Striker Scott Vernon scored a hat-trick as Aberdeen swatted Dunfermline aside in an experimental Scottish Premier League Friday evening kick-off.

A superb Ricky Foster performance began when he crossed for Vernon to head home in six minutes at Pittodrie.

Pars keeper Paul Gallacher saved a Rory Fallon header and a Vernon shot before the Englishman guided home a Youl Mawene flick-on from close range.

Fraser Fyvie fired a third then Vernon added another as the Dons dominated.

The Pars contributed about 500 of the 8,333 fans inside Pittodrie for the Friday night trial but those clad in black and white had little to cheer as Aberdeen pulled level with them on points.

Aberdeen took the lead thanks to the energy and craft of their captain Foster, who took the ball past full-back Jason Thomson and swung in a fabulous cross that evaded Gallacher and presented Vernon with a simple chance to knock the ball in from four yards for his second goal of the season.

Midfielder Rob Milsom was involved in the Dons' next two chances, hanging a cross for Fallon whose header was tipped round the post by Gallacher, then in 26 minutes pinging a left-footed shot narrowly wide of the post.

Full-back Foster was proving to be the Reds' most potent attacking weapon and only the athleticism of the visiting keeper was saving the Pars from a Friday night skelping.

Just after the half-hour mark, Foster sent in another terrific cross with his left foot and Vernon's header looked like it would double the Dons' advantage. However, Gallacher somehow got a hand to it to turn it away for a corner.

And the former St Mirren goalie saved from Milsom after yet another Foster cross before he was beaten for a second time, though he claimed the Dons scorer, Vernon, was offside when he guided in Youl Mawene's flick-on at the back post from two yards.

Dunfermline's Austin McCann and Fraser Fyvie chase the ball

Fyvie scored his first goal for the Dons this season

Pars boss Jim McIntyre had seen enough. Their only chance had been a header wide by striker Andrew Barrowman from an Austin McCann cross.

McIntyre took off holding midfielder Andy Dowie for Andy Kirk, reverting to a 4-4-2 to deny Aberdeen the space they had enjoyed until then.

That, though, did not prevent the Dons adding a third on the stroke of half-time.

Tellingly, Foster was involved, taking Milsom's pass and finding Vernon with a perfectly weighted pass for the striker to lay the ball off to Fyvie - he rammed the ball past Gallacher from 16 yards for his first goal of the season.

After the interval, Milsom smacked the bar with a left-footed free-kick from just outside the box as the Pars' beating continued.

The Reds threatened further assaults to Gallacher's goal before Barrowman fizzed a shot that David Gonzalez palmed away for a corner.

Kari Arnason almost added a fourth, his curling shot from distance rebounding off a post with Fallon blazing the follow-up over the bar.

Sub Mohamed Chalali, on for Fallon, played in the influential Milsom but he lacked conviction when through on goal and screwed his shot wide.

Vernon secured his hat-trick when Chalali's shot rebounded off the post in his direction and he tapped home.

Newly-promoted Dunfermline secured two wins and two draws in their first quartet of SPL matches this season. Since then they have added only one more point from a possible 15.

McIntyre and his players will now be acutely aware of the demands of Scotland's top tier.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Aberdeen

  • 20 Gonzalez
  • 03 Foster
  • 05 Mawene
  • 06 Considine
  • 08 Milsom
  • 11 Arnason
  • 16 Osbourne
  • 17 Fyvie (Pawlett - 77' )
  • 22 Jack (Clark - 81' )
  • 09 Vernon
  • 14 Fallon (Chalali - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 32 Brown
  • 02 McArdle
  • 07 Clark
  • 15 Pawlett
  • 10 Mackie
  • 18 Chalali
  • 21 Magennis

Dunfermline

  • 01 Gallacher
  • 02 Thomson
  • 03 McCann
  • 06 Keddie
  • 15 Dowie (Kirk - 39' )
  • 16 Potter
  • 04 Mason (Cardle - 60' )
  • 17 Burns
  • 26 Easton (Thomson - 66' )
  • 09 Barrowman
  • 11 Graham

Substitutes

  • 20 Smith
  • 13 Boyle
  • 07 Cardle
  • 22 Willis
  • 23 Thomson
  • 34 Byrne
  • 10 Kirk
Ref: Madden
Att: 8,333

Match Stats

Shots

27 6

On target

12 3

Corners

15 4

Fouls

13 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:21 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +1:52

Corner taken right-footed by Chris Clark from the right by-line, clearance made by John Potter.

