Neil Cooper's Under 20 side proved too strong for Hibs and the victory moves the young Dons up to 3rd in the Clydesdale Bank U20 league. In glorious autumn sunshine the teams stepped onto the immaculate Pittodrie pitch to play out the first ever Under-20s League match on the historic ground. Theoretically the young Dons were under strength because of International call-ups but they still looked a strong team at kick-off with Josh Magennis bringing some first team experience and physical presence to the front line. Jamie Langfield was also involved on the bench.
The crowd sitting in the Main Stand was upwards of a hundred in number, perhaps approaching one hundred and fifty, and they were able to enjoy a good game with a fine result at the end of it. The opening goal came after Josh Magennis made a great run to the line on the right and crossed into the middle where Jordon Brown was on hand at the back post put a short range effort into the net. Hibs drew level with a speedy counter-attack about thirty minutes into the game when Alex Harris scored from eighteen yards after catching Rose out of position.
Throughout the game Magennis was providing great entertainment with his enthusiastic running and numerous efforts on goal. Unfortunately for him none of them went in but this seemed to give the crowd plenty to talk about. The lead was restored after 37 minutes when Joe Shaughnessy rose, stag like, above the Hibs defenders to head in Stephen O?Neill?s corner kick at the back post. Keiran Gibbons made sure of the victory and a valuable three points by bagging his first Pittodrie goal when, after 51 minutes he fired in a great shot following a cross that Magennis sent in low and was dummied by Declan McManus.
Although Hibs scored and had another effort disallowed, this was a game where Aberdeen held the upper hand over their close rivals and sent the small crowd home happy to have seen a good performance and taken plenty of encouragement that the future looks to be in good hands.
Afterwards Neil Cooper spoke to RedWeb:
"To be perfectly honest I think that was the worst we have played. We've passed the ball a lot sharper and a lot quicker in previous games but we're obviously delighted to have won the game 3-1. We could have scored another 2 or 3 more but Hibs had a goal disallowed and if that goes in it's a different take on the game. We know we can do a lot better but I'm pleased with the application of the players."