Aberdeen fielded a strong side at Gayfield as they took on Arbroath in a friendly. Jayden Stockley, Wes Burns and Miles Storey who all featured from the bench in Latvia on Thursday all started while trialist Khalid Aucho was amongst the substitutes. A blunder by home goalkeeper Gomes almost presented the opening goal to Miles Storey when he cleared the ball straight to the Englishman but the keeper recovered well to save. Stockley then found himself in the clear six yards out but screwed his shot wide.
The Red Lichties weathered the early storm and started to create some openings. Phillips and Prunty combined on the left to fashion a shooting opportunity for Callaghan but the midfielder shot well over. On 24 minutes Martin Scott threatened but his clever curling shot drifted wide. On the half hour mark skipper for the day Anthony O'Connor powered a header forward for Burns to race clear of the home defence. His cutback fell kindly for Peter Pawlett who slotted home from six yards. Three minutes later Stockley headed wide when well placed but the striker was not to be denied a goal as Burns played him in to net with a deft left footed shot putting the Dons two up.
Former Pittodrie youngster Michael Dunlop almost pulled a goal back against the run of play as he saw his first time shot clip the top of Neil Alexander's bar. Aberdeen piled on the pressure and came close through Wright and Storey before scoring a fine third goal. Burns and Storey created the chance for the former Inverness hitman to pull the ball back for Stockley to smash in a great shot on the turn. An excellent first half from the Dons with the front three creating problems aplenty for Arbroath who battled hard without creating many openings.
Daniel Harvie suffered an injury after an accidental clash with an Arbroath player five minutes into the second period which saw trial its Khalid Aucho enter the fray. Both sides created half chances with Storey's pace on the break a constant worry for the Lichties. On 66 minutes a flashpoint. Pawlett reacted angrily to a very heavy challenge from Scott who then also reacted to the Dons man. Referee Charleston red carded both players.
The introduction of Doris into the home attack gave them new energy and the striker forced Alexander into a fine save. Play was becoming fragmented as changes were made by both managers but the Dons added a fourth goal nine minutes from time. Scott Wright's persistence saw him win the ball on the edge of the six-yard box before squaring for the unmarked Storey to notch his first Aberdeen goal. Arbroath grabbed a late consolation when Gold nodded home at the far post after a Linn corner. A good work out for the Dons and some good goals while trialist Aucho showed some nice touches.
Gomez, Whatley (C), Thomson, Dunlop, Little, Gold, Callaghan (Linn 63),Malin ( McCord 58), Prunty (Doris 58), Scott, Phillips (Kader 45).
Unused Subs: Hamilton, Hester, Mutch
Aberdeen Teamsheet Alexander
.Unused Subs: Thomas, Robertson, Lewis.
Venue: Gayfield Park, Arbroath
Referee: Craig Charleston