Station Park, Forfar
Monday 15th October 2012
Kick Off 7.45pm
Forfar 1 Aberdeen XI 2
Denholm 29; Low 55, McManus 71
A crowd of around 500 braved the cold this evening to see an Aberdeen XI play Forfar. The match was arranged to officially unveil the new artificial pitch at Station Park.
The Dons lined up with Jamie Langfield, Chris Clark who was captain for the night and Josh Magennis in the starting XI. The rest of the side were members of the Neil Cooper's U20 squad who have impressed greatly so far this season.
After a slow start the first chance came on 18 minutes. And it was a very good chance as well for the Dons to open the scoring but Nicky Low's header went just wide at keepers near post.
It was the home side though that took the lead just before the half hour mark, Danny Denholm scoring past Langfield. Slack defending allowed Forfar space to create the goal.
On 44 minutes the home side had a great chance to make it 2-0. Langfield did really well to scramble back and keep the ball out the net. And then a minute later again the home side were unfortunate not to be two in front. Denholm was one on one with Langfield, the shot ricocheted off the Dons number one who made another good save and the ball went just wide of the post. A busy two minutes for Jamie.
Overall it was a poor first half performance from the young Dons side.
At half time Cammy Smith and Gibbons came on for Rose and Storie. The U20s are in action tomorrow at St Mirren so it was important to keep the boys fresh.
Aberdeen's second half performance was much improved and they got a deserved equaliser on 55 minutes. Forfar's Player of the Year last season, Nicky Low, picked the ball up on the left hand side about 18 yards out after a defensive slip. He produced a great chip from about 18 yards which went over the keeper and in.
Then on 71 minutes Low produced another piece of brilliance to set up the winner. He played a great through ball to put Declan McManus in and the young striker slotted home.
On 74 minutes Stephen O'Neill came off and was replaced by Hamilton.
Team: Langfield, Murray, Rumsby, Clark, Shaughnessy, Rose, O'Neill, Storie, Magennis, McManus, Low.
Subs: MacAulay, Gibbons, Hamilton, Smith, Campanile, Szemis