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Fraserburgh v Aberdeen


Fraserburgh 3 Aberdeen 1  3.00pm kick off Bellslea Park


Steven Main 39; James Duguid 66 Clark Robertson og 68 mins; Jeff Smith 52 mins




While results are not of major significance at this stage of the season, this was not quite the start to the new campaign Aberdeen were looking for. The Dons were beaten by a youthful Fraserburgh side that more than warranted their victory at Bellslea Park.


For the first pre-season game against the Highland League side the Dons lined up in a 4-3-3 formation. New signing Rory McArdle started at right back with Diamond and Joe Shaughnessy at centre half and Robbie Williams at left back. The three in midfield were Fraser Fyvie, with trialists Ahmed and Folly. Up front Darren Mackie was partnered with Mitch Megginson and Chris Maguire.


So the Dons boss gave starts to three of the Dons half dozen trialists for the opening pre-season friendly and it was one of them, Robbie Williams, who caught the eye early on with a diagonal pass in the 9th minute that almost saw youngster Fraser Fyvie clear on goal.


The Highland League side, celebrating their centenary season, were by no means overawed, forcing two early corners that the visitors scrambled to safety.In the 14th minute a neat Williams ball down the line was met by Darren Mackie, ahead of the onrushing Paul Leask, but the ball trundled wide of the target. At the other end, Yoann Folly did well to turn a Dane Ballard effort on the turn wide for a corner.


Mitch Megginson scorned a great chance to put the visitors in front after 27 minutes but his hurried shot flew well wide of Leask's goal.On the half hour mark a well struck volley by Maguire was comfortably held by Leask.


Aberdeen were coming more into it and a 34th minute Williams free kick was again dealt with by Leask.However, it was the home side who produced the best football of the match with a flowing move that ended when the unfortunate Allan Hale trod on the ball.


Mackie and Fyvie then both should have done better with should that failed to trouble Leask.


The hosts shocked their full time opponents by taking the lead in 39 minutes when a mix up between Rory McArdle and Jamie Langfield left the keeper stranded and Steven Main took full advantage with a cleverly executed ball into the roof of the net.Right on the stoke of the interval, Maguire fired a free kick that again Leask was equal to.


Both sides made wholesale changes at the break with the Dons replacing all eleven who started and switching from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 and with six minutes of the second half gone, Jeff Smith picked up a Scott Ross free kick before firing a snap shot from twenty-two yards that flew in off the crossbar.


A Jerel Ifil slip let Graham Johnston in with a sight of goal but Mark Howard parried the ball away for a corner. The part-timers restored their advantage in the 66th minute when a fierce Johnston free kick was pushed out by Howard to substitute James Duguid, who'd been on for less than a minute, who fired home from close range. Worse was to follow a minute later for the Dons when Clark Robertson turned a Robert Morrice cross into his own net.


The Dons are back in action tomorrow against Peterhead. Please note the kick-off is at 2.00pm.


Team: Langfield, McArdle, Diamond, Shaughnessy, Willams, Fyvie, Ahmed, Folly, Mackie, Megginson, Maguire


Second Half team: Howard, Jack, Ifil, Ross, Basey, Foster, Okus, Robertson, J Smith, Magennis, Paton

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I was fairly impressed with Robbie Williams at left back and Jeff Smith in the 2nd half put in a couple of good deliveries and a cracking goal.


Ahmed started nervy but looked more comfortable as the game went on. Wouldnt say he was particularly good though. Foley didnt make much of an impact but is a defensive midfielder ever going to make an impact?


Okus was very poor. Wouldnt even play him tomorrow. Basey didnt seem to be in the game much, hopefully see more of him tomorrow.


Magennis was a bit gash but so was Paton and Mackie missed a sitter in the first half. Shaughnessy looked fairly comfortable but I wouldnt expect him to feature much in the first team this season.


Shocking stuff from Lanfgield for their first goal.

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Not too worried about the result. It was clear that this was Fraserburgh biggest game of the season and their players were flying in. Foster and Mackie took exception to some of the hard tackles going in.


For our players it was much more about fitness and getting through the game uninjured, which is fair enough in the first pre-season friendly. It's the games in England we should be looking for the good performances to start in.

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