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Hibs in Quarter Final Thanks to Deegan Wonder Goal

deegan A second half wonder goal from Gary Deegan gave Hibs a 1-0 victory over Aberdeen at Easter Road today, but once again, Pat Fenlon’s men had keeper Ben Williams to thank for reaching the William Hill’s Scottish Cup quarter final. Continue reading

Hibs slip to fourth after losing to Aberdeen

Hibs six match unbeaten run in the SPL ended today when Pat Fenlon’s men went down 2-1 to Aberdeen in a hard fought encounter at Pittodrie.

With the early kick off, Hibs went into the game knowing that a win would see them gain top spot in the SPL for the first time in over five years.

As expected Leigh Griffiths returned to the side in place of Ross Caldwell. Hibs started brightly and won an early corner before Aberdeen scored with their first attack. A long diagonal ball from Considine was won by Vernon who appeared to foul Paul Hanlon in the process, and the strikers shot was well saved by Ben Williams, but former Celtic winger Niall McGinn was first to react and slotted home the rebound.

Hibs had a chance to equalise when Paul Cairney set up Griffiths inside the box, but the on-loan star’s shot was well saved by Jamie Langfield.

Alan Maybury was lucky to remain on the pitch after mistiming a tackle on Fraser on the edge of the box and the Hibs faithful held their breath as the referee produced a yellow card.

The Dons had a penalty claim turned down when the ball struck James McPake on the arm, from a Vernon header but the referee waved away the Dons’ players protests.

The Easter Road men equalised against the run of play after 32 minutes with a stunning volley from Eoin Doyle which caught Langfield unaware, to the delight of the travelling supporters.

Just before the break, long range Griffiths’ free kick had Langfield scrambling across his goal, but he managed to grab the ball at the second attempt to prevent Doyle giving Hibs the lead.

Ryan McGivern replaced Maybury at half time, as both sides looked for a winner. David Wotherspoon and Paul Cairney both squandered chances for Hibs before the Aberdeen restored their advantage on 71 minutes.

Substitute Magennis found space inside the penalty box and the Northern Ireland international’s low cross was poked in by Rae from four yards.

With minutes remaining, Hibs came close to stealing a point when substitute Shefki Kuqi’s flicked the ball past Langfield, but the big striker’s effort was cleared off the line by Reynolds and the Dons survived to secure all three points.

Aberdeen:  Langfield, Jack, Anderson,  Considine, Reynolds,  Rae, McGinn,  Osbourne, Hughes,  Fraser, Vernon, Subs:  Brown,  Robertson,  Clark, Milsom, Megginson, Magennis,  Smith

Hibs: Williams, Clancy, McPake, Hanlon, Maybury, Cairney, Claros, Deegan, Wotherspoon, Doyle, Griffiths. Subs: Antell, Caldwell, O’Hanlon, Stanton, Sproule, Kuqi, Handling.

Attendance 8282

Photograph by http://www.jcmackintosh.co.uk

Hibs Almost Safe After Pittodrie Win

Forgotten man Sean O’Hanlon was the unlikely hero as Hibs took a major step forward in their battle to avoid the drop, with a hard fought win at Pittodrie. The 2-1 victory, coupled with Dunfermline’s no score draw at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium means that Pat Fenlon’s men need just one point from their remaining two games to ensure SPL football next season at Easter Road.

Despite defeats to Kilmarnock and St Mirren since the break, former Bohs boss Fenlon has insisted that the players had been playing well and he had every confidence that their efforts would pay dividends.

Craig Brown’s team were still smarting from their heavy loss to Dunfermline and were determined to gain revenge for the semi-final defeat at Hampden last month, before a disappointing crowd of just over 5,000.

Fenlon brought in O’Hanlon to replace the injured James McPake whilst Jorge Claros replaced the suspended Lewis Stevenson. Top scorer Garry O’Connor returned to the team after missing the St Mirren game due to an illness, and replaced former Sligo Rovers striker Eoin Doyle who returned to the bench. Craig Brown made three changes to the team which lost 3-0 to Dunfermline on Saturday.

Hibs started brightly and took the lead after only seven minutes when a Leigh Griffiths cross was turned into his own net by Mark Reynolds, much to the delight of the travelling support.

The Easter Road men doubled their lead ten minutes later. Isaiah Osbourne robbed Fraser Fyvie in midfield, but his long range shot was deflected by Andrew Considine. Griffiths took the corner and O’Hanlon, who has barely featured in the first team since the departure of Colin Calderwood, headed the ball past Jamie Langfield at the near post for his second goal of the season.

Griffiths went close with a free kick as Hibs dominated the first half with 60% possession and the Dons left the field at half time to a chorus of boos from the home support.

The home side took the criticism to heart and pulled a goal back shortly after the break when Scott Vernon volleyed home from close range.

As the nerves began to show, Aberdeen took control of the game and Mark Brown did well to tip a fierce shot from Arnason over the bar. Hibs tried to hit on the break and Roy O’Donovan set up David Wotherspoon inside the box, but the youngster hit his shot over the bar.

With seconds to go, Magennis headed an injury-time corner over the bar, and the visitors held out to take the points.

After the game, Fenlon claimed that the victory was more important than the cup game. He said:” “If it means we stay up then it’ll be a much bigger win. I thought we played better tonight than we did in the semi-final to be honest.”

“It’s not done yet, the important thing is that we don’t get carried away. Dunfermline are going to come and throw everything at us, it’s a big game now for them as well.”

“At the end of the game we were under pressure but we should have been out of sight at that stage, we missed a fair few chances tonight. When it gets to this stage of the season it is a little bit edgy.”

The Hibs boss was also praised the efforts of Garry O’Connor who played despite not being 100% fit.

“He did well to last as long as he did as he’s been fairly ill for the past three or four days, so he’s only had one training session under his belt in about six days.”

Aberdeen: Langfield, Reynolds, Considine, Jack, Anderson, Hughes, Arnason, Fyvie, Rae Masson Vernon, Magennis  Subs. Brown, McArdle, Clarke, Fraser, Fallon, Mackie Megginson

Hibs: Stack, McPake, Kujabi, Hanlon, Doherty, Soares, Francombe, Claros, Osbourne, Griffiths, O’Connor, Subs Grant, Doyle, Sproule, Murray, O’Donovan, Wotherspoon Stephens

Attendance  5,281