Hibernian v Aberdeen
- FT 90 +3
- HT 0-0
Derek McInnes secured a point in his first game as Aberdeen manager, with the Dons playing out a goalless draw against Hibernian at Easter Road.
Leigh Griffiths carried Hibs' first-half threat, overhead-kicking wide then forcing a save from Jamie Langfield.
The hosts hit the post through Eoin Doyle after the break.
Griffiths almost won the game in spectacular style in the closing stages, his 30-yard strike well saved by Langfield.
A fixture not renowned for high goal counts lived up to its reputation in an introduction Craig Brown's replacement McInnes will not have much to look back fondly on.
These two bottom-six sides found themselves trying to make the best of a disappointing Scottish Premier League season in their first match since the split.
If anything, the 90 minutes of football underlined the talents of Griffiths, who was involved in most of the positive play in a game Hibs will feel they deserved to win.
A half-hearted penalty claim raised the Easter Road decibel level for the first time as Hibs' Doyle claimed he had been wrestled to the ground by Russell Anderson, but referee Steven McLean did not concur.
Griffiths appeared lively from the off, improvising well from James McPake's headed flick-on to acrobatically fire wide.
Quite where Pat Fenlon's men would be without the on-loan Wolves forward's 25 goals this season is a frightening thought for the Leith faithful, who almost saw his tally rise to 26 when he raced on to a long ball before shooting too close to Langfield.
The visitors were far from outplayed in the first half but struggled to create chances. Niall McGinn's left-foot strike from 18 yards, blocked by McPake, represented their closest scoring opportunity.
Straight after the re-start, Griffiths intelligently squared to Danny Handling, but the young Hibs forward side-footed straight into the arms of Langfield from the edge of the box.
Nifty interchange from Griffiths and right-back Clancy led to the latter swinging in a low delivery that Joe Shaughnessy only half-cleared, leaving Doyle to smack the ball against the post.
The introduction of Peter Pawlett briefly injected more life into Aberdeen's rare attacking forays, although he became important in defence when he cleared the danger from Paul Hanlon's header.
Hibs' rear-guard prevented substitute Scott Vernon connecting with a tempting Jonny Hayes cross as the Dons looked to nick a cheeky winner.
And a terrific long-range strike out of nowhere from Griffiths, one worthy of winning the match, demanded a good diving save from Langfield.
- 01 Williams
- 02 Clancy
- 04 Hanlon
- 06 McPake
- 16 Stevenson
- 20 Taiwo (Claros - 85' )
- 33 Harris
- 38 Thomson Booked
- 09 Griffiths
- 10 Doyle (Caldwell - 74' )
- 24 Handling (Done - 86' )
- 41 Grant
- 18 Maybury
- 08 Claros
- 14 Wotherspoon
- 17 Done
- 34 Horribine
- 29 Caldwell
- 01 Langfield
- 02 Jack
- 03 Robertson
- 04 Anderson
- 22 Reynolds
- 23 Shaughnessy
- 05 Rae
- 08 Milsom Booked (Pawlett - 68' )
- 10 McGinn
- 11 Hayes (Fallon - 88' )
- 21 Magennis (Vernon - 68' )
- 20 Twardzik
- 17 Naysmith
- 15 Pawlett
- 18 Hughes
- 09 Vernon
- 14 Fallon
- 38 Smith
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.90:00 +1:47
A cross is delivered by Lewis Stevenson, Russell Anderson manages to make a clearance.89:49
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McPake by Scott Vernon. Ben Williams takes the indirect free kick.87:48 Substitution
Substitution Rory Fallon on for Johnny Hayes.87:24
Foul by Peter Pawlett on Tim Clancy, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.84:23
Corner taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths, Gavin Rae manages to make a clearance.84:23 Substitution
Substitution Matt Done on for Danny Handling.84:23 Substitution
Substitution (Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Jorge Claros coming on for Tom Taiwo.84:23
Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.83:06
The referee blows for offside. Ben Williams takes the free kick. Clark Robertson concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Handling. Leigh Griffiths crosses the ball in from the free kick, Scott Vernon manages to make a clearance.82:18
Johnny Hayes produces a cross, James McPake makes a clearance.81:28
Centre by Joe Shaughnessy, Paul Hanlon makes a clearance.80:29
The referee blows for offside. Russell Anderson takes the indirect free kick.78:29
Unfair challenge on Johnny Hayes by Leigh Griffiths results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.76:26
Gavin Rae fouled by Tom Taiwo, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Jack.76:06
Effort on goal by James McPake from 25 yards. Save made by Jamie Langfield.75:36
The assistant referee signals for offside against Scott Vernon. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.74:33
Corner from the right by-line taken by Leigh Griffiths, Paul Hanlon takes a shot. Clearance by Peter Pawlett. Corner from the left by-line taken by Leigh Griffiths, clearance by Russell Anderson.73:40 Substitution
Substitution Ross Caldwell on for Eoin Doyle.73:40
Unfair challenge on Tim Clancy by Scott Vernon results in a free kick. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.
