Another non-friendly that was squirreled away on BTSport, I thought I’d give the Dandy Dons a look in to see how they’re building for the season. In Scottish terms, they’ve got a decent squad together and with Derek McInnes at the helm look like they might have a decent season, even if Celtic will be unattainable.
My thinking was that I could watch the first half, and then move on if the tie was settled (indeed, I’d put a bit of money on Sociedad scoring during the first period, assuming that it would happen). As it was, it was 1-1 at half time, but with Aberdeen needing another 3 goals, I called it quits – missed quite a decent second half by the look of it.
So what happened? It was quite interesting, truth be told, watching Aberdeen trying to get forward while avoiding being hit on the counter-attack. They needed to win by at least two goals to progress, so it was always going to be a tough night but they acquitted themselves pretty well. Yes, the Basques looked more accomplished on the ball, and yes the Dons didn’t particularly look threatening, but before Xabi Prieto’s opener (a lovely flicked header from a corner) there was little to choose between them.
It was a little bit of class that blew the game apart, to be honest, and though Aberdeen grabbed one back with practically the last kick of the first half, the jig was up by then. Sociedad looked far better after they’d scored, sitting a little deeper and allowing their forward play to be more dynamic and their defence to sit and make Aberdeen come onto them – Willo Flood on the right looked like a fish out of (pardon the pun) water – but other than that, the Dons looked solid, if unspectacular. Both sides showed the strengths of their respective leagues – the gulf between La Liga and the SPL is huge and, though the 1-1 I saw might not demonstrate it, the way we got there certainly did.
Entertainment Value? 6/10