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Ryan Hedges scored a second-half hat-trick as Aberdeen coasted past NSI Runavik to attain the Europa League second qualifying spherical.
In their seventh consecutive continental marketing campaign, Derek McInnes’ aspect dominated the Faroese fragment-timers.
Lewis Ferguson and Curtis Predominant both scored within the principle half, prior to change Hedges netted twice in lickety-split succession after the interval.
Hedges then added a gradual penalty after Jonny Hayes’ shapely strike.
The take technique Aberdeen be half of Scottish Premiership opponents Motherwell and Rangers in Monday’s plot for the following spherical, which will again be one-legged ties, held on 17 September. All three are direct to be seeded.
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Aberdeen needed to wait and see within the principle half but there was no grief of their play prior to Ferguson meeting Andrew Considine’s dinked ball with a agency header.
Ferguson tried to earn on the discontinuance of Scott Wright’s low offer moments later and it was all of the formulation down to Predominant to seem on the final touch for the striker’s first map of the season.
Dylan McGeouch examined Torour Thomsen early within the second half but the goalkeeper was culpable when Aberdeen extended their lead.
Hayes centred low from the left and the goalkeeper palmed out in desire to take dangle of the ball, permitting Predominant’s change Hedges to bound over the road.
Wright teed up the Wales global for his ruthless second and Matty Kennedy did the spade work for Hayes to curve and rating his first map since returning to Pittodrie from Celtic.
Ferguson, who scored from the realm within the weekend take over Livingston, was felled within the field and Hedges struck powerfully past Thomsen from 12 yards.
Man of the match – Ryan Hedges
What did we be taught?
McInnes eschewed his tried-and-trusted 4-3-3 by starting Kennedy and Hayes in waft-attend roles in a 3-5-2 with Marley Watkins joined in assault by Predominant.
However the vast men on the initiating struggled to influence the game and Considine and Wright direct up the principle two dreams from positions additional infield.
Wright was active and supplied the spotlight of the principle half by skilfully evading his man to direct up the second map.
Predominant, who simplest made the bench on the weekend after Craig Bryson pulled out injured, did now not reappear for the second half and clearly needs more games to withstand bustle after missing the originate of the season.
What did they dispute?
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: “I enjoyed looking out at my team. I believed the avid gamers enjoyed the game. It was a wee reminder that they’re steady avid gamers. It’s a steady night’s work.
“Hedges’ second-half hat-trick, colorful from him. I deem the confidence to shuffle up and lift the penalty is an indication of the put his game is. He’s now bought four dreams and an attend.”
Hat-trick scorer Hedges: “We dominated the game and managed it. To earn three dreams is a whimsical achievement for myself. Optimistically, if we are in a position to defend progressing, followers will (eventually) be here.”
Aberdeen, with two league wins out of three, proceed their Scottish Premiership marketing campaign away to unbeaten Hibernian on Sunday at 16: 30 BST.
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