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Hibernian 3 - 4 Aberdeen

HT Score: Hibernian 2 - 2 Aberdeen

Hibernian scorers: Luna 17, Townsley 36, Luna 67
Aberdeen scorers: Dadi 16, Winters 27, Guntveit 47, Mackie 88.

23/01/2002 | KO: 19:45

Capital Goal Rush

This match had everything, but most importantly it earned the Dons a much needed three points.The Dons had taken the lead three times in the match only to be clawed back each time by their hosts. Just when it looked like Hibs had the upper hand, Hugh Dallas awarded the Dons a late penalty. Darren Young, who was captain for the night, stepped up to take the kick. Colgan dived low to his right and blocked it. Darren Mackie followed up to fire home and give the Dons all three points, but more importantly, halt the 4 match losing streak.

The Dons kicked off and looked lively in the opening minutes with McNaughton delivering a couple of telling crosses. Hibs forced the first corner in 4 minutes, but a Luna handball brought that particular threat to a conclusion. This was followed by a couple of long range efforts by the home side, which didn?t threaten Kjaer?s goal. There was an almighty scramble in the Aberdeen goal in the 8th minute when a De La Cruz cross caused panic. Luna looked certain to score before McGuire and Bisconti combined for a last gasp goal line clearance. A minute later Townsley shot wide as the home side started to take control.

Aberdeen stepped up the pace and good work between the Young brothers produced the Dons first corner in the 13th minute. The game sprang in to life in the 16th minute when Aberdeen took the lead with a brilliant Dadi strike from the edge of the box. A deep ball found Winters on the left and Dadi collected his cross. The striker took one step to the side then drilled the ball low into the corner of the net. The joy was short lived however as Hibs levelled less than a minute later when hesitancy in the Dons defence allowed Luna to drive home the equaliser.

The Dons regained the lead in the 27th minute when Guntveit delivered a long diagonal cross, which found both Dadi and Winters ghosting in at the far post. Winters reached the ball first and coolly slotted it into the net. The Dons almost conceded immediately once more, but Hurtado fired over from the edge of the box. A minute later Townsley hit a free kick a foot wide of Kjaer?s left-hand post. Guntveit headed wide of the target in the 35th minute from a McAllister cross, but a minute later Hibs drew level for a second time. With the Aberdeen defence lamely appealing for offside, De La Cruz hit the byeline and cut the ball back for Townsley to drive home his first goal for Hibs.

Hibs went close again in the 40th minute when they broke on the left and McGuire had to look sharp to clear the danger. A minute later, Townsley should have done better, but drove his effort wide of the target. It was then back up the other end where Guntveit had a great shooting opportunity, but chose instead to lay the ball off. In the closing minutes of the half Luna, Jack and De La Cruz all had opportunities to score. In the final minute Luna headed wide from a De La Cruz cross to conclude an exciting 45 minutes of football.

The second half started as the first half had ended. In the opening seconds Guntveit was challenging Colgan then Hibs broke up field and a Solberg clearance rebounded off a Hibs striker and safely into Kjaer?s hands. The Dons took the lead again in the 47th minute and what a goal it was. Winters broke on the left and Derek Young dummied his cross before Cato Guntveit fired in his first goal of the season. The home side had a chance to level in the 49th minute when a Luna cut back was blasted over the bar. The 54th minute saw one of McNaughton?s trademark mazy runs, which took him to the Hibs byeline. Unfortunately his cut back missed both Winters and Dadi.

Hibs should have levelled in the 55th minute when Hurtado latched on to a defence splitting pass from De La Cruz. Fortunately for the Dons the Ecuadorian fired over the bar with only Kjaer to beat. The game threatened to erupt after a spate of yellow cards were waved by Hugh Dallas. Brebner was lucky to stay on the park when he appeared to commit two offences. He settled for yellow along with McAllister and Jack with Derek Young following them into the book minutes later. Hibs started to take control of the match again and they drew level for a third time when a looping header by Luna beat Kjaer and a Dons defender on the goal line.

The game was being played at a tremendous pace with play raging from end to end. The Dons had a great chance in the 76th minute when Mackie, who had earlier replaced Winters, sent McNaughton wide on the right. Bisconti was clear in the middle, but the attempted cross was blocked for a corner. Hibs then took control and put the Dons under immense pressure in the closing stages with the Dons goal suffering a few close shaves, but it was the Dons that had the last laugh when they were awarded a penalty in the 88th minute. Derek Young was held back in the box and Hugh Dallas pointed to the spot. The drama continued however when Darren Young took the captain's responsibility and watched in anguish as his kick was saved low to the left. Darren Mackie was quickest to react and smashed the rebound home to give the Dons a welcome but rare three points on their travels.

Hibernian Teamsheet
Colgan, De La Cruz, Laursen, Fenwick, Smith, Townsley (Wiss 61), Jack, Murray, Brebner, Luna, Hurtado (Riordan 65) Unused Subs: Caig, Arpinon, O'Connor

Bookings:  Brebner 56,   Jack 58,   Fenwick 73
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Kjaer, McNaughton, McAllister, Solberg, McGuire, Bisconti, Young, Guntveit, Dadi, Winters (Mackie 63), Young (O'Donoghue 90).

Unused Subs: Esson, Thornley, Rutkiewicz.

Bookings:  McAllister (56),  Young (60).
Attendance: 10,555
Venue: Easter Road, Edinburgh
Referee: Hugh Dallas, Motherwell
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