Aberdeen U19s 0 Hibernian u19s 1
Hibernian U19s gained revenge over Aberdeen for their 5-3 defeat earlier this season when they defeated the Dons 1-0 this afternoon, the Hibees coming out on top in an entertaining game at Balgownie in the Clydesdale Bank Youth League.
Although they have not played a lot of football recently Aberdeen started the game brightly and after only four minutes forced a corner which they should have scored from. Nicky Low swung the ball in and captain Scott Ross found himself unmarked in the middle of the penalty box but he put his header over.
Aberdeen continued to dominate the opening proceedings and their movement and passing was good. The home side won a free-kick on seven minutes. Low took it and directed it towards the keepers near post. Everyone missed it and in the end keeper Lewis Graham did very well to keep it out.
On nine minutes Aberdeen won another corner this time from the left which Callum McRobbie took. The ball again was not dealt with by the Hibs defence and this time the Dons other central defender Joe Shaunessy had a chance at the back post but again the Dons failed to score. After 14 minutes Ryan Jack, who was running the game in the middle of the park, created space for himself and time to shoot and his effort forced a smart save from keeper Graham.
It had been all Aberdeen for the opening 20 minutes and they should have taken one of their chances. Both teams deserved enormous credit for keeping the ball on the ground and playing football in difficult underfoot conditions.
On 23 minutes Aberdeen created another opening. Great play down the left between Dean Jarvis and Callum McRobbie saw McRobbie put in an excellent cross, but the ball was just out of the reach of Megginson and Sorensen just failed to connect properly.
Hibs slowly started to get into the game, on 25 minutes they created their first opening. The ball was played into Ross Caldwell, the striker showed good strength to turn his man but his shot fizzed across the goal.
Nicky Low, who made his first team debut against Hearts recently, was putting in another impressive shift. After 28 minutes he picked up the ball and again ran at the Hibs rear guard. He did well to create space for himself but his shot went just wide. Just after the hour the young Dons missed another good chance. Mitch Megginson beat the Graham to the ball and although he rounded the Hibs keeper, the visitors defence did well to get back and snuff out the danger.
A few minutes later the Hibs had a chance. Caldwell again doing well but he blasted his shot high and wide.
Just before the interval the game burst into life. Hibs did well down the right and the ball eventually found its way to Doris. The striker hit a first time effort but Scott Bain in the Aberdeen goal saved well. The Dons then went straight up the park with Megginson and McRobbie breaking well. McRobbie put in another great cross which picked out Nicky Low who had sprinted forward but his first time volley was just too high.
Then on the stroke of half time Jack and Sorensen combined to set up Low again but he pulled his shot just wide.
During the break Aberdeen U19 coach Neil Cooper made a couple of substitutions. Jordan Brown came on for Megginson and Nico Gibson for McRobbie.
After the break Aberdeen were again in the ascendancy. Mitch Megginson appeared to have a chance in the box but Burns put in a great blocking tackle.
The Hibs midfield were showing signs that they were beginning to get the upper hand and on 53 minutes Crawford made a good run but his shot found the side netting. Hibs now had a hold of the game and the impressive Thomas McCready was starting to dictate the play. On 54 minutes Hibs won a corner, the cross found Welch but he wasted a good chance and headed over.
On 58 minutes Low was taken down by Taggart and referee Cheyne produced the first yellow card of the match. Low took the free- kick himself but played it into the wall. On the hour mark Love, who had replaced Doris had a good effort which forced Bain to look lively.
Aberdeen substitute Jack Grimmer was having a fine game and created a number of half chances with balls in from the right.
The game was now stretched and, with a goal looking inevitable, it was Hibs who took the lead on 71 minutes. Joe Shaunessy, who had a fine game, was beaten to the ball, the Hibs midfield worked the ball quickly across the Dons defence which was caught out of position. Caldwell did really well to lay the ball off to the on running Welsh who hit a low first time shot past Bain.
Aberdeen very nearly equalised straight away. Nico Gibson squandered a chance at the back post then Low picked out Grimmer who was unmarked in the box but his effort was well saved by Graham.
In the closing stages Hibs kept possession well and never allowed Aberdeen many opportunities to throw the ball into the box. However over exuberance on the ball almost cost them. Grimmer dispossessed Taggart, but he was helped out by his fellow defenders, who got back, forcing Grimmer to shoot over from distance.
Aberdeen: Bain, Davidson, Jarvis, Robertson, Shaunessy, Ross, Sorensen (Grimmer 45), Jack, McRobbie, Megginson (Brown 45), Low Subs Hansson, Devaney, Masson, Lukasik.
Hibernian: Graham, Burns, Smith, McCready, Chalmers, Taggart, Crawford, Welsh, Caldwell, Doris (Love 51), Horner (Monagan 62) Subs Grant, Lancaster, Wright.
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