Match Reports

Aberdeen 0-1 Hearts

12th May 2016

Jambos finish away campaign with win at Pittodrie.


Hearts beat Aberdeen 1-0 at Pittodrie in their final away game of the season.

Abiola Dauda’s second-half close range strike was enough to seal the points after a terrific defensive showing.

Robbie Neilson made three changes from the side that drew against Ross County last weekend. Dario Zanatta came in for Sam Nicholson, Arnaud Djoum replaced Don Cowie and Juanma slotted in ahead of Gavin Reilly.

Aberdeen started the brighter of the two sides, maintaining the bulk of the possession. They almost made it count in the 13th minute when Niall McGinn weaved his way down the right-hand side of the box before cutting inside and sending over an inviting ball, but there were no red shirts at the other end.

The home side were presented with a set piece opportunity on the edge of the D after a Juwon Oshaniwa foul on Jonny Hayes, but McGinn curled a good couple of yards over the bar.

A dangerous break down the right by Callum Paterson saw the Scotland call-up play a one-two with Juanma before sending over a cross that was cleared only as far as Prince Buaben 20-yards out, and his curling left-foot effort was tipped around the post by Aberdeen ‘keeper Adam Collin.

Shay Logan pounced on a loose ball in the 38th minute to cut inside and try his luck from distance, but Jack Hamilton got down quickly to make a comfortable save.

Hearts started the second half on the front foot but it was the Dons with the first opportunity. McGinn’s looping cross found Hayes at the edge of the box but he dragged his low shot well wide.

The Jambos went straight up the park and created a chance of their own. Paterson’s through ball found Abiola Dauda deep inside the box, but under some intense pressure from a red shirt he blasted wildly over the bar.

McGinn was next to try his luck after Hayes found the Northern Irishman out on the right. He cut inside and curled a decent effort from outside the box, but he couldn’t find the target with the ball flying yards wide of Hamilton’s left-hand post.

Just after the hour mark the deadlock was broken, and it was courtesy of the Jambos. Paterson’s rampaging run was stopped illegally by Ryan Jack, giving Alim Ozturk the chance with a set piece around 30-yards out. He hit a thunderbolt free-kick which was well blocked by Collin but Dauda followed up to slam home and give the Gorgie boys the lead.

Djoum and Prince Buaben combined well on the right hand side to find Paterson, who burst forward and drilled low from 25-yards, clearing Collin’s left-hand post.

The Dons went close near the end when Shay Logan rose to nod goalwards from a corner, but Hamilton made a smart block at his near post.

A fantastic win for the European-bound Jambos, who make it three wins from five against the second-placed Dons.

Aberdeen: Collin, Logan, Shinnie, Considine, Taylor, McLean, Flood (Nuttall, 80'), McGinn, Hayes, Jack, McKenna (Smith, 69'). Subs: Lennox, Reynolds, Robson, Storie, Wright.

Hearts: Hamilton, Paterson, Ozturk, Souttar, Oshaniwa, Zanatta (Nicholson, 67'), Kitchen, Djoum, Buaben, Juanma (McGhee, 90'), Dauda (Reilly, 78'). Subs: Alexander, L. Smith, Pallardo, Moore.

Referee: Andrew Dallas

Top man: John Souttar