After much handshaking and a "we're not worthy" moment as Gordon Strachan arrived, the game finally got underway. Andy Parkinson looked lively in the early stages, but it was Steve Tosh who had the first pop at goal in the 2nd minute. Unfortunately Blayney was not tested and the midfield player should possibly have released McNaughton instead. Parkinson again impressed in the 5th minute when he broke on the left, but there was no-one in the middle as his cross arrived. The Dons went ahead in the 7th minute when McNaughton went on one of his maisy runs before being up-ended by Michael Svensson 20 yards out.
Jamie McAllister stepped up to take the free kick and bent the ball round the wall and into the net to give himself a memorable goal in his last Pittodrie match. The Dons caused panic in the Saints defence a minute later as the visitors struggled to clear their lines. However Parkinson slipped as he fired in a shot and the effort went over the bar. Parkinson turned provider in the 12th minute when following good play on the left he rolled the ball into the path of Paul Sheerin. Unfortunately the ex-Ayr man screwed the ball wide.
Oakley almost added a second on the half-hour mark as he latched on to a long ball which he lobbed over Preece and the bar. We had a real contest now and Aberdeen came close to adding a third in the 33rd minute when McNaughton was inches from connecting with a Hinds cross. Three minutes later Preece pulled off a magnificent save from Saints captain Chris Marsden, before the ball was back up in the Saints half where Hinds screwed his shot wide. In the final minute Preece made another good stop as Beattie looked to add a second goal in what had been an entertaining opening 45 minutes.
The half time entertainment saw a Gothenburg Greats team earn a 1-1 draw against a Dons Legends team in a 5-a-side match. Gordon Strachan and Duncan Shearer were the scorers.
Within seconds Saints almost levelled when Tessem's lob went inches over the bar. Southampton had the better of the play now, but the Dons defence was holding firm. The second half was not as incident packed as the first as multiple substitutions broke up the play. Paterson introduced a further two youth players in the 79th minute when Foster and Morrison replaced Hinds and Verhaar. Two minutes earlier McNaughton had set up Hinds but the striker's fierce shot was deflected for a corner kick.
Saints came within a whisker of an equaliser in the 85th minute. Fernandes skipped past Diamond and fired in a cross which Oakley smashed against the Dons upright with Preece beaten. In the final minute Parkinson almost grabbed the goal that his play merited when he fired in a low drive which the keeper held. Seconds later Preece was down quickly to smother an Anders Svensson shot to secure victory for the Dons.