Thrilling second half as City host Dons

Darren Taylor, Ray McKinnon and Grant Johnson.

Darren Taylor, Ray McKinnon and Grant Johnson.

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Brechin City welcomed Scottish League Cup winners Aberdeen to Glebe Park in their first preseason friendly.

There were few clear cut chances for either side during the opening 45 minutes, and it as Aberdeen who finally found the back of the net through a superb Ryan Jack effort in the final minutes of the half.

The Dons came out in the second half still on a high from their goal and sought to increase their lead.

However, City were strong in defence and the best the Dons came to in the opening 15 minutes was a long range effort from Barry Robson, which went wide of the target.

Adam Rooney came even closer for the visitors in the 66th minute, with a header that was just inches over the cross bar.

Minutes later Peter Pawlett saw an effort sail just past the left hand post as the Dons tried to get second goal.

The Dons’ pressure paid off in the 74th minute when Graeme Smith went to close down Rooney, but the keeper couldn’t quite get the ball out of danger and it fell to McGinn who blasted the ball into the back of the net.

City narrowed the deficit just moments later thanks to Robert Thomson, who cam eo on a as a second half substitute.

However, City barely had a chance to celebrate their goal before Lawrence Shankland increased the Dons two goal lead seconds later.

Brechin had the chance to pull back another goal in the 83rd minute when they were awarded a free kick just outside the box. Steven Jackson low hard delivery was a good one, but Brown was able to parry the shot.

Aberdeen ended hte seocnd half much like they did the first, with a last minute goal to ensure a 4-1 victory, thanks to Decalan McManus.