Scottish League Cup - Third Round
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By Liam McLeodBBC Scotland at Easter Road

Hibernian ended Aberdeen's unbeaten domestic start to the season and reached the last eight of the Scottish League Cup with two late goals.

Jason Cummings scored with a superb strike before substitute Dominique Malonga sealed the win on the counter.

The Premiership leaders' misery was compounded by injuries to Willo Flood and Graeme Shinnie in the first half.

Championship side Hibs deployed Alan Stubbs' tactics to perfection as they limited the Dons to half-chances.

Hibs will find out who they will face in the quarter-finals when the draw is made on Monday, with the potential for an Edinburgh derby against Hearts.

Stubbs handed a start to Darren McGregor as he opened proceedings with a three-man defence against a previously vibrant Aberdeen.

Jason Cummings scores for Hibernian against Aberdeen
Cummings broke the deadlock with an impressive strike

The visitors' second visit to the capital in just four days allowed Derek McInnes to bring back top scorer Adam Rooney, who was benched against Hearts on Sunday.

This was the first time the clubs had met in this competition since 1998, when a Stevie Crawford goal knocked Aberdeen out.

And like then, the second tier Hibees would prevail.

Chances were at a premium in the first half with Cummings and David Goodwillie going closest for their respective sides.

The Dons would have to look to the bench twice in the opening 45 minutes. Firstly, Flood succumbed to an early ankle knock and was replaced by Peter Pawlett.

Then, when Shinnie went into a 50-50 challenge he came off worse and went off with the help of the physio, Ryan McLaughlin coming on.

Aberdeen defender Graeme Shinnie
Shinnie was one of two Aberdeen players taken off injured in the first half

Pawlett missed Aberdeen's best chance of the game as he headed a Niall McGinn cross over at the start of the second half but Hibs were more than a match for their top-flight opponents.

Both goalkeepers had relatively quiet nights, with Goodwillie almost turning a loose ball past Mark Oxley.

Extra-time was looking the most likely outcome until Cummings' late brilliance. It was a moment of magic that the tie had lacked for so long.

Controlling on his chest, Hibs' top scorer twisted away from his marker and struck a stunning shot past Ward.

Aberdeen chased the game and were caught on the counter.

Cummings was substituted with Malonga replacing him and it was not long before the Congolese raced from the halfway line with Aberdeen shorn at the back.

He dropped the shoulder when faced by Shay Logan before calmly rolling past Ward to seal Hibs' passage.

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1OxleyBooked at 90mins
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 5Fontaine
  • 2GrayBooked at 54mins
  • 10McGeouch
  • 18McGinn
  • 3HendersonSubstituted forCarmichaelat 62'minutes
  • 16Stevenson
  • 17BoyleSubstituted forBartleyat 89'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forMalongaat 85'minutesBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 6Bartley
  • 7Malonga
  • 11Stanton
  • 21Carmichael
  • 31Reguero
  • 42Dunsmore
  • 48Martin

Aberdeen

  • 19Ward
  • 2Logan
  • 4Considine
  • 5Taylor
  • 3ShinnieSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 27'minutes
  • 8FloodSubstituted forPawlettat 18'minutes
  • 22JackBooked at 90mins
  • 7McLean
  • 10McGinn
  • 17GoodwillieSubstituted forParkerat 84'minutes
  • 9Rooney

Substitutes

  • 14Smith
  • 15Robson
  • 16Pawlett
  • 18Quinn
  • 20Brown
  • 21McLaughlin
  • 32Parker
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
11,092

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hibernian 2, Aberdeen 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hibernian 2, Aberdeen 0.

  3. Booking

    Marvyn Bartley (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Marvyn Bartley (Hibernian).

  5. Post update

    Ryan McLaughlin (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen).

  8. Booking

    Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Daniel Carmichael (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Liam Fontaine.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Marvyn Bartley replaces Martin Boyle.

  14. Booking

    Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Hibernian 2, Aberdeen 0. Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Dominique Malonga replaces Jason Cummings.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Josh Parker replaces David Goodwillie.

  18. Post update

    David Gray (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen).

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Hibernian 1, Aberdeen 0. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

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