Date: 21st March 2007 at 1:42am
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Two major things happened during today`s reserve match with Hibs at Montrose`s Links Park. Lee Miller scored a goal and Richie Byrne played a game, well, 70 minutes.

Byrne has missed most of this season with injury and the player Jimmy Calderwood rates so highly will be pleased he managed a good chunk of the match against a strong Hibs side.

Byrne said of his rare appearance, ‘I was really pleased to get that first 70 minutes under my belt and I came through the game ok. I’ll wait to see how it goes in the next few days, but I’ll be taking it easy. It’s been a frustrating time for me personally. It’s not much fun sitting on the sidelines, but it’s good to see the lads doing so well this season. I haven’t set myself any particular targets so I’ll just wait and see how it goes.’

Sadly, the Dons seconds lost to a late Darren Smith goal after they had taken the lead by Lee Miller`s headed goal on 36 minutes. Byrne had a chance straight after the 2nd half kicked off when he went clean through on goal but didn`t find the net unlike Hibs first teamers Michael Stewart and Merouane Zemmama who both subsequently notched for the Edinburgh side to put them in the lead.

Aberdeen equalised through Brain Neill but the Hi-bees nicked the points through substitute Darren Smith with the match practically over.

The Dons have had a dismal season in the reserve league and Jimmy has already spoken that he cannot see many of those who have not already played in the first team ever or often doing so as the side lies second bottom.

Aberdeen: Soutar, McVitie, Byrne (S. Smith 70), Donald, Diamond, Strachan (Thomas 79), Neill, Winter, Miller, Mackie (Paton 46), D. Smith.