Peterhead v Aberdeen XI
Peterhead 2-2 Aberdeen kick-off 7:30pm
Davidson 54, Rory McAllister 88
Magennis 22, Megginson 28
An Aberdeen XI travelled up the road to play against John Sheran's Peterhead this evening at Balmoor.
In what was really just a training match, the Dons had two guests on show who have been training with the club. Midfielder Michael Woods started his career with Leeds United before moving to Chelsea where he made two first team appearances for the EPL side. The 21 year old has also represented England at various youth levels. Mickael Nicoise is a striker who was born in France but has represented Guadeloupe . He started his career at Paris SG. Last season the 28 year old was playing his football in Belgium for RFC Tournai.
There were also a couple of new faces from the U19 side in the squad. Scott Rumsby has joined Neil Cooper's men after moving from Rangers and Craig Storie was on the bench. The midfielder is a product of the AFC Youth Academy and is in his first year in the youth team.
Aberdeen lined up with Przemyslaw Lukasik in goals, Jamie Masson at right back, Captain Nicky Low in the unusual position of left back, Jack Grimmer and Scott Rumsby in central defence, Michael Paton wide right , Jordon Brown and Michael Woods in centre midfield with Mitch Megginson wide left. Josh Magennis was up front with Mikael Nicoise.
Peterhead just started with three of the players from the first XI that beat Alloa on penalties on Saturday.
In the opening stages Josh Magennis was put through by Michael Paton but as he went in on goal he took a poor touch which allowed the defender time to recover. Michael Woods in the middle of the park was playing some nice passes. On 10 minutes Mickael Nicoise set up Mitch Megginson but he never got hold of his shot. Then on 11 minutes Denis Wyness linked with Graeme Sharpe who chipped the keeper and scored but the goal was chalked off for offside.
After about 15 minutes Mickael was tripped in the box by Barry Sellars and referee Northcroft awarded a penalty. Magennis stepped forward to take it but the striker smashed the ball off the bar. After 20 minutes Jordon Brown ran from the centre of the pitch. He hit a shot which deflected over the keeper but the ball hit the bar and looped up and landed just on top of the roof of the net.
Nicoise and Woods both had efforts on goal before the Dons finally took the lead went the ball broke to Josh Magennis who calmly rounded the keeper and scored. The Dons then dominated the next period of the game. Mikael was showing some classy touches. On 28 minutes Nicky Low played the ball to Mitch Megginson who cut inside and fired the ball long into the bottom hand corner to make it two nil.
On the half hour mark Jordon Brown received a nasty shoulder injury after he collided with the referee. Mr Northcroft is not the smallest of individuals and Jordon looked in some trouble for a while. It was feared he might have dislocated his shoulder but hopefully the injury is not that serious.
Conor Devaney replaced Brown and he had a couple of drives from distance. Jack Grimmer went close with an effort just wide after a corner and Nicoise had a shot which was blocked by the keeper from a tight angle.
Scott Rumsby was having a good game in central defence. However on the stroke of half time he slipped and the ball from the right found its way to Martin Bavidge who hit a shot which was brilliantly saved by the flying Lukasik.
At half time Peterhead made a number of chances and brought on some of their more experienced and stronger players.
On 54 minutes from a corner Lewis Davidson, who was with the Aberdeen u19s last season, scored with a bullet header. The game in the second half was becoming more of a training match although Peterhead were enjoying more the possession.
Declan McManus replaced Jack Grimmer after 63 minutes. Josh back to centre half. Ryan Strachan curled one just over and then Paton almost set up Nicoise. The Dons did not have many attacks in the second period though.
On 70 minutes Redman took advantage of some hesitant defending at the back and also scored when he sneaked in but his header went just past. Lukasik produced another fine save but he could do nothing to stop Peterhead equalising in the final minute. The ball was played to Rory McAllister who one took one touch with his left to play into on to his right and then bang. The keeper had no chance as the ball went through a crowd of players. In the end the scoreline, which was irrelevant, was probably about right. A good work out for the young Dons who start the Clydesdale Bank Youth League in a couple of weeks.
In their next pre-season game the U19s are in action against Culter on Wednesday evening.
Team: Przemyslaw Lukasik, Jamie Masson, Nicky Low (captain), Michael Woods, Jack Grimmer (Declan McManus 63), Scott Rumsby, Michael Paton, Jordon Brown (Conor Devaney 34), Josh Magennis, Mikael Nicoise, Mitch Megginson. Subs:, Stephen O'Neil, Ryan Fraser, Craig Storie, Craig Murray