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Aberdeen 2 - 3 Everton

HT Score: Aberdeen 1 - 0 Everton

Russell Anderson Testimonial
Aberdeen scorers: Dempsey 40, Smith 70.
Everton scorers: Arteta (54), Cahill (85), Anichebe (90)

08/08/2006 | KO: 19:45

Late double spoils Rusty's party

Everton spoilt the party at Pittodrie with a late double to lift the Apex Tubular trophy. The Dons leading 1-0 at the interval through a Gary Dempsey goal were forced back by the Premiership rivals at the start of the second half and it was no surprise when they levelled through Arteta though Derek Soutar should have done better. When Jamie Smith put Aberdeen back in front it looked like they could go on to win but two goals in the last five minutes ended their hopes. However man of the moment Russell Anderson was rewarded with a good turn out and the man of the match trophy.

Everton kicked off and in a quiet opening spell they carved out the first chance when McFadden tested Langfield with a 30-yard free kick that was comfortably held by the keeper. Aberdeen should have opened the scoring three minutes later when some fine passing play ended with Jamie Smith setting up Darren Mackie 8 yards out. Somehow the striker failed to control the ball with the goal gaping. McFadden squandered an equally simple opportunity in the 9th minute when he sliced the ball when a tap in looked easier. Perhaps both sides were leaving it for Russell to lead the way.

Jamie Smith then went close in the 12th minute after winning a free kick on the edge of the box. He stepped up and curled the ball inches wide of Howard's right hand post before Langfield was forced into action at the other end. Smith came even closer in the 20th minute after good play from Clark on the left, he found Smith who cut inside and fired the ball against the upright with Howard well beaten. A poor effort from Severin two minutes later was almost turned in by Mackie, but the keeper gathered near the goal line.

Clark was on hand at the other end to head clear in the 28th minute as Pittodrie was treated to some relaxed end-to-end football. A mistake from Touzani on the half hour mark presented McFadden with another chance but he clearly hadn't found his touch yet as he fired well wide. Two minutes later another fine passage of play broke down on the edge of the box when Clark delivered his final pass behind Crawford. Then Crawford and Mackie combined well but Howard easily gathered Crawford's finish. Aberdeen then took the lead five minutes before the break with a well-worked goal.

Some wonderful passing play ended with Hart cutting back to Dempsey and the midfielder calmly stroked the ball past Howard. Lee Carsley received a severe lecture a minute later after upending Jamie Smith from behind. In normal competition it would have earned him the first yellow card of the game. It was handshakes all round however as the match continued in a good spirit.

Everton made three changes at half time while only Soutar replaced Langfield for the Dons and he was almost called into action in the 47th minute when Cahill latched on to a poor clearance from Diamond. Fortunately the Aussie spared Zander's blushes by firing over from 10 yards. Everton were enjoying the better of the opening exchanges and had Aberdeen pinned back when they levelled in the 54th minute. Soutar won't want to see a replay of this goal as ex-Ger Arteta swung in a cross that the keeper totally missed as Beattie challenged. The outcome was the ball nestling in the back of the net direct from the speculative cross.

Everton continued to dominate as Aberdeen failed to replicate some of the play of the opening 45 minutes. Calderwood rang the changes in the 66th minute when Stewart, Lovell and Macaulay replaced Crawford, Mackie and Dempsey. Everton also made four more changes at this stage. The changes appeared to work as Aberdeen regained the lead four minutes later when Smith fired past substitute keeper Wright from the edge of the box. With eleven minutes remaining Foster, Byrne and Winter replaced Smith, Severin and Clark.

Two minutes later Lovell went close with an audacious lob that beat the keeper but also the bar. Seconds later Considine replaced Diamond thus giving the whole bench a run out. Everton forced an equaliser with five minutes to go when Anichebe cut the ball back from the right for Cahill to prod home and atone for his earlier miss. Everton completed their comeback and spoilt the party in the 90th minute when Anichebe was given acres of space inside the box and fired the ball low past Soutar to win the match.

Aberdeen Teamsheet
Langfield (Soutar 46), Diamond (Considine 81), Hart, Anderson, Touzani, Clark (Winter 79), Smith (Foster 79), Dempsey (Macaulay 66), Crawford (Stewart 66), Mackie (Lovell 66), Severin (Byrne 79).
Everton Teamsheet
Howard, Pistone, Valente, Lescott, Stubbs, Cahill, Osman, Carsley, Beattie, McFadden, Kilbane. Unused Subs: Johnson for McFadden (46), Neville for Pistone (46), Arteta for Kilbane (46), Wright for Howard (66), Naysmith for Valente (66), Yobo for Stubbs (66), Anichebe for Beattie (66).
Attendance: 10,541
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Alan Freeland, Aberdeen
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