FULL TIME SCORE
Aberdeen 3 (Mike Newell 40, Eoin Jess 57, Joe Miller 59)
Aberdeen manager Alex Miller made only one change to the side which lost to
Celtic on Monday night, Joe Miller returning to the team with David Rowson
dropping to the bench.
The home side started on the attack and had their first effort on goal in
six minutes when a diving header by Miller was delt with easily by Gottskalksson.
Two minutes later, though, the Hibs keeper was motionless as Stephen Glass'
shot flew past him and crashed off the crossbar.
Hibs then started to get into the game but failed to trouble Dons keeper Jim
Aberdeen's Joe Miller took on his namesake Willie before finding some space
but spoilt the move by shooting well over. At the other end Gary Smith did
well to block an attempted effort by Barry Lavety.
Hibs striker Crawford then collected a good pass from Harper but his shot
fell over the bar. Leighton was then made to make his first save of the match
when he stopped an effort from Lavety.
Mike Newell grabbed his first goal of the season after 40 minutes and put
Aberdeen one up against struggling Hibs.
The Dons continued to put pressure on the Hibs defence and keeper Gottskalkson
did well to block efforts from Glass and Jess.
However, Aberdeen finally got the goal they deserved after 40 minutes. Stephen
Glass crossed low from the left and Mike Newell did well to turn in the box
and stab the ball home for his first strike at Pittodrie this season.
The Dons continued on the attack after the break, and might have gone two
up had Newell not unselfishly squared the ball inside the box instead of going
all the way himself.
Aberdeen then effectively wrapped up the points with two quick goals. The
first came in 57 minutes when a Kiriakov free-kick was flicked on by Glass,
then Eion Jess ran into the box before firing past Gottskalksson.
Two minutes later it was 3-0. Michael O'Neill fed the ball through to Joe
Miller and although the Hibs keeper came rushing out to try and block the attack
the ball fell nicely for Miller to follow up on the goal-line.