Aberdeen and Hibs failed to produce a goal between them in their Scottish Premier League encounter at Pittodrie.

A Niall McGinn penalty was saved by Hibs keeper Ben Williams in the 11th minute after Tim Clancy had brought Jonny Hayes down.

On the stroke of half-time, Williams kept out a powerful drive from Clark Robertson, but Hibs' chances were few.

The Dons failed to capitalise on several extended periods of pressure and so it ended a point apiece.

The result keeps the Dons in fifth place, just two points directly behind Hibs, and manager Craig Brown will undoubtedly be unhappy with another dominant performance that failed to produce a win.

Ben Williams saves a Niall McGinn penalty

Williams denied McGinn in the first half

After just two minutes played, Peter Pawlett earned himself a yellow card for appearing to dive inside the Hibs penalty area under pressure from Tim Clancy as his team-mates appealed for a penalty.

The first opportunity of the match fell to Aberdeen when a clumsy 11th-minute challenge from Clancy on McGinn led to a penalty for the hosts. However, the Northern Irishman delivered his spot-kick low to the left and Hibs keeper Ben Williams made the save.

In the 21st minute, Joe Shaughnessy sent in a looping header for Pawlett to nod towards goal from six yards out, but the ball drifted over the top of the Hibs crossbar.

Gavin Rae looked deadly breaking free down the right-hand side as the 30-minute mark approached, but Hayes took a fresh-air swipe at the ball from the edge of the Hibs penalty area, and the momentum was lost.

Robertson produced a left-footed shot from just outside the Hibs penalty in the dying seconds of the first half, but Williams pulled off a superb save to maintain the stalemate.

Immediately after the interval, Leigh Griffiths could have opened the scoring for the visitors when he broke free inside the Aberdeen penalty area, but hesitated and failed to make more of the effort as Jamie Langfield smothered the ball.

Aberdeen responded with a sustained period of possession and pressure that failed to produce an opener, although Rae should have done better with a close-range effort after good work by Pawlett.

With an hour played, Isaac Osbourne blasted in a shot towards the Hibs goal that drifted wide, then Shaughnessy forced a save out of Williams with a pile driver of his own.

One of the best chances of the match for Hibs fell to Doyle in the 68th minute, but his header lacked power and failed to challenge Langfield.

Moments later, Hayes turned and delivered a powerful angled drive that inched past the Hibs post.

Stephen Hughes sent in a forlorn effort that sailed wildly over the bar in the final 10 minutes of the match, and Griffiths should have done better at the other end with a close-range effort when Doyle lined him up on the six-yard line.

Aberdeen were unable to capitalise on an injury-time slip-up by Williams when the ball broke for Josh Magennis inside the six-yard area, with the former Grimsby man losing his footing at the crucial moment.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield
  • 03 Robertson
  • 22 Reynolds
  • 23 Shaughnessy
  • 05 Rae
  • 08 Milsom (Smith - 81' )
  • 10 McGinn
  • 11 Hayes (Magennis - 85' )
  • 15 Pawlett Booked (Vernon - 70' )
  • 16 Osbourne
  • 18 Hughes

Substitutes

  • 32 Brown
  • 13 Low
  • 25 Masson
  • 09 Vernon
  • 14 Fallon
  • 21 Magennis
  • 38 Smith

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 02 Clancy
  • 03 McGivern (Stevenson - 46' )
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 06 McPake Booked
  • 07 Deegan Booked
  • 11 Cairney (Handling - 81' )
  • 14 Wotherspoon Booked
  • 20 Taiwo
  • 09 Griffiths Booked
  • 32 Kuqi (Doyle - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 31 Murdoch
  • 18 Maybury
  • 36 Donaldson
  • 16 Stevenson
  • 10 Doyle
  • 24 Handling
  • 29 Caldwell
Ref: Craig Thomson
Att: 7,184

Match Stats

Shots

14 3

On target

3 3

Corners

6 4

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +3:29

Gavin Rae challenges Leigh Griffiths unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Hanlon restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +3:11

Joe Shaughnessy sends in a cross, clearance made by Paul Hanlon.

89:25

The referee blows for offside against Leigh Griffiths. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.

88:41

Josh Magennis has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

87:23

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths, Clark Robertson manages to make a clearance.

86:14 Booking

Booking Leigh Griffiths is booked.

86:01

Eoin Doyle sends in a cross.

85:12

Eoin Doyle crosses the ball.

84:30 Substitution

Substitution (Aberdeen) makes a substitution, with Josh Magennis coming on for Johnny Hayes.

84:10

Stephen Hughes produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

82:34

Tom Taiwo is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Isaac Osbourne takes the direct free kick.

82:07

Tom Taiwo fouled by Gavin Rae, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Taiwo takes the free kick.

80:20 Substitution

Substitution (Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Danny Handling coming on for Paul Cairney.

80:20 Substitution

Substitution Cameron Smith on for Robert Milsom.

77:27

The ball is delivered by Johnny Hayes, Lewis Stevenson makes a clearance.

77:16

Niall McGinn crosses the ball.

77:07

Johnny Hayes produces a cross, clearance by Paul Hanlon.

76:45

Johnny Hayes takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Lewis Stevenson.

75:35

Robert Milsom delivers the ball.

74:28

Lewis Stevenson fouled by Johnny Hayes, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Hanlon restarts play with the free kick.

73:36

A cross is delivered by Clark Robertson, Niall McGinn takes a shot. Save by Ben Williams.

