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Hibernian 0-1 Aberdeen

Aberdeen continued their unbeaten start to the Premiership season with victory over Hibernian at Easter Road.

Vykintas Slivka hit the post for Hibs in a first half that raged from end to end, but it was Aberdeen who went ahead when Gary Mackay-Steven beat the offside trap to score.

Hibs had chances with John McGinn a constant menace and Martin Boyle having a shot deflected wide.

Danny Swanson twice went close but Aberdeen held on for the three points.

The win means Derek McInnes' side remain level on points with Celtic, who they face next at Pittodrie.

Hibs were desperate to build on the momentum picked up following their 2-2 draw at Celtic Park before the international break, but standing in their way was an Aberdeen team who have picked up eight wins in their last nine away games.

On paper this fixture promised so much and from the start, the near capacity crowd was treated to an intriguing and entertaining contest.

Gary Mackay-Steven (right) scores the only goal of the game for Aberdeen
Gary Mackay-Steven (right) scores the only goal of the game for Aberdeen

Those in red were delivering the more incisive passes, though, and Adam Rooney and MacKay-Steven should have done better when presented with good opportunities before the half hour.

But Hibs are a team full of belief these days and Slivka thought he had done enough to give his side the lead, but his curled effort from eight yards battered off the Aberdeen post.

The open nature of the play suggested a goal would come, and it did when Kenny McLean picked the ball up in the middle of the park and played a sumptuous through ball to the Mackay-Steven who had anticipated the pass.

The former Celtic and Dundee United winger kept his composure and simply slipped the ball neatly under the outrushing Ross Laidlaw to put his side ahead.

Anthony Stokes forced a great save from Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis just after the re-start; scampering across his goal line to parry away the Irishman's curling free-kick that was clearly heading into the back of the net.

It quickly settled back into the ding-dong battle on show in the first half and Rooney watched his overhead kick sail just over the bar.

The home side looked desperate to avoid defeat, but despite pushing and starting to dominate their final ball continued to let them down.

Once again McGinn pulled their strings in the midfield and substitutes Swanson and Simon Murray made a difference when they came on - the former twice dancing into the Aberdeen box before being thwarted just before he could get a shot away.

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 21Laidlaw
  • 3Whittaker
  • 25Ambrose
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16StevensonBooked at 14mins
  • 8SlivkaSubstituted forSwansonat 77'minutes
  • 6BartleySubstituted forBarkerat 66'minutes
  • 17Boyle
  • 7McGinnBooked at 43mins
  • 10McGeouch
  • 28StokesSubstituted forMurrayat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 11Swanson
  • 15Murray
  • 20Barker
  • 32Shaw
  • 36Porteous
  • 41Dabrowski

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Logan
  • 14Arnason
  • 19McKenna
  • 3ShinnieBooked at 28mins
  • 5O'ConnorBooked at 34mins
  • 11Mackay-StevenSubstituted forBallat 75'minutes
  • 22ChristieSubstituted forReynoldsat 87'minutes
  • 7McLean
  • 83MayBooked at 79minsSubstituted forStewartat 80'minutes
  • 9Rooney

Substitutes

  • 6Reynolds
  • 8Stewart
  • 10Maynard
  • 15Wright
  • 18Ball
  • 20Rogers
  • 25Ross
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
19,038

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away0
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 0, Aberdeen 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 0, Aberdeen 1.

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Mark Reynolds replaces Ryan Christie.

Foul by Simon Murray (Hibernian).

Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Simon Murray replaces Anthony Stokes.

Attempt blocked. John McGinn (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. John McGinn (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kenny McLean (Aberdeen).

Attempt blocked. Danny Swanson (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Greg Stewart replaces Stevie May because of an injury.

Booking

Stevie May (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Martin Boyle (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stevie May (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Danny Swanson replaces Vykintas Slivka.

Attempt missed. Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Scott McKenna.

Attempt blocked. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Dominic Ball replaces Gary Mackay-Steven.

Attempt missed. Ryan Christie (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Foul by Anthony Stokes (Hibernian).

Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Efe Ambrose (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Scott McKenna.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Shaleum Logan.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Brandon Barker replaces Marvin Bartley.

Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Martin Boyle (Hibernian).

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Christie (Aberdeen).

Foul by Ryan Christie (Aberdeen).

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Gary Mackay-Steven (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Attempt missed. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Gary Mackay-Steven (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic97202151623
2Aberdeen97201661023
3Rangers95222011917
4Motherwell95131511416
5St Johnstone94231314-114
6Hibernian93421413113
7Hearts9333911-212
8Dundee92251017-78
9Hamilton92161319-67
10Ross County9216816-87
11Kilmarnock9135713-66
12Partick Thistle9036818-103
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