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Dundee United 1 - 1 Aberdeen

HT Score: Dundee United 0 - 0 Aberdeen

Dundee United scorers: Archibald (53)
Aberdeen scorers: Mackie 49.

21/01/2006 | KO: 15:00

Dons settle for a share of the spoils

Aberdeen had to settle for a share of the spoils at Tannadice today despite taking the lead four minutes after the break. Unfortunately they only held that lead for four minutes as they allowed Archibald to fire home after a Brebner free kick. United then went into the ascendancy but the Dons defended comfortably to hold on for the point.

United made the better start to the match putting the Dons on the back foot in the opening minutes. Aberdeen then eased into the game and won their first corner in the 10th minute with Stillie eventually gathering to end the threat. Four minutes later Nicholson delivered a dangerous free kick that was deflected wide from a Byrne header. The subsequent corner produced an air shot from Byrne before it was cleared to safety. Aberdeen were now in control of the match as they continued to threaten the home goal.

In the 22nd minute Crawford was gifted a free header but unfortunately it was steered straight into the body of Stillie. Aberdeen should have opened the scoring in the 26th minute when Smith released Mackie. The striker made a great run then cut it back for Foster who sliced his effort wide of the target. Two minutes later Fernandez had a half chance but he put the bell well off target under severe pressure from Anderson. Referee Brines then awarded a rather soft free kick against McNaughton on the edge of the Dons box, but Langfield made a comfortable save from Lee Miller's effort.

The Dons then raced forward and won another corner, which resulted in a weak header from Anderson being easily saved by Stillie. The game had now hit a bit of a lull as we eased towards the half time break. Smith then attempted a solo effort in the 39th minute when he cut inside and drove an effort wide of the target. A minute from the end Aberdeen won a free kick on the edge of the box but Griffin's effort was easily gathered by Stillie.

A poor clearance by Langfield in the opening minute presented United with an early chance but McNaughton stopped Fernandez in his tracks and cleared the danger. Aberdeen then grabbed a deserved lead in the 49th minute when Crawford chested a Byrne pass into the path of Darren Mackie and the striker fired a right foot shot past Stillie from 18 yards. Aberdeen could only hold on to the lead for four minutes when a Brebner free kick delivered and the ball broke to Archibald who fired it into the Dons net.

Five minutes later Kerr had a chance but blasted the ball high over the bar and at the other end Byrne had a dig at goal but it went well wide. The home side then made a double substitution on the hour mark as Brewster and Samuel replaced Fernandez and Miller. The home side appeared to have been given a huge boost from the early equaliser and with the introduction of new boss Craig Brewster and were starting to take the ascendancy. United then went close in the 67th minute when they failed to clear a corner and Mulgrew fired into the side netting.

Two minutes later Nicholson collected a long throw from Griffin and hit a decent shot that appeared to deflect off the heals of Darren Mackie. Crawford collected a knock in the 72nd minute and as he received treatment Considine replaced Foster and Calderwood changed to a 3-5-2 formation. Crawford looked to be through on goal in the 79th minute when he appeared to be fouled. No decision was given and a minute later Lovell replaced the goal scorer Darren Mackie. A minute later Griffin hit a speculative effort from 25 yards but the ball dipped over the bar.

Brewster was forced to substitute himself after picking up a knock and in the last minute Mulgrew fired a free kick wide of the target. Then a couple of minutes into injury time the home side won another free kick in a dangerous position and then forced a corner as Nicholson sliced his clearance. Aberdeen then broke but were unable to create a goal scoring chance and had to settle for a share of the spoils.

Match Stats:

United Dons
Goal Attempts 9 9
On Target 5 4
Corners 4 3
Possession 50% 50%

Dundee United Teamsheet
Stillie, Duff, McInnes, Kerr, Archibald, McCracken, Mulgrew, Brebner, Fernandez, Miller, McIntyre. Unused Subs: Brewster for Fernandez (60), Samuel for Miller (60), Robertson for Brewster (88)

Bookings:  Kerr (50)
Attendance: 9,936
Venue: Tannadice Park, Dundee
Referee: Iain Brines, Erskine
Jimmy Calderwood greets Craig Brewster at the start of the match.
Danny Griffin puts in a challenge at Tannadice.
Steve Crawford beats Archibald to the ball.
Richie Byrne in action today.
Chris Clark challenges Fernandez.
Darren Mackie opens the scoring at Tannadice.
Mackie then celebrates the strike.
Archibald levels for United four minutes later.
Crawford controls the ball at Tannadice.
It's handshakes all round at the end of the match.
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