It was job done for Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes as his side cruised to a 4-1 win over Brechin City at Glebe Park.
The Dons were comfortable throughout and goals from Scott McKenna, Miles Storey, Kari Arnason and Adam Rooney wrapped up the win.
Boss McInnes was pleased with the exercise as it allowed him to give a number of players vital game time yesterday ahead of Thursday’s Europa League third qualifying round first leg against Apollon Limassol at Pittodrie.
It was Arnason’s first start in his second spell with the Reds, Nicky Maynard played the full game and a number of players from Paul Sheerin’s development squad including Ryan Harrington, Frank Ross, McKenna and Danny Harvie also got a run out.
McInnes said: “It was pleasing.
“A lot of these boys have been back for four or five weeks now and haven’t started a game of football, so it was important that they got some minutes under their belt.
“I think they came off it for a wee spell when their subs gave them a wee bit of a spark but it was a fitness thing for us.
“We wanted the majority who started the game to get 90 minutes and we did that.
“I’m pleased with some of the quality of play.
“If we didn’t already know it, we’ve got some good options in the forward areas.
“I thought Tansey was magnificent in the middle of the park and some of the younger ones gave us encouragement as well.”
Manager McInnes was also pleased with the contribution of Maynard who looked sharp throughout and was unlucky not to score.
He added: “Nicky could have scored four or five, his movement is top drawer.
“If you put a camera on Nicky and follow his movement you’ll see he’s always asking questions of the centre-backs.
“He just needs that wee bit of sharpness to finish off the good work.
“I think Nicky and Adam Rooney could have scored some more goals between them but I think it’s really encouraging that we’ve got another option, and that type of player, at the club.”
In front of a healthy crowd of 1,196 at Glebe Park, Aberdeen were in the ascendancy from the off and nearly scored the opening goal in the first few minutes.
Adam Rooney headed against the bar after getting his head to Miles Storey’s cross from the left-wing.
Rooney was denied again soon after by Brechin goalie Patrick O’Neil.
But the stopper could only deflect the ball behind for a corner and from it the Reds took the lead. Tansey delivered and after the ball bobbled around in the penalty box centre-back Scott McKenna knocked it home from six yards.
The Hedgemen game back into the game though, and Sean Crighton went close on a couple of occasions.
Scott Wright was lighting up the game with his dribbling in the early stages, with the 19 year-old clearly keen to impress McInnes.
With the Dons continuing to dominate the game it was no surprise that the second goal arrived just after the half hour.
After neat passing, Rooney reached the by-line and chipped the perfect ball up for Storey to head in the second.
Issac Layne threatened for Brechin with eight minutes left of the first half, his rasping 20-yard strike flew just wide but it remained 2-0 at half-time.
The Reds kept the pressure on at the start of the second half and scored a third goal in 55 minutes. With Arnason marking his first appearance of his second spell with Aberdeen by rising highest to power home a header.
Three minutes later the Dons had a penalty when Paul McLean felled Maynard in the area, referee Gavin Duncan pointed to the spot and Rooney buried it from 12 yards.
The hosts threatened shortly after the hour when substitute Ally Love forced Reds keeper Danny Rodgers into a smart diving save from 20 yards. And Love did have his goal 21 minutes from time when he arrowed a brilliant 25 yard left-foot shot beyond Rodgers.
As substitutions were being made by both teams the game became scrappy but Tansey almost scored Aberdeen’s fifth from 30 yards with a drive that whistled just over.
The Englishmen went even closer a couple of minutes later as O’Neil saved his free-kick, Wright and Maynard also kept the keeper busy late on.
Aberdeen: Danny Rodgers, Ryan Harrington (Craig Storie), Danny Harvie, Scott McKenna, Kari Arnason; Greg Tansey, Frank Ross (Connor McLennan), Scott Wright, Miles Storey (Bruce Anderson); Nicky Maynard, Adam Rooney. Subs not used: David Craddock, Sam Roscoe, Harlain Mbayo, Toby Wells.