Aberdeen's U20 beat Dunfermline by 4 goals to 1 in Brechin. The game saw Rory Fallon make his comeback from injury and, watched by the first team management duo of Craig Brown and Archie Knox, the New Zealander put in a fine performance. He showed some nice touches after receiving several fantastic deliveries into the box and completed the full match.
As early as the first minute Fallon almost scored. Craig Murray played in a great ball from the right and Fallon's header was very well saved by Goodfellow. The Dons took the lead on 15 minutes when a good cross was knocked down by Fallon before Declan McManus bundled the ball home from close range.
The young Dons were using Fallon's aerial threat to good use but were not just lofting long balls forward. They were playing some excellent football with O'Neill outstanding in the middle of the park and Jamie Masson getting back to his best. As well as being unable to deal with Fallon in the air, the Dunfermline defence could not stop the supply from out wide. The quality of the crossing from the full backs Murray and Duguid was exceptional.
Declan McManus scores the first Fallon continued to be a threat to the Pars defence and just before the half hour the referee saw a pull on his shirt in the box and awarded a penalty kick. It was Fallon himself who stepped up and sent the Dunfermline keeper the wrong way to double the Dons' advantage.
Aberdeen continued to dominate the game in the second period and they were rewarded when Jordon Brown scored with a superb curling shot from 25 yards out on 56 minutes. After this the Dons could have scored more goals, Fallon was unlucky with a header that hit the bar, but it was the visitors who got a goal back on 82 minutes through Henderson. Then Joe Shaughnessy restored the Dons' three goal advantage with a minute left to play to leave the final score at 4-1 to Aberdeen.
Team: Rogers, Murray, Duguid, O'Neill (Gibbons 75) Shaughnessy, Rose, McManus (Storie 75), Brown, Fallon, Smith, Masson. Subs: Macaulay, Rumsby, Hamilton