Aberdeen were inches away from claiming a shock lead just two minutes after the break when Billy Dodds met a Jess free Kick and his header spun off the top of the bar. A 52nd minutes move involving Boco and Crawford set up McGinlay at the edge of the box, but the Hibs midfielder's effort was stuck wide. Aberdeen's Brian O'Neil came close a minute later with a whizzing, 30 yard drive that only just cleared the bar. At last, the visitors began to seriously threaten, and Hibs goalkeeper Bryan Gunn did very well to tip over a superb, curling effort from Miller which was heading for the top corner. But Aberdeen had an incredible let off in the 59th minute when John Inglis and goalkeeper Leighton collided going for Harper's cross. The ball fell to Crawford, who could only stab his header wide from an acute angle.