Hibernian 2 - 0 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Saturday, December 10th, 2016, 3:00 PM at Easter Road
Attendance: 13,881
Referee: John McKendrick
Hibernian v Dumbarton, Dec 10th 2016, Easter Road
Hibernian Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
Paul Hanlon (44)
Brian Graham (75)
None.

Team Managers
Neil Lennon Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Ross Laidlaw
David Gray
Paul Hanlon
Liam Fontaine
Marvin Bartley
Lewis Stevenson
Martin Boyle
Andrew Shinnie
Darren McGregor
Brian Graham
Jason Cummings
Alan Martin
Daniel Harvie
Darren Barr
Gregor Buchanan
Mark Docherty
Josh Todd
David Smith
Andy Stirling
Joe Thomson
Garry Fleming
Robert Thomson

Bench
Otso Virtanen
Grant Holt
Dylan McGeouch
Jordon Forster
Neal Eardley
Callum Crane
Scott Martin
Mark Brown
Craig Pettigrew
Ryan Stevenson
Lewis Crawford
Ross Lyden
Donald McCallum

Substitutions
Dylan McGeouch for Kyle Bartley (75) Ryan Stevenson for Garry Fleming (75)

Bookings
Andrew Shinnie (49) Daniel Harvie (32)
Darren Barr (64)

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Alan Martin (GK) 19 apps -
Daniel Harvie 16 apps -
Darren Barr 51 apps3 goals
Gregor Buchanan 58 apps2 goals
Mark Docherty 59 apps5 goals
Josh Todd 23 apps -
David Smith 23 apps1 goal
Andy Stirling 22 apps1 goal
Joe Thomson 16 apps1 goal
Garry Fleming 163 apps31 goals
Robert Thomson 23 apps4 goals
Ryan Stevenson (sub) 21 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Daniel Harvie (18 years 154 days)
Oldest Player:Darren Barr (31 years 276 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 153 days
Domestic Players:10 (90.91 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Ross Lyden (16 years 245 days)
Oldest Player:Mark Brown (35 years 294 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 141 days
Domestic Players:16 (94.12 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

AFTER the past few days, this probably wasn't the fixture Dumbarton wanted.

Away to the joint league leaders the sort of fixture where very few outside G82, G83 or G84 give you any chance.

In the end, those predictions came through, and Hibernian had something to spare besides goals by Paul Hanlon and Brian Graham.

Sons were brave, battled hard, kept the ball well in spells and restored a measure of pride on a day which was always going to be difficult.

What they did not have was the cutting edge required for a result which would have made outsiders sit up and take notice.

It was their fifth blank sheet in six games, a statistic they are working hard to put right.

For the first quarter of the game, they were holding their own. The defence held firm, and the ball got into promising positions further up the pitch without any end product.

After the 25-minute mark, Hibs found some sort of rhythm, and in quick succession, Hanlon and Graham were off target after creating decent openings.

Alan Martin was also kept active, denying Jason Cummings and then Hanlon as the pacesetters looked set to be frustrated.

But after David Gray had a shot deflected on to the bar and over, the resulting corner brought the opening goal one minute from the interval. It is the kind of time you concede when your luck is out.

Hanlon was left unmarked as the ball came into the area and bulleted the ball home.

Robert Thomson did force a chance in the second half after a corner resulted in a goalmouth scramble, but his narrow angled shot hit the side netting.

Once again a resolute defence was keeping the hosts out for long spells. Hibs did find a way to goal on 69 minutes when Graham headed on to give Cummings an easy finish, but Sons were spared by the offside flag.

But seven minutes later Graham did the job himself with a shot from the edge of the area after taking on a through ball.

Game over as a contest but there was still pride left to play for and the red and black jerseys did not let the heads drop.

They were fortunate when Graham somehow headed Martin Boyle's cross over from six yards, and Martin then did well to push away Andrew Shinnie's shot.

However, Sons could leave Easter Road facing no accusations of lacking effort against one of the teams setting the pace in the Championship.

Match report by Andy Galloway



Photography by Donald Fullarton

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