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Aberdeen 4 - 0 Hibernian

HT Score: Aberdeen 2 - 0 Hibernian

SPL Youth 18
Aberdeen scorers: Duncan 12, Ross 32, Shanks 46, Dangana 82.

21/09/2018 | KO: 18:00

After the disappointment of the defeat to Hamilton last week, the U18s put in an excellent performance to come out well on top of Hibernian this evening.

Aberdeen had the better chances early stages.
In the first ten minutes Jack Chesser pounced on a loose pass at the back but could not find Ethan Ross inside the six yard box. A Lewis Duncan ball deserved better, it was a great cross in between the defence and the keeper.
Hibs then had a decent chance when in the 10th minute Joseph Moore found himself alone at the back post but Archie Mair was out quickly to block.
In the 12th minute Aberdeen took the lead. Sean Linden did well down the right and although his dangerous cross was half blocked inside the six yard box, Lewis Duncan showed good aggression to get the better of the keeper and defender during a scramble in the six yard box.
There was another good opening for the visitors when Moore was inches away from getting on the end of a cross before Aberdeen then enjoyed most of the possession and some control of the game. Linden and Ross, who were causing real problems, almost worked a couple of openings.
On 32 minutes they did get a deserved second and it was a lovely goal. Linden again beat his man and cut in off his wing. He played it into the feet of Jack Chesser who showed tremendous vision to lift a ball over the top and find the run of Ross. The skipper stepped inside one defender before slamming it home. A composed finish and a piece of real quality from Chesser.
Aberdeen finished the half well on top and might have added to their lead.

At half time the visitors made a double change as they looked to try and get back into the game, but within a minute of the restart the Dons made it three. They did well to retain possession in and around the box, before Duncan burst into the area. He might have shot himself but instead stood up a brilliant cross for Kieran Shanks to attack and the striker powered a header home.
Credit to Hibs who did not let their heads go down and they kept working hard and showed plenty of fight. The only real chance they had was when substitute Comack beat the offside trap but he wasted the opportunity after Mair did enough to force him wide. The Dons keeper had very little to do tonight thanks to a very strong defensive performance.
At the other end Duncan had a shot which just went over and he later clipped the top of the crossbar. From a corner Conor Power headed just wide, as did his fellow centre back Kyle Dalling with 15 minutes to go. Mark McLauchlan at left back who had a fine game and he was next to test the keeper after playing a one two with Ross. On 82 minutes the Dons grabbed a fourth when Ross fed substitute Michael Dangana and did well to get to the ball ahead of the keeper and find the net.


Scott Anderson spoke to after the game "I think we carried a real threat throughout out the game. Linden out wide and Ross and Duncan playing off Shanks ? we looked good going forward.
"We started the game well. We started at the right tempo and we were clinical with the chances that we put away.
"I said last week we were getting into good areas but lacked that bit of quality. We found it tonight. We also showed good aggression in the final third, typified by the first goal. Lewis Duncan was in the right place at the right time and he had to come from a wide area to be in that position.
"I said before the game to the boys that we needed aggression at both ends of the pitch. It was good to see that we brought that tonight. Another big pleasing aspect was that we did not get sloppy or slack and give away a silly goal. It looked as though it meant as much to us getting a clean sheet as it did scoring another goal.
"Real positive night. It is a marker for moving forward."
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Mair, Strachan, Dalling, Chesser, Power, Robertson, Linden ( 85), Duncan, Shanks (Dangana 73), Ross, McLauchlan.

Unused Subs: Turner, Mykyta, Leiper.
Hibernian Teamsheet
Cantley, Kincaid, Yeates, Bragg, O'Connor. Fairley, Woods, Muir, Shanley, Renton, Moore. Subs: Winnik, Cormack, Duncan, Wilson
Venue: Balmoral Stadium, Cove