Wonderful 'Well Win in Aberdeen

Last updated : 09 April 2005 By Firparkcorner

O’Donnell’s absence allowed Fagan a rare starting place and he shared the midfield job with Leitch. The captain lasted only forty five minutes and he was replaced by Kerr at the break.

Scotty leads the team out

We rode our luck early on when the Dons spurned a few easy chances. Whelan was booked in five minutes for a crunching late collision with Craigan then both Mackie and Whelan missed when it seemed easier to score from the six yard line.

We took the lead when McBride took a shy to McDonald’s feet. The busy striker turned, ran across McGuire who obliged by fouling our man. McBride lashed the spot kick into the net.

Our best spell of the game was to follow. The Dons’ defence was repeatedly pinned back as we pressed forward looking for a second. It came just after the half hour and what a beauty it was. McDonald laid off a soft header to Hamilton who looked up, saw Esson a few yards off his line, then he launched a dipping high shot from around thirty yards straight into the keeper’s top right corner. This wonderful effort took place in front of the ‘Well fans who could hardly believe the quality of the strike.

The referee awarded Aberdeen a soft penalty when Craigan was adjudged in error. Marshall saved the penalty and the ball came off his left hand post. An attacking foot got to the ball first and our lead was reduced to one.

Calderwood sent on the towering Blaha to lend some bite to the Aberdeen attack but the close attention given by our central defence froze him out of the game. Kerr took on Leitch’s job in the centre of the park.

Whelan spurned another golden chance just after the hour and McBride’s guarding of the far post paid a reward when he headed off the line from a corner.

McDonald got a fitting reward for his fine day’s work with twenty minutes remaining. He passed Diamond just inside the opposition half and then was faced by the Aberdeen keeper just outside the box. It seemed that Esson had done enough as our hero was forced wide and deep. As the red shirts piled back to defend the empty goal McDonald shot home from a very narrow angle.

We were now in total control and could have added another when Partridge missed the target with an unchallenged header.

A good team performance has put us right back on track for another top six finish. Bring on ICT on Tuesday!