Aberdeen U19s were back in action this afternoon after their winter break. The young Dons lined up against Duncan Shearer's Inverness CT U19 side. Amongst the crowd at Balgownie at lunchtime was the Scotland U17 coach Ricky Sbragia and he would have been impressed by a number of the Aberdeen performances after they ran out comfortable 4-0 winners.
In the first half Aberdeen lined up with Rogers in goal, a back four of Duguid, Dunlop, Rumsby and Masson. The two holding midfielders were Devaney and Murray with Smith playing just in front of them. Fraser and O'Neill took up the wide positions as usual with top scorer Declan McManus up front.
Jack Grimmer was not involved in the match this afternoon. Clark Robertson was also not involved as he is in the senior squad for the game tomorrow.
Despite the long winter lay off Aberdeen came out strongly and from the start looked in tremendous form. They opened the scoring after only four minutes when Stephen O'Neill played the ball to Craig Murray on the edge of the penalty box. The midfielder had a look up then curled a great shot past everyone in the far corner of the net. On eight minutes it was 2-0 to the Dons. This time the other winger Fraser set up Devaney who finished well. Just after the half hour mark Cammy Smith played in Fraser and he scored a superb goal.
At half time Neil Cooper made a host of changes so the whole squad got a game. Carse replaced McManus. Storie came on for Smith. Gibbons replaced Fraser. McMahon came on for Murray in the middle of the park. Collins replaced Masson who is also likely to be in the first team squad tomorrow. Rose came on for Rumsby and in goal Rogers was replaced by Lukasik.
Despite all the changes Aberdeen continued to dominate and they added a fourth when Dean Carse cut in from the left and found the corner of the net. Another good finish. The Dons really should have added to their tally. Rose headed over from a corner, Storie blasted over the bar after a good run by Carse and Collins was one on one with the keeper. Cammy Smith was very unlucky with a shot that hit the bar in the first half.
Still a very good work out for the Dons and they will continue their build up to the second half of the season when they play Inverness in a return match in Dingwall on Wednesday.