Balmoor, Peterhead was the venue as Aberdeen took on Hibernian in the SPFL Under 20s Development League. It was a fine, windy day in the North East and a good game of football was expected.
Daniel Adejo made his debut at right back for the Dons. The Nigerian defender is on trial having played with Italian outfit Reggina in the past. Experienced midfielder Barry Robson was in the midfield for the hosts.
For Hibs, Farid El Alagul, who is returning from injury, was up front for the Easter Road men. Josh Peters, who signed for the club from Highland League side Strathspey Thistle, had to settle for a place on the bench.
Aberdeen had a great opportunity to open the scoring after nine minutes when a Barry Robson corner was tipped away by Sean Brennan, before Brennan denied forward Frank Ross. Aberdeen had the better changes in the opening exchanges of the game and Robson was using his experience to its full extent.
Brennan was called into action again in the 20th minute after Kalvin Orsi feeded the ball into Ross who fired in a great effort from the edge of the area, however the former Tynecastle goalkeeper denied the striker with a good save.
Hibs started to get into the game as the minutes wore on and nearly took the lead midway through the first half. Adam Watson fed in the advancing Aaron Dunsmore who made a bursting run from his right back position to get himself into the box. His effort got a hand from Aaron Lennox in the Aberdeen goal who just signed until the end of the season for the Pittodrie men last week.
El Alagul was having a quiet start to the game. He was up against Scott McKenna, with the young Dons defender winning everything in the air against the Moroccan attacker. However, it was El Alagul who almost opened the scoring after receiving a pass from Jordan Sinclair before chesting the ball and knocking his effort just wide.
Half time came with the deadlock yet to be broken and the game just required a goal to liven things up in the second period. Aaron Lennox and Sean Brennan were both producing some good saves to keep it level.