THE Dons claimed an all-important away goal in a 1-1 draw against KF Shkendija tonight.
Niall McGinn put the Dons in front with 10 minutes to go at the Philip II Arena in Skopje, Macedonia.
But a Hristian Kirovski equaliser means there is still all to play for in the return leg of the Europa League first round qualifier at Pittodrie next week.
A small band of 100 fans travelled for the match – which is quite impressive considering the distance and the fact the draw was only made last week.
In the 20th minute, the Dons had the best chance of the game. A cheeky backheel from Ryan Jack found Niall McGinn, who cut inside and struck low from the edge of the box. But his shot hit the outside of the side netting.
Minutes later new signing Graeme Shinnie, playing in central midfield, fired over with his right foot from 18 yards.
After the half hour mark Juffo’s half volley was well held by Danny Ward, who made his competitive debut for the Dons since signing on loan from Liverpool.
Shkendija sat back for the remainder of the half, as Derek McInnes’ side passed the ball comfortably without threatening too much.
In the second half, the Dons should have taken the lead. Jonny Hayes’ floated corner found the head of the on-rushing Ash Taylor, who directed the ball wide.
With 10 minutes to go, the Dons did eventually take the lead.
Shay Logan burst down the wing and put a low, bouncing cross into the box where McGinn tapped the ball home.
The lead didn’t last very long, however. Hristian Kirovski sent a looping header over Ward and into the back of the net.
Aberdeen should have won the game in the dying minutes when Hayes sent McGinn through on goal, but the Northern Ireland international’s stabbed effort was blocked by the keeper.
A sour point for the away side was when Mark Reynolds went off injured with a suspected dislocated shoulder.
Aberdeen welcome the Macedonians to Pittodrie next Thursday, with a 7.45pm kick-off.