Dons second after Hibs victory

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Niall McGinn, left, scored deep into the second half for Aberdeen
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Niall McGinn, left, scored deep into the second half for Aberdeen

Aberdeen moved into second place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League thanks to a 1-0 away victory over Hibernian.

Niall McGinn struck 14 minutes from time to give the visitors the spoils as they moved level on points with Hibs, with both clubs just a solitary point behind leaders Celtic.

The home side were the better team throughout, with Craig Brown making a half-time tactical shuffle to try and shift the attacking flow in Aberdeen's favour.

Leigh Griffiths displayed his usual energy and determination but Aberdeen's back three were clearly under instructions to limit the striker's space in the final third.

The attention toward Hibernian's attacking focal point did grant Eoin Doyle extra room in which to manoeuvre and the Irishman almost opened the scoring on 31 minutes. Latching onto a through ball in the centre Doyle struck a sweet early shot across Jamie Langfield but the keeper pulled off an excellent save to finger-tip the effort round the post.

After 38 minutes Griffiths forced Langfield into parrying away a curling effort from the right corner of the box before skipping past Scott Vernon and driving a lot shot straight at the keeper from a similar angle three minutes later.

At half-time Brown withdrew Cameron Smith and replaced him with Rory Fallon. The substitution initiated a switch of system with the 3-4-3 dropped for a very attack orientated 4-4-2.

A close range overhead kick from Griffiths was palmed away by Langfield for a corner before the keeper got down low to push away a low drive from the edge of the penalty area.

The match winner arrived as Johnny Hayes' cross from the left took a little touch off Alan Maybury trying to clear. The deflection was enough to take the ball away from the waiting Fallon but dropped into the path of McGinn.

The attacker took a couple of excellent short touches to move himself into a one-on-one situation with Ben Williams before coolly rolling the ball past the Hibs goalkeeper.

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