Evening Express

Dons edge out the Bairns in second pre-season friendly

Pictured - Aberdeen's Gary Mackay-Steven. Picture by Kami Thomson .

Aberdeen beat Falkirk 1-0 to make it two wins out of two at the start of pre-season.

A late goal from new signing Lewis Ferguson was all that separated the sides in the friendly which was played at Arbroath’s Gayfield Park.

Stevie May and Sam Cosgrove made their first appearances of the new campaign after missing out on Saturday’s 1-0 friendly win against Cobh Ramblers in Cork on Saturday.

New signing Stephen Gleeson made his first start in front of over 700 Dons fans who were in the crowd of 922.

Another new addition Chris Forrester was introduced at half-time and Derek McInnes’ other new recruit Ferguson was brought on for the final 20 minutes.

In the first half both sides tried to play attractive passing football, but few genuine chances were carved out.

Gary Mackay-Steven had the first effort of note in the early stages forcing Bairns keeper Leo Fasan into a decent diving stop from 25 yards.

Aberdeen goalie Joe Lewis was only called into action once in the first period, pushing clear Daniel Turner’s low strike from 20 yards.

In the second half Lewis made another good stop on 65 minutes to smother Thomas Robson’s effort at close quarters.

Substitutions from both sides diluted the flow of the game as the second half went on, but both teams continued to press each other and look to create chances.

And with two minutes of the 90 remaining Aberdeen made the breakthrough.

Sub Scott Wright linked with Andy Considine on the left and the defender’s cross was touched home from close range by Ferguson.