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Saturday, 13 October, 2001, 17:26 GMT 18:26 UK
Mackie double boosts Dons
Aberdeen celebrate Darren Mackie's equaliser
Aberdeen celebrate Darren Mackie's equaliser
Livingston 2-2 Aberdee

Aberdeen regained their pride after their CIS Cup humiliation by fighting back from two behind to draw at Almondvale.

The Dons had lost 6-1 at Pittodrie to Jim Leishman's West Lothian outfit in midweek.

It looked like another defeat was on the cards as Barry Wilson and Steve Tosh put Livingston in control.

But a double from Darren Mackie gave Aberdeen a share of the points.

David Fernandez and Marvin Andrews were available again for Livingston but were left on the bench as Leishman retained the line-up that won so handsomely up north.

Barry Wilson scored from the penalty spot
Barry Wilson scored from the penalty spot
Aberdeen manager Ebbe Skovdahl made four changes.

Hicham Zerouali was on international duty, while Kevin McNaughton, Ben Thornley and Chris Clark dropped on to the bench.

In came Jamie McAllister, Fergus Tiernan, Robbie Winters and Eugene Dadi.

Aberdeen charged forward from the start and Roberto Bisconti and Darren Mackie failed to make the best of half chances.

Mackie then fired in a dipping shot that flew just over on-loan goalkeeper Nick Culkin's crossbar.

But the Dons conceded a penalty after 14 minutes, when Ryan Esson brought down David Bingham after a poor defensive header from Darren Young.

Wilson stepped up to convert the kick and give Livingston the lead.

Livingston had their hearts in their mouths in the 21st minute when Culkin mis-hit a clearance, but Dadi failed to take advantage for Dons.

Aberdeen were dangerous on the counter-attack but were failing to create goalscoring chances.

Goalscorers: Darren Mackie and Steve Tosh
Goalscorers: Darren Mackie and Steve Tosh
Ten minutes before the interval, Culkin again caused anxiety in the Livvy dugout when he failed to grab Winters' corner.

The ball ricocheted off the post before falling to Phil McGuire, who could only fire the ball harmlessly over.

Culkin redeemed himself with an acrobatic save from a Winters free-kick before Livingston went two in front n the 52nd minute.

Tosh reacted first to a Bingham head-flick to crash home an unstoppable volley from just inside the box.

Aberdeen defender McGuire almost turned the ball into his own net, but the visitors were back in the game after 59 minutes.

Mackie hooked a Winters cross beyond Culkin with the home defence static.

The Dons were level 12 minutes later when Michael Hart was woefully short with a back-pass to Culkin and Mackie stole in to squeeze the ball into the net from close range.

Mackie missed a late chance to win the game and Aberdeen also suffered a blow with McAllister being stretchered off injured.

Livingston: Culkin, Bollan, Rubio, Anderson, Quino, Tosh, Bingham, Wilson, Lovell, Hart, Caputo. Subs: McEwan, Andrews, Lowndes, Xausa, Fernandez.

Aberdeen: Esson, Whyte, Solberg, McGuire, McAllister, Bisconti, Darren Young, Winters, Tiernan, Mackie, Dadi. Subs: Peat, Anderson, Thornley, McNaughton, Clark.

Referee: W Young

BBC Scotland's Scott Davie
"After the traumas of midweek Aberdeen will be pretty satisfied"
Aberdeen manager Ebbe Skovdahl
"A good performance all over"
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