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Hibs’ Preparations Continue With Scoreless Draw At Dunfermline


Hibs continued their pre season preparations in Fife last night where only a top class performance from Dunfermline’s on-loan goalkeeper Ryan Scully denied the Easter Road men a comfortable win.

Alan Stubbs’ men created several good chances in front of a large travelling support but were unable grab the third victory of the pre-season build up. Continue reading

Fenlon Proving His Worth

pfIt was little over a year ago when an Irishman was courted by a Scotland’s most underachieving football club. His mission, to save the club from relegation, his ambition, to restore the club to the lofty heights of yesteryear.

A lot has occurred since Hibernian plucked Bohemians supremo Pat Fenlon from the League of Ireland in November 2011. Fenlon, chief among the greatest League of Ireland managers of all time, was viewed by Hibs chairman Rod Petrie as the man to save his club from the trapdoor. It wouldn’t necessarily be an easy task as despite Hibs’ stature the harsh reality is that they were not too good to go down. Endless infighting, uninterested players and a tendency to change managers had all impacted on the legacy of the famed Edinburgh club.

Yet few could have foreseen Fenlon’s impact. Here was a League of Ireland veteran who was untested on foreign soil, with little hope and expectation, would he be the man to save the Hibees from the graveyard of Scottish football and re-establish a club in crisis?

Fenlon galvanised the floundering squad he inherited and with some loan signings in the January transfer window he formed a squad which would eventually avoid the drop and reach an il faithed Scottish Cup Final in the process.

One year on and much has changed around Easter Road. Fenlon has rid of the dead wood and troublesome figures from his squad and replaced them with combative steel, something which was missing while both John Hughes and Colin Calderwood stood atop the Easter Road helm. Ten new players have added a new dimension to Hibs, who possess the capabilities to challenge Celtic for the title this season but inconsistency has hampered such progress.

Hibs currently sit fourth with half the season remaining, sitting two points behind second place Inverness and eleven behind runaway leaders Celtic. Had Scottish football not been in such financial turmoil and had Fenlon been granted an extra million or so the outlook may well be different.

January will be a make or break month for Hibs, coming off the back of last night’s scoreless draw with fierce rivals Hearts. The club must do their utmost to retain the services of loanees Leigh Griffiths, Jorge Claros and Ryan McGivern or risk their season descending into obscurity. Given the ovation received by SPL top scorer Griffiths following last night’s game, the Hibs faithful will be extremely nervy as they enter the winter break.


Reaching Scottish Cup Final

Few would have predicted a relegation threatened Hibs side to be lining out at Hampden Park in May but that they did, thanks to the reinvigorating force that Pat Fenlon proved to be.

Beating Celtic 1-0

Last Saturday represented a definitive moment in Fenlon’s career as a solitary Griffiths goal and an inspiring defensive display saw his charges trump Scotland’s Champions League heroes at Easter Road.

Beating Hearts 1-0

A David Wotherspoon deflected shot was enough for Hibs to overcome their city rivals for the first time since May 2009 and earn a spot in the fifth round of this year’s Scottish Cup.

Avoiding the drop

A momentous victory over Dunfermline towards the end of Fenlon’s first season in charge was the catalyst for the Hibees finishing eight points ahead of their opponents, who were relegated despite the turmoil surrounding Rangers.


Losing the Scottish Cup Final

Hope and expectation were the order of the day as Fenlon sought to bring the coveted trophy back to Leith for the first time since 1902, a feat that instills fear and misery upon every Hibs fan to date. Few could have predicted the final to play out as it did as Edinburgh rivals Hearts trumped Hibs 5-1 and Fenlon was sent to the stands.

Underdogs have their day

SPL newcomers Dundee (3-1) and Ross County (1-0) both registered victories over Hibs in the first part of the 2012/13 season.


Hibs Chairman Rod Petrie’s Address To AGM

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Hibs Chairman Rod Petrie last night addressed the shareholders at the club’s AGM and once again urged lapsed supporters to return to Easter Road in their numbers or see a reduction on costs. Petrie also highlighted the reduced income from TV following the loss of Rangers from the SPL, and praised the work of the Hibernian Foundation and the supporters group ‘Let’s Work Together.’

