Scottish Premiership
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Aberdeen 1-0 Hibernian

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.

Interview - Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

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Interview - Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

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.

Interview - Hibs boss Terry Butcher

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Interview - Hibs boss Terry Butcher

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.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Langfield
  • 2ShaughnessyBooked at 56mins
  • 11HayesSubstituted forAndersonat 89'minutes
  • 22Jack
  • 28Tate
  • 6Reynolds
  • 15Robson
  • 8Flood
  • 9VernonSubstituted forZolaat 83'minutes
  • 16Pawlett
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forMagennisat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Anderson
  • 7Zola
  • 14Smith
  • 17Wylde
  • 20Weaver
  • 21Magennis
  • 35Murray

Hibernian

  • 1Williams
  • 23ForsterBooked at 71mins
  • 3McGivern
  • 8RobertsonBooked at 32minsSubstituted forStantonat 64'minutes
  • 4Hanlon
  • 5Nelson
  • 11CairneySubstituted forHarrisat 80'minutes
  • 10Craig
  • 24HeffernanSubstituted forCummingsat 73'minutes
  • 14Collins
  • 16Stevenson

Substitutes

  • 7Harris
  • 17Tudur Jones
  • 18Maybury
  • 19Handling
  • 21Murdoch
  • 26Stanton
  • 35Cummings
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
12,734

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home12
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 1, Hibernian 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 1, Hibernian 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Josh Magennis replaces Niall McGinn.

Foul by Barry Robson (Aberdeen).

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

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Samuel Stanton.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Russell Anderson replaces Jonathan Hayes.

Foul by Alan Tate (Aberdeen).

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

Goal!

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

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jonathan Hayes.

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.

Substitution

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

Foul by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Alex Harris replaces Paul Cairney.

Foul by Niall McGinn (Aberdeen).

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

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

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Jordan Forster.

Hand ball by Jason Cummings (Hibernian).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Jason Cummings replaces Paul Heffernan.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

Booking

Jordan Forster (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).

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

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

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

Foul by Paul Cairney (Hibernian).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Samuel Stanton replaces Scott Robertson.

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

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

Foul by Alan Tate (Aberdeen).

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

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

Foul by Paul Cairney (Hibernian).

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

Foul by Willo Flood (Aberdeen).

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

goal

As It Stood

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2Aberdeen2214261444
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4Dundee Utd219661533
5Inverness CT191036933
6Hibernian22778-128
7St Johnstone20749225
8Kilmarnock216312-921
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