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Aberdeen gear up for Bosnian test with 3-1 victory at Arbroath

Jayden Stockley came  off the bench to score Aberdeen's third.
Jayden Stockley came off the bench to score Aberdeen's third.

Aberdeen stepped up their Europa League preparations with a 3-1 victory against Arbroath in a friendly at Gayfield tonight.

Adam Rooney opened the scoring in the 20th minute before Greg Stewart doubled the advantage two minutes before the break.

Jayden Stockley headed home the third before Arbroath substitute Kane Hester netted a late consolation for the part-timers.

The visitors, wearing their blue away kit for the first time, took the lead in the 20th minute with a well-worked move culminating in Miles Storey unselfishly laying the ball across goal for Rooney to slot home.

The Irishman went close to doubling the lead with a delicate chip moments later but this time Ricky Gomes was equal to it.

Storey, who has been linked with a move to Kilmarnock, was enjoying a lively game and was unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet when he fired just past the post before Arbroath midfielder Bobby Linn tried his luck with a free kick that was comfortably saved by Joe Lewis.

Aberdeen finally got their second two minutes before the break when Storey provided another assist for Stewart to drill home his first goal for the Dons.

Arbroath almost pulled one back 10 minutes into the second half but Lewis made a tremendous stop to keep out David Gold’s net-bound header.

The Dons continued to enjoy the majority of possession and went close to a third when Rooney was inches away from converting a tantalising cross from Kenny McLean.

Ryan Christie displayed a neat array of touches and flicks and went close to a spectacular third in the 66th minute with a piercing drive that flew over the crossbar.

Substitute Stockley headed home the third from a Tansey corner with 11 minutes to go before Kane Hester netted a consolation for Arbroath in the 86th minute.

 

 

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