2009 Scottish Youth Cup winners Hibernian will be in the hat for the fourth round of this year’s competition after edging past Aberdeen 4-2 on penalties at Pittodrie. Lawrence Shankland opened the scoring for the hosts on 38 minutes but that was cancelled out by Lewis Allan’s strike in the second half of normal time. 120 minutes couldn’t separate the two sides but penalties did, with Neil Martyniuk converting the decisive spot kick.
That result means new Hibernian manager Joe McBride is still unbeaten after five games in charge of the Edinburgh outfit. Before Sunday’s game, McBride had enjoyed wins against Rangers and Kilmarnock respectively, as well as draws with St Johnstone and St Mirren. But he admits it is the players that deserve the credit.
“I’m enjoying the role but the boys have been terrific, they really have been great.
“The four games previous to this one we’ve been playing some lovely football and the players have done things, something in every game which has pleased me.
“We have scored some great goals and played really nice football. And last week we came back from two goals down to draw at St Mirren which showed fantastic character.”
The two teams had faced each other in the Development League earlier this season in August and Aberdeen ran out comfortable 4-0 winners on the day. Aberdeen also sit 12 points ahead of Hibernian in this season’s league table which would have made The Dons pre-match favourites to progress.
But it was Hibernian who created the first meaningful chance of the game after six minutes. A cross from the left wasn’t death with by Kieran Gibbons and Taylor Hendry’s shot from point blank range was brilliantly saved by Aberdeen goalkeeper Bryce Billington.
From that moment on Aberdeen bossed the first half proceedings and they should have opened the scoring after 25 minutes. A great pass by Craig Storie allowed Cammy Smith to cross for Lawrence Shankland but he was thwarted by a last ditch block from Hibernian defender Aaron Dunsmore.
Aberdeen then threatened again 10 minutes later. Smith dispossessed the last defender and ran through on goal but his chipped shot fell straight into the arms of goalkeeper Kleton Perntreou.
The Reds eventually did take a deserved lead on 38 minutes. Great play by Michael Rose on the right wing saw his cross find Shankland in the middle of the penalty area and his shot from six yards eventually crossed the goal line via both posts. There was a nervous few seconds wait before the linesman flagged to signal the ball had crossed the line.
Aberdeen had spent the majority of the first period in the ascendancy and would have been disappointed to only be one goal to the good at the interval.