Aberdeen showed a marked improvement from yesterday as they ran out 2-0 winners in Peterhead this afternoon. With less changes being made at the interval this looked more like a team performance and again full back Robbie Williams impressed as the team produced a good second half performance. The U19 players in the squad were particularly impressive and Mitch Megginson scored a great opener when he made space for himself 30 yards out and curled in a peach of a goal beyond the despairing keeper. A second was added from the spot by Paton after Clark Robertson made a neat turn and was brought down for a stonewall award.
The Dons lined up in a 4-4-2 formation with Grant Basey given the chance to impress at left back and Rory McArdle again playing at right back. Zander and Jerel were in the middle. In midfield yesterday's goal scorer Jeff Smith played right midfield with Conor Okus and Folly in the centre and Ahmed on the right. Up front Chris Maguire was partnered by Josh Magennis.
Peterhead started the game brightly and in the first minute Ex Don Dennis Wyness played in a superb cross and Martin Bavidge was only inches away from poking it home. Chris Maguire, who was one of the few who did well yesterday against Fraserburgh, was again looking lively and working hard to create something.
On 11 minutes the Dons strung a good move together involving almost all the trialists which resulted in Conor Okus having a half chance but his effort went wide. Five minutes later Mark Howard made a good save as he came out quickly to block Wyness. Conor Okus was beginning to impress and was striking some good passes about in the middle of the park.
On 25 minutes Grant Basey put in an excellent cross which was met by Okus but his header was easily saved by Jarvie. On the half hour Josh Magennis turned his marker on the half way line and left him for dead with a powerful run. He certainly has a good deal of pace and the move earned him applause from the Aberdeen fans and a corner which Peterhead eventually cleared.
The Dons were now beginning to get on top and started to play some nice stuff. Maguire and Josh linked up well and almost created a chance but Bobby Mann read the situation well. At the other end Moore put a great ball with his left foot but there were no takers in the middle.
For a pre-season friendly there were some strong challenges going in. Josh and Bobby Mann clashed on a number of occasions as both players were not going to back down when going for the ball.
On 40 minutes Okus had a nice bit of play in the middle of the park. After a good touch he created space for himself and his powerful shot went just over the bar. A couple of minutes later Okus was involved again as he and Josh linked well to set up Maguire but the striker blasted over. On the stroke of half time Basey and Smith combined down the left and the full back put in another decent cross but the first half finished goalless.
At the break the manager made changes but not as many as the Fraserburgh game. Six players came on; Ryan Jack at right back, Robbie Williams at left back, Fraser Fyvie came on in the middle of the park, Richard Foster was put at right midfield, and Michael Paton replaced Chris Maguire up front.
The second half started like the first as Dennis Wyness showed a lovely bit of skill but his pass again was just a bit too strong for Bavidge.
After that though the Dons really controlled the game. Robbie Williams again impressed at left back. He looks very comfortable on the ball and was unlucky not to score with a shot from about 35 yards - a great dig from the defender. Like Basey he looks to have a good left foot on him.
A Graham Sharp corner caused a few problems for the defence - but it was one of the few problems the back four had to deal with. Captain for the day Zander Diamond played the full 90 minutes and had a fine match.
On 56 minutes the Dons made a seventh change as Mitch Megginson came on for Josh Magennis. The striker left the field to warm applause from the Dons fans in the crowd. Then on the hour mark the substitute scored with virtually his first touch of the ball. He picked up ball about 30 yards out, cut inside his marker and hit a superb curling shot from 30 yards. He almost passed the ball into the net. A super striker.
65 minutes and Robbie Williams was left in charge of a free kick just outside the box.From a tight angle he played in a wicked free kick. Peterhead somehow got a block on it to stop Megginson getting a second.
67 minutes and Folley, who looked comfortable throughout played a clever chipped ball into the box. Using the wind the ball held up nicely for Fraser Fyvie. He had time to cross but was unable to pick out a red jersey. It was about the only thing wrong Fraser did the whole time he was on the pitch. He looked very impressive. Then excellent play by Ryan Jack created a chance as he won the ball in midfield. Ryan picked out Megginson who played the ball back for Fyvie but his shot was straight at Jarvie.
The Dons were now starting to play very well and knocking the ball comfortably. Unlike yesterday they were playing as a team and not as individuals.
On 83 minutes Mitch should have got his second - he was put through but shot straight at Jarvie. And then a minute later in almost an identical move down the left Foster was put in and he also shot straight at the keeper. Good movement though in both moves.
A couple of minutes later though the Dons did get a deserved second goal. Clark Robertson cut inside his man in the box and when he was brought down the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Michael Paton calmly stepped up and put the keeper the wrong way.
On the stroke of full time Ryan Jack powered forward and hit a good shot which curled just wide.
So a much better performance from Aberdeen as they move on to their next match which is against Dunfermline on Wednesday night.
Aberdeen: Howard, Basey (Williams 45), McArdle (Jack 45), Diamond, Ifil, Ahmed (Foster 45), Okus (Fyvie 45), Folly, Maguire (Paton 45), Magennis (Megginson 56), Smith (Robertson 45).
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