THE Dons warmed up for next Thursday’s Euro mission in Croatia with a comfortable 2-0 friendly win over Raith Rovers in Kirkcaldy this afternoon.
Striker David Goodwillie grabbed his chance to stake a claim for a starting slot in their Europa League clash HNK Rijeka with an impressive shift.
Goodwillie rattled the woodwork in the first half then put the Dons ahead just after the hour.
Defender Ash Taylor nodded home Aberdeen’s second in a stroll for them at Stark’s Park.
Dons boss Derek McInnes rested several regulars ahead of the trip to Rijeka and got decent shifts from several of his fringe men.
Paul Quinn took over the captaincy from Ryan Jack, who was among those rested.
The Dons lived a wee bit dangerously early on while getting into their stride.
Raith almost opened the scoring in the 10th minute when former Don Mitch Megginson crossed the ball low from the left.
Kyle Benedictus stuck a leg out and deflected the ball on to the face of Dons keeper Scott Brown’s right post.
Ryan McCord also went close in the 15th minute when he steered a 14-yard shot wide of the same post.
The Dons settled after that.
Their first opportunity came when Goodwillie showed a neat touch to control a lofted through pass from Barry Robson.
The striker’s next touch was a low shot that Raith keeper Kevin Cuthbert deflected to safety with his legs.
Goodwillie was very unlucky in the 20th minute.
He collected a through ball from Graeme Shinnie, side-stepped a Raith defender then send a delightful curling shot from an angle on the left off the face of the Raith bar.
Brown rescued the Dons in the 27th minute with a fine diving save to keep a powerful Ross Callachan volley out of his net.
Raith’s Cuthbert made an equally impressive stop two
minutes later to beat away a pile-driver from Robson in what was an entertaining enough first half as friendlies go.
Goodwillie’s persistence was rewarded when he opened the scoring in the 64th minute.
Robson’s shot from the edge of the area was deflected into the striker’s path and he calmly directed the ball past the Raith keeper from 12 yards.
The Dons made it 2-0 in the 74th minute when Robson sent a corner in from the left for Ash Taylor to net with a well placed header.