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Saturday, 28 September, 2002, 16:21 GMT 17:21 UK
Dons dump Dunfermline
Aberdeen celebrate
Aberdeen turned in a great second half show
Aberdeen 3-1 Dunfermline
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Aberdeen produced a splendid second-half performance to blow away an under-par Dunfermline at Pittodrie.

The home side looked to be going in one down at half-time after Lee Bullen opened the scoring for the visitors with an eight-yard strike.

However, a mistake by Marco Ruitenbeek allowed Patrizio Billio to score a late equaliser and ensure that his team went in level at the break.

It was a different Dons side that emerged for the second 45 minutes and they swept aside a poor Dunfermline team, scoring two goals in the process.

Laurent D'Jaffo and Derek Young scored for the Dons to give them a well-deserved win.

Bullen broke the deadlock in the 40th minute, but the goal was as much about Aberdeen's ineptness at defending as it was about the midfielder's finishing ability.

Roberto Bisconti gave away a needless free-kick out on the left hand side, allowing Sean Kilgannon to whip in a dangerous ball.

However, despite the quality of the cross, it was the static nature of the home defence that allowed Bullen to sneak in unmarked at the back corner of the six-yard box and fire the ball past the exposed Peter Kjaer.

Brewster was later sent off
Dunfermline's Craig Brewster tries his luck
To their credit, the Dons kept at their task and it took only five minutes for them to get back on level terms.

Young picked out Billio 20 yards from goal with a neat header, allowing the Italian the chance to shoot. His powerful shot looked to have been saved spectacularly by Ruitenbeek, but the goalkeeper watched in agony as the ball spun off his wrist, looped high in the air and nestled in the back of the net.

The stern words of Ebbe Skovdahl at half-time had the desired effect and his players went out looking more hungry in the second half.

They took the lead after 56 minutes and this time it was a piece of superb play that broke the deadlock.

Mackie did some good work on the left-hand side, feeding D'Jaffo on the angle of the visitors' box.

The Frenchman gathered the ball, looked up to see Ruitenbeek off his line and lobbed the ball over his head from 18 yards.

Dunfermline manager Jimmy Calderwood embarked on one of his trademark tactical switches at this point, relieving Bullen of his defensive duties and pushing him into a more attacking role.

However, this did not have the desired effect and his side found themselves two goals down eight minutes later.

Aberdeen launched a high free-kick into the Pars half for Russell Anderson, who headed the ball into the patch of Mackie but his point-blank effort saved by Ruitenbeek.

From the corner the ball was whipped in by Eric Deloumeaux, once again for the head of Anderson, and this time it fell kindly to Derek Young at the back post and he headed home from three yards.

The home side continued to press and should have put the game beyond any doubt with 10 minutes remaining. Bisconti once again tormented the Pars defence, threading a wonderful through ball in to Young, but the youngster lacked the composure to stroke the ball home from eight yards, instead shooting high over the bar.

The visitors' frustrations were shown in the final minute when Brewster was red carded for a second bookable offence after committing a needless foul on Darren Young.

Aberdeen: Kjaer, Deloumeaux, McGuire, Anderson, McAllister (Rutkiewicz 77), Derek Young, Bisconti (Fabiano 82), Darren Young, Billio, D'Jaffo (Mike 58), Mackie.
Subs Not Used: Preece, Payne.

Booked: Darren Young, Bisconti, Kjaer.

Dunfermline: Ruitenbeek, Skerla, Scott Wilson (Hampshire 26), Scott Thomson, Bullen, Nicholson, Mason, Walker (McGroarty 72), Kilgannon, Brewster, Crawford, Hampshire (Dempsey 46).
Subs Not Used: Stillie, Nicholls.

Sent Off: Brewster (90).
Booked: Brewster, Scott Thomson, Nicholson.

Attendance: 11,678
Referee: D Somers

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