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St. Johnstone 0 - 3 Aberdeen

HT Score: St. Johnstone 0 - 2 Aberdeen

Aberdeen scorers: Mackie 23, Mackie 45, Stavrum 77.

28/04/2001 | KO: 15:00

Mackie Fires First Goals Against Saints

Darren Mackie scored his first and second goals for the Dons, as Aberdeen easily beat St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park. Mackie was unfortunate not to grab a hat-trick, after he missed a chance when through one-on-one with Alan Main.

Mackie made it 1-0 after 25 minutes, scoring with what was the real first chance for either team. A defensive mistake by ex-Rangers and Dundee United defender Gary Bollan led to DARREN MACKIE pouncing and hitting the back of the net to make it 1-0. Mohammed Sylla had a great chance in the 31st minute to make it 1-1, but Scotland under 21 keeper Ryan Esson somehow managed to clear the ball. MACKIE made it 2-0 right on half-time, when his brilliant solo run provided him with a scoring opportunity. His finish wasn't exactly clinical, but it found the net and he will be delighted to have scored his first brace for the Dons.

Chances fell to Stavrum and Mackie at the St Johnstone end, and Sylla came close for St Johnstone before ARILD STAVRUM grabbed his fifteenth goal of the season to put the game beyond doubt. The Norwegian striker found himself in a great position and striker's instinct helped him to make it 3-0. Overall it wasn't the most entertaining game by any means, but the Dons put in a great performance and were deserved winners.

St. Johnstone Teamsheet
Main, McCluskey, Forsyth, Weir, Frail, Dasovic (Lowndes 77), Kane, McBride, Lovenkrands (Kernaghan 61), Hartley (MCulloch 77), Parker Unused Subs: Cuthbert, McClune

Bookings:  Dasovic 69,   Forsyth 73
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Esson, Rowson (Tiernan 82), McAllister, Solberg, McNaughton, Whyte, Young (O'Donoghue 74), Guntveit, Mackie (Belabed 86), Stavrum, Clark.

Unused Subs: Preece, Lilley.

Bookings:  Whyte (50),  McNaughton (76).
Attendance: 3,611
Venue: McDiarmid Park, Perth
Referee: T. Mike McCurry, Glasgow