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BBC Five Live's Scott Davey
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Former Aberdeen boss Willie Miller
Reflects on the surprise defeat for Aberdeen
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Colin Wight reports
"The Dons face a nightmare return leg"
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Thursday, 10 August, 2000, 21:52 GMT 22:52 UK
Aberdeen crash to defeat
Robbie Winters
Winters was the Dons' goal hero but it all turned sour
Aberdeen 1-2 Bohemians

The name of Bohemians can now be added to those of Skonto Riga, Barry Town and Vilnius, so-called minnows who have brought the once-proud European tradition of Aberdeen to the brink of humiliation.

In one of the bleakest results of recent years for Scottish football, the Dons, European Cup-winners' Cup winners in 1983, crashed to a 2-1 defeat at home to the Irish part-timers.

Back in 1987, Aberdeen put Bohemians out of the Uefa Cup but the Irish side returned to take their revenge in the qualifying round of the same competition.

A last-minute penalty by Trevor Molloy gave Bohemians the all-important away win seven minutes after Shawn Maher had cancelled out Robbie Winters' opener and the result puts Aberdeen in deep trouble for the second leg in a fortnight.

Pressure

It also puts added pressure on manager Ebbe Skovdahl, whose side have it all to do in Dublin.

A dejected Skovdahl said: "I am not embarrassed by the result, just very disappointed.

"Bohemians played with a massive defence and it was difficult for us to open that up.


I am not embarrassed by the result, just very disappointed
  Ebbe Skovdahl
"They won this game but I still think we are capable of playing the better football.

"It's only half-time and they hold all the trump cards but they are a hard-working honest team and we have to respect that," he said.

Aberdeen only qualified for the competition thanks to being losing finalists to champions Rangers in the Scottish Cup.

They finished bottom of the Premier League last season and Bohemians manager Roddy Collins had taken heart from having already beaten another Scottish Premier League side, Dundee United, in pre-season.

The Dubliners, spurred on by a vocal travelling support of about 400 fans, contained Aberdeen in a dull first half.

Frustration

The Dons' frustration started to show after 18 minutes and Darren Young found himself in Swedish referee Christian Jacobsson's book for a challenge on David Hill, who had to be stretchered off.

Former QPR midfielder Kevin Hunt's 30-yard drive looked harmless enough, but young Dons' goalkeeper Ryan Esson was looking shaky and dropped the ball before making a quick recovery.

Darren Young and Simon Webb
Aberdeen's Young is wrong-footed by Bohemians' Webb
An Eoin Jess cross to Hicham Zerouali allowed the Moroccan to set up Andy Dow, but vigilant Bohemians goalkeeper Wayne Russell blocked the shot six minutes from the break.

Russell was called into action again seconds later when Jess himself decided to have a go and the goalkeeper only just managed to push the ball over the crossbar.

Encouraging

After an encouraging first-half performance, Collins' side took just seconds to attack the Dons' goal after the interval and Liam O'Brien forced Esson to block with his legs.

Zerouali had been unusually quiet during the game but made an appearance in 54 minutes when he had a crack at goal from the edge of the box.

His shot was powerful enough, but the ball skimmed the crossbar.

Despite looking the poorer side, it was Aberdeen who took the lead after 61 minutes.

Opener

A pass from Andy Dow set up Winters and with only the goalkeeper to beat the 24-year-old rammed home the opener.

With just eight minutes to go, however, Bohemians hit the Dons with a sucker punch.

A Molloy corner pinpointed Maher and his free header left Esson with no chance as he snatched a deserved equaliser.

Molloy added the second from the spot in the last minute of the game after Mark Perry hauled down O'Keefe in the box.


Aberdeen: Esson, Rowson, Perry, McGuire, McNaughton, Winters, D. Young, Jess, Dow, Stavrum, Zerouali.

Subs: Inglis, Preece, McAllister, Belabed, Clark, D. Young, O'Donoghue.

Bohemians: Russell, Bowman, Webb, Hunt, S. Maher, Hill, Morrison, O'Brien, Molloy, O'Keefe, M. Dempsey.

Subs: M. Dempsey, Doyle, Crowe, O'Neill, Williamson, O'Connor, Caffrey.

Referee K Jakobsson (Denmark)

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