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Hibernian 2-0 Aberdeen

By Chris McLaughlinBBC Scotland at Easter Road

Hibernian boosted their European qualification hopes after a dominant second-half against Aberdeen at a packed Easter Road.

Visiting goalkeeper Freddie Woodman denied Jamie Maclaren from point-blank range, but seconds later Martin Boyle headed in at the back post.

Florian Kamberi drilled in a second when he turned well in the box.

Maclaren twice, Darren McGregor and Scott Allan all went close to a third goal for an impressive Hibs side.

Both sides needed no reminder of the incentives dangling for the winners of this one. Hibs had the chance to move within two points of third-placed Rangers before their game with Hamilton, and the visitors had Celtic in their sights, only eight points above them at the top of the table.

With both teams in fine form, it had all the ingredients of a cracker in the cold capital sunshine.

It was a ferocious start as both sets of players battled breathlessly for domination of a packed midfield area. Hibs looked a little sharper and early chances came from John McGinn and Maclaren, but neither really looked like troubling Woodman in the Aberdeen goal.

The Dons started to find pockets of space but Kenny McLean had a theatrical dive from Ofir Marciano to thank for making his long range effort seem more dangerous than it actually was.

Hibs ended the first half pressing Aberdeen back further and further, but it just wouldn't fall for them in front of goal. Shortly after the restart, it did and their tenacity paid off.

Australian striker Maclaren could only smash the ball against Woodman after finding himself one-on-one. He was offered a second crack at it from the rebound, but when that was also saved, the ball bounced into the path of Boyle who nodded in at the back post.

An Easter Road, that was bursting at the seams, erupted in response. Soon it was two and it was no more than they deserved. Hibs were rampant.

Allan's shot was deflected and when the ball broke to Kamberi the Swiss striker swivelled and swept the ball low past Woodman.

Martin Boyle (left) heads Hibernian in front
Martin Boyle (left) heads Hibernian in front

Hibs continued to pour forward and Aberdeen were rocked back onto the ropes time and time again as they struggled to deal with a home side in full flow. Allan and Dylan McGeouch in particular were pulling the strings and central to all that was good about the home side.

McLean had a long range shot that was spilled by Marciano, but the danger was cleared and Aberdeen were looking more and more a defeated team.

In the past this Hibs side may have let the nerves kick in as the clock clicked down, but in this one they kept their foot on Aberdeen's throat and Woodman had to pull off saves from Allan and Kamberi near the end to keep it in some way respectable.

Line-ups

Hibernian

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Marciano
  • 25Ambrose
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 17Boyle
  • 10McGeouch
  • 7McGinnSubstituted forBartleyat 86'minutes
  • 23AllanBooked at 43minsSubstituted forSwansonat 90+1'minutes
  • 22KamberiBooked at 81mins
  • 19Maclaren

Substitutes

  • 6Bartley
  • 11Swanson
  • 14Rherras
  • 31Bell
  • 32Shaw
  • 36Porteous
  • 43Mackie

Aberdeen

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 30Woodman
  • 2Logan
  • 5O'Connor
  • 19McKennaBooked at 52mins
  • 4ConsidineBooked at 69mins
  • 7McLeanBooked at 48mins
  • 23NwakaliBooked at 53minsSubstituted forArnasonat 65'minutes
  • 17McGinn
  • 22ChristieBooked at 78mins
  • 11Mackay-StevenSubstituted forMaynardat 81'minutes
  • 9RooneySubstituted forMayat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Reynolds
  • 8Stewart
  • 10Maynard
  • 14Arnason
  • 18Ball
  • 20Rogers
  • 83May
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
19,551

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home17
Away6
Shots on Target
Home11
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away20

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hibernian 2, Aberdeen 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hibernian 2, Aberdeen 0.

  3. Post update

    Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kári Arnason (Aberdeen).

  5. Post update

    Darren McGregor (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Maynard (Aberdeen).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Danny Swanson replaces Scott Allan.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicky Maynard (Aberdeen) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Darren McGregor (Hibernian).

  10. Post update

    Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Marvin Bartley replaces John McGinn.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Freddy Woodman.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Scott Allan (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jamie Maclaren (Hibernian) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  16. Post update

    Jamie Maclaren (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Kári Arnason (Aberdeen).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Nicky Maynard replaces Gary Mackay-Steven.

  19. Booking

    Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Florian Kamberi (Hibernian).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic26186254183660
2Aberdeen27164743311252
3Rangers26154748282049
4Hibernian2713863830847
5Hearts2791172824438
6Kilmarnock259883133-235
7Motherwell2795133337-432
8Dundee2784153042-1228
9St Johnstone2475122236-1426
10Partick Thistle2766152545-2024
11Hamilton2465133142-1123
12Ross County2756162946-1721
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