City downed by Dons in opening friendly

Scott Buist heads the ball clear from an Aberdeen corner. (Picture by Derek Watt).

Scott Buist heads the ball clear from an Aberdeen corner. (Picture by Derek Watt).

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BRECHIN City were hosts to Aberdeen last Thursday evening, in their first pre-season friendly.

Both sides fielded young teams, with Aberdeen having six trialists in their starting line-up.

Derek Carcary controls the ball as Jason Beardsley looks on. (Picture by Derek Watt).

Derek Carcary controls the ball as Jason Beardsley looks on. (Picture by Derek Watt).

Aberdeen were three goals up by half time, with goals from Mitch Megginson, Patrick Bengondo and Darren Mackie.

City managed to pull a goal back through David McKenna in the 53rd minute but were unable to finish chances later in the game.

Aberdeen were pushing forward from kick off, and took the lead in the eighth minute through Megginson, who netted after Scott Buist had blocked a shot from Darren Mackie.

Brechin were quick to respond, however, and came close twice in the space of a minute.

Craig Molloy (8) congratulates David McKenna after scoring. (Picture by Derek Watt).

Craig Molloy (8) congratulates David McKenna after scoring. (Picture by Derek Watt).

Craig Molloy received a pass from Neil Janczyk and shot just past the post.

A few seconds later it was Janczyk himself who came close, firing over the bar from the edge of the box.

Aberdeen looked strong, however, and Bengondo, currently with Swiss side FC Aarau, headed home a Jason Beardsley cross in the 36th minute.

Aberdeen captain Darren Mackie then scored his side’s third just before half time, driving home with his left foot.

Both sides made double substitutions at half time, and it was Brechin’s replacement keeper David Scott who impressed first, palming away a Michael Paton shot from close range, following a corner.

Brechin pulled a goal back in the 53rd minute, with McKenna getting on the scoresheet.

Gary Brady played an excellent pass to Derek Carcary, who crossed into the box for McKenna to head home.

Carcary then came close himself three minutes later, when his left foot drive struck the underside of the crossbar and came back out to him.

He shot the rebound well wide ,however.

Brechin battled on and had the better second half out of the sides, but lacked a finishing touch as the game ended three-one to the Dons.

Teams:

Brechin City – Nelson (Scott), McLean, Dunlop (Potter), Fusco (Bradt), Buist, Janczyk (Young), McClune, Molloy, McKenna, Weir, Carcary (Fertacz) and Scott (not used)

Aberdeen – Oldfield (Jones), Beardsley, Robertson, Ashmore, Shaughnessy (Grimmer), Nunez, Pawlett, Galdos (Low), Bengondo (Brown), Mackie (Paton) and Megginson (Magennis).

Referee - Matt Northcroft.

Attendence – 1002.