Jordan Young and Craig Hasting's goals gave Bon Accord the win in a stuffy pre-season encounter at Alliance Park. The visitors scored in both halves, to get the better of a much changed Braves side, featuring five of the club's youth players.
This summer saw Braves officially announce the youth pathway, with an Under 19 side playing in the Central Scotland FA the most senior side within. Give of their players were in the matchday squad, with Paul Reid starting and Callum Guthrie, Darren Waterson, Lewis Wales and Scott Martin finding a place on the bench.
It was a lively opening half hour which saw both sides creating chances in the opening phases of play. The closest the home side went was through Jamie Watson, who latched onto a Ben Daily through ball. However, his sidefooted effort didn't have enough power and goalkeeper Murdoch was able to make the save.
It was Bon Accord who opened the scoring before half time. A whipped in cross from Daniel Burns wasn't cleared by the Braves defenders, which left Craig Hastings free at the back post to fire home from close range.
Moving into the second half Braves goalkeeper Yohann Chardon kept his side in the game with a string of magnificent saves. The pick of the bunch came from a curling free kick effort by Alistair Martin, which was heading towards the top corner.
Bon Accord had another chance to double their advantage soon after. Barry Eley’s close range header was parried away by Chardon as we reached the latter stages of the game.
Bon Accord’s efforts were soon rewarded as they doubled their advantage. In the 77th minute, Kyle Mooney found space on the left wing and sent his low driven ball across the face of the goal which allowed Jordan Logan to slot home.
The Braves attempted to get back into the game. Scott Martin was left unmarked on the right, but his cross was easily gathered by the goalkeeper.
Two goals behind, the Braves found it difficult to break down Bon Accord's solid defence and were unable to score a consolation as we approached full time. Again it was Watson who went closest, with some pleasing build up play from the impressive young substitutes.
Despite the scoreline, it was an entertaining game and a valuable ninety minutes for both sides to regain fitness before they begin their league campaigns.
Next up for Braves it is another home encounter against East Fife on Thursday evening.