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Scottish Premiership 
04/11/2022
 
Aberdeen 4 - 1 Hibernian
Kick Off:  7:30 PM   Miovski 45 (Pen), Miovski 53, Ramadani 61, Clarkson 77.       Kukharevych 69  
Attendance: 16,479 (Visitors: 1,434)
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Friday night delight for Dons
A Friday night festival of goals at Pittodrie saw the Dons ease into third position in the table, becoming only the second side in the history of the Premiership to register 500 goals on the way.

There was just the one change to the Aberdeen side that lost at Ibrox last Saturday, Hayden Coulson returning in place of Jack MacKenzie who started on the bench.

Hibs made just one change too, having beaten St Mirren 3-0 last weekend. Martin Boyle was replaced by Kyle Magennis.

It was nearly a dramatic start two minutes in as Anthony Stewart speared the ball forward. Marshall in the Hibs goal misjudged his positioning and he ended up having to manufacture an interception with his chest 25 yards out before hoiking the ball clear.

A slip by Porteous three minutes later let Duk in behind him following a miskick. The striker advanced into the box only to be blocked by the retreating Bushiri. There was a lot of nice football from the Dons going forward early on, notably by Leighton Clarkson and Connor Barron who were getting some joy from the opposition.

Hibs produced a slick passing move that got them into dangerous territory on 19 minutes until Liam Scales came across to clear the danger, but Hibs kept plugging away to win a corner, easily intercepted at the near post by Barron.

Kelle Roos was into sharp action on 23 minutes. Hibs broke down their left and, on the run, Cabraja crossed for Henderson. The ball looped up off his shoulder and Roos had to leap to tip the ball over the bar. Hibs were beginning to find their feet in the game now and were pushing Aberdeen back into their own territory.

There was still a Dons threat though, Bojan Miovski playing in a dangerous ball from the right on 28 minutes. It reached Coulson at the back post but his first time shot was blocked behind.

Kenneh took a low blow to an area that will have ruined his Friday night as Barron caught him as he tried to clear just outside the box on the half hour. From the free-kick, Kukharevych flashed a bending shot only inches over the bar with Roos well beaten.

The Dons were on the counterattack on 35 minutes, Clarkson slipping the ball through for Miovski. He picked his moment to play a precise pass to release Duk in behind but while his shot beat Marshall, it didn't beat Cabraja, racing back to make a clearance in the six yard box.

Bushiri came off worst in a clash of heads on 40 minutes and took some treatment before continuing as the half drifted towards its conclusion.

With two minutes of added time, the Dons were in on goal. Good work from Jayden Richardson brough the ball forward and he timed his pass beautifully for Duk to chase after. He got a touch on the ball to take it away from the goalkeeper before going to ground. The referee was left to await advice from the VAR officials and two minutes later, he chased to the touchline to look at the monitor. Another minute later, penalty kick to the Dons.

Miovski smacked it low, down the middle and Marshall got a leg to it to save. The ball chased up the other end, Roos clearing his lines, only for us to be called back up the other end because Marshall had saved from a couple of yards off his line. Penalty retake.

Miovski again. Into the corner this time, and though Marshall went the right way, he wasn't saving that. Miovski went off to celebrate while in the middle of the box, a number of players went for their handbags after Marshall, kicking the ball away in frustration, smashed it into the Aberdeen striker. Marshall's name went into the referee's notebook.

Amid all that, Miovski's goal was Aberdeen's 500th since the start of the Premiership.

HALF-TIME: ABERDEEN 1 HIBERNIAN 0

The second half started quietly until Cadden was away down the right on 49 minutes. He played a brilliant ball through the Dons' six yard box, all along the ground, but luckily, there were no takers, a let off for the home side.

There was no controversy on 53 minutes as Miovski got free from Newell from a Clarkson corner on the left and bulleted in a header from six yards out to give Aberdeen a two goal cushion. It was a lovely ball in from the flag and a wholly clinical finish.

Take a corner from the other side, and the result is the same. From the right this time, Clarkson's ball in was headed clear but on the edge of the box, Ylber Ramadani caught it on the volley, into the ground and Marshall could only watch, flatfooted, as the ball nestled in the bottom corner. The brilliant Albanian midfielder invaded the Red Shed in celebration, running into the welcoming embrace of the fans. He found himself booked as a result.

It was nearly 4-0 three minutes later, a Duk free-kick from the edge of the box clawed over by Marshall. Corner on the left and disappointment that this time, the Dons didn't score.

Hibs brought on Melkersen for Henderson on 65 minutes and almost immediately, Roos had to get down quickly to make a fine save as Newell fired through a host of bodies from the edge of the box.

Hibs did have the ball in the net on 69 though, Kukharevych bundling the ball over the line at the near post from three yards out, only to be ruled offside. Then we waited for two minutes and found that he wasn't offside after all and the goal was given.

Marley Watkins replaced Duk on 73 minutes, then Coulson was booked a minute later for impeding Cadden at a throw-in. Campbell was the next change, replacing Magennis on 76.

To end any lingering worries about the result, Clarkson scored a goal that will live long in the memory, impudence worthy of a legend at his parent club, Liverpool, one Kenneth Dalglish. It started with Barron producing a fine ball to get Watkins away down the right. He curled in a lovely low cross which Clarkson came on to on the edge of the six yard box. Taking it around Marshall, he looked to have overrun the ball and lost control of it, but no problem. Simply smash a backheel into the bottom corner instead. Quite brilliant.

MacKenzie was on for Coulson in Aberdeen's second change on 78, then Cabraja and Kukharevych made way for Stevenson and Youan on 82 minutes. Youan almost had an immediate impact, smashing a shot against the bar - albeit he was clearly offside. The final Aberdeen changes came in the 90th minute, Miovski and Clarkson replaced by Matty Kennedy and Ryan Duncan.

Newell flashed a volley over the bar from a dozen yards out as we headed into five minutes of added time, then Campbell picked up a booking for a foul on Watkins, but it was of no real consequence in the end as the Dons got themselves back on the winning trail.

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Roos, McCrorie, Scales, Stewart, Barron, Miovski (Kennedy 89), Lopes (Watkins 73), Ramadani, Clarkson (Duncan 90), Coulson (MacKenzie 78), Richardson.

Unused Subs: Lewis, Morris, Besuijen, Milne, Ramirez.

Bookings:  Ramadani (61),  Coulson (74).

Hibernian Teamsheet:  Marshall, Porteous, Rocky, Hanlon, Cadden, Kenneh, Newell, Henderson (Melkersen 65), Magennis (Campbell 76), Cabraja (Stevenson 82), Kuharevich (Youan 82)

Unused substitutes: Dabrowski, J. Vieira Tavares, Mitchell, McGregor, Fish

Bookings:  Marshall 45,   Campbell 95

Referee: David Munro

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