Aberdeen Under-20 coach Paul Sheerin praised teen midfielder Frank Ross for rising to the challenge by scoring more goals.
Ross hit a double in the U20s’ 4-2 win over Kilmarnock at Balmoor in the SPFL Development League.
The 19-year-old has been in first team squads this season and came off the bench in the 4-0 Scottish Cup win over Stranraer at Pittodrie in January.
Sheerin said: “Frank scored two great goals, one with his left foot and other with his right.
“That is Frank all over, two-footed and a real talent.
“Recently I talked with Frank and told him goals is something he has to add to his game and he has done that in recent matches.”
Aberdeen suffered an early setback as Lewis Morrison shot past Robbie Mutch after only 90 seconds.
It was a nightmare opening for the U-20 Dons who had lost 4-1 to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park earlier in the season.
However, they rallied to secure the three points.
Sheerin said: “The response to going behind as early as we did was great.
“In terms of what we are looking for and what we should be as a club, that was much more like us.
“We have been working hard and in terms of pressing the ball we were a lot better and had a purpose and desire.
“We did a bit of video analysis in terms of how we should press, and with better purpose to our pressing.
“It was evident against Kilmarnock.
“The first half was excellent but you cannot control a game constantly and when Kilmarnock had their spell we got a bit frantic and rushed our play.
“We didn’t handle it as well as we could have.
“That is maybe a confidence thing due to results from the last couple of weeks.”
Aberdeen recovered from conceding early with Ross netting an equaliser in the 27th minute as he slid a superb left foot shot beyond the keeper.
Moments before half-time Connor McLennan rose to meet a Ross corner kick and headed in to make it 2-1.
Ross doubled his tally in the 50th minute with a right-footed drive into goal.
With two minutes remaining Scott Wright thundered a shot beyond the keeper.
Killie grabbed a consolation goal in injury time through William Clark.
U17 player Lewis Hutchison came on as a substitute in the 78th minute for Bruce Anderson and impressed.
Sheerin said: “Lewis is champing at the bit. He is showing a great attitude and it was good to get him involved at U20 level.”