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match report 1997-98 fixture list
Premier Division 
28/03/1998
 
Hibernian 1 - 1 Aberdeen
Kick Off:    Rougier pen 90       Jess 68.  
Attendance: 12,966
Venue: Easter Road, Edinburgh
Hibernian gave new signing Justin Skinner his debut and recalled Michael Renwick for hi first start since November.
Aberdeen started with the same 11 that narrowly lost to Celtic last weekend. The relegation-threatened Easter Road side made the early running with Tony Rougier and Jimmy Boco initially troubling the Dons defence.
A third minute dangerous cross from Renwick was inches away from meeting the on rushing Grant Brebner just six yards out. Then, Derek Whyte had to head a Kevin Harper free kick wide two minutes later as the Edinburgh outfit threatened.
Hibs continued their hurricane start and and defender Darren Dodds nearly gave a sixth minute lead when he half volleyed over the bar from 15 yards. It took Hamilton 12 minutes to mount their first serious attack, and winger Miller almost gave them the lead against the run of play when he smashed a flashing drive inches over.
At the other end, Harper was looking lively as he came close when he turned inside before hitting a low drive just wide of the target. There was controversy in the 17th minute when Aberdeen defender Russell Anderson brought down Rougier after already being booked in the fourth minute. Hibs fans were outraged at the referee's decision to let him away with the foul.
Hibs' striker Steve Crawford missed the best of the early chances in the 21st minute when Harper swung over an inviting cross from the right which flew over Aberdeen goalkeeper Jim Leighton's head only for the home forward to poke the ball wide from inside the six yard box. There was no surprise when Aberdeen manager Alex Miller substituted Anderson in the 26th minute because he was having a torrid time against the rampant attackers and looked likely to get a red card to go with his yellow one. Pat McGinlay decided to try his luck from 25 yards in the 31st minute after he had skipped past a couple of Dons players, but his effort was a dissapointing hit too high.
Brilliant skills from Rougier in the 35th minute almost set up Hibs for the opener. From a standing position, he slipped his way past two Aberdeen defenders before delivering a cross which Crawford headed just wide. A 39th minute Eoin Jess effort which sailed 20 yards over the bar just about summed up the efforts of the Pittodrie side in the opening period.

Aberdeen were inches away from claiming a shock lead just two minutes after the break when Billy Dodds met a Jess free Kick and his header spun off the top of the bar. A 52nd minutes move involving Boco and Crawford set up McGinlay at the edge of the box, but the Hibs midfielder's effort was stuck wide.
Aberdeen's Brian O'Neil came close a minute later with a whizzing, 30 yard drive that only just cleared the bar. At last, the visitors began to seriously threaten, and Hibs goalkeeper Bryan Gunn did very well to tip over a superb, curling effort from Miller which was heading for the top corner. But Aberdeen had an incredible let off in the 59th minute when John Inglis and goalkeeper Leighton collided going for Harper's cross. The ball fell to Crawford, who could only stab his header wide from an acute angle.

Hibernian Teamsheet: 

Bookings:

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Leighton, Anderson (Buchan), Whyte, O'Neil, Inglis, Smith, Miller (Gillies), Jess, Rowson, Dodds, Glass (Windass).

Unused Subs:

Bookings:  Anderson (4).

Referee: G. Mitchell, Arbroath

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