Scottish Premiership
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Hibernian 0-2 Aberdeen

Late goals from Aberdeen substitutes Scott Vernon and Gregg Wylde settled an enthralling contest against Hibernian.

Vernon netted a stunning strike, curling the ball home from the edge of the area to break the deadlock.

James Collins should have levelled in a frantic last 10 minutes, but shot wide after goalkeeper Jamie Langfield had taken a fresh air swipe at the ball.

Wylde raced on to Vernon's pass to convert and seal all three points, putting the Dons second in the league.

It was the winger's first goal since joining the club in the summer and sealed a second straight Scottish Premiership win for Derek McInnes's side.

Aberdeen were prominent in the the opening quarter of an hour with Hibs goalkeeper Ben Williams parrying away Mark Reynolds' fierce strike.

Dons forward Niall McGinn then fired just over after gliding past Scott Robertson and Ryan McGivern.

Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon

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Interview - Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon

It took until the half-hour mark before Hibs became a threat in the game, but two chances in a minute almost gave them the lead.

Langfield had to spread himself to deny Paul Heffernan, then Liam Craig fired wide.

The Dons continued to look the more likely side and a 40-yard run by Ryan Jack opened up a chance for Calvin Zola but the former Burton Albion forward could only hit the side netting.

Back came the home side and Langfield denied Heffernan again following a good cross from Robertson.

Aberdeen began the second half in a similar vein to how they had started the match and Hibs captain James McPake had to throw himself in the way of McGinn's shot.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

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Interview - Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

The one-way assault continued and both Zola and McGinn blasted over from inside the area with the goal gaping.

However, it was Hibs who should have broken the deadlock, Collins getting in the way of team-mate Rowan Vine's goal-bound shot.

It was a pivotal moment in the game, as seven minutes later Aberdeen took the lead.

Wylde robbed Lewis Stevenson of possession to find Zola's replacement Vernon on the edge of the area and he beat Williams with a superb finish.

There was more disappointment for the Hibs fans when Collins failed to take advantage of Langfield misjudging the ball.

And Wylde, who had replaced Peter Pawlett, sealed victory for the Dons in injury time, latching on to Vernon's pass to strike low into the net.

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Williams
  • 16Stevenson
  • 3McGivern
  • 17Tudur JonesSubstituted forCollinsat 55'minutes
  • 6McPake
  • 4Hanlon
  • 8RobertsonBooked at 70mins
  • 38Thomson
  • 24HeffernanSubstituted forVineat 62'minutes
  • 27ZoubirSubstituted forHandlingat 74'minutes
  • 10Craig

Substitutes

  • 9Vine
  • 11Cairney
  • 14Collins
  • 19Handling
  • 20Taiwo
  • 21Murdoch
  • 23Forster

Aberdeen

  • 1Langfield
  • 2Shaughnessy
  • 3Robertson
  • 8Flood
  • 4Anderson
  • 6Reynolds
  • 10McGinn
  • 22JackBooked at 51mins
  • 7ZolaSubstituted forVernonat 65'minutes
  • 16PawlettSubstituted forWyldeat 79'minutes
  • 11HayesSubstituted forRobsonat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Considine
  • 9Vernon
  • 14Smith
  • 15Robson
  • 17Wylde
  • 20Weaver
  • 27Hector
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
12,810

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home4
Away11
Shots on Target
Home0
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 0, Aberdeen 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 0, Aberdeen 2.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 0, Aberdeen 2. Gregg Wylde (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Vernon.

Attempt missed. James Collins (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Russell Anderson.

Attempt missed. Liam Craig (Hibernian) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Foul by Willo Flood (Aberdeen).

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

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

Foul by Barry Robson (Aberdeen).

Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 0, Aberdeen 1. Scott Vernon (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Gregg Wylde.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Gregg Wylde replaces Peter Pawlett.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Daniel Handling replaces Abdellah Zoubir.

Attempt saved. Barry Robson (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Barry Robson replaces Jonathan Hayes.

Booking

Scott Robertson (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).

Foul by Scott Vernon (Aberdeen).

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

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

Foul by Kevin Thomson (Hibernian).

Russell Anderson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rowan Vine (Hibernian).

Substitution

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

Foul by Clark Robertson (Aberdeen).

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

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Clark Robertson.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Rowan Vine replaces Paul Heffernan.

Foul by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen).

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

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. James Collins replaces Owain Tudur-Jones.

Attempt missed. Calvin Zola-Makongo (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

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

Booking

Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen).

Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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