The travel shenanigans left managers Sharp and Rand to do some last minute shuffling. Reid who wasn't going to play took his place in midfield despite a hamstring injury and Ho was paired up front with Aubrey who grabbed two from the bench last week. Duguid and Gunn also retuned for their first starts of the season.
The game started with Aberdeen on top. Ho was once again, chasing everything and getting in behind a defence which couldn't handle his pace. Unfortunately he couldn't find a finish but Aberdeen were looking good. Reid pulled up in the 20th minute with the game still at 0-0 and Geoff Aberdein who had to run around for an hour to even find the ground arrived in the nick of time to get stripped and went straight on the park.
The Dons who were already playing well stepped up another gear. A throw in from the right from Urquhart was picked up by Aubrey on the edge of the six yard box, doing well to shield the ball from the defender turned and drilled a low right foot finish in off the far post, unlike Chris Clark?s effort at Ibrox it took a good spin and ended up in the back of the net 1-0. Aubrey grabbed a second minutes later, Campbell who was putting in a great shift on the left skipped away from his marker, who did his best to haul him down, looked up and sent a perfect out swinger which cut out the entire defence and landed at the feet of Aubrey on the edge of the box, deft as you like he chipped the keeper, 2-0, stunning stuff.
Aberdeen's midfield was battling like their lives depended on it, flying in to tackles all over the park the normally resolute Hibee?s just didn't seem to fancy it. A series of crunching challenges from Rand, Jelinek, Duguid, Rennie and Gunn meant the ball was constantly in Aberdeen's possession and it looked like a third was coming. When it did it was that man Aubrey again to complete his hat-trick with the best of the bunch. He picked the ball up about 20 yards out, dropped the shoulder to create some space to his right and fired the ball back across the keeper in to the far corner for an excellent third. Despite more pressure and some chances for Rand, Aubrey again and Ho it was still 3-0 at half time and the Dons were delighted.
The second half was always going to be a test, 3-0 was great but had Hibs grabbed a goal the nerves could creep in. This didn?t seem likely as again the Reds poured forward. A couple of Campbell crosses were just missed by the strikers and Ho couldn't quite get through for his first goal of the season despite coming close on several occasions. Geoff Aberdein was getting forward well to support the strikers and it was no surprise when the ex Echt midfielder scored the 4th. He picked the ball up outside the box, quickly created some space and drilled a low drive in to the bottom corner of the net past the helpless home keeper for 4-0.
It was all over for Hibs now, the heads were down and Aberdeen were all over them. The ball wouldn?t fall for a fifth but there was some great build up play especially on the left between Aubrey and Campbell, with Rand, Jelinek and Aberdein always willing to join in the neat interplay. A good move down the right this time eventually led to the 5th, Rand burst through, looked up and found Sharp at the near post. The keeper got to his initial effort and as the two players battled for the ball it broke free and Sharp bundled home from a yard, not the prettiest of goals but they all count, 5-0.
Hibs came forward to try and get something but it didn't look likely. A free kick from 25 yards out was expertly taken by the Hibs striker Moore only for Smollet who had been nursing an injury all game to hurl himself to the left and spectacularly tip the ball over for a corner. Moments later another corner saw the ball bobble about and a back header found it?s way in at the post, 5-1 and a disappointing end to a game where the Dons had rarely looked like conceding but it didn't take too much shine of a cracking performance.
MOM - A fabulous Dons performance as they beat last seasons Champions and a real boost ahead of next weeks game against one of the title favourites, Norwich. Great performances from just about everyone, with special praise and man of the match votes going to Jelinek and Campbell. Man of the match however goes to hat-trick hero Alex Aubrey who with three great strikes looks like he could be deadly for the Dons this season.
Team- Smollet, Campbell, Urquhart, Rand, Reid, Duguid, Gunn, Jelinek, Ho, Aubrey, Rennie
Subs - Aberdein, Sharp, Rooney, Pritchard, Cairns