ABERDEEN recovered from their Europa mauling to put in an excellent performance against Premiership Hull City in former cult forward Dean Windass's testimonial at the KC Stadium.
The Dons played some impressive attacking football in front of a noisy four-figure travelling support - and even set up an opportunity for brief Dons substitute Windass, who fluffed his chance for a memorable goal.
Aberdeen played new goalkeeper Stuart Nelson between the sticks with Jamie Langfield on international duty, and trialist Jerel Ifil played the whole game and looked good alongside the much more solid-looking Andy Considine and giant fellow trialist Idrissa Alassane who replaced Conso on the hour.
Another surprise trialist, Mazin Ahmed, only got around 10 minutes on the pitch to prove himself at the end of the match.
Craig Rocastle and Rohan Ricketts came on as second-half subs, but with their positions hardly an emergency for the Dons to fill, it will remain to be seen whether a move is made for either before next week's SPL season opener against Celtic.
Also a second-half sub was man of the day Windass, who delighted the Dons fans into chanting, "we love Deano more than you".
This was put to the test when Deano came on as a Hull substitute with 10 minutes to go in a typically wacky bit of testimonial japery.
The only goal of the game came after 39 minutes, when Sone Aluko swung in a dangerous cross that Hull defender Gardner turned into his own net as he went for the ball with Lee Miller.
Aberdeen: Nelson, Mulgrew, Duff (Mackie), McDonald (Young), Considine (Alassane), Ifil, Kerr, Foster (Ahmed), Miller (Crawford), Maguire (Windass (Ricketts)), Aluko (Rocastle).
|Sat 18th July||0-1||1860 Munich||Hofmaninger-Stadion,
Bad Wimsbach, Austria
|Wed 22nd July||3-2||Peterhead||Balmoor Stadium,
|Sat 25th July||1-1||Dundee||Dens Park,
|Thu 30th July||1-5||SK Sigma Olomouc
|Thu 6th August||0-3||SK Sigma Olomouc
Olomouc, Czech Republic
|Sun 9th August||1-0||Hull City||KC Stadium,
Next match: Celtic (Pittodrie), SPL