71:42

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Niall McGinn.

71:42 Booking

Booking The referee shows James McPake a yellow card.

71:33

James McPake gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Milsom.

71:05

Johnny Hayes takes the inswinging corner, Eoin Doyle makes a clearance.

69:54

Johnny Hayes has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

69:11 Substitution

Substitution Scott Vernon comes on in place of Peter Pawlett.

68:01

Eoin Doyle takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.

67:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Wotherspoon by Peter Pawlett. Free kick taken by Tim Clancy.

65:44

The ball is swung over by Johnny Hayes.

65:05

The ball is delivered by Clark Robertson.

64:07

Free kick crossed left-footed by Johnny Hayes, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.

64:07 Booking

Booking David Wotherspoon goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

64:04

Foul by David Wotherspoon on Robert Milsom, free kick awarded.

62:31

Peter Pawlett challenges David Wotherspoon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Clancy takes the free kick.

61:39

Joe Shaughnessy takes a shot. Ben Williams makes a save.

61:21

Eoin Doyle is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Robert Milsom takes the direct free kick.

60:52

Shot from long range by Isaac Osbourne misses to the right of the goal.

60:35

Foul by Gary Deegan on Gavin Rae, free kick awarded. Robert Milsom takes the direct free kick.

58:58

Indirect free kick taken by Ben Williams.

58:58 Substitution

Substitution Eoin Doyle replaces Shefki Kuqi.

58:58

The referee blows for offside.

57:13

Clark Robertson produces a cross.

55:13

The assistant referee flags for offside against Niall McGinn. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.

53:25

Johnny Hayes has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

53:25 Booking

Booking Gary Deegan is shown a yellow card.

53:20

Gary Deegan challenges Peter Pawlett unfairly and gives away a free kick.

52:04

The ball is delivered by Peter Pawlett, clearance by Gary Deegan.

51:34

Peter Pawlett takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Shefki Kuqi manages to make a clearance.

50:19

Johnny Hayes takes the inswinging corner, Foul by Isaac Osbourne on Paul Hanlon, free kick awarded. Ben Williams takes the direct free kick.

50:11

Niall McGinn delivers the ball, blocked by Paul Hanlon.

49:37

Peter Pawlett concedes a free kick for a foul on Lewis Stevenson. Lewis Stevenson restarts play with the free kick.

47:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Pawlett by Lewis Stevenson. Johnny Hayes crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Tim Clancy makes a clearance.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Lewis Stevenson on for Ryan McGivern.

45:00 +0:49 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:23

Clark Robertson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

45:00 +0:17

The ball is sent over by Peter Pawlett.

44:41

Unfair challenge on Peter Pawlett by Gary Deegan results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Isaac Osbourne.

43:06

Paul Hanlon challenges Gavin Rae unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Niall McGinn from the free kick.

42:09

Niall McGinn produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

41:37

Shot by David Wotherspoon from 20 yards. Save made by Jamie Langfield.

40:41

Johnny Hayes concedes a free kick for a foul on David Wotherspoon. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Leigh Griffiths from right channel, Isaac Osbourne makes a clearance.

37:19

The assistant referee signals for offside against Leigh Griffiths. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.

36:21

Ryan McGivern sends in a cross, Joe Shaughnessy manages to make a clearance.

33:50

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Johnny Hayes.

33:39

Peter Pawlett sends in a cross, blocked by Paul Hanlon.

32:26

Paul Cairney concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Pawlett. Isaac Osbourne takes the direct free kick.

31:23

Inswinging corner taken by Leigh Griffiths from the right by-line played to the near post, Stephen Hughes manages to make a clearance.

30:35

Joe Shaughnessy is ruled offside. Ben Williams takes the indirect free kick.

29:04

Niall McGinn produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

28:06

A cross is delivered by Stephen Hughes.

27:13

Johnny Hayes takes a shot. Paul Hanlon gets a block in.

25:53

Centre by Clark Robertson.

25:02

The official flags Leigh Griffiths offside. Mark Reynolds takes the indirect free kick.

22:22

The assistant referee flags for offside against Shefki Kuqi. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.

21:14

The official flags Paul Hanlon offside. Jamie Langfield takes the indirect free kick.

20:41

Foul by Clark Robertson on Leigh Griffiths, free kick awarded. Leigh Griffiths crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Joe Shaughnessy.

19:25

Close range header by Peter Pawlett goes over the crossbar.

19:00

Gary Deegan challenges Gavin Rae unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Milsom.

12:42

The assistant referee flags for offside against Shefki Kuqi. Jamie Langfield takes the indirect free kick.

11:28

Leigh Griffiths produces a cross.

11:05

Corner from the left by-line taken by David Wotherspoon, clearance made by Joe Shaughnessy.

10:49

David Wotherspoon takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.

10:24 Penalty

A save by Ben Williams from penalty by Niall McGinn. Aberdeen 0-0 Hibernian.

9:36

Tim Clancy gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Johnny Hayes.

8:24

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Wotherspoon, Jamie Langfield makes a save.

4:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Taiwo by Peter Pawlett. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.

3:26

The ball is crossed by Clark Robertson.

3:05

The ball is swung over by Joe Shaughnessy.

2:20

Ben Williams takes the direct free kick.

2:20 Booking

Booking Peter Pawlett receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

2:12

Peter Pawlett concedes a free kick for a foul on Tim Clancy.

0:34

Pass corner from right by-line crossed in by Johnny Hayes, clearance by Tim Clancy.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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