Date: 31st January 2006 at 3:33pm
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Aberdeen and Kilmarnock fought out a 2-2 draw at Pittodrie on Saturday in an entertaining match.

The Dons welcomed Scott Severin back into their starting line up and new boy Neil MacFarlane was on the bench.

The Dons started well and took the lead after only ten minutes when great play between Mackie and McNaughton set up Stevie Crawford who knocked the ball back to Barry Nicholson who drilled the ball home with a low shot from outside the box.

The Dons could have been further ahead when a Jamie Smith corner was headed wide by Byrne.

This early Dons pressure forced Killie into action and great play by Gary Wales in the box skipping past Anderson only to be tripped by Byrne and Craig Thomson wasted no time at all pointing to the spot.

Steven Naismith sent Langfield the wrong way from the spot to draw Killie level.

Jamie Smith was coming more and more into the match and he was trying to give the home side the advantage again but Combe was becoming more and more of a hero for the Kilmarnock players and fans with save after save.

As Killie threatened,with Danny Invincible breaking away,Kevin McNaughton slid in to stop any further danger but in doing so he was injured and added to the ever growing list of players on the treatment table at Pittodrie.Richie Byrne was also taken off with a dislocated shoulder to add to the Dons woes !

The ever busy Smith then had a shot deflected as he went for goal again,for a corner .

From the inswinging corner and the scramble that followed,Russell Anderson played a captain’s part and got the Dons back in front again,with a goal from close range.

With time running out,could the Dons now see out the game and get the win they so wanted ?

Unfortunately not ! With time running out the Dons conceeded a needless corner and as it was knocked into the danger area once again,there was only boy David Lilley to head home and square the match at 2-2.

But the Dons had one last chance to win the match,a long ball from Jamie Langfield saw Lilley nearly turn from saint to sinner as he was short with a header and as Jamie Smith raced through and tried to pass the ball into the net,Combe blocked his effort.

That was it,full time 2-2 (as predicted)

Manager Rating
Jimmy Calderwood 8

Opponent Rating
Jim Jefferies 8