Last year’s Denis Law Tournament runners-up, Aberdeen, fell to a 1-0 defeat in their opening fixture this time round. Sheffield United beat the Dons in controversial circumstances, with the winning goal coming from a player who may have lucky to still be on the pitch.
Aberdeen threatened first when Bruce Anderson played a great ball through to Connor McLennan who hit the target but couldn’t beat the keeper. The Dons went close again in the 11th minute. Seyon Kosheodo showed good strength to hold off a defender in the box before finding McLennan who dragged his shot wide.
Kosheodo was involved again on 17 minutes, breaking down the left wing at pace before blasting his shot over the bar. Three minutes later a Sheffield United free kick sparked chaos in the Aberdeen box. The ball in found Keegan Burton whose shot was parried by Reece Willison and eventually scrambled clear after a goal-mouth stramash.
The English side had another chance a minute later when Dylan Parkin tried his luck from the edge of the box but Willison made the save.
Aberdeen then had two goals disallowed for offside in the space of three minutes, and United almost took the lead in between the two incidents. Frank Koroma raced away down the left and skipped over the challenge from the keeper as he rushed out of his goal. The danger-man though could only hit the side-netting from a tight angle.