Date: 24th February 2006 at 1:50pm
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Aberdeen just edged out Falkirk in this match with a narrow 1-0 thanks to a goal from on form Jamie Smith.

The Dons had goalkeeper Jamie Langfield to thank for keeping them in this match as he stopped various efforts from Falkirk’s McBreen from giving the Bairns an early lead,saving one with his legs and a diving save from a McBreen header !

The Dons soon got in to their stride and had reason to celebrate as a Nicholson header hit a Falkirk hand but Smith wasted no time in blasting the ball past Ferguson to give the Dons a 1-0 lead.

Aberdeen should have gone 2-0 up,when Chris Clark found space and instead of playing the ball to Nicholson,he shot high and wild over the bar.

The game became a bit scrappy after that with both sides having half chances to score but neither did and the Dons held on for a 1-0 win.

Only low point was that Jamie Smith had to limp off injured and has had to pull out of the Scotland squad for Wednesday’s match v the Swiss.

Player Ratings

Langfield
Langfield

Griffen
Griffen

McNaughton
McNaughton

Diamond
Diamond

Anderson
Anderson

Smith
Smith

Clark
Clark

Nicholson
Nicholson

Snoyl
Snoyl

Lovell
Lovell

Severin
Severin

MacFarlane
McFarlane replaced Smith in 88 mins

Mackie
Mackie on for Snoyl in 54 mins
Foster on for Lovell in 65

Manager Rating
Jimmy Calderwood 7 Dons boss knew they rode their luck today and that Falkirk are an improving side.
Also has had bad news about Jamie Smith and young Snoyl
who has a broken hand.

Opponent Rating
John Hughes 8 Falkirk have a Cup tie with Hibs to look forward to on Saturday and may shook a few people if they play as well as they can do.