The young Dons lost their first home game of the season at Balgownie. After a poor first half where Neil Cooper's side were 2 down, they completed dominated the second period and deserved to take something from the game.
Aberdeen were dealt a blow just before kick off when captain Clark Robertson had to pull out with illness. Things got worse when the game did start as Hibs opened the scoring after only two minutes. The Dons defence got caught out down the right side and Handling scored. The same player, who played against the Dons first team at the end of last season, was given more space in the box on the half hour mark and produced a fine finish to chip Lukasik.
For probably the first time this season Neil Cooper had to give his players the hair drier treatment at half time and it was a very different Aberdeen after the break.
Jamie Masson scored a wonderful individual goal at the start of the second period. He went on one of his mazy runs before slamming the ball off the post and into the net. Aberdeen then battered the visitors but they could not find an equaliser. Stephen O'Neill, who had another fine game, wasted the best chance after a mistake by Grant in the Hibs goal and Masson forced an excellent save from Grant late on.
It was a physical game throughout but tempers boiled over after the game. There were unsavoury scenes and Hibs player Monaghan was rightly sent off for punching Stephen O'Neill