Ipswich Town scorers: Wark 33

30/09/1981 | KO: 19:30

Weir Magic as Dons sink Ipswich.

Aberdeen won tonight's 'Battle of Britain' with Peter Weir proving to be the hero with a well taken double. The first half saw both teams net from the penalty spot, but Aberdeen took control after the break and could even afford the luxury of a missed penalty in the final minute.

There were to be no prisoner's taken in this first round tie as both sides carved out early chances. It was the Dons who were to make the breakthrough in the 19th minute when Gordon Strachan caught Scottish International, John Wark, in possession and raced into the Ipswich box. As Wark tried to make up for his error he tumbled the Aberdeen midfielder and conceded a spot kick. Strachan himself stepped up and beat Paul Cooper to put the Dons ahead.

Wark was able to redeem himself in the 33rd minute after Neale Cooper tripped Eric Gates in the Aberdeen box to concede the second spot kick of the evening. Wark beat Leighton to level both the match on the night and the tie overall. Neither team managed to add to the scoring before half time and it was left to Peter Weir to win the match as he tormented Ipswich, and Mick Mills in particular, throughout the second half.

The first came in the 55th minute as Weir cut in from the left and waltzed past two defenders before drilling a low shot beyond Cooper and into the far corner of the net. Weir ended the match as a contest with only five minutes remaining. His second goal was almost a replica of the first and once again Cooper could do nothing to keep the ball out.

The Dons should have added a fourth in the final minute when referee Vautrot awarded the third spot kick of the evening. Strachan beat Cooper again but was forced to retake the kick because of encroachment. Cooper made it third time lucky as he dived low to block Strachan's effort. It mattered little as the final whistle brought the game to an end and signalled massive celebrations at Pittodrie.

Aberdeen Teamsheet
Leighton, Kennedy, Rougvie, Watson (Bell 56), McLeish, Miller, Strachan, Cooper (Simpson 78), McGhee, Hewitt, Weir.

Unused Subs: Gunn, Cowan, McCall.

Bookings:  Rougvie (17).
Ipswich Town Teamsheet
Cooper, Mills, McCall, Thijssen (O'Callaghan 84), Osman, Butcher, Wark, Muhren, Mariner, Brazil, Gates.
Attendance: 24,000
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: M. Vautrot, France
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03 Dec 2023 / 15:00 / Easter Road, Edinburgh