Hibs travelled to Aberdeen to play a league game that meant more to 3rd placed Aberdeen than to middle table Hibs. With no hope of anything higher than fifth place to chase for Hibs, the Scottish Cup is what we are pinning our hopes on.
With the semi final replay scheduled for Tuesday night Hibs took the chance to try a few youngsters in the top team. There were seven players 21 or younger in the starting eleven and any thoughts Aberdeen had of having an easy game were blasted away in a high tempo opening period.
Hibs scored first through Gray, this was his first top team goal to add to his 28 in the reserves. Aberdeen quickly equalised through Anderson before Shiels restored Hibs lead with a well taken goal on the stroke of halftime.
The second half was only a couple of minutes old when Hibs Lynch was sent off for an over the top challange. A straight red card was shown where a yellow would have been enough. After that it was mainly Aberdeen with Hibs goal leading a charmed life. When the equaliser finally came it was through a glorious 30 yard strike from Foster.
Hibs were reduced to nine men with a couple of minutes to go when MacCaffery picked up a second yellow card.
A great learning experience for the next clutch of Hibs stars we hope to see coming through for next season.