Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 1998-1999 : Aberdeen

Sat, 26th Dec 1998 Kick Off: 15:00

Dunfermline 1 Aberdeen 2

Saturday, 26th Dec 1998

SPL:
John Inglis (52) 0-1:
George Shaw (53) 1-1:
Eoin Jess (75) 1-2:

Gerry Britton returned from an on loan month at Raith and Bert Paton put him straight into the side. George Shaw was in the starting line up and Edinho, was left on the bench again.

Conditions were pretty wild as Dunfermline attacked the goal in front of the away supporters, or at least those who managed to get in on time. Some Aberdeen supporters missed the first twenty minutes play due to mayhem outside.

The first half was a fairly ordinary affair with 40 minutes passing before there was a shot on target- a header from Britton. A weak back pass by Craig Ireland had brought the first excitement as Butler just won the race for the ball.

Half time: Dunfermline 0 Aberdeen 0

In the first minute of the second half George Shaw almost converted a Stewart Petrie cross but his lunging header went just passed.

Then with 52 minutes gone John INGLIS met a Jamie Buchan corner and the defender seemed isolated as the Dunfermline defence watched. The ball arrived at the back post, Scott McCulloch was rooted to the line and Lee Butler was slow to react, 1-0

Then hopes were raised as within a minute the score was level again. Andy Smith laid the ball off to Gerry Britton who pushed it on to George SHAW. The wee man’s shot took a wicked deflection off Andy Dow and Derek Stillie could only watch the ball float into the net. George Shaw was yellow carded for his shirt removing celebrations - this must be two out of two for him at EEP.

Butler saved from Winters before the game was won by Eoin Jess in 75th minute. With Dunfermline exposed following an attack, Jamie Squires failed to put the ball out of play on the far side but within the Aberdeen half. Robbie Winters broke fast as the ball came off him and sent JESS through for an easy conversion as the exposed Butler was left with no chance

Only two victories in the last twenty two league matches. As the year draws to a close Dunfermline look like a side destined for the First Division.

DUNFERMLINE: Lee Butler: Greg Shields, Jamie Squires, Craig Ireland, Scott McCulloch: George Shaw, Richard Huxford, Hamish French, Stewart Petrie: Gerry Britton (Edinho 82), Andy Smith
SUBS NOT USED: Derek Ferguson, David Graham, Craig Martin, Ian Westwater (GK)
SCORERS: Shaw (53)
YELLOW CARD: McCulloch (47), Shaw (53)

ABERDEEN: Derek Stillie: Derek Whyte, Andy Dow, John Inglis, Mark Perry, Jamie Buchan, David Rowson, Eoin Jess, Nigel Pepper (Mike Newell 83), Ilian Kiriakov, Robbie Winters
SUBS NOT USED: Michael Hart, Iain Good, Rickie Gillies, Ryan Esson (GK)
SCORERS: Inglis (52), Jess (75)
YELLOW CARD: Winters

REFEREE: Kenny Clark (Paisley)
WEATHER:
ATTENDANCE 7873

NEXT MATCH: v St Johnstone (away) Tuesday 29th December 1998

League position: 10th and bottom by three clear points


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