90:00 +1:45

The ball is swung over by Kari Arnason, blocked by John Potter.

89:49

Shot from outside the box by David Graham misses to the left of the target.

89:14

Joe Cardle takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Richard Foster manages to make a clearance.

89:06

David Graham crosses the ball, Peter Pawlett gets a block in.

87:45

Richard Foster crosses the ball, Scott Vernon has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.

87:25

Corner taken right-footed by Richard Foster to the near post, clearance made by Jason Thomson.

86:54

Ryan Thomson concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Considine. Andrew Considine takes the direct free kick.

85:03

Mohamed Chalali takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

83:43

Mohamed Chalali is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Alex Keddie.

83:06

Shot by David Graham. David Gonzalez makes a comfortable save.

82:56

The ball is crossed by Paul Burns, Andrew Considine manages to make a clearance.

82:20

A cross is delivered by David Graham, David Gonzalez makes a save.

81:59

Mohamed Chalali is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.

81:32

Kari Arnason produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

80:50 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Jack goes off and Chris Clark comes on.

79:45

Mohamed Chalali provided the assist for the goal.

79:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott Vernon - Aberdeen 4 - 0 Dunf'mline Scott Vernon scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Aberdeen 4-0 Dunfermline.

79:42

Mohamed Chalali takes a shot from just outaide the penalty area and strikes the post.

78:21

Corner taken by Robert Milsom. Effort from deep inside the area by Peter Pawlett misses to the left of the target.

78:13

Robert Milsom produces a cross, clearance made by Alex Keddie.

77:57

Scott Vernon produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 18 yards. Save made by Paul Gallacher.

77:27

Jason Thomson produces a cross.

76:29

Alex Keddie takes the direct free kick.

76:29 Substitution

Substitution Peter Pawlett replaces Fraser Fyvie.

76:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Cardle by Isaac Osbourne.

75:33

Robert Milsom produces a curled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

74:59

The ball is crossed by Robert Milsom.

74:39

Effort from 20 yards by Fraser Fyvie. Paul Gallacher makes a save.

73:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Keddie on Scott Vernon. Free kick taken by Andrew Considine.

70:06

John Potter takes the direct free kick.

70:06 Substitution

Substitution Mohamed Chalali comes on in place of Rory Fallon.

70:06

Paul Burns fouled by Kari Arnason, the ref awards a free kick.

69:10

Ryan Thomson fouled by Isaac Osbourne, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Cardle crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Rory Fallon.

67:52

Unfair challenge on Paul Burns by Isaac Osbourne results in a free kick. Joe Cardle crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

66:51

Short corner taken by Ryan Jack.

66:07

Foul by David Graham on Isaac Osbourne, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Andrew Considine.

65:01

Joe Cardle delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Andrew Considine.

65:01 Substitution

Substitution Craig Easton leaves the field to be replaced by Ryan Thomson.

65:01

Unfair challenge on Andrew Barrowman by Andrew Considine results in a free kick.

64:37

Isaac Osbourne has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.

62:45

Kari Arnason produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

62:12

The offside flag is raised against Andrew Barrowman. Free kick taken by David Gonzalez.

61:24

Kari Arnason produces a curled right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and strikes the post. Shot from deep inside the area by Rory Fallon clears the bar.

61:04

Scott Vernon delivers the ball, Jason Thomson manages to make a clearance.

58:55

Alex Keddie takes the free kick.

58:55 Substitution

Substitution (Dunfermline) makes a substitution, with Joe Cardle coming on for Gary Mason.

58:55

Scott Vernon concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Keddie.

58:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Vernon on John Potter. Direct free kick taken by Alex Keddie.

57:48

Corner taken right-footed by Paul Burns from the right by-line, Andrew Considine manages to make a clearance.

57:31

Andrew Barrowman takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by David Gonzalez.

56:52

Andrew Considine concedes a free kick for a foul on David Graham. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.

55:38

Ryan Jack produces a cross.

55:16

Corner taken by Ryan Jack, clearance by Alex Keddie.

55:06

Fraser Fyvie crosses the ball, blocked by Austin McCann.

53:35

Inswinging corner taken by Richard Foster from the left by-line.

52:49

Richard Foster delivers the ball.

52:07

A cross is delivered by Ryan Jack, clearance by Jason Thomson. Corner taken by Richard Foster from the left by-line to the near post, Jason Thomson makes a clearance.

