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Hibernian 0 - 4 Aberdeen

HT Score: Hibernian 0 - 2 Aberdeen

Scottish Premiership
Aberdeen scorers: Clarkson 30, Polvara 39, Miovski 52, Boyd 92.

12/05/2024 | KO: 15:00

Fletcher Boyd was the boy wonder for the Dons, the 16-year-old crowning perhaps Aberdeen’s best league performance of the season with a late debut strike to complete a comprehensive 4-0 win at Easter Road, building on glorious goals from Leighton Clarkson, Dante Polvara and Bojan Miovski.

It was an unchanged starting XI for the Dons once again following the 1-0 win over St Johnstone. On the bench, James McGarry and Fletcher Boyd replaced Killian Phillips and Ryan Duncan.

Hibs were also unchanged after their 2-1 defeat at Ross County last Saturday.

It was a brisk opening to the game without either side creating anything clear cut until Vente collected a header from Obita, but from 25 yards out, he pulled his shot well wide in the seventh minute. A minute later, Jamie McGrath made an important block on an effort from Marcondes from just inside the area.

Aberdeen’s first effort came after 13 minutes, Junior Hoilett turning inside from a Jack MacKenzie throw-in, taking his shot early but spearing it just wide of goal. Newell was booked a minute later for a poor challenge on McGrath. There looked to be a nice opening from there, MacKenzie marauding forward before finding Hoilett. His cross reached Bojan Miovski but he couldn’t quite get the ball out of his feet and his shot at goal was weak.

Hibs almost took the lead on 23, Kelle Roos sprawling to his right to save from Maolida, Boyle following up on the rebound, Roos back to his feet to push that one away too.

There was some nice football from the Dons on 26 minutes, Leighton Clarkson stretching the play with a crossfield ball to Miovski. He moved it on to Hoilett and then McGrath who picked out a clever run behind from Dante Polvara, his shot into the near post deflected behind.

The Dons were coming to life now and on 30 minutes, they hit the front thanks to a screamer from Clarkson. MacKenzie spotted him in space just outside the D and once he got the ball at his feet, he picked his spot just inside the post for 1-0.

Polvara produced a strike every bit as good on 39 minutes to make it 2-0, his first goal in the league. It came from persistence by Nicky Devlin to get past Obita on the right. He picked out Hoilett who eventually rolled the ball back to Polvara, 14 yards out but wide on the right of the box. Swivelling, he produced a lovely clean strike that flashed across goal and into the far corner.

It could have been three five minutes later, a Hoilett corner flicking off a Hibs head, Miovski throwing himself at a header from a tight angle at the back post, the ball going just over the bar.


A glorious goal from the Dons opened the second half, Miovski slotting in number 26 for the season in the 52nd minute. A great crossfield ball from McGrath found Hoilett, who controlled instantly. Running towards goal, he played a pass through the top of the box, Clarkson dummying most of Easter Road towards the exits as he stepped over the ball, letting it run to Miovski who produced a typically precise finish into the bottom corner.

Hibs could have found a way back into things after Barron was dispossessed a minute later, but Stefan Gartenmann was there to head clear from Marcondes’ cross. On the hour, Levitt and Campbell replaced Moriah-Welsh and Vente for the hosts. Maolida steered a near post header wide of goal moments later, then Levitt flashed a drive over from 20 yards.

Aberdeen brought on Ester Sokler and Graeme Shinnie after 67 minutes, Miovski and Polvara making way.

Wollacott was brave in the 70th minute, diving at Shinnie’s feet as he lunged forward to get on the end of a Hoilett cross, the goalkeeper just beating him to it. Newell and Marcondes were then replaced by Le Fondre and Amos. Le Fondre found himself booked within two minutes for tripping Barron. Duk and James McGarry were then added to the fray on 77 minutes, MacKenzie and Hoilett given a few minutes off.

Hibs should have had one back on 80 minutes, a long kick forward from Wollacott missing everybody and putting Maolida clear through on goal, but Roos stood up to him and saved his shot with an outstretched foot. Great goalkeeping. With seven minutes left, Fletcher Boyd was given his Aberdeen debut, replacing Clarkson. It was reward for Fletcher who has been brilliant for the 18s this season, especially in recent months during their successful title run.

Seconds later, Shinnie was booked for pulling back Boyle.

Duk was set away down the left in the 86th minute, cutting inside and trying to chip the goalkeeper but Wollacott was well up to save with Boyd waiting for the cut back in the middle.

Roos had to produce an absolutely terrific save in the final minute as Le Fondre looked to be bending a shot into the top corner, Roos at full stretch to his left to tip the ball behind, preserving a fifth straight clean sheet in the league for the Dons. Top top goalkeeping.

There was still time for some icing on the cake. Two minutes into added time, Aberdeen burst forward through Shinnie and Duk. He picked out Sokler wide of goal and his ball across the six-yard box was met by Boyd to crown his debut with his first Aberdeen goal. What a moment for the 16-year-old.

0 minutes added at end 1st half.
2 minutes added at end 2nd half.
Hibernian Teamsheet
Wollacott, Hanlon, Vente (Campbell 60), Boyle, Newell (Amos 71), Cadden, Myziane, Marcondes (Le Fondre 71), Obita, Moriah-Welsh (Levitt 60), Bushiri Unused Subs: Johnson, Doyle-Hayes, Stevenson, Triantis, Jair,

Bookings:  Newell 13,   Le Fondre 73
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Roos, Devlin, MacKenzie (McGarry 77), Gartenmann, McGrath, Barron, Miovski (Sokler 67), Clarkson (Boyd 83), Polvara (Shinnie 67), MacDonald, Hoilett (Lopes 77).

Unused Subs: Doohan, Jensen, Milne, Rubezic.

Bookings:  Shinnie (84).
Attendance: 16,044
Venue: Easter Road, Edinburgh
Referee: Grant Irvine
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