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Points Shared In Dramatic Finish At Easter Road

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A dramatic finish including three goals in a four minute spell saw the points shared in a hard fought encounter between Hibs and Kilmarnock at Easter Road last night.

Pat Fenlon made one change to the starting line-up after Paul Hanlon picked up an injury in training. Ryan McGivern took over in the centre of the defence with Lewis Stevenson returning to left back and Alan Maybury taking over the right back spot. Continue reading

Hibs Still Not Safe After Losing To Kilmarnock

A Dean Shiels penalty just before half time was enough to secure the three points for Kilmarnock in a hard fought encounter at Easter Road.

Hibs went into the game with the knowledge that whilst fellow relegation candidates Dunfermline had fought back from 4-2 down against St Mirren to earn a point on Saturday, a victory would almost certainly mean SPL football next year.

Pat Fenlon made two changes from last week’s starting line-up, with Mark Brown replacing the injured Graham Stack and Lewis Stevenson who has just signed a new one year contract, replacing the injured Tom Soares.

The game kicked off in front of a disappointing crowd of just under 9,000 and Garry O’Connor created a chance within ten seconds when he dispossessed a Kilmarnock defender but his first touch let him down and the danger was averted.

Leigh Griffiths was controversially booked for diving after seven minutes when the on-loan forward went down in the penalty box after a challenge from Michael Nelson.

Griffiths almost scored after 24 minutes with a great effort which was tipped over the bar by Cammy Bell, and the Kilmarnock keeper had to be on his toes as Hibs gained three corners in a row. Hibs continued to dominate the game and Jorge Claros almost opened his Hibs account five minutes later with a long range shot which went narrowly wide, whilst a Liam Kelly tackle denied Griffiths after good work by O’Connor.

Referee Craig Thompson infuriated the home support by failing to book James Dayton after the Kilmarnock winger blatantly dived following a challenge from Pa Kujabi, and skipper James McPake went close with a header from a Lewis Stevenson cross.

A well struck Isaiah Osbourne shot appeared to hit James Fowler on the arm, but nothing was given as Hibs continued to chase the elusive opener.

Just before the break, Claros ran into the back of Liam Kelly in the box and the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty. Former Hibs favourite Dean Shiels sent Brown the wrong way to take an undeserved lead at half time.

The Easter Road faithful looked worried as on-form striker Garry O’Connor limped off and was replaced by Roy O’Donovan, and the second half continued with the home side having the upper hand.

Claros and Griffiths went close as Fenlon’s men chased the equaliser, but it was not to be, and the referee’s final whistle ensured that this season will go down in the history books as the club’s worst ever series of  home results, with only one victory at Easter Road.

The crowd left the officials in no doubt about their opinions about the referee’s performance, and after the game, a dejected Pat Fenlon said; “I’m disgusted that we haven’t got something out of it because we played quite well, my players’ performance was very good. He (Referee Craig Thomson) has got to assess his and other people have got to assess him, so I’ll let them do that.”

Hibs: Stack, McPake, Kujabi, Hanlon, Doherty, Claros, Sproule, Stevenson, Osbourne, Griffiths, O’Connor, Subs Stephens, Doyle, Francombe, Grant, O’Hanlon. O’Donovan, Wotherspoon

Kilmarnock Bell, Toshney, O’Leary, Fowler, Nelson, Kelly, Gordon, Dayton Harkins, Shiels, Racchi. Subs  Letheren, McKeown, Barbour, Sissoko, Silva, Johnson,Gross

Ref: Craig Thomson

Attendance 8877