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Hibernian   1 - 2   Aberdeen

Hibernian v Aberdeen

Highlights - Hibernian 1-2 Aberdeen

By Colin Moffat

Manager Craig Brown kicked off his Aberdeen career with an entertaining victory over Hibs at Easter Road.

Yoann Folley shot the visitors ahead from close range on 36 minutes after good work from Scott Vernon.

Derek Riordan levelled on half-time, stabbing home after Jamie Langfield had parried a John Rankin effort.

Vernon bundled a Paul Hartley cross in to win the game as Josh Magennis squandered three good chances to add to the Dons' lead.

The win lifts Aberdeen off the bottom of the Scottish Premier League and brings to an end a miserable run of seven consecutive defeats.

Hibs drop down to 10th spot and manager Colin Calderwood must be concerned by the lack of creativity and industry in his midfield, while returning skipper Chris Hogg had a calamitous day in central defence.

With Aberdeen sitting very deep, the home side saw a lot of the ball but found it difficult to create openings in front of goal.

Hibs centre forward Valdas Trakys was seldom seen in the penalty area, leaving it to Riordan to spearhead the attack and he was denied an early goal when failing to connect properly with an overhead kick inside the six yard box.

Langfield was then off his line smartly to get down and block a Riordan shot at the back post, following a clever lofted pass from Liam Miller.

The Dons were content to hit on the break and the tactic paid dividends nine minutes from the interval when Vernon sped away from the sluggish Hogg and delivered a great ball across the face of goal for Folly to tuck away.

Hibs levelled just before the interval when David Wotherspoon released Rankin with a clever pass and the midfielder powered in a shot-cum-cross from the left that was too hot for Langfield to handle.

With the Dons keeper pushing the ball back into the danger zone, Riordan was waiting on the six-yard line to gleefully place the ball home for his eighth goal of the season

Mark Brown made two excellent saves to deny Aberdeen early in the second half.

He did well to push away a curling free-kick from Paul Hartley and then excelled himself to get hands to a powerful Magennis header from the resulting corner kick.

Brown was later exposed as Hogg crashed an attempted clearance against Magennis and the substitute hared in on goal.

With the Hibs keeper going to ground, the Dons forward knocked the ball round him but then tumbled awkwardly and a fabulous chance to score was lost.

The home side woke from their second half slumber to pose a threat as Riordan set Trakys up with a lovely back-heel but the Lithuanian toe-poked wide under pressure.

Trakys was more impressive when he played in Wotherspoon and Langfield had to push away a fierce, rising effort from the youngster.

A game that many expected to be a dour, defensive struggle was raging from end to end and Aberdeen regained the lead on 62 minutes when Vernon got across his marker in the six yard box to knock in a skidding Hartley cross with his chest.

Hibs were immediately presented with an opportunity to level when Jerel Ifil's headed clearance fell invitingly for Wotherspoon but the Scotland U21 star scuffed his shot straight into the grateful arms of Langfield.

A glorious cross from Rory McArdle found the unmarked Magennis in a central position 10 yards out but his header was smothered by Brown.

Riordan fizzed a first-time shot inches wide after good work from substitute Danny Galbraith, who was later screaming for a penalty as Ifil shouldered him off the ball.

The man in black took an age to wave play on, adding to the angst felt by the home support.

Midfielder Ian Murray was twice thwarted by goal-line clearances as Hibs pressed in the closing minutes. His unconvincing shot squirmed under Langfield, only to be hacked away, with the same fate waiting for his header from the resulting corner.

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Sunday, 26 December 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hibernian 1-2 Aberdeen FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Riordan 45+1
  • Folly 36
  • Vernon 62

Hibernian

  • 31 Brown
  • 02 Hart
  • 03 Grounds
  • 04 Hogg
  • 06 Murray
  • 20 Hanlon
  • 11 Rankin
  • 24 Wotherspoon
  • 33 Miller (Galbraith 71)
  • 10 Riordan
  • 23 Trakys (Nish 76)

Substitutes

  • 21 Smith,
  • 14 Dickoh,
  • 08 De Graaf,
  • 16 Stevenson,
  • 17 McBride,
  • 22 Galbraith,
  • 09 Nish

