Hibernian 4 - 0 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016, 7:45 PM at Easter Road
Attendance: 6,686
Referee: Don Robertson
Hibernian v Dumbarton, Apr 26th 2016, Easter Road
Hibernian Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
James Keatings (7)
James Keatings (13)
Kevin Cawley o.g. (75)
Anthony Stokes (90)
None.

Team Managers
Alan Stubbs Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Conrad Logan
Niklas Gunnarson
Darren McGregor
Paul Hanlon
Lewis Stevenson
James Keatings
Liam Henderson
Fraser Fyvie
John McGinn
Martin Boyle
Anthony Stokes
Jamie Ewings
Frazer Wright
Darren Barr
Gregor Buchanan
Steven Saunders
Mark Docherty
Calum Waters
Grant Gallagher
Jon Routledge
Paul Heffernan
Kevin Cawley

Bench
Otso Virtanen
David Gray
Liam Fontaine
Danny Handling
Chris Dagnall
Kevin Thomson
Jason Cummings
Mark Brown
Tom Walsh
Garry Fleming
Jamie Lindsay
Donald McCallum
Scott Taggart
Christian Nade

Substitutions
None. Garry Fleming for Grant Gallagher (63)
Christian Nade for Paul Heffernan (63)
Tom Walsh for Calum Waters (77)

Bookings
Anthony Stokes (72) Frazer Wright (40)
Grant Gallagher (57)
Jon Routledge (72)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Jamie Ewings (GK) 77 apps -
Frazer Wright 31 apps -
Darren Barr 35 apps3 goals
Gregor Buchanan 36 apps1 goal
Steven Saunders 26 apps4 goals
Mark Docherty 38 apps2 goals
Calum Waters 20 apps1 goal
Grant Gallagher 37 apps4 goals
Jon Routledge 38 apps -
Paul Heffernan 7 apps -
Kevin Cawley 38 apps3 goals
Garry Fleming (sub) 142 apps27 goals
Tom Walsh (sub) 15 apps1 goal
Christian Nade (sub) 14 apps7 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Calum Waters (20 years 52 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 134 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 125 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Donald McCallum (19 years 216 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 134 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 118 days
Domestic Players:15 (83.33 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

HAD Tuesday's fixtures taken place last midweek, their combination of results may have been cause for concern to Dumbarton.

Fortunately, they weren't.

Sons were well beaten 4-0 by Hibernian in a spirited performance which was topped and tailed by the concession of goals.

James Keatings, often a scorer against Sons for Hamilton Accies, inflicted most of the damage. Depending on whose version of events you listen to, he either scored two or three times.

He was credited with a hat-trick by the referee, but his 'third' was the result of a huge deflection off the unfortunate Kevin Cawley. The Sons man will probably be quite happy to give the goal to Keatings.

Anthony Stokes bundled in the fourth goal in the final minute of an evening where Sons battled hard, but could have lost by more.

Of greater concern will be the fact that this was the ninth consecutive away game where they have failed to score.

With the season's target having been met on Survival Saturday, not a great deal of damage was done.

But road trips are now following a familiar pattern which everybody hopes will end at Alloa in the season's finale on Sunday.

Hopes were almost as high as the spirits going into the Easter Road clash, following the win over St Mirren which confirmed Sons' place in the 2016/17 Championship.

But within 13 minutes they were misplaced.

After six of those minutes Fraser Fyvie's low through ball found Keatings, who made no mistake with a clinical finish.

Keeper Jamie Ewings was expected to be busy on the night and turned away Liam Henderson's free kick, before Paul Hanlon stabbed wide of a gaping goal.

However, after Ewings made a fine close range block from Martin Boyle, the ball was played back into the area and Keatings again found the net.

It looked ominous, but after Ewings made another fine save from Henderson, and the same player then shot wide when well placed, Sons got a grip.

Calum Waters connected with a free kick in the area, but his shot was blocked by the keeper's legs.

Then Cawley latched on to Paul Heffernan's header and turned to shoot on the edge of the area, but his effort missed the target.

Right on half time Hibs should have made it 3-0 when Lewis Stevenson squared for Niklas Gunnarsson, who miskicked in front of goal.

Instead the deficit remained at two goals, and if Sons could keep it tight in the second half, the next goal may have been vital.

They did keep it tight to begin with, but struggled to get the goal. Indeed, only a miraculous save by Ewings from Stokes, who looked set to tap in, denied Hibs a third.

He then kept out the same player from 20 yards before the moment that removed any doubt on 74 minutes.

Keatings shaped up to shoot on the edge of the area before Cawley's inadvertent touch carried the ball over Ewings and into the net.

Hibs threatened to increase the deficit from there, with Dumbarton running on empty following their efforts three days before.

Henderson twice missed the target while Ewings saved well from Stokes and Boyle. All Sons managed in response was a Tom Walsh cross which just missed a touch from Jon Routledge.

But it was 4-0 in the final minute when Ewings pawed away Darren McGregor's header from a corner, but could do nothing to deny Stokes.

Thirty-five down, one to go. Hopefully one more win, but even if not, the target is hit.

Match report by Andy Galloway

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