Aberdeen will end the season without registering a Scottish Premier League win over Kilmarnock as the teams drew for a third time in this campaign.
Killie's James Fowler snatched at a shot midway through the first half when he should have scored.
And they were made to pay when Jamie Masson, 19, smashed in his first Dons goal before team-mates Josh Magennis and Rory Fallon wasted chances.
Killie kept at it, though, and Dean Shiels fired home in 53 minutes.
Pride, players' bonus money and a greater payment from the Scottish Premier League for a higher final league placing were the rewards on offer at Rugby Park.
And it was Kilmarnock who started the brighter without truly threatening to force an early opener.
Kilmarnock and Aberdeen made three changes each, with Dieter van Tornhout, Danny Racchi and Ryan O'Leary warming the home bench to make way for William Gros, Lee Johnston and Mo Sissoko.
The Dons had Jason Brown back in goal, with Jamie Langfield dropping to the bench, with Rory McArdle and Rory Fallon also starting in place of Russell Anderson and Fraser Fyvie.
Killie had already beaten Aberdeen this season but it was the visitors who gradually took charge of the match.
Dons midfielder Kari Arnason sliced a shot wide and Fallon was just as profligate when, off balance, he tried to chip Cammy Bell from 25 yards.
Killie ought to have taken the lead when Gary Harkins passed to Ben Gordon and he picked out Fowler in the box, but the versatile Killie defender hit a meek shot at Brown instead of taking a touch and picking his spot.
That proved to be a costly miss when Masson, at the back post, finished off a move in which Fallon and Vernon had both attempted to convert Magennis's cross before the ball fell for the youngster to smash the ball home.
Shiels was a frustrated figure when referee Brian Colvin waved away his appeal for a penalty after he had been challenged by Andrew Considine.
At the other end, Magennis came within the width of a post from doubling the Dons' lead when he smacked a left-foot shot off the upright with Bell beaten.
And Fallon should have headed home Ryan Jack's corner instead of nodding the ball into Bell's arms.
Killie levelled seven minutes after the restart, Shiels taking William Gros's pass in his stride and slotting past the despairing Brown.
With 20 minutes remaining, Gros pinged a shot at that Brown managed to smother after it bobbled in front of goal.
Aberdeen tried to reassert themselves with their youthful side as 17-year-old Declan McManus took over from Fallon and teenager Ryan Fraser replaced Masson.
Icelandic midfielder Arnason had a powerful shot saved by Bell and McManus missed the target from right in front of goal as the Dons wasted the chance to take all three points.
- 01 Bell
- 02 Toshney
- 04 Fowler (Racchi - 65' )
- 06 Nelson
- 19 Gordon
- 88 Sissoko (O'Leary - 79' )
- 08 Kelly
- 11 Harkins (Van Tornhout - 65' )
- 18 Johnson
- 20 Shiels
- 21 Gross
- 17 Letheren
- 05 O'Leary
- 46 Barbour
- 10 Dayton
- 22 Racchi
- 33 Kennedy
- 27 Van Tornhout
- 32 Brown
- 02 McArdle
- 03 Reynolds
- 06 Considine
- 11 Arnason
- 22 Jack
- 28 Rae
- 33 Masson (Fraser - 76' )
- 09 Vernon
- 14 Fallon (McManus - 69' )
- 21 Magennis
- 01 Langfield
- 07 Clark
- 16 Osbourne
- 30 Fraser
- 10 Mackie
- 23 Megginson
- 47 McManus
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.90:00 +3:16
Ryan Jack takes the outswinging corner, Lewis Toshney makes a clearance.90:00 +3:03
Ryan Fraser delivers the ball, blocked by William Gros.90:00 +2:49
Ryan Fraser takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan O'Leary.90:00 +2:11
Dieter Van Tornhout takes a shot. Save by Jason Brown.90:00 +1:28
Ryan Fraser sends in a cross, Close range strike by Declan McManus goes over the bar.90:00 +0:49
The assistant referee signals for offside against Dieter Van Tornhout. Jason Brown takes the free kick.89:58
The referee blows for offside against Scott Vernon. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.88:28
Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Jack from the right by-line, Andrew Considine produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.88:17
The ball is sent over by Josh Magennis, blocked by Ben Gordon.87:56
Centre by Ryan Fraser, clearance by Ryan O'Leary.87:32
Foul by Lewis Toshney on Rory McArdle, free kick awarded. Kari Arnason takes the direct free kick.86:26
Corner taken by Ryan Fraser from the left by-line, Ryan O'Leary manages to make a clearance.86:13
Ryan Jack takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.85:27
Lee Johnson is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Mark Reynolds restarts play with the free kick.83:29
The ball is delivered by Rory McArdle, clearance by William Gros.82:21
Dean Shiels is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Jason Brown.81:55
Unfair challenge on Michael Nelson by Declan McManus results in a free kick. Lee Johnson takes the free kick.81:22
Ryan Fraser produces a cross, clearance made by Lewis Toshney.79:02
Kari Arnason takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
Direct free kick taken by Danny Racchi, Ryan Jack takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Scott Vernon gets a block in.77:38 Substitution
Substitution Mohamadou Sissoko goes off and Ryan O'Leary comes on.77:38
Gavin Rae gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Racchi.76:09
Andrew Considine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Shiels. Dean Shiels restarts play with the free kick.75:33 Substitution
Substitution Ryan Fraser is brought on as a substitute for Jamie Masson.73:59
Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Nelson on Jamie Masson. Andrew Considine takes the free kick.73:25
Inswinging corner taken by Dean Shiels from the right by-line.73:18
The ball is crossed by Dieter Van Tornhout, clearance by Andrew Considine.70:04
