The Dons scraped through to the last eight of the CIS Insurance Cup by the narrowest of margins after Jamie Buchan's spot kick in the penalty shoot out gave them victory against plucky first division Falkirk.
The home side, who went first, enjoyed a 100% record in the shoot out with Andy Dow, Thomas Solberg, Robbie Winters and Jamie McAllister also converting. Scott McKenzie missed for the Bairns. The Dons made two changes to their starting eleven with Ricky Gilles and Robbie Winters coming in for Derek Young and Jamie McAllister, who were both on the bench along with Michael Hart.
It was the home side who started the brightest, creating several openings without however, putting the Bairns rearguard under any real pressure. The longer the half went without Aberdeen turning their superiority into goals, the more the visitors confidence grew and after weathering the early storm, they came more into the game. In 26 minutes, Thomas Solberg, again outstanding with Russell Anderson at the back, was booked for a foul on Gareth Hutchison and from the resultant free kick, Tommy Coyne's header was brilliantly tipped round the post by Dave Preece. Five minutes later, Robbie Winters should have done better than scoop a shot from fifteen yards over the bar after good work by Solberg and Eoin Jess.
With half time looming, Hutchison, for once, got the better of Solberg inside the box but somehow contrived to place his shot past Preece's left hand post. Then at the other end, Mark Perry brought out a good save from Falkirk keeper Myles Hogarth with a header, following a corner.
Five minutes after the restart, the Dons took the lead when Andy Dow's right footed cross was headed past his own keeper by Andy LAWRIE. The Dons joy was short lived however and seven minutes later, the Bairns were level when Scott CRABBE scored after good work down the left.
Both teams made substitutions but neither could break the deadlock before the end of normal time. Ricky Gillies and Andy Dow joined Solberg in the referee's book.
The nearest either side came in the additional thirty minutes was when Jim Hamilton's close range shot was deflected over the bar by a Falkirk defender.