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield
  • 02 McArdle
  • 05 Diamond (Ifil 48)
  • 06 Considine
  • 13 Vujadinovic
  • 04 Folly
  • 08 Hartley
  • 11 Aluko (Magennis 46)
  • 14 Young
  • 07 Maguire (Pawlett 90+1)
  • 09 Vernon yellow card

Substitutes

  • 21 Howard,
  • 03 McNamee,
  • 16 Ifil,
  • 15 Pawlett,
  • 22 Jack,
  • 19 Paton,
  • 20 Magennis
Ref: O'ReillyAtt: 10,115
HIBERNIAN
ABERDEEN

Possession

  • Hibernian 54%
  • Aberdeen 46%

Attempts on target

  • Hibernian 7
  • Aberdeen 7

Attempts off target

  • Hibernian 5
  • Aberdeen 2

Corners

  • Hibernian 4
  • Aberdeen 2

Fouls

  • Hibernian 12
  • Aberdeen 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:45 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+0:36 Substitution Chris Maguire goes off and Peter Pawlett comes on.
  • 90:00+0:15 The ball is crossed by David Wotherspoon, save made by Jamie Langfield.
  • 88:12 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by John Rankin, Ian Murray takes a shot. Clearance made by Yoann Folly.
  • 87:24 Daniel Galbraith crosses the ball, Colin Nish takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jamie Langfield.
  • 84:52 Andrew Considine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Wotherspoon. Free kick taken by Michael Hart.
  • 84:52 Booking The referee shows Scott Vernon a yellow card for not retreating ten yards at a set play.
  • 84:17 Chris Maguire takes a shot. Save made by Mark Brown.
  • 82:56 Derek Riordan is ruled offside. Andrew Considine takes the free kick.
  • 81:56 Chris Maguire takes a shot.
  • 81:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jerel Ifil by Colin Nish. Direct free kick taken by Rory McArdle.
  • 80:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Colin Nish on Rory McArdle. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
  • 79:32 Chris Maguire concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Murray. Mark Brown takes the free kick.
  • 77:19 John Rankin concedes a free kick for a foul on Derek Young. Derek Young takes the direct free kick.
  • 75:34 Substitution Colin Nish joins the action as a substitute, replacing Valdas Trakys.
  • 74:46 Chris Maguire takes a shot. Save made by Mark Brown.
  • 74:28 The ball is delivered by Daniel Galbraith, clearance made by Andrew Considine.
  • 71:05 Daniel Galbraith crosses the ball, Derek Riordan produces a volleyed left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 70:29 Substitution Daniel Galbraith comes on in place of Liam Miller.
  • 69:24 Effort on goal by Jonathan Grounds from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 66:47 Effort on goal by Derek Riordan from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
  • 66:17 Derek Young concedes a free kick for a foul on David Wotherspoon. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Michael Hart from right channel.
  • 65:39 A cross is delivered by Michael Hart, Paul Hanlon takes a shot. Brilliant save by Jamie Langfield.
  • 63:40 Yoann Folly fouled by Chris Hogg, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Hartley from left channel, Michael Hart makes a clearance.
  • 62:49 Unfair challenge on Derek Riordan by Paul Hartley results in a free kick. The ball is crossed by Valdas Trakys, David Wotherspoon takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a comfortable save.
  • 61:01 Paul Hartley provided the assist for the goal.
  • 61:01 GOAL - Scott VernonHibernian 1 - 2 Aberdeen Scott Vernon grabs a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Hibernian 1-2 Aberdeen.
  • 59:56 Rory McArdle challenges Valdas Trakys unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonathan Grounds takes the free kick.
  • 57:47 Unfair challenge on Nikola Vujadinovic by David Wotherspoon results in a free kick. Jerel Ifil takes the direct free kick.
  • 56:53 Jonathan Grounds sends in a cross, Shot on goal by Valdas Trakys from just inside the area goes over the target.
  • 55:35 Corner taken by Derek Riordan from the left by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Valdas Trakys misses to the right of the goal.
  • 55:17 David Wotherspoon takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jamie Langfield.
  • 54:43 Scott Vernon is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Chris Hogg.
  • 50:43 Josh Magennis is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.
  • 49:11 The assistant referee flags for offside against Derek Riordan. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
  • 47:46 Substitution Jerel Ifil joins the action as a substitute, replacing Zander Diamond.
  • 47:02 Corner taken by Paul Hartley from the right by-line, Josh Magennis takes a shot. Fantastic save by Mark Brown.