He also apologised for the two seasons of under achievement and conceded that the appointment of Colin Calderwood was not a good one. Finally he advised those present about the two recent suggestions for league reconstruction currently being discussed by the SPL and SFL.

His full statement is printed below.

We have approved the Financial Statements for last year – only our second loss in eight years. We are keen to avoid a hat-trick and need your help to grow revenues while we continue to maintain a tight control on costs.

The poor performances on the pitch in the early part of last Season resulted in lower attendances and lower levels of income. This followed a difficult summer in which Colin Calderwood was linked with two jobs in England. When neither of the moves happened, Colin failed to convince supporters of his long term ambitions for Hibernian Football Club and Season Tickets suffered.

After a credible draw at Celtic Park at the end of October, Colin Calderwood left the Club following an ignominious defeat at home to Dunfermline Athletic in front of 9,531 supporters.

The way things worked out, the appointment of Colin Calderwood was not a good one. Mistakes were made. As Chairman, I take responsibility for that. I am sorry that we have all had to endure two seasons of under-achievement and decline.

After a thorough recruitment process, Pat Fenlon was appointed the Manager on 25 November 2011. He faced a tough task to turn around the Club’s playing fortunes. Pat completed the Club’s home SPL programme on 7 May 2012 with a return match against Dunfermline Athletic, this time in front of 15,281 supporters. The team won 4-0 to secure the Club’s status in the top flight of Scottish football – which should never have been put in doubt.

That progress and the Club’s re-engagement with supporters suffered a severe blow with defeat in the William Hill Scottish Cup final on 19 May. The Club apologised to supporters for the manner of that defeat in the aftermath of the game.

Some people had mixed emotions when the fourth round draw for this Season’s Scottish Cup paired last Season’s finalists. Pat Fenlon and the team were delighted to have the opportunity, so quickly to atone in small measure for the events of last May. We look forward to the fifth round tie against either Aberdeen or Motherwell.

The deep disappointment of May was compounded by major uncertainty over the summer months regarding the finances of the SPL following the insolvency of Rangers. New TV contracts were eventually negotiated with Sky and ESPN and approved by the SPL clubs on 3 August, the day before the start of the Season. The worst fears of financial meltdown were avoided.

Rumours of the financial position of Rangers had been circulating for some months but it was still a jolt to Scottish and European football when Rangers finally went into administration on 14 February. It took four months of twists and turns, deals and no deals, before the Rangers’ CVA was voted down by HMRC on 14 June.

Having run out of money, the Administrators immediately sold the assets to the consortium led by Charles Green, which had the effect of putting Rangers outside football. By selling Ibrox Stadium and splitting it from the club’s membership of the SFA and the SPL, Rangers had lost its ability to play football in Scotland or, indeed, anywhere in the world.

It took four months to put Rangers outside football. It took Scottish football just six weeks to find a place for the Rangers’ Newco.

Your Club did what it thought was right at every step of the process. The rest, they say is history.

Our performances on the pitch this Season have improved dramatically following the major overhaul of the playing squad undertaken by the Manager in the close season. However, it looks as if it will take sustained performances on the pitch over an extended run of games to have a meaningful impact on home attendances and so on Club revenues.

The number of home supporters attending Easter Road Stadium has grown slowly, game by game since the start of the Season – 9,024 Hibernian supporters attended the first home game of the Season whereas there were 10,136 Hibernian supporters in Easter Road Stadium at the last home SPL league match against Aberdeen.

And some 13,000 Hibernian supporters were here for the fourth round tie in the William Hill Scottish Cup.

It would be nice to think that those 13,000 supporters will return here at 3pm on Saturday for our SPL clash against Motherwell – or that we might achieve a modern day record attendance at 3pm on Saturday 29 December. The Celtic game has not been moved for TV. The only way you can see the match against the league leaders is by being here in the Stadium.

Growing the attendances by Hibernian supporters is our core strategy. We are asking supporters to do what you do best – support the team at home matches. If we cannot do that, and if we cannot grow our income, then the only route to get back to break even will be to make substantial reductions in costs. The Club is asking shareholders, supporters and everyone connected with the Club to play your part in getting back to where we all want it to be.

