Scottish round-up: Nine-man Aberdeen earn point against Hibernian, Motherwell win again

Aberdeen vs Hibernian
Scots Prem
3:00pm Saturday 5th October

Pittodrie
(Att: 13880)

Sam Cosgrove helped nine-man Aberdeen earn a late draw from Hibernian.
The Dons fell behind at the 48th minute when Ryan Porteous stabbed home when Curtis Main was sent off minutes, and things got worse for the hosts later.
Aberdeen kept battling, however, and Cosgrove headed home to make a share of the spoils with four minutes left until Lewis Ferguson was shown a red card in added time.
Sky Sports Luke Shanley…
Both supervisors will probably be frustrated after this one for different reasons. Paul Heckingbottoms Hibernian were in a position, a guy up and a goal up but poor finishing has cost both things.
Christian Doidge is your guilty party missing four one-on-ones with Aberdeen goalkeeper and captain Joe Lewis, who did his occupation on every occasion.
Doidge joined with large expectations given Hibernian paid a reasonable transfer fee for his services with their criteria, however, the former Welsh basketball international failed to provide yet again.
He also missed three good chances in the opening league game of the year against St Mirren. This outcome will not have helped his confidence or the fans patience because Hibernian year wait for a triumph in the Granite city continues.
Derek McInnes delegated media duties to his assistant Tony Docherty, who stated the teams personality and belief were right down to the manager. Aberdeen seemed to play better with 10 guys and they had to demonstrate their battling qualities after last weeks 5-0 thumping.
McInnes and Docherty felt Curtis Main nor Lewis Ferguson merited red cards due to their challenges on Stevie Mallan however that sense of injustice worked for the group since they pulled together to salvage some point.
Another Aberdeen boost was that the earlier than anticipated return of defender Scott McKenna from harm. His presence will no doubt aid as Aberdeen seem to regroup and recover over the global break.
Motherwell proceeded to within three points of Ladbrokes Premiership leaders Celtic using a 2-0 win over St Mirren at Fir Park.
Before taking the lead the Well, that are in third place were forced to wait patiently till the 39th minute.
James Scott was the man to grab the target, with all the Scotland U21 forward scoring a sublime curling shot.
Chris Long added gloss to the scoreline in the 86th minute to depart St Mirren.
After being held to a 2-2 draw at Ross County, st Johnstone stay bottom of this table, and with no win.
Joe Chalmers started the scoring for County at the 10th minute after reversing Ross Stewarts cross.
St Johnstone equalised after 34 minutes when Stevie May, who slotted home was discovered by a lovely ball behind.
When Matty Kennedy fired at a strike the Saints then took the lead six minutes.
Ross County rallied, however, and drew level through Blair Spittal in the 68th minute to continue being fifth.
Elsewhere, the only goal was scored by Chris Burke as Kilmarnock picked up a win against Hearts at Tynecastle.

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