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Dons show strength and promise

Aberdeen reveal a ‘toughness’ as a Considine goal is enough for a win over dutch top-flight side


Published: 31/07/2008


Aberdeen faced up to their toughest test in Holland – and passed it with flying colours.


Jimmy Calderwood's side had to dig deep to keep out dangerous Dutch top division side Vitesse Arnhem before taking control and deserved victory thanks to Andrew Considine's second half winner.


This was about as competitive a match as anyone could hope for at this stage of pre-season in front of 2,500 cheery, and also beery, Dutch and Dons supporters.


There were tackles flying in from both sides, and despite changes in personnel, there seemed a rugged toughness in the Aberdeen team that was lacking last term.


Another 37 performances in the SPL like this will do nicely for the Dons.


As has been a common theme on the Dons trip, they had to rip up their plans as another Dons trialist bit the dust before he could be properly assessed when Sefanja Davids slumped to the turf after just 14 minutes.


The 19-year-old former Feyenoord youth team player had spent the week with Aberdeen at their Delden training camp and played 20 minutes in Sunday's 2-1 defeat at FC Zwolle.


He was due to play tonight at Rietvogels but now looks to have joined Lescinel Jean Francois as another trialist who is unlikely to be at Pittodrie in the coming season.


Davids' injury meant Calderwood had to reshuffle before he would have liked, with Stuart Smith coming on at left back, but his defence coped admirably against the slick Dutch outfit, even without recent arrival Charlie Mulgrew, who was feeling unwell beforehand and given the evening off.


With Stuart Duff and Gary McDonald snapping at heels in the middle also, the hosts were restricted to scraps in and around the Aberdeen box.


The closest they came in the opening half was when goalkeeper Bossu brilliantly tipped a powerful low drive from Mads Junker around his near post inside two minutes.


Soon after the goalkeeper was called into action again this time to tip over Anduele Prijor's header.


Aberdeen were mainly focusing on snuffing out the Dutch threat but Darren Mackie was not far away with a swinging right foot shot from the edge of the box.


Mackie was forced off shortly after the restart with a rib injury and his replacement, Chris Maguire, was clattered by Ricky van Wolfswinkel, but fortunately the young forward got back to his feet soon after.


Vitesse were not holding back as Rogier Molhoek joined team-mate Abubakari Yakubu in the referee's book after going through Jamie Smith. The Dons refused to be intimidated though and the Smiths, Jamie and Stuart, Jeffrey De Visscher and latterly Lee Mair all picked up yellow cards for equally villainous challenges.


The Dons gained a foothold on the match and then went on to dominate before breaking the deadlock on the 70 minutes mark.


De Visscher's free kick was only partially cleared and Maguire picked out McDonald, whose back post header was flicked on by Miller onto Considine who took great delight in smashing the ball home.


Vitesse tried to hit back and Molhoek should have done better than blast his volley over the bar from eight yards as the hosts piled on the pressure but the Dons held firm.


ABERDEEN – Bossu, Mair, Davids (S Smith 14) Severin, Considine, De Visscher (Pawlett 84), Duff (Camero 74),McDonald, J Smith, Miller (Paton 84), Mackie (Maguire 51).


VITESSE ARNHEM – Van der Sman, Sansoni, Sprockel, Drost, Domingues de Sousa, Molhoek (Kuiper 67), Junker (Buttner 67), Prijor (Wolfswinkel 46), Yakubu, Kaya, Megreslishvilli

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Good stuff hopefully they'll be on where their hongovers ease and let us know what they thought of the performance.....  Hint Hint


Will do, Jagerdeen might have been there too, i'm sure they'll be on tinterweb soon, Jute usually finds an internet cafe wherever he is!  :thumbsup:


Edit: topcorner texted saying we were pish and couldn't string any passes together and scored with our only shot. Happy days :thumbsup:


Mizer just rang and he said Darren Mackie should only be out for two weeks. They've all just been playing football on the pitch with the Aberdeen players. Apparently Jagerdeen got chased by deek because he was running away with and AFC ball  ;D

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