VfB Alstatte 0
Fallon (11), Jack (17), Milsom (21pen), Pawlett (38, 45), Shaugnessy (40), Rae (49, 76), Vernon (54 pen, 55), McGinn (83), Megginson (90pen)
Aberdeen produced a goal fest against their German amateur opponents this afternoon. Craig Brown was able to utilise most of his players during the match as the players had a good run out before facing Werder Bremen in midweek. The goals were shared with Rae, Pawlett and Vernon all grabbing a brace and McGinn grabbed his first goal for the club while three penalties contributed to the 12-0 score line.
Aberdeen kicked off playing a 4-3-3 formation with Frazer, Pawlett up-front with Fallon. The Dons created a chance as early as the first minute when slack play at the back let Fallon in, but he let the ball get caught in his feet. Aberdeen then won a corner in the third minute with Ryan Frasers' cross finding Pawlett at the back post. He had plenty of time but shot straight at the keeper. Minutes later Fallon had a free header from a second corner, but he failed to find the net. However the ball fell to Anderson and his was shot well saved by the home keeper. A decent effort from the skipper.
The home side then enjoyed a bit of pressure winning two corners in a row, but the Dons defence was solid. A Milsom free kick from a dangerous position came to nothing before Pawlett swung in a great cross, but Fallon failed to connect. The pressure then paid off in the 11th minute as the Dons took the lead. Jack played the ball to Fraser and he delivered a great cross for Fallon to head home. Further chances followed and Fallon should have scored again after being teed up by Pawlett. Milsom then had the ball in the net but was ruled off side.
A second goal did quickly follow in the 17th minute when Jack picked up the ball on the edge of the box and finished well with a great shot. Four minutes later Milsom was taken down in the box and after dusting himself down he took the kick himself and although the keeper went the right way he couldn't prevent it from hitting the back of the net to make it 3-0. In the 25th minute Fallon shot inches wide as the Dons took total control. Fraser delivered another great ball, but Pawlett was unable to get enough on his header Young Ryan was having an excellent game wide on the left. A corner in the 35th minute fell to Fraser who blasted over and two minutes later a Milsom through ball found Pawlett, but the keeper made a great save.
Aberdeen made it 4-0 in the 38th minute when Pawlett latched onto a Jack through ball and comfortably tucked the ball past the keeper. Two minutes later it was 5-0. A corner was flicked on by Magennis and Shaughnessy put it in at the back post. Milsom then strolled into the box and teed up Fallon, but he was unable to get his shot away. Then on the stroke of half time Pawlett made it 6-0 after being set up by Ryan Jack. Jack had an excellent game in the centre of midfield and was pulling all the strings. Despite the scoreline Genuing in the Alstatte goal had an excellent first half and made some fine saves.
Craig Brown made seven changes at half time and the starting eleven for the second half was, Langfield, Osbourne, Anderson, Shaughnessy, Low, Jordon, Brown Hughes, Rae, Vernon, Hayes and Paton. Rae should have scored in the 48th minute, but the defender did well to get back and block with the goal gapping. The veteran was not to be denied however and a minute later he was on the score sheet after good play by Brown set him up and he side footed the ball home.
Five minutes later Aberdeen won their second penalty of the match and Scott Vernon made no mistake from the spot. It was 9-0 a minute later when Vernon added a second following good play by Osbourne down the right. On the hour mark a Nicky Low shot was well held by the keeper. Then on the hour mark Megginson replaced Jordon Brown after the youngster had taken a knock. Hayes then produced a fine shot from the edge of the box, but it scraped inches wide of the post. Naysmith and McGinn replaced Vernon and Low in the 68th minute and two minutes later Hughes played a fine through ball for McGinn and the keeper did well to get out and smother the ball at his feet.
Hayes delivered a great free kick, but there were no takers in the box though. This could be a great weapon for the Dons in the new season. Megginson then squandered a chance before Rae made it 10-0 in the 76th minute when he turned a Paton cross past the keeper. Aberdeen maintained the pressure and Hughes was denied when a defender made a last gasp goal line clearance before Paton had a good effort saved. This bought a big cheer from the home fans. McGinn then hit the side netting before Hayes had an effort well saved. There are about 8-10 fans from Aberdeen and several more who stay in mainland Europe'
McGinn made it 11-0 in the 83rd minute with a well-placed free kick from 30 yards. The home side were starting to tire badly now and a few miss-timed tackles resulted in several yellow cards being shown. Megginson completed the scoring in the final minute when he was brought down for the third penalty of the match. The keeper got his hand to the kick, but he couldn't keep the ball out of the net as the match ended at 12-0. The opposition will get harder, but it was a useful exercise in the build-up to the new season.
Aberdeen : Langfield, Magennis, Anderson, Shaughnessy, Low, Clark, Jack, Milsom, Pawlett, Fallon, Frazer
Subs: Brown Jason, Brown Jordon, Considine, Hayes, Hughes, McGinn, Megginson, Osbourne, Paton, Rae, Vernon, Naysmith
Craig Brown spoke to the media after the game- click here to listen
Rory Fallon spoke to Steven who is accross in Germany working for Northsound/RedTV. To listen please click here
Interview with new boy Gary Naysmith will appear on RedTV on Monday morning.
The Under 20's also recorded a fine result this afternoon as they held Paul Hartley's Alloa to a 0-0 draw at Recreation Park.