Hibs defeat second-placed Dons to boost European hopes

From BBC - February 17, 2018

Hibernian boosted their European qualification hopes after a dominant second-half against Aberdeen at a packed Easter Road.

Visiting goalkeeper Freddie Woodman denied Jamie Maclaren from point-blank range, but seconds later Martin Boyle headed in at the back post.

Florian Kamberi drilled in a second when he turned well in the box.

Maclaren twice, Darren McGregor and Scott Allan all went close to a third goal for an impressive Hibs side.

Both sides needed no reminder of the incentives dangling for the winners of this one. Hibs had the chance to move within two points of third-placed Rangers before their game with Hamilton, and the visitors had Celtic in their sights, only eight points above them at the top of the table.

With both teams in fine form, it had all the ingredients of a cracker in the cold capital sunshine.

It was a ferocious start as both sets of players battled breathlessly for domination of a packed midfield area. Hibs looked a little sharper and early chances came from John McGinn and Maclaren, but neither really looked like troubling Woodman in the Aberdeen goal.

The Dons started to find pockets of space but Kenny McLean had a theatrical dive from Ofir Marciano to thank for making his long range effort seem more dangerous than it actually was.


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