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Aberdeen 0 - 1 Hibernian

HT Score: Aberdeen 0 - 0 Hibernian

Hibernian scorers: Brebner 70

27/10/2002 | KO: 15:00

Dons scorn chances

There was to be no late show against Hibs this time round as the Dons suffered their fourth home defeat of the season. It was Hibs that moved into fourth spot as the Dons slip into the bottom half of the table. Aberdeen had their chances to kill the game early on, but they were all scorned and the visitors took advantage with a Brebner goal in the 70th minute. The Dons now face a tough November and need to continue their good away form to get back on track.

Both sides settled quickly and the Dons were first to show with Bisconti hitting a sweet shot in the 3rd minute which was blocked by one of his own forwards in the crowded area. Seconds later an awkward bounce prevented Derek Young from latching on to a Fabiano lob. Aberdeen should have taken the lead in the 7th minute when Mackie collected a sixty-yard pass from McAllister. He cut in to the middle only for his effort to come off the post. He was first to the rebound, but pulled that shot wide of the target.

The Dons certainly had the upper hand at this stage, but Hibs showed they were a danger when Zambernardi hit a powerful free kick in the 11th minute, which Kjaer saved easily. An error by Rutkiewicz a minute later handed the visitors their first corner, but once more Kjaer was first to the ball with a decisive punch. Derek Young went close again in the 14th minute when he drilled the ball wide of the target after good build up play from Mackie.

The Red Army held their collective breath in the 17th minute when a Wiss free kick took a wicked deflection and scraped Kjaer's far post. The same player swung in the corner and once again the keeper had to look lively to tip the ball over the bar. At the other end Fabiano went close when he tried his luck from the edge of the box. The Frenchman should have been on the score sheet in the 22nd minute when he and Mackie chased a through ball. Unfortunately Fabiano scooped the ball over the bar from six yards out when it looked easier to score. A minute later McGuire was forced into a saving tackle after Darren Young was short with a pass.

A period of sustained Dons pressure produced a free kick on the right hand side of the penalty area. After an abortive first attempt, the referee asked for a retake and a well-rehearsed move ended with a disappointing finish from McAllister. Aberdeen were once again dominating, but a series of erratic decisions from the officials were proving frustrating. Indeed the South Stand assistant must have had a sore arm by the end of the half. Hibs continued to threaten in the air, but the defence were doing a fine job keeping Paatelainen and O'Connor quiet although Kjaer was at full stretch in the 41st minute to keep a Paatelainen header out.

The first opening of the second half fell to Derek Young in the 51st minute. He latched on to a deflected cross from Mackie, but had his powerful shot blocked. McAllister's name found its way into Mr. Richmond's book two minutes later for a challenge on Orman. The resultant free kick was headed on to the roof of the Dons net as both sides set out their stall to go for all three points. Derek Young should have given the Dons the lead in the 57th minute following good work from Fabiano. Darren Mackie directed his cross into the path of Young and Derek beat his man well, but failed to beat Colgan.

The Main Stand linesman then took over from his colleague on the other side of the pitch with a series of baffling offside decisions which frustrated the home support. Fabiano was booked in the 69th minute and a minute later Michie replaced Derek Young. Within seconds Hibernian took the lead, but it wasn't from the expected high ball. Instead the Dons' back four failed to clear their lines and Grant Brebner nipped in to score. Not for the first time this season the Dons were going to have to battle from behind with only 20 minutes left on the clock.

Billio was pitched in to the battle replacing Roberto Bisconti. Aberdeen had an excellent chance to level in the 80th minute when Michie released Rutkiewicz on the right. His cross fell slightly behind Darren Young and the captain was unable to get any power on his shot allowing Colgan an easy stop. Aberdeen were going all out for the equaliser and Rutkiewicz headed narrowly wide in the 87th minute as the clock ticked away. The same player had another chance two minutes later, but shot wide from 12 yards. The Dons agony was completed when McGuire was booked in the 90th minute for a rather tame looking tackle.

Aberdeen Teamsheet
Kjaer, Rutkiewicz, Anderson, McGuire, McAllister, Young, Bisconti (Billio 76), Deloumeaux, Young (Michie 70), Mackie, Fabiano.

Unused Subs: Preece, Tiernan, Clark.

Bookings:  McAllister (53),  Fabiano (69),  McGuire (90).
Hibernian Teamsheet
Colgan, Zambernardi, Murray, Fenwick, Townsley (Smith 75), Brebner (McManus 84), Paatelainen (Luna 90), James, Orman, Wiss, O'Connor. Unused Subs: Caig, Nicoli

Bookings:  Wiss 29,   Fenwick 64
Attendance: 12,321
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Referee: Charlie Richmond, Auchinleck