Date: 7th May 2006 at 6:24pm
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The curtain has came down on the final match of the season and Aberdeen and Celtic have fought out at 2-2 draw at Pittodrie.

The Dons have had their problems to seek with the team selection due to injuries etc but the men and boys on the park in red showed true character in coming back from two goals down to snatch a fantastic draw with the Champs.

Champions Celtic came out of the blocks the sharper not like in previous weeks when they looked as if they looked like they were going through the motions as they had already wrapped up the League title.

The champions hit the front in the 5th minute when an Alan Thompson free kick was met by Aiden McGeady who smashed his shot off the crossbar but John Hartson was left with the simple task of opening the scoring from the rebound.

The Dons tried to hit back but Darren Mackie hit his shot wide of the far post.

The home side were trying to pressure the champions and had a chance in the 34th minute when Andrew Considine just missed his connection as Barry Nicholson’s free kick caused the visitors problems.

It was then David Marshall’s turn to keep the Dons at bay when he made a smart save from Stevie Crawford.

Jimmy Calderwood decided to go for it at half-time and he replaced Danny Griffin with John Stewart in a bid to get an equaliser .

The Dons fell further behind when a log ball from McManus found double award winner,Shaun Maloney who hit a great drive past Esson to give the Champions a two goal advantage.

The Dons fans must have feared the worse but they soon had a reason to celebrate !

Substitute Chris McGuire found Stewart in the clear and he rounded Marshall to pull one back for the Dons.

As the Dons fans were celebrating they would soon go wild as they hit a second goal just two minutes later!

Mackie hit a low cross and as everyone missed it,Stewart was left to blast the ball into the back of the net for an incredible equaliser.

The visitor’s should have scored just before the end but Stephen Pearson forced Easson in to a fine saved and the chance was gone and the match ended all square.

Aberdeen had finished 6th but had shown some quality and fighting spirit against the champions let’s hope that we see more of the same next season !

Now as the boots,scarves and pens go away for another season,I would like to thank those who have supported the Vital Football Aberdeen site,very much appreciated !
Enjoy your pre-season and the World Cup and good luck to the British sides in Europe in the next two weeks.

Manager Rating
Jimmy Calderwood 8

Opponent Rating
Gordon Strachan 8

Great to see some goals and entertainment on the last day of the season,take care and enjoy your summer and thanks for all your support!