The Club has approximately 8,000 Season Ticket holders which is up on the number for last season despite the severe economic conditions facing every household. The Club is grateful to those supporters who rallied to the call in the summer to find additional Season Ticket Holders. In the main, it was existing Season Ticket Holders who bought the additional tickets or who bought Kicks for Kids tickets to help those less fortunate than themselves get access to Easter Road Stadium.

We know that there are still a significant number of individuals and families who had Season Tickets in 2010 and 2011 but who are not Season Ticket Holders today. Hopefully the Half Season Ticket offering will add to the number of Season Ticket Holders in the second half of the Season.

Members of the Lets Work Together group made telephone calls to lapsed Season Ticket Holders as part of the drive for renewals in the summer and their calls were appreciated by all who received them. The “Let’s Work Together Group” is a supporter led initiative formed over the summer and drawn from right across the Hibernian Family. Members of the Lets Work Together Group meet with staff on a regular basis to discuss ways in which the Club can improve. They have come forward with a range of good ideas to foster greater collaboration between Club and supporters. This is a small beginning which we hope will develop over the coming weeks and months for the benefit of the Club.

The Hibernian Community Foundation continues to make a difference in our communities:

· 468 learners have attended the Hibernian Learning Centre in the last two years

· 88 Football Fans In Training have lost almost 6 metres round their waists and 216 Kg in weight

· 67% of all participants in Fit For Work have gone on to employment or further education

· Over 45 players with learning disabilities have been coached by our U20 Academy players

·  And numerous young people have participated in a number of community coaching initiatives

The landscape of Scottish football is changing. The SPL spent two years developing a strategy for all of Scottish football. At the end of the day, the SPL could not win over 11 of its 12 clubs let alone the clubs which are members of other leagues. However, discussions are now being pursued in earnest between the SPL and the SFL under the auspices of the Scottish FA. There are two options which have been put forward in recent weeks:

· The SFL has suggested that the SPL and the SFL could be merged into one league for all 42 clubs organised into a top division of 16 clubs; a middle division of 10 clubs; and a bottom division of 16 clubs. That has merit, but on its own does not deal with the top clubs suffering a 20% drop in the number of games going from 38 league games per season in the current set up to 30 games per season in a 16 team league.

· The SPL has suggested that the 42 clubs could be organised into a top tier of 24 clubs with the remaining 18 clubs (currently SFL Division 2 and 3 clubs) organised in a manner that they think is best for them – either on their own or with clubs drawn from the Highland League; the East of Scotland League; and the South of Scotland league.

· The top 24 clubs would be organised into two groups of 12 clubs for the first half of the Season. They would play each other home and away, giving each club 22 fixtures in this first phase of the League which would run through to the New Year fixtures.

· Then, following a Winter Break, the second phase would consist of three groups of 8 clubs. This gives a further 14 fixtures per club and a total of 36 matches for the Season.

· Having a Top 8 continues the theme of ‘best v best’ with the top clubs playing for the Championship and for European places.

· The Middle 8 – possibly known as the ‘Play Off 8″ – would comprise the bottom 4 clubs from the top 12 and the top 4 clubs from the bottom 12. These 8 clubs would start on zero points and over 14 matches and would play for promotion and relegation. This means that up to four clubs could be relegated and up to four clubs could be promoted in each Season.

· The Bottom 8 clubs would play to avoid relegation and play offs which could lead to relegation from the tier containing the top 24 clubs in Scotland.

Both plans call for a change in the financial distribution model to reduce the huge financial difference which exists at present between the bottom of the SPL and the top of the SFL. A softer financial landing takes away the threat to the very survival of a club through relegation.

Neither plan is being advanced as a mechanism to provide for the accelerated promotion of Rangers.

There have been constructive discussions of late and more discussions are planned for the weeks ahead. Your Club will continue to play its part in these discussions at the top table of Scottish football.

Ladies and gentlemen, in conclusion, there have been significant changes at your Club – not just on the pitch but also behind the scenes and in the senior management of the Club. I should like to thank every member of staff for their hard work and dedication to the Club. Some of it is supporter facing but most of it is behind the scenes. They are the unsung heroes who help make your Club what it is today.

I would also like to thank Pat Fenlon for accepting the post of Manager at a particularly challenging time and for attacking the task of rebuilding the squad with conviction. Pat himself will tell you that it is still work in progress as we approach the January Transfer Window.

