Hibs Pre-Season Friendly Against Raith Rovers Ends Goalless

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Hibs’ last pre-season fixture before their European campaign starts next week ended in stalemate against Raith Rovers at Starks Park last night.

Scouts from Malmo, were amongst the crowd as Hibs created several opportunities in front of a large travelling support.

Pat Fenlon fielded an experienced team with Lewis Stevenson at right back as Tim Clancy is still injured. Fraser Mullen started on the bench.

Simmer signing Owain Tudur Jones and Liam Craig started the game with teenage strikers Danny Handling and Ross Caldwell up front.

Hibs almost grabbed an early lead when Alex Harris raced in behind on-loan Hibs full back Callum Booth on the right before finding Handling with a low cross.  Handling’s first time shot was on target, but defender Jason Thomson managed to block.

The same pair were in action moments later with a nice one-two, but Handling’s effort was easily saved by Raith keeper David McGurn.

In the 9th minute Handling went close with a long range effort as Hibs piled on the pressure, but the Fife side fought back and former Hearts forward Callum Elliot should have done better after finding himself clean through on goal with only Ben Williams to beat, but the Hibs keeper stood firm and easily held his week effort.

Williams looked to have been fouled at a Joe Cardle corner; but his protests were ignored by the referee and the big keeper had Liam Craig to thank for keeping his goal in tact with a fine clearance.

Another effort from Handling, just before the break produced a great save from McGurn to keep the scores level.

Hibs started the second half brightly and skipper James McPake went close with a powerful header from Craig’s well struck corner kick, and Liam Fox headed inches wide from Cardle’s cross as play flowed from end to end.

On 62 minutes Ross Caldwell had a great chance but his well struck shot flew inches past the post.

Caldwell then turned supplier and created a chance for substitute Dean Horribine but the youngster’s angled a strike low towards the far post was well held by McGurn.

Both teams created late chances, but the game ended goalless.

Hibs will play Malmo in Sweden next Thursday, and the Easter Road side’s chances have been boosted by the news that former St Johnstone striker Rowan Vine has signed a one year deal, as has Kevin Thomson.

Raith Rovers: McGurn, Thomson, Booth, Donaldson, Hill, Fox (Moon 72′), Anderson, Callachan, Smith (Trialist 79′), Elliot (Spence 64′), Cardle. Substitutes not used: Vaughan, Ellis, Murray, Matthews, McCroary, Laidlaw.

Hibs: Williams, Stevenson, McGivern, Hanlon, Tudor Jones, McPake (Forster 64′), Harris (Cairney 46′), Taiwo (Horribine 68.), Caldwell (Stanton 74′), Handling, Craig. Substitutes not used: Gold, Donaldson, Mullen.

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