Dunfermline 1 Aberdeen 1Saturday, 29th Aug 1998
Mark Perry (74) 0-1:
Hamish French (89) 1-1:
A bit of a battle in which both sides put up a fight for their share of the points. Andy Tod was out with torn ligaments in his ankle, so Richard Huxford retained the place he took when replacing his injured team mate at Motherwell last week.
Dunfermline brought in Scott Thomson for the injured Derek Ferguson, Gavin Johnson for John Fraser and Gerry Britton replaced George Shaw upfront
The kick off was delayed by nine minutes because the new turnstiles (and their operators) were struggling to cope with the job. On the day when the Pars announced that they would be launching a new away strip Dunfermline wore their plain black shirts, third strip, which are fast becoming 1-1 draw specialists.
Dunfermline were the much better side in the first half. Scott Thomson twice fired in good efforts and Jim Leighton had to produce his international class; Chris Templeman had some good tries and Aberdeen looked poor. Craig Hignett was red carded in 24 minutes for elbowing Templeman but the Pars failed to capitalise on the extra number advantage.
Half time: Dunfermline 0 Aberdeen 0
The home support loudly applauded their side off at half time but it was a slower side that emerged 15 minutes later Aberdeen took the lead in 74 minutes when Mark Perry was left unattended at a corner kick This came as a surprise to the team but from the stand it clearly looked that an Aberdeen goal was likely
Marc Millar sporting a peroxide shampoo, replaced Scott Thomson but he is still a shadow of the old self George Shaw replaced Chris Templeman and latterly Hamish French came on for a very tired looking Gerry Britton Then with 80 odd minutes gone Dunfermline suddenly awoke from the dead and finished with a blitz on the Dons goal that again had to be thankful to Jim Leighton
Following good build up play from Shields and George Shaw, Greg Shields’ cross was nodded back across the six yard box by Craig Ireland and Hamish FRENCH slotted in the equaliser Twice after that Leighton kept the draw alive and held out during a frenzied Pars onslaught
SUBS NOT USED: Colin Nish, David Hay (GK).
SCORERS: French (89)
YELLOW CARD: Huxford (50), Millar (80), Britton (82)
ABERDEEN: Jim Leighton: Derek Whyte, Russell Anderson, Andy Dow, J Inglis, Mark Perry, Michael Hart (Jamie Buchan 27), David Rowson, Eoin Jess, BIlly Dodds, Craig Hignett.
SUBS NOT USED: Mike Newell, Ricky Gillies, Ilian Kiriakov, Ryan Easson (GK).
SCORERS: Perry (74)
YELLOW CARD: Anderson
RED CARD: Hignett (s/o 24)
REFEREE: S Dougal (Burnside)
NEXT MATCH: v St Johnstone (away) Saturday 12th September 1998
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