Dons deny Hibernian late on
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Aberdeen and Hibernian drew 2-2 to take their Scottish Cup tie to a replay.
Barry Nicholson's late strike kept Aberdeen's Scottish Cup campaign alive as they managed to fight back to claim a 2-2 draw with Hibernian.
The two SPL sides now face a replay to determine who will face Gretna in the fourth round thanks to Nicholson's late intervention.
Hibernian had taken a first-half lead through Ivan Sproule before Craig Brewster came off the bench to score his first goal for The Dons, and after Chris Killen had put the visitors ahead once more, Nicholson popped up to take the tie to a replay.
John Collins' side had a glorious opportunity to open the scoring when Killen missed from six yards after Dean Shiels' cut-back, and only a string of fine saves from Andrew McNeil prevented them from paying for the mistake.
The young shot stopper pulled off a tremendous double stop on 25 minutes, first sticking out a foot to deny Darren Mackie before dusting himself off to produce a diving effort to deny Nicholson from outside the box.
However opposite number Jamie Langfield was not enjoying a similarly productive evening and was at fault for the opening goal three minutes before the break.
The Aberdeen keeper let Steven Whittaker's shot from the edge of the box slip out of his grasp and Northern Ireland international Sproule (pictured) was on hand to tap home from close range.
A goal down at the break, Dons boss Jimmy Calderwood opted to introduce Brewster and the 40-year-old did not disappoint on only his second appearance since joining from Dundee United.
On 58 minutes the striker produced a thumping header from Mackie's cross to leave McNeil with no chance as he sent the Pittodrie crowd into raptures.
However Killen restored Hibernian's lead with a well-taken goal on 72 minutes as he chested down a flighted pass from Michael Stewart and volleyed a fine shot past Langfield.
Killen's killer touch looked to have given Hibs the win, but with a minute to go Nicholson collected Brewster's header down and buried his shot in the back of the net via the boot of visiting defender Rob Jones.
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Aberdeen 2-2 Hibernian