Dunfermline Athletic 2 Aberdeen 2

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Last updated : 29 November 2003

DunferDunfermline hit back to salvage a share of the points at a rain soaked East End Park and deny Aberdeen a rare league win.

Having lost the last five league games and gone more than 500 minutes without scoring Aberdeen stunned the Pars by taking a two-goal lead with a superb Eric Deloumeaux strike and a second from Scott Booth but the home side hit back and strikes from Derek Young and substitute Lee Bullen earned a point for the home side.

Dunfermline went close after eight minutes when Barry Nicholson latched on to a Craig Brewster head flick, but David Preece saved well from close range then Preece also denied Scotland striker Steve Crawford in the 14th minute after Brewster had also put him through.

Aberdeen had rarely featured but they took the lead after 24 minutes when Chris Clark tapped a free-kick to Deloumeaux and the Frenchman rifled a low 25-yard drive through a crowded penalty area and past a helpless Derek Stillie.

Former Dons midfielder Darren Young came close after 53 minutes after a clever one-two with Brewster but Preece once again saved the Dons.

Aberdeen added a second after 60 minutes when David Zdrilic released Booth and the former Scotland striker gave Stillie no chance from close range.

But the Pars hit back immediately and Derek Young scored against his former club, sending a looping header beyond Preece after Nicholson had crossed from the right.

Substitute Gary Dempsey was making a huge difference for Dunfermline as they pushed for the equaliser, but it was fellow sub Bullen who got the vital goal.

Brewster was again the provider, chesting the ball into the path of Bullen who hit a sweetly struck left-foot half-volley beyond Preece.

Brewster, Scott Wilson and Crawford all came close for Dunfermline in a frantic finale, but the Dons somehow held on for a valuable point.

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