ABERDEEN’S crashed out of the League Cup in a disastrous night at Easter Road as an eight game winning streak came to a grinding halt.
The Reds sensational form that had taken them to the top of the Premiership deserted them as they lost the third round tie 2-0 to Championship side Hibs.
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It was a horror night for the Dons and the 2,697 strong travelling Red Army as Graeme Shinnie and Willo Flood were both taken off injured in the first half.
Jason Cummings grabbed the winner for the Edinburgh side with a stunning strike in the 82nd minute.
Hibs rubbed salt in the wounds when they burst up field on the counter attack and netted through Dominique Malonga moments later.
Dons boss Derek McInnes made two changes to the starting 11 that defeated Hearts 3-1 in Edinburgh just four days before.
Peter Pawlett and Paul Quinn both dropped to the bench with Willo Flood and Adam Rooney both returning.
Leading scorer Rooney had netted five goals in his last four starts.
Winger Jonny Hayes was out, serving out the final game of a two match suspension.
Aberdeen suffered an early injury blow when Willo Flood crumpled to the turf having gone over his right ankle.
The midfielder attempted to battled on and run the injury off but was substituted for Peter Pawlett in the 17th minute.
Hibs created the first chance in the seventh minute when Jason Cummings fired in a 20 yard shot but keeper Danny Ward comfortably saved.
Moments later David Goodwillie drilled a low 25 yard shot just wide of the near post.
Racing in on goal Martin Boyle shot from 15 yards with keeper Ward spilling the effort in the 20th minute. The Dons keeper scrambled to collect the loose ball at the feet of David Gray.
There was further injury disaster for the Reds in the 25th minute when left-back Shinnie was taken off injured.
He won the ball in a tackle, passed it on, then crumpled to the ground.
Shinnie, one of the Dons stand out performers this season, hobbled off the pitch with his left boot off.
He was replaced by Ryan McLaughlin.
Hibs were up for the tie and Boyle’s powerful drive from 25 yards was blocked by Ward in the 33rd minute.
Aberdeen pushed on from the restart of the second half and Goodwillie, under pressure from Gray, headed over a McGinn cross from 12 yards out.
Moments later Andrew Considine rose to meet a Ryan Jack free-kick but headed just wide.
A low shot from Goodwillie was bravely smothered by keeper Oxley as the striker pounced on a deflected Rooney shot in the 71st minute
Hibs went ahead in the 82nd minute when the Dons failed to clear danger from the box.
The ball fell to Jason Cummings who controlled the ball on his chest, let the ball drop then buried a brilliant 15 yard volley on the turn.
Hibs made it two moments later when they broke up field on the counter attack and substitute Dominique Malonga netted.