Today, we find ourselves near the top end of the most competitive league in recent years. We are 1 point away from second place; but there are just 5 points covering the six teams vying for a top six position alongside Celtic. With 27 points from 17 games; we are just 6 points short of our total points haul for the whole of last Season.

The stewardship of your Club is in the hands of the Board of Directors. The future of your Club is in the hands of the supporters who help in a real and tangible way by attending matches either on a seasonal basis or as walk up supporters. Our plea is a simple one – if you can, please attend matches at Easter Road Stadium to support your team!

Everyone wants Hibernian to be all that it can be, with success on the pitch, influence off it and making a difference in our communities.

Meanwhile, the Under 20 game against Celtic at Easter Road today has been postponed. This is bad news for Pat Fenlon and Gary Deegan who was expected to gain some much needed match practice following his recent injury.

Hibs Face Aberdeen Or Motherwell In Scottish Cup 5th Round


Hibs will have to overcome another SPL side if they want to progress in the William Hill Scottish Cup after being drawn to play either Aberdeen or Motherwell who will replay at Fir Park next week in the 5th round.

Pat Fenlon’s men knocked holders Hearts out before a packed Easter Road yesterday, and their long suffering supporters are desperate to see the club win the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1902.

The tie will be played at Easter Road on the weekend of 2 February and there is sure to be another large crowd in attendance. Hopefully Fenlon will be able to retain the services of loan stars, Leigh Griffiths, Jorge Claros and Ryan McGivern who was immense in the centre of the defence against Hearts, replacing the injured James McPake, and possibly add to his squad during the January transfer window.

The full draw is as follows:

Raith Rovers v Celtic or Arbroath

St Mirren v Cowdenbeath or St Johnstone

Dunfermline v Dumbarton or Hamilton

Hibs v Aberdeen or Motherwell

Falkirk v Forfar Athletic

Dundee United v Rangers

Dundee v Turriff United or Morton

Kilmarnock v Ross County or Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Ties to take place on weekend of 2nd February

SPL Clubs vote against admitting Rangers Newco

A Rangers newco will not play in this season’s SPL after chairmen voted 10-1 against the Ibrox club’s application to retain top fight football.  Of the twelve clubs represented, only Rangers voted in favour of the bid whilst Kilmarnock abstained. The remaining clubs listened to the overwhelming demands from supporters, and consigned Rangers to life outside the top division for the first time in their 140 year history.

Rangers now await the outcome of an SFL meeting next week when the 30 member clubs will vote on a proposal to accept newco Rangers into the First Division. Many chairmen and fans are against this plan and will demand that the giants apply to enter the Third Division, but SFA chief executive Stewart Regan warned that Scottish football faces a “slow lingering death” if newco Rangers are denied entry to the First Division.

He also made it clear the formation of an SPL2 will be pursued in order to accommodate the Ibrox club if they are rejected by the SFL next week, and that a degree of sporting integrity and that meant sporting sanctions would be applied to the newco.

In an extraordinary statement, Regan said: “Without Rangers, there is social unrest and a big problem for Scottish society. They have a huge fan base and to contemplate the situation where those fans don’t have a team to support, where those fans are effectively left without a game to follow, I just think that could lead to all sorts of issues, all sorts of problems for the game.

“Tribalism in football is really important. It is part of the game. People follow their clubs with pride; it is passed down from generation to generation. There are thousands of Rangers fans whose fathers and parents and grandfathers have been Rangers fans. You can’t contemplate a situation without that and if Rangers weren’t to exist that could have real dire consequences.

“There is a lot of emotion around this subject because Rangers are a huge institution in Scottish football history and they are where they are. Their fans have been hurt; they don’t know what’s happening. There hasn’t been a great deal of leadership at the club and there hasn’t been a huge amount of communication from the football authorities.

“The SPL have now decided that Rangers won’t be coming back into the SPL. From our perspective it’s important we set out the landscape because there is only one solution for the game now.

“The only solution for the game now is that Rangers come into the Scottish Football League and they come into it in the First Division. If Rangers were to go anywhere other than the First Division, then there would something in the region of £15.7 million worth of losses to the game.

“For the bigger clubs at the top of the league, that’s half their annual distributions. For clubs at the bottom it is basically wiping out their entire distributions, for some of the smaller clubs it’s a huge proportion of their annual turnover.

