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Busy Transfer Window For Pat Fenlon



It’s been a busy summer period for Pat Fenlon, with an incredible 26 players leaving or arriving at the club.

Of last year’s squad, fans’ favourite Leigh Griffiths returned to parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers where he has since signed a contract extension after making an impressive start to the season, whilst striking partner Eoin Doyle has joined Chesterfield. Continue reading

Hibs Top Six Hopes Hang By A Thread

Pat Fenlon’s hopes of a top six finish hang by a thread tonight after Hibs’ 2-1 home defeat to Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Other results mean that Kilmarnock could officially end Fenlon’s chances when they play St Mirren in midweek. In any case, Hibs now have to beat Celtic at Parkhead next weekend and hope that several other results go in their favour. Continue reading

Hibs to face Falkirk in Scottish Cup Semi-Final

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Hibs will face Falkirk at Hampden Park in the semi-final of the William Hill Scottish Cup, with the game taking place on either Saturday 13 or Sunday 14 April.

The draw was made live on Sky Sports News by former Nottingham Forest and Scotland winger and Celtic assistant manager John Robertson and Lucy Carter, Head of Branch at William Hill with SFA President Campbell Ogilvie presiding.

This will be Pat Fenlon’s second consecutive semi-final in the tournament which Hibs haven’t won since Dan McMichael’s side beat Celtic 1-0 at Parkhead.

Since then, Hibs have appeared in nine finals, losing them all, although two went to replays; in 1914 they lost 4-1 to Celtic after drawing 0-0 in the first game and in 1979, they lost 3-2 to Rangers after two goalless draws.

Their last appearance was of course the disastrous 5-1 defeat to near neighbours Hearts on 19 May and everyone at Easter Road is determined to wipe away that memory.

The Easter Road men have earned their place, defeating three SPL teams en route. Cup holders Hearts were first to fall thanks to a David Wotherspoon goal in front of a packed Easter Road in December.

Aberdeen were next after a wonder goal by Dubliner Gary Deegan, which won the Sky Sports goal of the week competition, saw them through to the quarter final, although it took a Ben Williams’ penalty save to prevent a replay.

Yesterday at Rugby Park, Leigh Griffiths scored his first ever professional hat-trick and made another for Matt Done, as Hibs saw off Kilmarnock 4-2.

The other semi-final will feature Dundee United v Celtic.

The final will take place on Sunday 26 May.

Leigh Griffiths’ Hat Trick Earns Semi-Final Place

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Pat Fenlon’s Hibs are heading back to Hampden for a cup semi-final after a Leigh Griffiths’ inspired 4-2 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park today. Griffiths led the line brilliantly, scoring his first ever hat-trick and making the other goal before leaving the field to a deserved standing ovation from the ecstatic Hibs fans. Continue reading

Shocking Penalty Decision Costs Hibs Two Points at Tannadice

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A dreadful refereeing decision by Alan Muir cost Hibs two valuable points against Dundee United at Tannadice today.

Hibs fought back after conceding an early goal and took the lead through a Leigh Griffiths’ wonder-strike, but Muir’s mistake saw United grab an undeserved late equaliser. Continue reading

Griffiths Penalty Secures Vital Three Points For Hibs

A second-half penalty from Leigh Griffiths was enough to secure all three points and end a run of poor league form for Hibs at New St Mirren Park today. Continue reading

Hibs in Quarter Final Thanks to Deegan Wonder Goal

deegan A second half wonder goal from Gary Deegan gave Hibs a 1-0 victory over Aberdeen at Easter Road today, but once again, Pat Fenlon’s men had keeper Ben Williams to thank for reaching the William Hill’s Scottish Cup quarter final. Continue reading

Hibs Pittodrie trip ends in stalemate

An early Ben Williams penalty save secured a share of the points against Aberdeen at Pittodrie today, keeping Hibs one point clear of the Dons in fourth place. Continue reading