49:06

John Potter concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Vernon. Strike comes in from Robert Milsom from the free kick,

48:06

Austin McCann delivers the ball, clearance made by Youl Mawene.

45:43

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Fraser Fyvie, Paul Gallacher makes a save.

45:36

A cross is delivered by Richard Foster, John Potter makes a clearance.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +1:27 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

44:36

Assist by Scott Vernon.

44:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Fraser Fyvie - Aberdeen 3 - 0 Dunf'mline Goal scored by Fraser Fyvie from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aberdeen 3-0 Dunfermline.

43:40

The ball is crossed by Kari Arnason.

43:34

Richard Foster produces a cross, clearance made by Alex Keddie.

43:09

Centre by Ryan Jack, clearance by Alex Keddie.

41:24

Inswinging corner taken by Richard Foster from the left by-line, save made by Paul Gallacher.

41:18

Robert Milsom sends in a cross, clearance made by John Potter.

40:41

Paul Burns crosses the ball.

39:35

Craig Easton takes a shot. Save by David Gonzalez.

39:27

The ball is crossed by Austin McCann, clearance made by Richard Foster.

38:02 Substitution

Substitution Andy Dowie leaves the field to be replaced by Andy Kirk.

37:34

Robert Milsom takes a shot. Paul Gallacher makes a comfortable save.

36:45

The ball is crossed by Paul Burns.

36:21

Ryan Jack produces a cross, Paul Gallacher makes a comfortable save.

34:38

Youl Mawene provided the assist for the goal.

34:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott Vernon - Aberdeen 2 - 0 Dunf'mline Scott Vernon finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Aberdeen 2-0 Dunfermline.

34:34

Centre by Kari Arnason,

33:44

Corner taken by Richard Foster, save by Paul Gallacher.

33:37

Isaac Osbourne produces a cross, save made by Paul Gallacher.

33:21

Centre by Richard Foster, Robert Milsom takes a shot. Save made by Paul Gallacher.

31:47

Richard Foster takes the inswinging corner, Youl Mawene has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.

31:29

The ball is crossed by Richard Foster, Scott Vernon takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.

30:25

Centre by Austin McCann, Headed effort from inside the area by Andrew Barrowman misses to the right of the goal.

29:47

Unfair challenge on Andrew Barrowman by Rory Fallon results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary Mason.

28:28

The ball is crossed by Austin McCann.

26:58

Robert Milsom fouled by Andy Dowie, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andrew Considine.

26:00

Robert Milsom produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.

25:36

The ball is delivered by Austin McCann, clearance made by Kari Arnason.

24:08

Corner from the right by-line taken by Paul Burns, Gary Mason has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.

23:35

Paul Burns takes the inswinging corner, Kari Arnason makes a clearance.

23:28

Paul Burns sends in a cross, blocked by Kari Arnason.

22:21

Foul by Rory Fallon on Jason Thomson, free kick awarded. John Potter takes the free kick.

20:07

Rory Fallon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Potter. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.

18:36

Scott Vernon has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Save made by Paul Gallacher.

17:03

Inswinging corner taken by Richard Foster, Alex Keddie makes a clearance.

16:46

A cross is delivered by Scott Vernon, Kari Arnason takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.

16:17

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Jack played to the near post, Jason Thomson makes a clearance.

16:02

Robert Milsom produces a cross, Rory Fallon takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.

14:37

Ryan Jack takes the outswinging corner, Header from close in by Rory Fallon misses to the left of the target.

13:42

Austin McCann delivers the ball, Kari Arnason manages to make a clearance.

10:36

Andy Dowie fouled by Isaac Osbourne, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Dowie restarts play with the free kick.

9:45

The assistant referee signals for offside against Scott Vernon. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.

8:03

The ball is crossed by Robert Milsom, John Potter manages to make a clearance.

7:03

Kari Arnason challenges Gary Mason unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.

5:08

Richard Foster provided the assist for the goal.

5:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott Vernon - Aberdeen 1 - 0 Dunf'mline Scott Vernon finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Aberdeen 1-0 Dunfermline.

5:04

Richard Foster delivers the ball,

4:05

Corner taken right-footed by Fraser Fyvie to the near post, clearance by Jason Thomson.

3:59

The ball is sent over by Robert Milsom, Austin McCann manages to make a clearance.

3:20

The ball is swung over by David Graham.

1:52

Kari Arnason produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the target.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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