Scott Wright’s hat-trick against Formartine United has earned him a seat on the plane for Aberdeen’s trip to Maribor.
The Under-20 side produced a performance full of fizz to convincingly win 5-2 in the first round of the Irn-Bru Cup.
Wright was only one of many young Dons who will have impressed manager Derek McInnes, who was watching from the stand at North Lodge Park.
They will be grateful that McInnes left when it was 5-0, so missed Formartine rallying late on to snatch two goals that made the final score more respectable.
Dons U20 boss Paul Sheerin praised his team.
He said: “The first goal was the big one for us because the game was pretty much in the balance until then.
“Then, for a 15-minute spell in the second-half, we absolutely blew them away with the tempo and the energy and three exceptional goals.”
The match saw the Under 20s take the lead shortly before the half-hour with WRIGHT getting his first after good play from Dylan Thomas set him up.
In the second period, the visitors upped the tempo and Aaron NORRIS curled home a screamer from 25 yards. WRIGHT’S second came after neat play from Frank Ross and Norris.
WRIGHT’S third followed Connor McLennan’s powerful run through the middle.
Joe NUTTALL made it 5-0 with quarter of the game remaining.
The hosts fought back in the last 10 minutes and replied through substitute Neil GAULD and Graeme RODGER.
New Aberdeen signing Kesioulu Omolokun made his debut at centre-back.
Sheerin was happy with the 18-year-old’s display although the former Bradford player had to come off injured.
He said: “He won headers, and used the ball well.
“It’s early days, but certainly, for a first game, he was pretty impressive for us.”
Formartine boss Kris Hunter acknowledged that his side couldn’t match the youthful Dons.
He said: “Aberdeen were very good and thoroughly deserved their victory.”