  • 46:00 Valdas Trakys gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Hartley. Paul Hartley shoots direct from the free kick, Mark Brown makes a save.
  • 45:31 Foul by Paul Hanlon on Paul Hartley, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Andrew Considine.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution (Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Josh Magennis coming on for Sone Aluko.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:06 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 45:00+0:01 Assist on the goal came from John Rankin.
  • 45:00+0:01 GOAL - Derek RiordanHibernian 1 - 1 Aberdeen Goal scored by Derek Riordan from close range low into the middle of the goal. Hibernian 1-1 Aberdeen.
  • 43:51 Unfair challenge on David Wotherspoon by Derek Young results in a free kick. Mark Brown takes the free kick.
  • 42:19 Derek Riordan is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
  • 39:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Yoann Folly on John Rankin. The free kick is swung in left-footed by John Rankin, Rory McArdle makes a clearance.
  • 38:43 Chris Hogg challenges Scott Vernon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Hartley, clearance made by Chris Hogg.
  • 36:55 Handball decision goes against Paul Hartley. Paul Hanlon restarts play with the free kick.
  • 35:18 Assist by Scott Vernon.
  • 35:18 GOAL - Yoann FollyHibernian 0 - 1 Aberdeen A goal is scored by Yoann Folly from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hibernian 0-1 Aberdeen.
  • 34:32 The assistant referee signals for offside against Sone Aluko. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.
  • 33:28 Chris Maguire delivers the ball, clearance by Chris Hogg.
  • 32:39 Derek Young takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Mark Brown.
  • 32:26 Liam Miller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nikola Vujadinovic. Paul Hartley restarts play with the free kick.
  • 31:03 Ian Murray fouled by Scott Vernon, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Hogg takes the direct free kick.
  • 29:27 Sone Aluko fouled by Michael Hart, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.
  • Correction - 27:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sone Aluko on Ian Murray. Chris Hogg takes the free kick.
  • 27:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sone Aluko on Ian Murray. Chris Hogg takes the direct free kick.
  • 26:45 The assistant referee flags for offside against Derek Riordan. Rory McArdle restarts play with the free kick.
  • 25:29 Pass corner from left by-line crossed in by John Rankin, Nikola Vujadinovic manages to make a clearance.
  • 24:44 Nikola Vujadinovic challenges Valdas Trakys unfairly and gives away a free kick. Derek Riordan crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Rory McArdle manages to make a clearance.
  • 24:22 The assistant referee flags for offside against Scott Vernon. Mark Brown takes the direct free kick.
  • 23:32 The referee gives a free kick against John Rankin for handball. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Paul Hartley from right channel, Ian Murray makes a clearance.
  • 22:39 Derek Riordan has an effort at goal. Save by Jamie Langfield.
  • 22:01 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by John Rankin played to the near post, Zander Diamond makes a clearance.
  • 15:52 Centre by Chris Maguire, clearance by Paul Hanlon.
  • 15:12 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Sone Aluko played to the near post, clearance made by Ian Murray.
  • 11:07 Chris Maguire crosses the ball, save made by Mark Brown.
  • 10:06 Foul by Derek Riordan on Sone Aluko, free kick awarded. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.
  • 7:15 John Rankin concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Maguire. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.
  • 5:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Valdas Trakys by Nikola Vujadinovic. Chris Hogg restarts play with the free kick.
  • 2:32 Sone Aluko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Valdas Trakys. Valdas Trakys takes the direct free kick.
  • 2:00 Shot on goal by Chris Maguire from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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26 Dec 2010 23:59 UK


Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 26 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 16 22 41
2 Celtic 17 25 39
3 Hearts 17 15 33
4 Inverness CT 18 7 27
5 Kilmarnock 17 7 24
6 Motherwell 16 2 23
7 Dundee Utd 14 -5 19
8 St Johnstone 17 -13 18
9 St Mirren 17 -12 16
10 Hibernian 17 -10 15
11 Aberdeen 17 -20 13
12 Hamilton 15 -18 10

see also
Aberdeen made fans proud - Brown
26 Dec 10 |  Aberdeen
Hibs not good enough - Calderwood
26 Dec 10 |  Hibernian


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