Hibs jumped back up the table to fourth place with a narrow victory against Aberdeen. It took a rather dodgy penalty for Hibs to get their winner, I have not seen it personnally but all the commentators agreed the ref got it wrong.
Hibs had taken the lead through a Derek Riorden goal slightly against the run of play. A slack back pass from the Aberdeen defender was pounced on by Riorden who calmly finished.
Aberdeen equalised from the penalty spot late in the first half. By all accounts the Aberdeen penalty was soft as well so maybe it all balanced out over the ninety minutes.
Hibs winner came from Derek Riorden again, his shot flew by Steven Fletcher standing way offside before hitting the Aberdeen defender on the arm. A red card and a penalty were awarded allowing Riorden the chance to net his third goal since returning to Hibs.
So a better weekend for the Hibees after last weeks 3-0 mauling from Rangers. Hopes had been high for Hibs going into that match following an away win at Hamilton, Riorden had sealed that victory with a tremendous effort in the first half. It proved to be the only goal of the game.
The SPL is now taking shape, Rangers and Celtic lead the way with only a handfull of points seperating the other ten teams. Maybe in a month or two the smaller squad sized teams will start to struggle and the league with spread out a bit.
Full marks to St Mirren this weekend who beat Rangers 1-0. Always pleased to report on the Biggot Brothers getting beat.