Honours Even in Edinburgh Derby

hh Hibs go into the winter break six points clear of Edinburgh rivals Hearts after a hard fought encounter at Tynecastle ended in a goalless draw.
Pat Fenlon made one change to the team which started in Saturday’s win over Celtic at Easter Road with on-loan defender Ryan McGivern returning to the starting line up in place of Lewis Stevenson at left back, hoping to impress International manager and former Hibernian star Michael O’Neill who was there for Sky Sports.
Hearts were without ever present Ryan McGowan who is reported to be on his way to China to join Shandong Luneng, and also influential centre half Andy Webster who has been suffering from a virus.
Both sides started at 100 mph in the red-hot atmosphere at Tynecastle, and the first chance fell to Hibs when Tim Clancy sent a long ball toward Leigh Griffiths, which caused Jamie McDonald to rush out of his box and head clear.
Four minutes later, Andrew Driver sent a high looping cross into the penalty area which caused problems for Ben Williams before the ball was eventually cleared.
With no quarter being given, Clancy was spoken to by referee Willie Colum after a crunching challenge on Kevin McHattie on the half way line, and shortly after that Eoin Doyle clattered into McDonald after a Clancy free kick, also earning a stern lecture.
On the half hour mark, Hearts almost took the lead when a long hopeful ball into the box was missed by James McPake who appeared to impede Scott Robinson in the process, but the referee played advantage and the ball fell to Driver who shot narrowly past the post from an acute angle.
Just before half time, Hearts should have been reduced to ten men after a disgraceful two footed lunge by Ryan Stevenson on James McPake. The Hibs captain was fortunate to avoid serious injury, but Willie Colum missed the tackle and awarded a throw in instead. The ill feeling continued with Stevenson and Gary Deegan squaring up to each other.
Hearts missed a great chance to take the lead just after the break when Williams spilled a Touill shot. The Hibs keeper just managed to flick the ball away from the advancing McGowan, but with an open goal at his mercy, Stevenson was unable to control the ball which struck his shin and rolled inches past the post.
Five minutes later, Hibs should have scored when Griffiths found Paul Cairney who sent an inch perfect pass into the path of Doyle, but the former Sligo striker blazed the ball over the bar from 10 yards.
Hearts then started to dominate possession and both McGivern and Wotherspoon were booked for infringements as the play raged from end to end.
With ten minutes remaining, a long Clancy pass was controlled by Griffiths on the edge of the box, but the Hibs striker was brought down by Touill. The on-loan Wolves star took the free kick himself, but the ball deflected off the wall for Hibs first corner of the game. Griffiths then took the corner and found Wotherspoon at the front post, but the substitutes glancing header flew just past the post.
Four minutes later, Hearts almost scored when Callum Paterson won a header which found fellow sub Jason Holt who ran clean through on goal. The youngster’s shot beat Williams, but was cleared by McGivern to the relief of the Hibs fans.
Hibs then created a decent chance with great skill by Griffiths who found Wotherspoon on the left wing. The midfielder’s dangerous cross caused panic in the Hearts defence, but Hanlon scooped the ball over the bar.
In a frantic finish, Hearts almost grabbed a winner in injury time, when Williams misjudged Walker’s corner, and Sutton headed against the bar, and Barr headed the rebound over.
After the game, Ryan McGivern said: “It wasn’t the best of games football wise and a draw was a fair result.”
Pat Fenlon said: “We had to defend really well which we did. It was a battling performance. We put in a hell of a shift on Saturday and we have played two games and not conceded a goal. We showed great desire and battling qualities.”
Hearts: McDonald, Barr, Zaliukas, McGowan, McHattie, Novikovas, Touill, Robinson, Driver, Stevenson, Sutton. Subs: Enckelman, Mullen, Holt, Paterson, Walker, G Smith, Prychynenko
Hibs: Williams, Clancy, McGivern, Hanlon, McPake, Deegan, Claros, Taiwo, Cairney, Griffiths, Doyle. Subs: Murdoch, Wotherspoon, Maybury, Stevenson, Handling, Caldwell, Donaldson.
Referee Willie Colum

