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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 May, 2003, 15:56 GMT 16:56 UK
Hibs outshine Dons
Mathias Jack takes the plaudits after scoring Hibs' opener
Mathias Jack takes the plaudits after scoring Hibs' opener
Hibernian 3-1 Aberdeen

Two goals by young substitute striker Derek Riordan inspired Hibs to a well-deserved win over Aberdeen.

The home side had taken the lead through Mathias Jack after Riordan's wicked free kick found its way to him in the six-yard box.

The youngster then added his brace before Fergus Tiernan added a late consolation for the Dons.

Aberdeen had the better of the opening exchanges and Leigh Hinds forced Nick Colgan into the first save of the match after 12 minutes, tipping Hinds' header over the crossbar.

Hibs hit back when a long free-kick from Grant Brebner allowed Paul Fenwick in at the back post, but his header found no takers.

The home side should have taken the lead in 18 minutes when Tam McManus sprinted half the length of the field to deliver a cross into the box for Ian Murray, but the Hibs captain could not keep his volley on target.

Aberdeen claimed for a penalty when Janos Matyus appeared to impede Hinds in the box, but the referee had no clear sight of the incident and penalised the Aberdeen man for handball.

The home side took the lead with three minutes of the half remaining when Derek Riordan, on for Tam McManus, hit a wicked free-kick to the back post for Matyus, who saw his header hit the bar and rebound into a ruck of players on the six-yard line where Jack rose above the Dons defence to direct the ball into the bottom corner.

Aberdeen started the second half in positive mood and when Stevie Tosh was brought down after a surging run, Paul Sheerin hit a curling free kick off target.

Derek Riordan celebrates his first and Hibs' second goal
Derek Riordan celebrates his first and Hibs' second goal
After 56 minutes another Riordan free kick almost led to Hibs' second as he found the head of Matyus, but the Hungarian's effort spun inches wide of the post with Peter Kjaer well beaten.

Riordan and Scott Brown, another young sub, combined well for the second goal as Aberdeen's defence was woefully exposed by their pace and accuracy.

Brown picked the ball up on the right before delivering a perfect ball for Riordan to tap the ball into the net from three yards.

The two youngsters were terrorising the Dons and they combined once again to pile on the misery for Paterson's side.

Riordan found his young striker partner who stepped over the ball and tried to shoot, only for the ball to deflect off a defender and bounce into the path of Riordan, who gratefully knocked it into the empty net.

Aberdeen almost clawed a goal back with 10 minutes remaining, but Colgan managed to get his feet in front of Hinds shot and knock the ball to safety.

But they did get a consolation goal when Tiernan latched onto a Sheerin pass and, holding off the challenge of a defender, lifted the ball over Colgan and into the net.

Hibernian: Colgan, Smith, Fenwick, Zambernardi (Townsley 71), Doumbe, Jack, Brebner, Murray, Matyus, O'Connor (Brown 30), McManus (Riordan 20).

Subs Not Used: Andersson, Reid.

Booked: Murray, Doumbe.

Aberdeen: Kjaer, McNaughton (Payne 75), Anderson, Deloumeaux, McGuire, Tosh, Tiernan, Sheerin, Clark, Michie (Mackie 67), Hinds.

Subs Not Used: Preece, D'Jaffo, Darren Young.

Booked: McGuire.

Att: 7,904

Ref: C Richmond



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