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Aberdeen 0 - 1 Hibernian

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Hibernian

Hibernian scorers: Riordan 55

22/10/2005 | KO: 15:00

Diamond blunder gifts the points to Hibs

A blunder by Zander Diamond gifted the three points to Hibs as Aberdeen continue to struggle in the league. With the teams evenly matched Diamond intervened in the 55th minute as he attempted to clear a Sproule cross and ended up swinging at fresh air allowing Riordan a simple tap in. The Dons failed to find a way pass the Hibs defence after this and were denied a strong penalty claim in injury time when John Stewart was bundled over as he went to shoot.

Hibernian kicked off but it was Aberdeen who threatened first delivering a couple of promising crosses into the box without threatening the Hibs goal. In the 5th minute Scott Severin strode forward and had a pot at goal from 25 yards, but the effort went well wide. Hibs threatened for the first time two minutes later when Riordan headed a Beuzelin cross over the bar. The visitors had settled now and they were beginning to gain the upper hand. It was Aberdeen who won the first corner kick in the 13th minute when Smith went on a direct run into the penalty area. The corner was easily cleared but Aberdeen threatened again a minute later.

Crawford and McNaughton played a clever one-two and Crawford forced a save out of Malkowski although the return pass had fallen slightly behind him. Aberdeen threatened again in the 21st minute when Mackie collected a free kick at the far post and returned the ball into the centre forcing Hibs to scramble the ball clear for a corner. The subsequent set play saw Smith attempt another long-range effort, but a defender blocked the fierce shot. A minute later Esson was out quick to block an O'Connor effort.

A Riordan volley on the half hour mark was sliced wide then a minute later the hard working Jamie Smith threatened again before his cross was cleared. A well-worked move in the 34th ended with Severin pulling a shot wide of the goal then McNaughton fired high and wide a minute later. McNaughton went closer in the 36th minute when Malkowski turned his low drive round the post. The subsequent corner saw the keeper save from a Byrne header. Aberdeen were unlucky in the 41st minute when Malkowski fumbled a Nicholson cross and Severin was unlucky to see his shot blocked.

Hibs had a great chance in the opening minute of the second half when Riordan lost Hart and forced Esson into a save. Three minutes later Hibs went close again and it took a good challenge from Anderson to bring that attack to a halt. A minute later Nicholson fired a free kick inches wide then Dempsey replaced McNaughton who had picked up a knock earlier in the match. Smith and Nicholson then carved out half chances but neither tested the keeper. Aberdeen then gifted Hibs the opening goal in the 55th minute when O'Connor released substitute Sproule on the right. The Irishman delivered a weak cross and as Diamond went to boot the ball clear, he totally missed allowing Riordan a tap in from six yards.

There were claims for a spot kick in the 57th minute when the ball appeared to strike a hand following a Dons corner, but the appeal was waved away. Lovell then replaced Mackie in the 64th minute, but it was Hibs who almost added to their tally four minutes later when Brown skinned Diamond and O'Connor crashed the ball off the cross bar. In the 72nd minute Calderwood introduced Stewart for Diamond as he re-jigged the defence and looked to salvage the match.

Michael Hart was caught by a late challenge from Scott Brown in the 78th minute and incredibly ended up in the book alongside Brown. Four minutes later another horrendous challenge by Brown on Hart produced a free kick and a talking to for Hart while Brown was lucky to escape further punishment.

At the end of the day Aberdeen were simply not creating enough chances in front of goal.

Another interesting decision in the 90th minute saw Severin booked despite being fouled by Sproule. Again the referee booked both players then took an eternity to get play underway.

Then in injury time John Stewart was clearly bundled over in the box but only won the Dons a corner. The Dons failed to pull one back and end the first series of fixtures with a defeat and only 13 points from a possible 33.

Match Stats:

Dons Hibs
Goal Attempts 7 5
On Target 3 2
Corners 5 3
Possession 49% 51%

Aberdeen Teamsheet
Esson, Hart, Byrne, Severin, Anderson, Diamond (Stewart 72), Smith, Nicholson, Mackie (Lovell 64), Crawford, McNaughton (Dempsey 51).

Unused Subs: Foster, Winter, Muirhead, Langfield.

Bookings:  Hart (78),  Severin (90).
Hibernian Teamsheet
Malkowski, Beuzelin, Caldwell, Fletcher, Hogg, Murphy, O'Connor (Konte 73), Riordan (Brown 62), Stewart, Rudge, Thomson (Sproule  46)

Bookings:  Brown 78,   Sproule 90
Attendance: 13,375
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: T. Mike McCurry, Glasgow
Today's match programme.
Scott Severin challenges in today's match.
Barry Nicholson in action at Pittodrie.
Mackie can find no way past Malkowski
Heads up at Pittodrie this afternoon as Diamond and Byrne challenge.
Russell Anderson leads by example at Pittodrie.
Esson blocks O'Connor's shot in the first half.
Diamond can't believe his mistake as he watches Riordan roll the ball into the net.
Aberdeen try to force an equaliser but can't break Hibs down.
Esson is out to collect the ball at Pittodrie.
Hart earns a harsh yellow after a late challenge from Brown.
Minutes later Brown dumps Hart against the hoardings.
Russell can't hide his despair at the final whistle.
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