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Friday, 19 April, 2002, 16:17 GMT 17:17 UK
Dons secure Uefa Cup place
Phil McGuire rattles home Aberdeen's second goal
Phil McGuire rattles home Aberdeen's second goal
Aberdeen 3-0 Livingston

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Aberdeen secured their place in next season's Uefa Cup competition with a convincing victory over Livingston.

The Dons were on top throughout and two early goals by Leon Mike and Phil McGuire settled the nerves.

Livingston had a goal harshly chopped off before Darren Mackie put the result beyond any doubt before half-time.

Aberdeen seemed determined to make up for last week's defeat by Hearts and started by far the brighter of the two teams.

It was no real surprise when they took the lead in eight minutes.

A Darren Mackie cross from the right was misjudged by Marvin Andrews, causing Livi keeper Javier Sanchez Broto to spill the ball.

Leon Mike puts Aberdeen into the lead
Leon Mike puts Aberdeen into the lead
That left Mike with the simplest of tasks to tap the ball into the net from a few yards out.

The second goal arrived just four minutes later.

A Robbie Winters free kick was headed goalwards by Mackie and although Broto saved well, the ball fell kindly for McGuire who volleyed home.

The Dons had a penalty claim turned down when Mackie was sandwiched between Andrews and Phillipe Brinquin but referee Dougie McDonald gave a corner.

On the half-hour mark, Andrews had to clear off the line after Broto failed to cut out a Kevin McNaughton cross, which was then guided towards goal by Winters.

Moments later, Fernandez had the ball in the net for the visitors after he followed up a Lee Makel shot but he was controversially ruled offside.

Mike celebrates his opening goal
Mike celebrates his opening goal
Aberdeen extended their lead again six minutes before the break.

Winters clipped the ball over the top for Mackie to chase and the Dons player beat Rubio to the ball before lashing the ball past Broto.

The visitors brought on David Bingham and he nearly made an immediate impact after only two minutes of the re-start when he clipped a 20-yard free-kick off Peter Kjaer's left-hand post.

Broto mis-controlled a Rubio back-pass and almost allowed Mike in to score his second.

In the 58th minute, McNaughton crossed into the box and Andrews' poor defensive header fell to Mackie inside the box, but he snatched at his angled shot and hit the side-netting.

Livingston were unable to find any way back into the game and as their frustration mounted, so did tempers and manager Jim Leishman had to be spoken to by the referee.

Livi must now wait until next week before they can secure their place in the Uefa Cup.

Aberdeen: Kjaer, McNaughton, McGuire, Anderson, McAllister, Derek Young, Bisconti, Darren Young (Dadi 85), Winters, Mackie (Clark 88), Mike (Tiernan 76).

Subs not used: Peat, Rutkiewicz.

Livingston: Broto, Brinquin, Rubio, Andrews, Santini, Tosh (Bingham 45), Makel, Lovell (Jokovic 75), Quino, Wilson (Hart 75), Fernandez.

Subs not used: McEwan, Caputo.

Booked: Fernandez, Rubio.

Att: 14,109

Ref: Dougie McDonald.

BBC Sport's Andy Gillies
"A comprehensive victory"
Aberdeen boss Ebbe Skovdahl
"I'm so pleased for our supporters"
Livingston boss Jim Leishman
"The season's not finished yet"
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