Aberdeen 0 Inverness CT 1 | FT | Balmoor Stadium, Peterhead | SPFL U20 League | KO 6pm
The Dons U20 side lost their first match of the season as Inverness Caley took all three points with a one-nil victory at Balmoor.
The first half was a pretty even affair and looked like the opening game of the new season with both teams taking a while to settle in to the game.
Inverness looked good on the counter attack but the best chance of the half came on 40 minutes when Ryan Esson made an instinctive save from a McKenna header.
Dons keeper Danny Rogers made some good saves from Inverness attacks and looked comfortable overall as the tempo of the game increased towards half time.
Aberdeen started the second half much better and created more chances but Inverness continued to defend solidly. They sat in for much of the half and the Dons struggled to break them down.
Then on the 76th minute, the Dons fell behind when an Inverness substitute scored just 5 minutes after coming on for the Highlanders when a gap opened up and he hit a screamer past Danny Rogers.
A few minutes later Rogers made another great save to prevent the young Dons going two-nil down.
Aberdeen continued to push for an equaliser in the remaining minutes but failed to find the net after missing a couple of guilt edged chances.
It's early days yet but Neil Cooper will be disappointed his team didn't get off to a winning start.
Team: Rodgers, Murray, McKenna, Storie, Considine, Rose, O'Neill, Masson (O'Sullivan 78'), Smith, Shankland & Low (c)
Subs: Rumsby, Gibbons, Duguid, Campanile, Ferries & Tait
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