Playing in the fourth round of the competition for only the second time in their history, Gary Naysmith’s League Two Citizens battled valiantly against the Premiership opponents, but were ultimately overpowered by the gulf in quality between the two teams.
Fresh from drawing 2-2 with league leaders Kelty Hearts last week, City did not lack confidence for their journey to the north east, but from very early on, you could tell it would be a long afternoon for them.
Aberdeen had peppered Brian Schwake’s goal several times before Jonny Hayes squared a rebound for Ryan Hedges to slide home on 22 minutes, before on 43 minutes Christian Ramirez scored from close range.
City worked hard to keep Aberdeen at bay after the break, and came close to scoring when Anthony McDonald had an effort saved by Joe Lewis.
However, the Dons added a third in stoppage time when Lewis Ferguson scored with a looping header.