“The same will be true for most clubs. Perhaps clubs could survive for a short period of time but it’s not sustainable. Even if Rangers end up in the First Division, there is still going to be a £5 million loss of income to the SPL clubs. The game is not sustainable so there would be a slow lingering death for the game in Scotland. It would then trickle down to the SFL. From our perspective as the governing body and we cannot allow that to happen.

“If we allowed that to happen, it would simply be a dereliction of duty. Therefore, this whole decision-making process has been one of the most challenging and complex decisions that I have ever been involved in in 27 years of business as sport.

“Some clubs in the SFL are afraid of the implications of the decisions. There is the moral argument, the fear of a fans’ backlash and there are financial implications to consider. But when we look at the alternative, it is not possible to think about it without thinking of the game withering on the vine. We cannot contemplate that and the message has to be that Division One for Rangers is the only show in town as far as the future of Scottish football is concerned.”

“We have had dialogue with the broadcasters, and we understand what the various stakeholders from Sky television, ESPN, Sport Five and a number of the SPL’s other commercial partners are likely to do in the event Rangers are not in either of the top two tiers. It’s not pretty. That’s why we cannot sit back and let that happen without trying to get all parties to accept this is the only solution which can keep the game afloat.

“Without Old Firm games, the value drops, the overseas deals are almost exclusively about the Old Firm derby and that would go immediately. Then you look at the rest of the game and what it is worth. It is fair to say the broadcasters would live with a year without Rangers in the SPL, because it could be a fantastic story for them, which is why I think First Division rights will be an interest as people will want to see how this club is going to bounce back.”

“If Rangers don’t get promoted, then the game has got another year to suffer with the financial consequences that brings,” he said. “I can’t predict what will happen, because Rangers at the moment are a weakened team because of everything that has gone on.

“They are a newco at the moment; they have got very few players on their books. They are going to be entering the SFL in whatever division with a weakened team and I don’t think it’s by any means certain they are going to come back in the way they or their fans might like them to recover.

“It’s going to be a slow recovery to get back to the football fitness they have shown in the past. So we can’t look into the future and say ‘what if they don’t operate in a certain way?’ We can only look at building the foundations, to change the game for the better and provide an infrastructure that can bring financial certainty to the other 41 clubs.”

No decision has been made as to who should replace Rangers in the SPL although Dundee who finished second behind Ross County in last year’s First Division are favourites although Dunfermline who were relegated from the SPL have also staked a claim. The fixture list currently names the replacement as Club 12.



Four goal Hibs ensure SPL safety

When then game kicked off, you could have cut the tension at Easter Road with a knife. Fifteen minutes later the fifteen thousand Hibs fans were wondering what the fuss had been about after Matt Doherty, Eoin Doyle and Garry O’Connor had fired Pat Fenlon’s men into a three goal lead. A second half Paul Hanlon volley which hit the underside of the bar and bounced out but was inexplicably given as a goal by the east stand linesman was enough to ensure SPL football in Leith next season, and send Jim Jeffries’ Dunfermline back to the first division.

Fenlon made three changes to the side which beat Aberdeen last Wednesday. Influential captain James McPake returned from injury and replaced goalscorer Sean O’Hanlon, whilst Lewis Stevenson replaced George Francomb and the suspended Leigh Griffiths was replaced by former Sligo Rovers striker Eoin Doyle.

Hibs got off to the perfect start after five minutes when Lewis Stevenson was fouled and the resultant free kick by Tom Soares was headed on by McPake to Matt Doherty who got away from his marker to head the ball past Smith in the Dunfermline goal.

Dubliner Doherty was the provider for the Hibs second goal after getting the break of the ball on the right and chipping across for Doyle to head home for his first SPL goal since joining the club in January.

On fifteen minutes, the home fans were ecstatic when Hibs were awarded a penalty after Austin McCann was adjudged to have fouled Paul Hanlon in the box. Garry O’Connor made no mistake from the spot and even the most optimistic Pars fan knew that their hopes of survival were gone.

Jim Jeffries men did fight back and made a few chances with Jordan McMillan bringing out a fine save from Mark Brown before the break.

Hibs continued where they had left off in the second half and Isaiah Osbourne laid the ball on a plate for Doyle to tap in but the unmarked striker completely missed the ball as it whizzed across the six-yard box.

