Leigh Griffiths scored twice as Hibs won a thriller at Dunfermline to leave the Pars four points adrift at the foot of the Scottish Premier League. Dunfermline Ath 2-3 Hibernian
Andy Kirk headed Dunfermline in front but Griffiths shot the visitors level before the half-time interval.
Garry O'Connor then walloped Hibs into the lead on 75 minutes.
Liam Buchanan tucked in a close-range equaliser but Griffiths hit back immediately with a shot that squirmed under goalkeeper Iain Turner.
The mistake from Turner marred an otherwise impressive debut that began when he gathered Griffiths' long-range shot after just 30 seconds.
Dunfermline midfielder Martin Hardie then saw his free-kick fly a yard wide of the target.
On 10 minutes, Hibs full-back Callum Booth linked well with Ivan Sproule before unleashing a stinging effort that Turner did well to turn behind for a corner.
But the home side were ahead three minutes later when Kirk took advantage of a static Hibs defence to flick in a header from six yards out after an excellent delivery from Joe Cardle.
Hardie had another opportunity from a set-piece but Mark Brown made a sprawling save to keep the ball out.
Hibs defender David Stephens headed a good chance wide from a corner but Pat Fenlon's side were soon level.
Dunfermline failed to clear their lines after a period of sustained pressure from the visitors and Griffiths latched on to a David Wotherspoon header to calmly slot an angled shot beyond Turner.
David Graham had an opportunity to restore Dunfermline's lead but he blazed wide at the back post after Hibs had failed to deal with a Cardle corner.
On the stroke of half-time, Hibs full-back Michael Hart fired a great cross into the Dunfermline penalty box but, just as Isaiah Osbourne shaped to volley from 10 yards, team-mate Eoin Doyle took the ball off his toes and layed it off to Sproule, who skewed a shot wide.
After a scrappy start to the second half, Osbourne had the visiting fans on their feet with a powerful run from midfield, culminating in a powerful shot that was straight at Turner, who was relieved to bat the ball to safety.
On the hour, Hibs made a positive switch with O'Connor replacing midfielder Wotherspoon and the striker did not take long to make an impact.
Sproule wasted a good chance at the back post with a poor header before the visitors went ahead from a swift counter-attack.
Booth charged forward to feed Griffiths, who found O'Connor in the penalty area and the Scotland international crashed a shot high into the net.
Hardie thought he had levelled with a header but Hart popped up on his goal-line to nod the ball away.
However, the Pars restored parity soon after when Hibs failed to deal with a Cardle free-kick and Buchanan was on hand to stab the ball home from close range.
The home fans were still celebrating when Hibs restored their lead and it was down to a gaffe from Turner, who let a shot from Griffiths squirm away from him despite getting a hand to the ball.
Brown was next to make a mistake, failing to hold on to a Cardle strike that was straight at him but Stephens spared his blushes with a clearance as the ball spun goalwards.
O'Connor was booked for diving in the frantic closing minutes of the game after a tangle with John Potter, who looked to have impeded the striker, but Hibs were not complaining when referee Alan Muir sounded the final whistle.
