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PremierLeague-News.Com - The Englishman's magical strike won it for the Scottish Cup finalists at Pittodrie to seal third place for the first time since 2005.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Christian Doidge kept up his hot scoring streak as he bagged the goal that saw Hibs secure third place with a flourish at Pittodrie. The Welsh striker reasserted his worth to Jack Ross with a finish against Dundee United that fired Hibs into the Scottish Cup final and he was at it again with one of his best of the season here, thumping one past Gary Woods as the ball dropped out of the air on the stroke of half-time. Aberdeen had the better of the chances and Lewis Ferguson and Callum Hendry may feel they could have opened the scoring early on but Hibs stopper Matt Macey stood strong. Ryan Hedges was causing some problems with his deliveries from wide areas but the experienced duo of Paul Hanlon and Darren McGregor were alert to everything that came their way in the first half. The best chance of the first 45 fell to Hendry after some excellent work from ex-Hibs frontman Florian Kamberi down the left. Sign up to our Record Sport newsletter Get all the latest Sports news sent straight to your Inbox every day by signing up to our newsletter. We cover every morsel of information regarding your favourite club in the form of articles, videos and podcasts. The newsletter will arrive every day at 12pm, giving you a round up of the best stories we've covered that in the last 24 hours. To sign up, simply enter your email address into the link here. And if you aren't already, make sure you join the conversation over on our Facebook groups and Record Sport Instagram. But the Swiss striker hooked the ball over the bar, much to the dismay of his team-mates who were starting to wonder what they had to do to score. And their worst fears were realised just before half-time when Doidge punished them in some style. It was Hibs' first shot on target of the game but it was a screamer as Doidge flicked the ball beyond Tommie Hoban and caught it flush on the return, thundering an effort into Woods' bottom right hand corner. Aberdeen responded well and Ferguson went close again when he directed Connor McLennan's cross towards goal, but Macey was equal to it and gratefully clutched it down into his chest. Jackson Irvine challenges Jack McKenzie (Image: SNS Group) Stephen Glass' team looked undeterred by the Hibs goal when they emerged for the second half and the lively Hedges had Hibs' hearts in their mouths when he hit the side netting within minutes of the restart. Kamberi soon blasted one over after a sweeping Dons counter and the Dons pressed throughout for an equaliser. But it didn't look as if it was coming as Hibs slammed the door in their face in pursuit of third place and a guaranteed Europa League qualifying spot. Glass rolled the dice for the final ten minutes as Niall McGinn and Fraser Hornby were thrown on to make an impact. But the old issue of impotence in front of goal was prevalent once again as Hibs moved out of sight into third place.
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. But there were no arguments this time as he hammered one of the goals of the season past Gary Woods. The Welshman is enjoying a resurgence at exactly the right time for Hibs and his wonderful finish decided the game that secured the third-place finish his side have been chasing all season. It was his first league goal since March and only his second since the turn of the year but it showed he still has what it takes to make a serious impact when it counts. He's netted in every single one of their cup games so far and his strike here put him on 13 for the campaign as a whole. And on this sort of form you wouldn't bet on another couple coming his way. Aberdeen's Glass ceiling
Kamberi was poor in front of goal
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On two thirds of the pitch it was a strong performance from Aberdeen but one or two of the problems that haunted them under McInnes continue to rear their head. The most prominent one being a lack of a killer touch in front of goal. Their build-up play at times was excellent and Callum Hendry in particular impressed as he rode challenges and held the ball up. But if we learned anything from the abject finishing and wasteful possession of Florian Kamberi, it's that the mental glass ceiling that prevents them from putting games to bed is still lingering around somewhere in the subconscious. Fourth-place is as good as it gets for them this season and if Stephen Glass wants to improve on that then he will have to get his players firing in front of goal. It's maybe just as well he has Alan Russell at his side - a man who knows a thing or two about instilling confidence in strikers. Icing on the cake
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Third place is no less than Hibs deserve for their efforts so far this season and it will come as a relief to finally see off the Dons and make sure of their status as best of the rest. Jack Ross' team have met everything expected of them and then some over their 37 league games and they can now go into next weekend's clash with Celtic with the pressure off. It will all be about final preparations and keeping the momentum building ahead of their Hampden showpiece with St Johnstone on May 22. But they can now go into it knowing that whatever happens, their place in next season's Europa League qualifiers is secured thanks to their formidable league showing. 18 wins from 37 has shown a level of consistency we haven't seen from Hibs in a while and it bodes well for the future whatever happens at Hampden. But Christian Doidge's wonder-strike against the Dons put them one step closer to a true fairytale season.
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