Willo Flood's 22-yard screamer in the 87th minute stole all three points for Aberdeen against Hibernian.

Hibs goalkeeper Ben Williams could only watch the Irish midfielder's sweet strike fly into the corner of the net after Michael Nelson's clearance.

The hosts felt they were denied a first-half penalty when the ball clearly struck Nelson's hand.

Paul Heffernan twice missed chances for Hibs who saw their unbeaten run of five games come to an end.

Derek McInnes's Aberdeen have now won eight of their last nine matches - the most recent three having been sealed with winning goals in the closing minutes.

For so long it looked like this would be the fifth goalless draw in the last 10 league meetings between these teams, but Flood's second goal of the season, and arguably the best of his career, was the difference at Pittodrie.

The Dons' second-place position in the Premiership is consolidated as they now sit four points clear of Motherwell in third, although the Fir Park side have two games in-hand.

Two defensive lapses almost let Hibs take the lead within the opening three minutes.

Jamie Langfield nervously dealt with a wayward Flood backpass before Hibs striker Heffernan nearly took advantage of dithering between Mark Reynolds and the Dons goalkeeper.

Willo Flood (No.8) watches his right-foot strike sail past Hibs goalkeeper Ben Williams

Willo Flood (No.8) watches his right-foot strike sail past Hibs goalkeeper Ben Williams

Those close-calls set the tone in the opening period as the visitors pinned Aberdeen in their own half.

But Hibs failed to create any further clear-cut chances and, after the Dons won three corners in quick succession, McInnes' men dominated.

That pressure came to a head when Peter Pawlett's dinked centre over the onrushing Williams clearly hit Hibs defender Nelson's hand in the six-yard box.

But to the home supporters' amazement, referee Craig Thomson awarded nothing.

Williams saved point-blank from a Reynolds header as the centre-back did his best to follow up his match-winner against Kilmarnock with another on his own turf.

The visitors had another chance before the break when Jonny Hayes, in an unfamiliar left-back position, sent a clearance straight to Heffernan, who fired wide.

Aberdeen, for whom Alan Tate made his debut, also began the second half on the back foot.

Irishman Heffernan's shot kept 'keeper Langfield on his toes, while the late outstretched leg of Dons defender Joe Shaughnessy on Lewis Stevenson drew a booking.

Niall McGinn's header and Barry Robson's blocked shot was the closest the Dons came to Hibs' goal as the match rumbled towards a stalemate.

But when Flood collected a seemingly safe clearance from Nelson, the little midfield dynamo produced a wonderful winner.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield
  • 02 Shaughnessy Booked
  • 11 Hayes (Anderson - 89' )
  • 22 Jack
  • 28 Tate
  • 06 Reynolds
  • 15 Robson
  • 08 Flood
  • 09 Vernon (Zola - 83' )
  • 16 Pawlett
  • 10 McGinn (Magennis - 92' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Anderson
  • 07 Zola
  • 14 Smith
  • 17 Wylde
  • 20 Weaver
  • 21 Magennis
  • 35 Murray

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 23 Forster Booked
  • 03 McGivern
  • 08 Robertson Booked (Stanton - 64' )
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 05 Nelson
  • 11 Cairney (Harris - 80' )
  • 10 Craig
  • 24 Heffernan (Cummings - 73' )
  • 14 Collins
  • 16 Stevenson

Substitutes

  • 07 Harris
  • 17 Tudur Jones
  • 18 Maybury
  • 19 Handling
  • 21 Murdoch
  • 26 Stanton
  • 35 Cummings
Ref: Craig Thomson
Att: 12,734

Match Stats

Shots

11 8

On target

2 3

Corners

12 1

Fouls

13 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Aberdeen 1, Hibernian 0.

90:00 +2:19 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Aberdeen 1, Hibernian 0.

90:00 +1:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aberdeen. Josh Magennis replaces Niall McGinn.

90:00 +0:25

Foul by Barry Robson (Aberdeen).

90:00 +0:25

Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:47

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Samuel Stanton.

88:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aberdeen. Russell Anderson replaces Jonathan Hayes.

88:22

Foul by Alan Tate (Aberdeen).

88:22

James Collins (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aberdeen 1, Hibernian 0. Willo Flood (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

84:59

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jonathan Hayes.

82:59

Attempt missed. Calvin Zola-Makongo (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

82:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aberdeen. Calvin Zola-Makongo replaces Scott Vernon.

82:16

Foul by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).

82:16

Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Alex Harris replaces Paul Cairney.

77:28

Foul by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen).

77:28

Jordan Forster (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:48

Attempt missed. Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is too high.

76:19

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Jordan Forster.

75:22

Hand ball by Jason Cummings (Hibernian).

72:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Jason Cummings replaces Paul Heffernan.

71:36

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

71:00 Booking

Booking Jordan Forster (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

71:00

Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

70:51

Foul by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).

65:39

Attempt missed. Willo Flood (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

65:20

Attempt blocked. Barry Robson (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

64:25

Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:25

Foul by Paul Cairney (Hibernian).

63:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Samuel Stanton replaces Scott Robertson.

63:17

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

62:40

Attempt saved. Paul Cairney (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

61:45

Foul by Alan Tate (Aberdeen).

61:45

Paul Heffernan (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:05

Willo Flood (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:05

Foul by Paul Cairney (Hibernian).

58:49

Attempt blocked. Scott Robertson (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

57:22

Foul by Willo Flood (Aberdeen).

57:22

Paul Cairney (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:36

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by James Collins.

56:16

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

55:12 Booking

Booking Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

55:04

Foul by Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen).

55:04

Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:55

Attempt missed. Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

52:01

Attempt saved. Paul Heffernan (Hibernian) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

45:15

Foul by Scott Vernon (Aberdeen).

45:15

Jordan Forster (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Aberdeen 0, Hibernian 0.

45:00 +0:36 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Aberdeen 0, Hibernian 0.

45:00 +0:10

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

44:22

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

43:27

Attempt missed. Paul Heffernan (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

42:17

Hand ball by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen).

39:21

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

39:02

Barry Robson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:02

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

38:23

Attempt blocked. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

37:57

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Jordan Forster.

34:28

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

31:22 Booking

Booking Scott Robertson (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

31:17

Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).

31:17

Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:16

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

29:40

Attempt saved. Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner.

29:08

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Jordan Forster.

27:00

Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

26:59

Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).

25:47

Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).

25:47

Willo Flood (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

24:50

Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:50

Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

24:24

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Michael Nelson.

23:51

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Lewis Stevenson.

23:01

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Liam Craig.

21:53

Attempt missed. James Collins (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

20:22

Paul Heffernan (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:22

Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen).

18:36

Attempt saved. Scott Robertson (Hibernian) header from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

16:05

Attempt missed. Liam Craig (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

15:21

Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:21

Foul by Barry Robson (Aberdeen).

10:00

Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:56

Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen).

4:39

James Collins (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:39

Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen).

1:11

Hand ball by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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