Scottish Premiership

Aberdeen 1-0 Hibernian: Gary Mackay-Steven goal decisive at Pittodrie

By Clive LindsayBBC Sport

Aberdeen leapfrogged Hibernian and are now within five points of the Scottish Premiership summit thanks to a thunderous Gary Mackay-Steven goal.

The winger celebrated his Scotland call-up by pouncing on a slack pass by Ryan Porteous just before the break.

It gave the Pittodrie side a fourth straight win - and fifth in a row at home. Hibs are now without one in four.

Neil Lennon's side improved after the break, but Mark Milligan and Florian Kamberi missed chances to equalise.

Wind and winger the winners

Given that the previous three meetings had finished level after 90 minutes, two without a goal being scored, it was almost guaranteed to be a tight affair.

But both managers were determined to belie the prediction and named attacking line-ups - forward Stevie May being preferred to defensive midfielder Dominic Ball for Aberdeen and Hibs' Florian Kamberi returning from suspension to partner Jamie Maclaren up front for the first time in the league this season.

Despite Aberdeen having four players named in Alex McLeish's Scotland squad this week and Hibs having three called up by Australia, showing their international class was proving difficult in the strong wind swirling around Pittodrie.

Australian midfielder Milligan had an early header cleared from in front of the Aberdeen goal by Shay Logan, but it was one of the home side's Scotland quartet who was making the difference at the other end.

Porteous was looking uncomfortable on the left of Hibs' back three and, after he picked up a yellow card for a foul on Mackay-Steven, Aberdeen continually provided the winger with opportunities to further tease the 19-year-old.

When Mackay-Steven intercepted Porteous' clearance, the Scotland Under-21 centre-back was easily deceived by a little drop of the shoulder and the ball was soon whistling between the near post and goalkeeper Adam Bogdan's outstretched hand.

It was no surprise when Hibs head coach Lennon changed to a back four at half-time and it helped the visitors.

Milligan sent a header over from a good position and Kamberi failed to finish after rounding Joe Lewis. At the other end, May failed to make Bogdan pay for his equally unwise rush from his goalline.

Aberdeen had not lost from a winning position at Pittodrie since 2014 and that record was prolonged after Kamberi twice failed to find the target from close range.

Hibs' Florian Kamberi fires wide at Pittodrie
Florian Kamberi missed chances for Hibs in the second half

Plenty to ponder for Lennon - analysis

BBC Scotland's Tyrone Smith at Pittodrie

The wind was the winner, the dreadful conditions stifling what should have been a high-quality affair, but Aberdeen won't give a jot about that, as their bandwagon continues to gather pace. That is now four wins on the spin for the Pittodrie side, the international break perhaps coming at the wrong time for them.

As for Hibernian, they are now four without a victory, leaving plenty for Lennon to ponder over the next fortnight. They created, and spurned, enough chances to win the game in the second half, but that will be scant consolation.



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Logan
  • 18Devlin
  • 5McKenna
  • 29Lowe
  • 11Mackay-StevenSubstituted forBallat 90+1'minutes
  • 19Ferguson
  • 3Shinnie
  • 10McGinn
  • 17MaySubstituted forCosgroveat 86'minutes
  • 9WilsonSubstituted forAndersonat 71'minutes


  • 4Considine
  • 8Gleeson
  • 15Wright
  • 16Cosgrove
  • 20Cerny
  • 21Ball
  • 25Anderson


Formation 3-5-2

  • 31Bogdan
  • 24McGregor
  • 5MilliganBooked at 90mins
  • 36PorteousBooked at 16mins
  • 25Ambrose
  • 8SlivkaSubstituted forHorganat 79'minutes
  • 10Boyle
  • 14MallanBooked at 60mins
  • 16StevensonSubstituted forMackieat 89'minutes
  • 22Kamberi
  • 9MaclarenSubstituted forAllanat 79'minutes


  • 1Marciano
  • 3Whittaker
  • 7Horgan
  • 23Mavrias
  • 43Mackie
  • 47Gullan
  • 49Allan
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Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamHibernian
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aberdeen 1, Hibernian 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aberdeen 1, Hibernian 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Lewis Ferguson.

  4. Post update

    Stephen Mallan (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Dominic Ball replaces Gary Mackay-Steven.

  7. Booking

    Mark Milligan (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Mark Milligan (Hibernian).

  9. Post update

    Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Sean Mackie replaces Lewis Stevenson.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Sam Cosgrove replaces Stevie May.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Mark Milligan (Hibernian).

  14. Post update

    Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Stephen Mallan (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Daryl Horgan replaces Vykintas Slivka.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Lewis Allan replaces Jamie Maclaren.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Mallan (Hibernian).

  19. Post update

    Gary Mackay-Steven (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).


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