Dunfermline Athletic

U20s v Aberdeen

Saturday, 13th Apr 2013

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East End Park

DUNFERMLINE 0 ABERDEEN 1

Dunfermline started brightly and Scott Mercer had a shot on goal in the eighth minute.  Five minutes later the Pars had a lucky escape when Ryan Goodfellow attempted to return the ball to Lewis Martin, but the ball hit Aberdeen's Declan McManus, and Goodfellow quickly smothered the loose ball.  Two minutes after that a good run and cross by Mercer just evaded the head of Blair Henderson.  Then Fayssal had a shot at goal but it went wide right.

Aberdeen's Craig Duguid had a good run on the left, but the ball was smothered by Goodfellow.  Another run by Fayssal resulted in the pass being too strong for Blair Henderson.  Henderson did have a shot on goal two minutes later, but it went wide right.  Murray had a good run and cross for Aberdeen but Andy Ritchie cleared the danger for a corner.

Dunfermline had the better possession in this half with the wind, but would it be the same in the second half?

Half time:  Dunfermline 0 Aberdeen 0 

At the break, Calum Helm replaced Blair Henderson.  Aberdeen started this half brightly and it took some time for the young Pars to get into the game.  Early on, Aberdeen had a couple of corners in quick succession, the second of which caused some panic in the Pars defence.  Goodfellow made  save in the 49th minute from O'Neill, after a good move by Masson.  A minute later Finn Graham had a shot which broke to Mercer.  His left foot shot was blocked for a corner. 

In 74 minutes, a good move betwen O'Kane and Mercer resulted in the ball being cut back, but Ritchie's shot went wide of goal.  Two minutes later Declan O'Kane and Calum Helm combined and when Helm's cross came in it was cleared for a corner before Gray could get a touch to it. 

Dunfermline were to rue these chances as in 79th minute the Pars lost the ball in their own half and Murray put in a cross which Alan O'SULLIVAN  converted.  Aberdeen had another chance in 90th minute which Goodfellow blocked with his foot.  In added on time, Ross Drummond was taken out by Scott Rumsby when on a good run to goal.  Declan O'Kane took the free kick approx 20 yards out but his shot was deflected for a corner.

A fairly even game in which the strong wind caused havoc for both sets of players.

Coach John Potter gave his comments after the game:-
 
"I thought we played really well in the first half. The best we have played for a while I thought and controlled it, but in the final third made the wrong decisions and didn't take our chances.  We took a wee while to get going in the second half and I thought they controlled it a bit but then we came back into it again. We had a few chances, but so did Aberdeen.
 
"I was disappointed with the goal. I think we had all bombed forward trying to break and got caught on the counter attack. We came strong at the end again and had two or three chances and a free kick at the end.  I was generally quite happy with the game, I thought we played the majority of it quite well. I've told them that they need to take their chance when you are on top in games and need to score a goal but at the same time make sure you keep it tight at the back.
 
"There wasn't a lot between the two teams, I thought we were on top in the first half, and they had the better of the second half without dominating us. It was probably a level game. Lewis Spence was excellent, Finn Graham in the middle of the park probably played his best game and the two of them got a good 90 minutes. Scott Mercer was good going down the left and then switching over to the right. It was just the final ball and taking care of the final pass and if we work on that, then a win could be just round the corner."

DUNFERMLINE: Ryan Goodfellow; Andy Ritchie, Grant Munro, Lewis Martin, Ross Drummond; Scott Mercer (Gavin Paterson 82), Lewis Spence, Finn Graham, Fayssal El Bakhbaoui (Declan O'Kane 63);  Scott Gray, Blair Henderson (Calum Helm H/T)
SUBS NOT USED:  Sean Robertson (GK); Jordan Orru, Darren Moffat

ABERDEEN: Danny Rogers, Craig Murray, Craig Duguid, Kieran Gibbons, Scott McKenna, Scott Rumsby, Jamie Masson, Craig Storie, Declan McManus, Alan O'Sullivan (Marcus Campanile 79), Stephen O'Neill
SUBS NOT USED: Scott MacAulay, Jamie Hamilton, Matthew McMahon, Scott Ferries

REFEREE:  Scott Millar
ATTENDANCE: 40

NEXT MATCH: (away) v Falkirk at Stirling University
Thursday 18th April 2013, kick off 2.00pm

Scottish Premier League

NEXT MATCH: (away) v Falkirk
Thursday 18th April 2013
Venue: Stirling University
Kick Off 2.00pm



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