By: Hibernian Media on 12 Feb, 2019 11:15
Jamie Gullan hit a brace in the Hibernian Development Squad’s 2-1 victory away to Aberdeen on Monday afternoon.
Hibernian travelled to Balmoral Stadium, home of Cove Rangers, looking to build on their 3-2 victory over St Johnstone and the team got off to a good start.
Former Hibs goalkeeper Tomas Cerny was alert to make a good save early on as Lewis Allan’s powerful header from Callum Donaldson’s cross trouble the shot-stopper.
The pace of Hibernian’s attacks were troubling Aberdeen and a free-kick was conceded 30-yards from goal which Innes Murray struck, but Cerny once again made a save.
Aberdeen rallied and were able to alleviate the pressure, creating opportunities of their own, but Patrick Martin in the Hibernian goal was not seriously tested.
The opening goal arrived in the 23 minute and it was Gullan who broke the deadlock.
The attacker received the ball on the left side of the box and he let fly with a low effort that flashed beyond Cerny and into the back of the net from 18 yards out.
Play remained even as both sides knocked the ball around the middle of the park and looked to get in behind, but the defences were on top and the goalkeepers not forced into many saves.
Gullan, though, did force home a second goal for Hibs before the half was out.
A quick move saw the ball worked to Fraser Murray and the midfielder’s effort was parried into the box where the waiting Gullan smashed the ball into the back of the net with 39 minutes played.
Chasing the game after the interval, Aberdeen came out of the traps eager to reduce the deficit and haul their way back into the match.
Frank Ross and Dean Campbell both forced the visiting defence into a series of blocks, before Dom Ball drilled wide from distance in the opening ten minutes of the half.
Martin was then sprung into action when Jack Mackenzie hammered an effort at goal which was parried away by the Hibernian goalkeeper, preserving his side’s two-goal advantage.
On 72 minutes Martin again made a smart save as he tipped over a cross that threatened to loop over him and into the back of the net from Lewis Duncan.
Hibernian made their reply and Gullan almost completed his hat-trick twice in the space of a few minutes.
The attacker saw an effort saved by Cerny and moments later he thumped an effort at goal which crashed back into play off the post, with Aberdeen surviving the scare.
Ruari Paton, on as a second half substitute, came close for Hibernian too. His shot from inside the box saved by the experienced goalkeeper Cerny.
In the closing five minutes of the game Aberdeen tried to claw themselves back into the game as Connor Barron smashed an effort from 25 yards off the post.
They did pull a goal back when Chris Antoniazzi ghosted in at the back post and headed home a Seb Ross corner with 88 minutes gone.
Hibernian almost added a third in injury-time when Allan was able to steer the ball beyond Cerny, but Mackenzie made a last ditch clearance to deny the forward a goal.
Aberdeen: Cerny, Virtanen (Duncan, 72), Mackenzie, Campbell, Power, Harrington, Brown (Barron, 85), Ball (Robertson, 61), Dangana (Shanks 85), Ross, McLennan (Antoniazzi, 61). Unused substitutes: Craddock (GK), Mykyta.
Hibernian: Martin, Stirling, Donaldson, Waugh, Sadiki, Mackie, I.Murray (Paton, 75), Block, Allan, Gullan, F.Murray. Unused substitutes: Shanley, Woods, Galantes, O’Connor.
Image: Maurice Dougan.