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Hibs Finish Second After Falkirk Win

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Hibs ended the season in style with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Falkirk this afternoon. Goals from Martin Boyle, Jason Cummings (pictured) and Dominique Malonga secured second place in the Championship and Hibs now await the winners of Queen of the South and Rangers in the play-off semi final in eighteen days time.

Head Coach Alan Stubbs kept faith with the starting XI that beat Alloa athletic at Easter Road last Saturday but was able to include David Gray on the bench after his early return from injury.

Hibs went into the game knowing that a victory would be enough to stay ahead of third placed Rangers who faced Hearts at Tynecastle, and grabbed an early lead when Scott Allan sent a superb through ball into the path of Boyle who slotted the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Boyle almost added a second two minutes later when he charged through on goal but Jamie MacDonald did well to clear the ball.

Falkirk then applied some pressure and there was some nerves amongst the large travelling support when the news came in that Rangers had taken the lead and then added a second against Hearts.

Within a minute however Hibs doubled their advantage when Allan picked out Cummings and the youngster calmly rounded the keeper and tapped the ball into the net from three yards.

Just after the break Jordon Forster picked up an ankle injury and was replaced by Gray.

The game then became ill-tempered and Malonga was booked for a late challenge on McCracken. Ex Hibs midfielder Tom Taiwo then left Boyle lying on the turf with a solid challenge and the goalscorer was forced to leave the pitch to be replaced by Sam Stanton.

With 12 minutes remaining Hibs wrapped things up after breaking out from a Falkirk corner. Cummings won possession and sent an inch perfect through ball into the path of Malonga who coolly slotted the ball past MacDonald sparking jubilation from the Hibs fans behind the goal.

In the 84th minute Fraser Fyvie replaced Cummings who left the field to a standing ovation.

The news that Hearts had scored two late goals was irrelevant.

Falkirk: MacDonald, Duffie, McCracken, Grant, Dick, Kerr, Vaulks, Taiwo, Alston, Sibbald, Baird. Subs: Muirhead, Smith, Bowman, Cooper, Blair, Shepherd, Morgan.

Hibs: Oxley, Forster, Hanlon, Fontaine, Stevenson, Robertson, Craig, Alan, Boyle, Malonga, Cummings. Subs: Cerny, Stanton, El Alagui, Gray, Martin, Fyvie.

Attendance: 7672

Photo by John Preece

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Hibs Victorious In Edinburgh Derby

 

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Hibs’ hopes of finishing second are still alive thanks to a well-deserved 2-0 victory over champions Hearts at Easter Road this afternoon.

Head Coach Alan Stubbs made two changes to the starting XI that beat Dumbarton on Wednesday with Dylan McGeouch returning from injury in place of the injured Scott Robertson and Fraser Fyvie taking over from club captain Liam Craig who dropped down to the bench, and Liam Fontaine took the armband in his absence. Continue reading

Honours Even In Hard Fought Edinburgh Derby

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Hibs and Hearts shared the points this afternoon in a hard fought yet entertaining Edinburgh Derby in front of a full house at Tynecastle.

Jason Cummings (pictured) opened the scoring only for Jamie Walker to grab an equaliser just before half time.

Head Coach Alan Stubbs kept faith with the same starting XI that hammered Rangers 4-0 last Saturday.

New on-loan signing Martin Boyle was on the bench alongside Dylan McGeouch who returned to the squad following a period on the sidelines due to injury. Continue reading

Late Wonder Goal Denies Hibs A Deserved Derby Win

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A 40 yard wonder goal from Hearts’ Turkish defender Alim Ozturk deep into stoppage time secured a valuable point for the league leaders in a hard fought Edinburgh derby this afternoon at Easter Road.

Hibs had taken the lead in the first half through Dominique Malonga and had chances to wrap the game up, but typically Hearts’ never say die attitude ensured their unbeaten record continues.

Head Coach Alan Stubbs made one change to the starting line up who hammered Livingston last weekend with Liam Fontaine returning to the team in place of Callum Booth. Continue reading

Business as usual as Hibs lose yet another Edinburgh derby

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Despite the positive statements coming from Easter Road about changing the style of play, increasing the confidence of the players and bringing in quality rather than quantity, it was business as usual at Tynecastle this afternoon with Hibs’ players resorting to the aimless long ball tactics of last season and Hearts emerging as comfortable winners.

Head coach Alan Stubbs made two changes to the starting line-up that beat Livingston last Saturday. Danny Handling returned from suspension replacing Paul Heffernan and Michael Nelson taking over from the injured Paul Hanlon.

With Hearts’ two first choice goalkeepers injured, youngster Jack Hamilton took his place in goal.

After thirty minutes of neither team creating a chance, Hibs were given a great chance to take the lead when Hamilton collided with Handling inside the box and referee Collum pointed to the spot.

Skipper Liam Craig took the resultant penalty but missed the target with a poorly struck effort.

Mark Oxley then made a superb stop to deny Sam Nicholson before Jordon McGhee’s volley flew inches past the post just before the break. Continue reading

Goal From Keeper Oxley Secures Win For Hibs

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A goal from Hibs’ goalkeeper Mark Oxley secured the three points for the Easter Road side this afternoon against Livingston in a hard fought encounter.

Head Coach Alan Stubbs made one enforced change to the line-up that lost narrowly to Rangers in midweek with veteran striker Paul Heffernan replacing the suspended Danny Handling. Continue reading

Hibs’ Relegation Worries Deepen With Latest Derby Defeat

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Hibs’ hopes of avoiding the play-off spot suffered another set-back this afternoon after losing the last Edinburgh derby of the season to neighbours Hearts at Easter Road.

Manager Terry Butcher made four changes from last weekend with Scott Robertson, Jason Cummings, Ryan McGivern and Liam Craig returning to the starting XI. Continue reading

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