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Clinical Hibs side put four past Dons to extend advantage

Hibernian 4

Shaw 22' 70', Gullan 57' 83'

Aberdeen 1

Wright 12'
  • Tuesday, 21 February 2017
  • Oriam Centre
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

Gregor Kerr | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Tuesday afternoon saw the Development League leaders bounce back from their SFA Youth Cup loss on Friday to extend their advantage at the top of the table, putting four goals past an Aberdeen side who sit in mid-table. A brace each from Oli Shaw and Jamie Gullan cancelled out Frank Ross’ opener for the visitors.

The game started at a frantic pace, with both sides zipping the ball around at a quick tempo in the opening stages. The first effort on goal came from Adam Watson just two minutes in, although his low strike from outside the box lacked conviction and rolled into Robbie Mutch’s hands.

Watson then tried his luck again five minutes later after Jamie Gullan slid him in, and this time he brought more out of Robbie Mutch, who parried the shot away for a corner.

Despite the Hibees enterprising start, it was the Dons who got their name on the scoresheet first in the 12th minute. When Jack Ross picked up the ball on the edge of the box it appeared nothing was on, but he thought differently, as he drove past the Hibs rear-guard, steadied himself and rifled a shot high beyond Scott Gallacher in goal – a fine example of creating something out of nothing.

Hibs nearly replied instantly through Kevin Waugh in the 15th minute, although his near post header was held by Mutch without any problem.

Gullan then came close for the hosts twice in quick succession, who were certainly knocking on the door at this stage. The first of his chances came in the 18th minute Watson crossed for him at the back post, although he struggled to connect properly with the resulting volley. He also had a firm effort on Aberdeen’s goal two minutes later, but the shot was too central and Mutch was able to guide the shot away from goal.

Hibernian’s pressure paid off on 22 minutes, and it required a bit of class from Oli Shaw to open his side’s account. After Watson slid him in on the right-hand side, he took a magnificent touch to take the ball away from the Dons defender, before calmly slotting the ball beyond Mutch’s grasp into the far corner. A deserved equaliser for the Hibees.

Watson then should have got his own name on the scoresheet two minutes later, although he fluffed his lines after a fast-sweeping counter-attack lead to Sean Mackie drilling the ball across goal, but the finish wasn’t there to match.

Aberdeen, who were struggling to create many opportunities, nearly scored in the 26th minute through Scott Wright. After a mix-up between the Hibs defence, he chipped an effort over Gallacher, and was desperately unlucky to see the ball clip the crossbar and leave the sides level going into the break.

  • Half Time:
  • Hibernian
  • 1-1
  • Aberdeen

The second-half didn’t quite start with the same intensity of the first, and chances were few and far between, with the first sight of goal coming in the 55th minute for Aberdeen. Wright looked to have rounded Gallacher and his goal was surely a formality, but Kane O’Connor was alert and denied him right on the goal-line. From the resulting corner, Gallacher then had to produce a stunning save when Joe McPherson’s looping header looked destined for the far corner.

Just two minutes after that promising spell for Aberdeen, the Hibees took the lead courtesy of Jamie Gullan. After being sent through by Innes Murray’s pinpoint pass, the striker drilled a low shot beyond Robbie Mutch to put his side in front.

Sean Mackie had looked lively on the left for Hibs throughout the game, constantly pushing forward to join the attack. On the hour mark he had a good run beyond the Dons defence, cutting inside and having a crack at goal, although the strike went high and wide.

Hibs added a third with 20 minutes remaining, and it was without doubt the pick of the bunch. Once Shaw chested down a high ball, he played it out wide to Gallantes, who spread the ball to Mackie on the left wing. Shaw was then on-hand to convert Mackie’s driven cross to the far post; the perfect passing move from Hibs and a well deserved two goal cushion.

Shaw could have completed his hat-trick two minutes later, when he switched passes with Gallentes and hit a low effort, but an Aberdeen boot was able to block it.

Aberdeen could have got back into the game with ten minutes remaining, as Connor McLennan slid in a low cross into the path of David Dangana, but Sean Mackie read the danger in time and managed to get across his man and get a touch on the ball, diverting it away from goal.

Hibs added the icing on the cake in the 83rd minute, as Gullan added his second goal of the game. After Oli Shaw slipped him in with a well-timed through ball on the right-hand side, Gullan cut inside and dispatched a shot beyond Mutch and into the far corner. It was the perfect ending to the perfect day for Hibs, who move four points clear at the top of the Development League. 

  • Full Time:
  • Hibernian
  • 4-1
  • Aberdeen

Lineups

Hibernian
Aberdeen
1. Scott Gallacher
2. Callum Donaldson
3. Sean Mackie
4. Kane O'Connor
5. Kevin Waugh
6. Jack Breen
7. Adam Watson
8. Innes Murray
9. Oli Shaw
10. Fraser Murray
11. Jamie Gullan
12. Ali Smith
14. Yrik Gallantes
15. Callum Hall
16. Ryan Shanley
31. Patrick Martin
1. Robbie Mutch
2. Sam Robertson
3. Toby Wells
4. Dylan Thomas
5. Joe McPherson
6. Sam Roscoe
7. Scott Wright
8. Chris Antonazzi
9. Connor McLennan
10. Frank Ross
11. Aaron Norris
12. David Dangana
14. Harlaine Mbayo
15. Jevan Anderson
16. Dean Campbell
17. Ethan Ross
20. David Craddock
Star Player
Hibernian
Aberdeen
Oli Shaw had a very prodcctive game for Hibs, scoring twice and setting up the fourth goal. His hold-up play was also outstanding at times.
Scott Wright opened the scoring for his side and looked their biggest threat all game.
Magic Moment
Hibernian
Aberdeen
Hibs third goal involving Shaw, Gallantes and Mackie was a wonderful passing move which was well rewarded.
Aberdeen's opener was the result of a superb run and finish from Wright.
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