Hibs record famous victory over Celtic at Easter Road

A Leigh Griffiths’ goal after eight minutes was enough to see Hibs end 2012 with a famous victory over Celtic at Easter Road today, but every Hibs player deserves praise for a fantastic team performance.
Pat Fenlon made two changes to the Hibs side following Wednesday’s home defeat by Ross County; Lewis Stevenson and Jorge Claros returned to the starting XI with Ryan McGivern missing the game due to a ham-string injury and David Wotherspoon taking a place amongst the substitutes.
Celtic had the first chance after five minutes, when Jorge Claros was penalised for handball but Lustig’s twenty five yard free kick was well held by Ben Williams.
Three minutes later, Easter Road erupted when the home side took the lead. A long clearance downfield by Paul Hanlon was controlled by Griffiths who beat the offside trap before knocking the ball beyond the advancing Fraser Forster and slipping it into the empty net from an acute angle for his 14th goal of the campaign.
Hibs should have doubled their lead on 12 minutes when Griffiths’ inch perfect free kick was met by Eoin Doyle, but the normally lethal finisher headed the ball weekly into the arms of Forster from six yards out.
Georgios Samaras and Gary Hooper both hit the post as Celtic pressed for an equaliser, but on each occasion the linesman’s flag was raised.
On 22 minutes, Doyle latched onto a long ball from Williams and sent a dangerous ball across the face of the goal, but Griffiths was adjudged to be offside.
On the half hour mark, a terrific run from Victor Wanyama was halted by the challenge of Gary Deegan who received a yellow card from Craig Thompson.
With half-time approaching Hibs missed another great opportunity when Doyle got the break of the ball off Rogne leaving him with only Forster to beat, but the former Sligo striker sliced his shot which flew over the bar.
The Hoops started the second half in determined fashion and Lustig flashed the ball across the face of goal, just out of the reach of both Lassad and Samaras.
On 55 minutes, Doyle beat Izaguirre on the right wing before cutting the ball back to Griffiths. The on-loan striker cushioned the ball into the path of Deegan who beat a Celtic defender, but his shot was easily saved by Forster.
Five minutes later, Hibs had a penalty claim when Izaguirre and Doyle tangled in the box, and although it was clearly the Celtic defender who got the last touch of the ball, referee Thompson infuriated Hibs fans again by awarding a goal-kick.
On the hour make, Izaguirre clattered into Doyle and although a free-lick was awarded, amazingly, no action was taken against the Honduran star.
The Hibs support left Craig Thompson in no doubt about their feelings on the matter.
On 58 minutes, Alan Maybury replaced fellow countryman Tim Clancy who had put in a sterling performance and twelve minutes later Griffiths was replaced by David Wotherspoon. The fans’ favourite had run himself into the ground and left the field to a standing ovation.
Tom Taiwo was next to see a yellow card for pulling back Wanyama, as Celtic started to dominate possession, and Wanyama struck a ferocious shot just wide of the near post before Williams had to beat away a dangerous cross from Paddy McCourt.
As the game entered the final ten minutes the referee missed a ‘Thierry Henry’ style handball inside the box and awarded Celtic a corner which was taken quickly as the Hibs players protested. In the stramash, the ball fell to Efe Ambrose who scooped it over the crossbar from almost on the goal-line to the relief of the Hibs fans.
Seconds later Ben Williams produced a sensational one handed save to deny Hooper after the striker’s shot had taken a bit deflection off of James McPake.
Danny Handling replaced Tom Taiwo as Hibs held on for a famous victory. The last time Hibs beat Celtic at Easter Road was on 7 December 2008 when a John Rankin ‘squiggler’ and a Colin Nish secured the three points for Mixu Paatelainen’s team.
After the game, a delighted Pat Fenlon said: “I thought we were magnificent today from start to finish and we deserved to win. I know Celtic put us under a lot of pressure in the second half, but I thought we had the better chances in the game. My two centre-halfs were different class and the goalkeeper behind them did really well for us. To a man, you have to take your hat off to them; their work-rate was fantastic.
“People were beginning to doubt us over the last few weeks and I am delighted for the players and the supporters. We’ve got to take great belief and confidence out of that; the key now is to rest them. We are looking forward to it. We’ve got to start going to Tynecastle and picking up something there. We haven’t done that enough over the years. It’s a big game for us. We know we are going to have to work really hard. Hearts are a decent side; they are a big, physical side.”
On-loan Manchester City defender Ryan McGivern was missing due to a tight hamstring but Fenlon revealed that he could return for the derby against Hearts on Thursday at Tynecastle.
“Hopefully Ryan might have a chance of being back for that, his hamstring is a bit sore, but he hasn’t torn it or pulled it, but it will be difficult to change the team, I suppose.”
Hibernian: Williams, Clancy (Maybury 58′), Hanlon, McPake, Deegan, Claros, Griffiths (Wotherspoon 71′), Doyle, Cairney, Stevenson, Taiwo (Handling 86′). Substitutes not used: Murdoch, Caldwell, Kuqi, Donaldson.
Celtic: Forster, Izaguirre, Ambrose (McGeouch 86′), Wilson, Brown, Samaras, Lassad (McCourt 65′), Lustig, Rogne (Kayal 69′), Wanyama, Hooper. Substitutes not used: Zaluska, Watt, Kidd, Chalmers.
Referee: Craig Thomson
Attendance 16,805