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Last Updated: Monday, 21 April, 2003, 16:16 GMT 17:16 UK
Bournemouth 2-1 Shrewsbury

Striker Scott McDonald's scored his first ever goal for Bournemouth to keep the fourth-placed Cherries' automatic promotion hopes alive following their victory over Shrewsbury.

The Australian struck midway through the first half as Bournemouth came from behind to notch up their seventh home win in eight games and send sorry Shrewsbury closer to the drop.

McDonald drew Bournemouth level after 21 minutes to cancel out Shrewsbury midfielder Sam Aiston's fifth-minute opener, thumping home from midway inside the penalty area.

Shrewsbury had taken a surprise lead when winger Aiston seized on Neil Young's awful backpass to beat Bournemouth goalkeeper Neil Moss from 10 yards out.

But Shrewsbury's hopes of returning home with a share of the spoils disappeared when winger Wade Elliott capitalised on a mistake from goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin to put Bournemouth in front two minutes into first-half stoppage time.

Unlucky Dunbavin tripped over the ball on the edge of the area leaving the grateful Elliott to walk it into an empty net after Young had prodded a hopeful ball up the field.

Bournemouth: Moss, Young, Carl Fletcher, Gulliver, Cummings, Elliott, Browning, John Purches, O'Connor, Steve Fletcher, McDonald. Subs: Stewart, Thomas, Hayter, Stock, Holmes.

Shrewsbury: Dunbavin, Thompson, Redmile, Murray, Wilding, Holt, Aiston, Hulbert, Jamie Tolley, Jemson, Rodgers. Subs: Drysdale, Watts, Lowe, Artell, Jagielka.

Referee: L Cable (Surrey)

Bournemouth boss Sean O'Driscoll
"The result was more important than the performance"

Shrews boss Kevin Ratcliffe
"We've got to believe that we can do it"



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