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Aberdeen 4-1 Hibernian

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland at Pittodrie

Gary Mackay-Steven scored a hat-trick as Aberdeen swept hapless Hibernian aside at Pittodrie.

Graeme Shinnie swept in the opening goal on 11 minutes before a series of defensive blunders allowed Mackay-Steven to net twice before half-time.

Mackay-Steven then capped a great display with a smart curling finish.

Hibs, who had been unbeaten away from home in the league since March, grabbed a late consolation when an Anthony Stokes shot deflected in off Shinnie.

Aberdeen move into second place, three points clear of Rangers, who slipped to a surprise home loss to St Johnstone.

The visitors remain in fourth spot, now nine points adrift of the Dons, having taken just one point from a disappointing run against the Premiership's top three.

Hibs boss Neil Lennon had spoken during the week of the "outstanding" football his side had been playing, claiming their quality was second only to leaders Celtic.

Aberdeen had perhaps attracted fewer plaudits than the top flight newcomers and, after a sluggish first few minutes, set about showing why they have been Scotland's second-best team for years now.

Everything about their opening goal underlined the classiness of a group that has become comfortable in its status as Celtic's most credible challengers.

Kenny McLean fired a diagonal ball from right to left, the advancing Mackay-Steven cushioned a first-time pass into the path of Shinnie who, arriving late in the box, side-footed the ball past Ofir Marciano.

Graeme Shinnie sweeps in the opening goal in a dominant Dons display
Shinnie sweeps in the opening goal in a dominant Dons display

As impressive as the goal was, Lennon must wonder why his goalkeeper hadn't simply picked the ball up in the previous attack rather than clear for a throw-in.

That wasn't the end of Hibs' poor defensive decision-making and their inability to win decisive challenges was also a major factor in their downfall.

Mackay-Steven, not noted for his grit, broke through two Hibs defenders on the edge of the box and as he stumbled, managed to get his shot away to double Aberdeen's lead via Marciano's outstretched leg and the inside of the post.

Worse was to come before half-time as Efe Ambrose dithered in possession just inside his own half. Mackay-Steven, whose confidence was soaring, nipped in, sped away and beat Marciano with a calm finish.

If the Hibs manager had demanded a second-half reaction, he was to be disappointed.

Gary Mackay-Steven curls in his third goal in a one-sided contest
Mackay-Steven curls in his third goal in a one-sided contest

None of his big players reached anything like their potential. John McGinn and Dylan McGeouch were no match for Shinnie and McLean, who bossed the midfield battle.

But this was Mackay-Steven's day and his best performance in an Aberdeen shirt was underlined as he completed his hat-trick.

Combining with Stevie May, the winger bore into the box and, with his right foot, lashed the ball in off the far post.

It was a triumphant moment for him and a fabulous display - the best of the season - by Aberdeen, who were unfortunate to have an Andrew Considine header ruled offside.

For Hibernian, there was late consolation as Stokes' shot took a massive deflection off Shinnie, which Lewis probably should still have been able to deal with.

It was only a slight blemish on a terrific afternoon for the home side, while Hibs - regardless of some good performances - have now won just one of their past six matches.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Logan
  • 5O'Connor
  • 19McKenna
  • 4Considine
  • 7McLean
  • 3Shinnie
  • 22Christie
  • 83MaySubstituted forMaynardat 78'minutes
  • 11Mackay-StevenSubstituted forWrightat 69'minutes
  • 9RooneySubstituted forStewartat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Reynolds
  • 8Stewart
  • 10Maynard
  • 15Wright
  • 18Ball
  • 20Rogers
  • 21Harvie

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 24McGregorSubstituted forWhittakerat 45'minutesBooked at 64mins
  • 25Ambrose
  • 4Hanlon
  • 17Boyle
  • 10McGeouch
  • 6BartleySubstituted forStokesat 45'minutes
  • 20Barker
  • 16Stevenson
  • 7McGinn
  • 15MurraySubstituted forShawat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Whittaker
  • 8Slivka
  • 11Swanson
  • 28Stokes
  • 32Shaw
  • 36Porteous
  • 41Dabrowski
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
14,923

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home18
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aberdeen 4, Hibernian 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aberdeen 4, Hibernian 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Steven Whittaker (Hibernian).

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Aberdeen 4, Hibernian 1. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Greg Stewart (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nicky Maynard (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  8. Post update

    Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Stokes (Hibernian).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Greg Stewart (Aberdeen).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Nicky Maynard replaces Stevie May.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Kenny McLean (Aberdeen).

  15. Post update

    Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Kenny McLean (Aberdeen).

  17. Post update

    Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Scott Wright replaces Gary Mackay-Steven.

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