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Because BBC were covering the tie live, this tie of the round was delayed 24 hours, but the cameras failed to capture us in our usual Pittodrie mood as we tumbled out of the cup. Before the game we were endeavouring to extend our remarkable Pittodrie record to five straight wins. Aberdeen were definitely the form team at that time and they certainly lived up to that reputation in the initial stages. The Dons opened with an attacking flourish, but by midway through the first half, the Tannadice defence, superbly marshalled by veteran Dave Narey had quelled the situation. Jess, though, continued to pose problems and he was to prove Aberdeen's match winner. Undoubtedly our best chance of the match came when Scott Crabbe sent Christian Dailly clear, but Snelders rushed from goal to foil Christian by diving at his feet. With a little under quarter of an hour left Aberdeen got the vital opener. Wright's cross was headed back across goal by Shearer and Eoin Jess ran in to head the ball into the empty net. Five minutes from the end Man- of-the-Match, Eoin Jess, put the tie beyond our reach with a goal of remarkable similarity to the first, only this time the youngster drilled home a Mixu Paatelainen assist. United players and fans alike were very disappointed at the outcome,-but no one could quibble that Aberdeen didn't deserve to progress and earn a quarter final home tie with Clydebank.