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Hibernian 1 - 1 Aberdeen

HT Score: Hibernian 0 - 1 Aberdeen

Scottish Premiership
Hibernian scorers: MacLaren 86
Aberdeen scorers: Hoban 45.

25/08/2018 | KO: 15:00

Late Equaliser Denies Dons In The Capital

Manager Derek McInnes made one change with a fit again Tommie Hoban coming in for the injured Scott Wright. Options on the bench were increased significantly with Shay Logan returning from suspension and Niall McGinn and James Wilson from injury.

Aberdeen, operating with a back three of Hoban, Devlin and Considine, looked comfortable in the first five minutes as they matched up to the Hibs formation.
The first chance fell to the hosts on six minutes. Space opened up for Paul Hanlon on the left and his low cross was not taken clearly by Joe Lewis. Martin Boyle appeared to have reacted quickest to the rebound but Andrew Considine used his strength to get the better of Boyle. Hibs appealed for a penalty but referee Andrew Dallas correctly waved play on.
On nine minutes good link up play saw May drift into space about 25 yards. The striker dinked a ball into the box looking for the run Shinnie and the captain very neatly got on the end of it. Daryl Horgan then put a shot from wide into the side netting before the home side won the games first corner on 11 minutes which Dons dealt with. Then Lewis Stevenson, who was finding a lot of space on the left, put over a couple of dangerous crosses which again the Dons defended well.
It was quite an open first 15 minutes.
Hibs were still getting too much space on the left and on 16 minutes they very nearly took the lead. Horgan in the central position received a pass from left back Lewis Stevenson and it took a quite brilliant save from Joe Lewis to keep out the shot from the Irish winger. Aberdeen then cleared the resulting corner. 20 minutes in Boyle used his pace to get away from Ferguson and was able to fire in a shot which thankfully never troubled Lewis.
Hibs were on top at this stage but a GMS forward pass very nearly put May in the clear. As it was from the throw-in May was able to get in a cross which found Shinnie and his right footed shot was on target but Ambrose managed to make a block in the six yard box.
On 28 minutes Frank Ross won Aberdeen their first corner and a few minutes later he then won a second. The ball was worked short before GMS found May at the back post and his looping header had Bogdan scrambling back across his line. Then Ferguson had a snap shot on the edge of the area which Bogdan did well to turn the post. The keeper would not have seen the ball till late.
It was better from the visitors who were now asking some questions of the home defence.
Some slack passing on 36 minutes allowed Boyle a run in on goal but Considine forced him wide and Lewis made a routine save at the expense of another corner. More pressure from Neil Lennon?s side as they forced another corner within quick succession, but the Dons defence held firm.
On 42 minutes Aberdeen looked to have been denied a stonewall penalty. On the brake Ferguson and May did brilliantly, Stevie playing the ball back into the path of Ferguson who went over in the box, but the referee waved play on despite the screams from the Aberdeen players and management. Hanlon, who had already been booked, committed the foul and might have faced a red card.
However, on the stroke of half time Aberdeen took a dramatic lead. From a corner the ball went to the back post and May headed it back across goal. Tommie Hoban managed to get a hooked shot away which Bogdan half stopped on the line. The keeper then tried desperately to grab the ball but it appeared to wriggle from under him and Hoban following up was able to prod the ball over the line. It was great perseverance from the on-loan Watford man.

Half Time: Hibernian 0 Aberdeen 1

At half time Aberdeen changed it with Ball going to right back and Shinnie moved forward into the midfield. A minute into the restart goal scorer Hoban was booked as Hibs threatened down the right.
With Hibs pushing forward the Dons had a couple of decent breaks involving GMS. On one occasion he was almost clear and when Lewis Steven was forced to bring him down, it earned the full back a yellow card. Lewis Ferguson curled the resulting free kick over the wall, but Bogdan made a comfortable save.
Aberdeen then produced a well worked corner which allowed Considine a free header back across goal but frustratingly he failed to find a red shirt. On 58 minutes Michael Devlin made a superb block as Oli Shaw got on the end of a Boyle cross. An hour in, the first change for Aberdeen. Shay Logan, returning from his suspension replaced Stephen Gleeson.
The home side then enjoyed another good spell of pressure and the Dons players were having to work tirelessly to track runners. Although Hibs had a lot of the ball, they were forced into shots from distance. On 68 minutes Shinnie was booked for protesting too much about a soft foul on the edge of the area. It gave Hibs a great attacking platform, but Devlin was well positioned to head clear.
In the 71st minute James Wilson made his Aberdeen debut, coming on for Frank Ross. Three minutes later Lewis Stevenson was replaced by Jamie MacLaren.
Andrew Dallas then stopped the game with a Hibs player on the deck when Aberdeen had a really promising attack going. As it was not a head knock play should probably have continued. On 77 minutes more pressure from Hibs but again the Dons defence did just enough. It was becoming a very nervous watch. 79 minutes in, Ambrose headed a free kick just over.
And then with just five minutes to go Hibs got an equaliser. After a good move Hanlon managed to drive a ball over from the left and an unmarked MacLean was able to force the ball home. It was frustrating for the Dons who had defended so well but a lack of concentration for a split second cost them dear.
In the final few minutes Aberdeen had the opportunity to snatch it when GMS was taken out by Porteous on the by-line. Both players then squared up to each other and were yellow carded. The free kick was played into the danger zone but when the ball was cleared the final whistle sounded.

Despite having less of the chances, The Dons will be frustrated to leave with a point after conceding with the finishing line in sight. Kilmarnock visit Pittodrie next week before the first international break of the season.
Hibernian Teamsheet
Bogdan, Gray (Hyndman), Mallan, Hanlon, Porteous, Ambrose Emuobo, Stevenson (McLaren 76), Whittaker, Shaw, Horgan, Boyle

Bookings:  Hanlon 36,   Stevenson 51,   Mallan 89,   Porteous 94
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Lewis, Shinnie, Considine, Gleeson (Logan 60), Mackay-Steven, May (Cosgrove 89), Devlin, Ferguson, Ball, Ross (Wilson 72), Hoban.

Unused Subs: Forrester, McGinn, Anderson, Cerny.

Bookings:  Hoban (47),  Shinnie (68),  Considine (90),  Logan (90),  Mackay-Steven (94).
Attendance: 18,535
Venue: Easter Road, Edinburgh
Referee: Andrew Dallas
Next Match
10 Jul 2024 / 19:00 / Balmoor Stadium, Peterhead