Long range effort by Danny Racchi goes wide right of the target.69:50
William Gros takes a shot. Jason Brown makes a save.69:19
Ryan Jack challenges Ben Gordon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Shiels takes the direct free kick.69:09
The referee penalises Dean Shiels for handball. Ryan Jack restarts play with the free kick.68:17 Substitution
Substitution Declan McManus on for Rory Fallon.68:06
Danny Racchi has an effort at goal from long distance that misses to the right of the goal.66:50
Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Jack from the right by-line, Rory Fallon takes a shot. Comfortable save by Cameron Bell.63:58
Free kick taken by Lee Johnson.63:58 Substitution
Substitution Gary Harkins leaves the field to be replaced by Dieter Van Tornhout.63:58 Substitution
Substitution James Fowler goes off and Danny Racchi comes on.63:58
Andrew Considine concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Shiels.62:48
The assistant referee flags for offside against Rory Fallon. Cameron Bell takes the free kick.62:22
A cross is delivered by Lewis Toshney, save by Jason Brown.61:42
Kari Arnason challenges Lee Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Liam Kelly.60:11
Scott Vernon is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.58:59
Ryan Jack delivers the ball, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Nelson by Rory Fallon. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Bell.57:57
The ball is swung over by Kari Arnason.56:23
Unfair challenge on Rory Fallon by Michael Nelson results in a free kick. Ryan Jack takes the direct free kick.56:02
Centre by Rory McArdle, clearance made by James Fowler.54:24
Josh Magennis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on William Gros. Free kick taken by Liam Kelly.53:40
Ryan Jack crosses the ball, clearance made by Michael Nelson.52:27
Assist by William Gros.52:27 Goal scored
Goal! - Dean Shiels - Kilmarnock 1 - 1 Aberdeen Dean Shiels scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-1 Aberdeen.49:44
Foul by Gavin Rae on Gary Harkins, free kick awarded. Shot on goal comes in from Gary Harkins from the free kick.48:39
William Gros is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Jason Brown.48:14
Andrew Considine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Shiels. Michael Nelson takes the free kick.46:47
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Fowler on Rory McArdle. Jason Brown restarts play with the free kick.45:43
The ball is crossed by Liam Kelly, save made by Jason Brown.45:01
The second half begins.45:00 +0:58 Half time
Half Time The match has reached half-time.45:00 +0:13
Outswinging corner taken by Jamie Masson, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Rory McArdle goes harmlessly over the crossbar.43:46
Ryan Jack produces a cross, save by Cameron Bell.43:38
Centre by Rory McArdle, Michael Nelson makes a clearance.42:48
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Kelly by Rory Fallon. Free kick taken by Dean Shiels.40:50
Floated corner taken right-footed by Ryan Jack from the right by-line, Rory Fallon takes a shot. Cameron Bell makes a save.39:57
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rory Fallon by Mohamadou Sissoko. Josh Magennis takes the free kick.38:52
The ball is swung over by Mark Reynolds, Mohamadou Sissoko makes a clearance.38:01
Lewis Toshney sends in a cross, clearance made by Rory McArdle.35:53
Foul by Mark Reynolds on William Gros, free kick awarded. Lee Johnson takes the free kick.35:36
Josh Magennis has an effort at goal from long range that bounces off the post.34:22
Free kick awarded for a foul by Rory Fallon on Lee Johnson. Mohamadou Sissoko restarts play with the free kick.33:06
Dean Shiels takes a shot. Save by Jason Brown.29:54
Assist on the goal came from Scott Vernon.29:54 Goal scored
Goal! - Jamie Masson - Kilmarnock 0 - 1 Aberdeen Jamie Masson grabs a goal from close in to the top left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 0-1 Aberdeen.29:49
Josh Magennis crosses the ball.29:23
The assistant referee signals for offside against William Gros. Free kick taken by Mark Reynolds.29:00
Centre by Josh Magennis, save made by Cameron Bell.28:24
Unfair challenge on Gavin Rae by Michael Nelson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Reynolds.24:56
Scott Vernon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Kelly. Free kick taken by Mohamadou Sissoko.24:22
Andrew Considine is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Cameron Bell.24:05
Kari Arnason takes a shot.23:06
Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Kelly on Jamie Masson. Free kick taken by Kari Arnason.20:55
Ben Gordon produces a cross, James Fowler takes a shot. Save by Jason Brown.19:45
Effort on goal by Rory Fallon from long range goes over the bar.17:40
The referee blows for offside against William Gros. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Brown.17:12
Gavin Rae gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Harkins. Liam Kelly takes the direct free kick.16:39
Centre by Jamie Masson, save by Cameron Bell.16:07
The ball is swung over by Lewis Toshney.13:52
Shot from long distance by Kari Arnason misses to the right of the target.13:43
The ball is crossed by Ryan Jack, Gary Harkins gets a block in.13:05
Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Jack to the near post, Liam Kelly manages to make a clearance.12:53
Ryan Jack produces a cross, Lewis Toshney manages to make a clearance.12:19
Foul by Gavin Rae on Gary Harkins, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Dean Shiels.11:40
Long range shot by Kari Arnason goes wide right of the target.8:39
Effort on goal by Dean Shiels from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.5:49
The ball is sent over by Gary Harkins.0:00
The match begins.
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