A Doyle header was cleared off the line by Gary Mason before Hanlon’s well-struck volley hit the crossbar and clearly bounced down several inches in front of the line but to the amazement of the Dunfermline players, the linesman awarded a goal, sparking jubilation amongst the Hibs faithful.

After the game, a delighted Pat Fenlon said: “We were very good from start to finish. It’s a great relief for everyone at the club. We’ve got some really good players, we just need to get confidence in them and you can see that coming into them over a period of time and they’re gaining more confidence every time we play.”

Hibs: Brown, McPake, Kujabi, Hanlon, Doherty, Soares, Stevenson, Claros, Osbourne, Doyle, O’Connor, Subs Grant Sproule, Francombe, Murray, O’Donovan, O’Hanlon, Towell

Dunfermline: Smith,  McCann, Boyle  Dowie, McMillan, Kerr, Mason,Hardie, Hutton, Kirk,  Graham Subs  Fernandez, Young, Cardle, Willis, Dougal, Barrowman  Buchanan

Attendance  15,281

Hibs Almost Safe After Pittodrie Win

Forgotten man Sean O’Hanlon was the unlikely hero as Hibs took a major step forward in their battle to avoid the drop, with a hard fought win at Pittodrie. The 2-1 victory, coupled with Dunfermline’s no score draw at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium means that Pat Fenlon’s men need just one point from their remaining two games to ensure SPL football next season at Easter Road.

Despite defeats to Kilmarnock and St Mirren since the break, former Bohs boss Fenlon has insisted that the players had been playing well and he had every confidence that their efforts would pay dividends.

Craig Brown’s team were still smarting from their heavy loss to Dunfermline and were determined to gain revenge for the semi-final defeat at Hampden last month, before a disappointing crowd of just over 5,000.

Fenlon brought in O’Hanlon to replace the injured James McPake whilst Jorge Claros replaced the suspended Lewis Stevenson. Top scorer Garry O’Connor returned to the team after missing the St Mirren game due to an illness, and replaced former Sligo Rovers striker Eoin Doyle who returned to the bench. Craig Brown made three changes to the team which lost 3-0 to Dunfermline on Saturday.

Hibs started brightly and took the lead after only seven minutes when a Leigh Griffiths cross was turned into his own net by Mark Reynolds, much to the delight of the travelling support.

The Easter Road men doubled their lead ten minutes later. Isaiah Osbourne robbed Fraser Fyvie in midfield, but his long range shot was deflected by Andrew Considine. Griffiths took the corner and O’Hanlon, who has barely featured in the first team since the departure of Colin Calderwood, headed the ball past Jamie Langfield at the near post for his second goal of the season.

Griffiths went close with a free kick as Hibs dominated the first half with 60% possession and the Dons left the field at half time to a chorus of boos from the home support.

The home side took the criticism to heart and pulled a goal back shortly after the break when Scott Vernon volleyed home from close range.

As the nerves began to show, Aberdeen took control of the game and Mark Brown did well to tip a fierce shot from Arnason over the bar. Hibs tried to hit on the break and Roy O’Donovan set up David Wotherspoon inside the box, but the youngster hit his shot over the bar.

With seconds to go, Magennis headed an injury-time corner over the bar, and the visitors held out to take the points.

After the game, Fenlon claimed that the victory was more important than the cup game. He said:” “If it means we stay up then it’ll be a much bigger win. I thought we played better tonight than we did in the semi-final to be honest.”

“It’s not done yet, the important thing is that we don’t get carried away. Dunfermline are going to come and throw everything at us, it’s a big game now for them as well.”

“At the end of the game we were under pressure but we should have been out of sight at that stage, we missed a fair few chances tonight. When it gets to this stage of the season it is a little bit edgy.”

The Hibs boss was also praised the efforts of Garry O’Connor who played despite not being 100% fit.

“He did well to last as long as he did as he’s been fairly ill for the past three or four days, so he’s only had one training session under his belt in about six days.”

Aberdeen: Langfield, Reynolds, Considine, Jack, Anderson, Hughes, Arnason, Fyvie, Rae Masson Vernon, Magennis  Subs. Brown, McArdle, Clarke, Fraser, Fallon, Mackie Megginson

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

Attendance  5,281