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Hibernian 6 - 2 Aberdeen

HT Score: Hibernian 4 - 1 Aberdeen

SPL Youth 18
Hibernian scorers: MacIntyre 17, Clelland 24, McCallister, Molotnikov 32, Laidlaw 58, Laidlaw 80
Aberdeen scorers: Thomson 32, Bavidge 60.

09/12/2022 | KO: 19:00

A Tough Night in East Lothian sees Hibernian Take the Spoils

On a bitterly cold night at the Hibs Training Ground, the young Dons took on Hibernian.

Aberdeen had the first chance of the game in the fifth minute a good free kick taken by Dylan Lobban was met by the head of Blair McKenzie, but his effort was wide of the left post.

Aberdeen had another chance to open the scoring in the twelfth minute after the ball was worked well over to Alfie Bavidge who drove past the left back and cut the ball back to Lobban on the edge of the box. His low driven shot at goal was well saved by Hibernian keeper Freddie Owens.

However, it was Hibernian who opened the scoring in the seventeenth minute after a corner was punched away by keeper Blessing Oluyemi, but the ball was picked up by Hibernian midfielder Jacob MacIntyre, whose first-time volley hit the back of the net.

The Dons had a chance to equalise in the twenty-third minute as Bavadge managed to snatch the ball off the Hibernian centre back. His fast feet left him with an opportunity to shoot. However, his low driven effort went just past the left post.

Hibernian managed to double their lead in the twenty-fourth minute after a slip from centre back McKenzie left Dean Clelland with a free run at goal, one on one and he managed to tuck it past Oluyemi to make it 2-0 to the hosts.

More misery for Aberdeen as only two minutes later there was another goal for Hibernian as Rueben McCallister picked the ball up and took a flash shot at goal. Oluyemi managed to get a hand to the ball, but it was too powerfully struck to stop and it trickled into the back of the net.

Aberdeen knew they needed a goal before the break and in the thirtieth minute a chance for the Dons appeared. Lewis Pirie played a lovely through ball to Adam Emslie whoss shot at goal forced a good low save from the Hibernian keeper.

Hibernian continued the pressure as in the thirty-second minute a corner was whipped into the Aberdeen box and was met by the heel of Rudi Molotnikov and it flew into the net to make it 4-0.

Aberdeen finally broke Hibs clean sheet in the forty-fifth minute after Victor Enem passed the ball to Alfie Stewart whose shot hit the back of the net to make it 4-1.

Going in at the break the young Dons were 4-1 down and knew they needed a big second half performance to overturn the deficit.

HT. Hibernian 4 Aberdeen 1

Aberdeen started strong in the second half as in the fifty-third minute after Bavidge collected the ball inside the box and fired it at the far corner, but the ball rattled off the post and Hibernian keeper was able collect.

Hibernian added another to their lead in the fifty-eighth minute after Oluyemi attempted to clear his lines, but the ball lands at the feet of Ethan Laidlaw who drive froward and shot low into the bottom left corner.

Aberdeen got one back in the sixtieth minute after a corner taken by Stewart was met by the toe of Alfie Bavidge to give the visitors some hope going into the last thirty minutes.

Then, in the sixty-fourth minute a fifty-fifty between Findlay Marshall and Hibernian defender Adam Khan lead to an Aberdeen penalty. However, the penalty was unfortunately shot over the bar by Bavidge.

Hibernian managed to add a sixth goal to their tally as the ball was collected by Laidlaw and was struck hard and fast past Oluyemi into the top corner.

Aberdeen had the final chance of the game in the eighty-sixth minute after some good passing left Lobban with a chance at goal that was well saved by Hibs number one.

The match ended 6-2 to Hibernian, a night to forget. Barry Robson's side meet Dundee United at home next Friday in their final game before the winter break.

Hibernian Teamsheet

Bookings:  Waugh 45
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Oluyemi, Watson, Mercer, Enem, McKenzie, Marshall, Emslie (Harvey), Lobban, Pirie (Wilson), Bavidge, Stewart.

Unused Subs: Ochmanski, Murray.

Bookings:  McKenzie (27),  Emslie (77),  Watson (80).
Venue: Hibernian Training Ground, Edinburgh
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