Tom Taiwo concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Jack. Ryan Jack takes the free kick.72:25
The assistant referee flags for offside against Alex Harris. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.72:08
Alex Harris takes a shot. Blocked by Joe Shaughnessy.70:33
Alex Harris sends in a cross.67:23 Substitution
Substitution Peter Pawlett replaces Robert Milsom.67:23 Substitution
Substitution Scott Vernon joins the action as a substitute, replacing Josh Magennis.65:18
Johnny Hayes takes a shot. Ben Williams makes a save.64:05
The ball is crossed by Leigh Griffiths, clearance by Russell Anderson. Shot by Kevin Thomson from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.63:00
Josh Magennis is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Williams.61:45
Johnny Hayes restarts play with the free kick.61:45 Booking
Booking Kevin Thomson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.61:38
Unfair challenge on Johnny Hayes by Kevin Thomson results in a free kick.60:26
Eoin Doyle challenges Joe Shaughnessy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Russell Anderson.59:51
Joe Shaughnessy produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.59:06
Tom Taiwo concedes a free kick for a foul on Johnny Hayes. Direct free kick taken by Johnny Hayes.58:21
Corner taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths, comfortable save by Jamie Langfield.57:25
Foul by Niall McGinn on Tim Clancy, free kick awarded. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.57:09
A cross is delivered by Niall McGinn, save made by Ben Williams.55:03
Joe Shaughnessy fouled by Eoin Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Langfield takes the indirect free kick.54:06
The ball is sent over by Tim Clancy, Effort from inside the area by Eoin Doyle bounces off the post.52:17
Clark Robertson sends in a cross, Johnny Hayes has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.50:05
Centre by Leigh Griffiths, clearance by Clark Robertson. Corner taken by Leigh Griffiths.47:42
Alex Harris delivers the ball, Russell Anderson manages to make a clearance.47:02
Gavin Rae challenges Tom Taiwo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.46:38
Danny Handling takes a shot. Jamie Langfield makes a save.45:01
The second half kicks off.45:00 +0:03 Half time
Half Time The half-time whistle blows.43:45
Tom Taiwo takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Langfield.42:09
Effort from outside the box by Kevin Thomson goes wide right of the target.39:36
Niall McGinn is caught offside. Free kick taken by Kevin Thomson.37:54
The ball is sent over by Johnny Hayes.37:28
Short corner worked by Niall McGinn.37:05
The ball is delivered by Niall McGinn.34:46
Handball decision goes against Eoin Doyle. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.31:14
Alex Harris delivers the ball, clearance made by Russell Anderson.28:40
The assistant referee flags for offside against Leigh Griffiths. Indirect free kick taken by Clark Robertson.26:12
Johnny Hayes decides to take the corner short. The ball is swung over by Niall McGinn.24:42
Leigh Griffiths produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.24:17
Leigh Griffiths produces a cross, clearance by Ryan Jack.23:16
Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield.21:30
Eoin Doyle fouled by Gavin Rae, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Thomson.17:27
Centre by Eoin Doyle.16:50
Josh Magennis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Hanlon. Ben Williams takes the free kick.16:36
Robert Milsom crosses the ball.15:42
The ball is crossed by Robert Milsom, Gavin Rae has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.15:33
Niall McGinn produces a cross.15:00
Short corner worked by Johnny Hayes.12:50
Free kick taken by Ben Williams.12:50 Booking
Booking The referee books Robert Milsom for unsporting behaviour.12:44
Foul by Robert Milsom on Kevin Thomson, free kick awarded.11:27
Effort from inside the six-yard box by Leigh Griffiths goes wide right of the goal.11:01
Alex Harris fouled by Joe Shaughnessy, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin Thomson takes the direct free kick.10:06
Leigh Griffiths takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Josh Magennis.9:29
Robert Milsom gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Handling. Kevin Thomson restarts play with the free kick.4:31
Foul by Josh Magennis on Tim Clancy, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.4:01
Johnny Hayes sends in a cross.0:38
Leigh Griffiths is caught offside. Free kick taken by Clark Robertson.0:15
Eoin Doyle is caught offside. Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.0:00
The referee gets the game started.
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