- 25 Turner
- 06 Keddie
- 13 Boyle
- 15 Dowie
- 16 Potter Booked
- 04 Mason (Thomson - 66' )
- 07 Cardle
- 08 Hardie Booked
- 09 Barrowman
- 10 Kirk (Buchanan - 71' )
- 11 Graham (Willis - 71' )
- 20 Smith
- 05 Rutkiewicz
- 22 Willis
- 23 Thomson
- 34 Byrne
- 12 McDougall
- 19 Buchanan
- 31 Brown
- 02 Hart
- 03 Booth
- 04 Hanlon
- 20 Stephens Booked
- 07 Wotherspoon (O'Connor - 61' Booked )
- 16 Stevenson
- 17 Sproule Booked
- 24 Osbourne Booked (Galbraith - 86' )
- 10 Doyle (Francomb - 69' )
- 28 Griffiths Booked
- 01 Stack
- 22 Francomb
- 25 Towell
- 34 Smith
- 11 Galbraith
- 33 Stanton
- 09 O'Connor
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.90:00 +2:28
Andrew Barrowman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lewis Stevenson. Mark Brown takes the free kick.90:00 +1:02
The offside flag is raised against Ivan Sproule. Iain Turner takes the indirect free kick.89:19 Booking
Booking Garry O'Connor is booked.88:13
Corner taken short by Leigh Griffiths.87:35
Short corner worked by Leigh Griffiths.86:54
Joe Cardle takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown.85:47 Substitution
Substitution Daniel Galbraith on for Isaiah Osbourne.85:16 Booking
Booking Leigh Griffiths booked for dissent.84:14
Free kick crossed by Joe Cardle, clearance by Paul Hanlon.84:14 Booking
Booking Isaiah Osbourne is cautioned.84:07
Unfair challenge on Andrew Barrowman by Isaiah Osbourne results in a free kick.83:00 Goal scored
Goal! - Leigh Griffiths - Dunf'mline 2 - 3 Hibernian Leigh Griffiths grabs a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dunfermline 2-3 Hibernian.81:53 Goal scored
Goal! - Liam Buchanan - Dunf'mline 2 - 2 Hibernian Liam Buchanan gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dunfermline 2-2 Hibernian.81:05
George Francomb gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Cardle. Joe Cardle produces a cross,79:30
Corner taken by Joe Cardle from the left by-line, Martin Hardie takes a shot. David Stephens makes a clearance.78:16
Corner taken by Joe Cardle, clearance made by Ivan Sproule.77:44
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Joe Cardle played to the near post, clearance by David Stephens.76:08
Callum Booth delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Martin Hardie makes a clearance.76:08 Booking
Booking John Potter is shown a yellow card for dissent.
John Potter concedes a free kick for a foul on Leigh Griffiths.74:34
Assist by Leigh Griffiths.74:34 Goal scored
Goal! - Garry O'Connor - Dunf'mline 1 - 2 Hibernian A goal is scored by Garry O'Connor from inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Dunfermline 1-2 Hibernian.74:08
Joe Cardle takes a shot. Mark Brown makes a save.69:59 Substitution
Substitution Paul Willis comes on in place of David Graham.69:59 Substitution
Substitution Liam Buchanan on for Andy Kirk.69:59
The referee blows for offside. Mark Brown takes the indirect free kick.68:14 Substitution
Substitution George Francomb on for Eoin Doyle.67:38 Substitution
Substitution Paul Willis comes on in place of Andy Kirk.67:18
The ball is swung over by Joe Cardle.66:18
The ball is sent over by Isaiah Osbourne, Ivan Sproule takes a shot. Save by Iain Turner.65:08 Substitution
Substitution Ryan Thomson replaces Gary Mason.64:41
Andrew Barrowman produces a cross, save by Mark Brown.63:15
Andy Dowie challenges Ivan Sproule unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Hanlon takes the direct free kick.60:36
Free kick taken by Patrick Boyle.60:36 Substitution
Substitution Garry O'Connor is brought on as a substitute for David Wotherspoon.60:36
Michael Hart gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Cardle.59:31
The ball is sent over by Patrick Boyle, clearance by Michael Hart.58:27
Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Save made by Iain Turner.57:51
David Graham concedes a free kick for a foul on Isaiah Osbourne. Callum Booth takes the free kick.57:21
Corner taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths from the right by-line, clearance by Alex Keddie.56:57
Isaiah Osbourne takes a shot. Iain Turner makes a save.56:07
Leigh Griffiths challenges Alex Keddie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Iain Turner.53:23
Foul by Alex Keddie on Leigh Griffiths, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by David Wotherspoon, save by Iain Turner.52:16
Unfair challenge on Patrick Boyle by David Wotherspoon results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Alex Keddie.51:27
The referee blows for offside. Mark Brown takes the free kick.50:26
Shot from outside the box by Joe Cardle goes wide right of the target.48:16
The referee blows for offside against Leigh Griffiths. John Potter takes the free kick.47:27
The referee blows for offside against Andy Kirk. Mark Brown takes the free kick.45:17
Corner taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths, save by Iain Turner.45:01
The second half has started.45:00 +2:03 Half time
Half Time The referee blows for half time.45:00 +0:50
Joe Cardle delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.45:00 +0:50 Booking
Booking David Stephens is shown a yellow card.45:00 +0:43
David Stephens concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Barrowman.45:00 +0:06
Michael Hart sends in a cross, Ivan Sproule has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.44:07
David Graham produces a cross, David Stephens manages to make a clearance.43:36
David Wotherspoon takes a shot. Save made by Iain Turner.42:13
The official flags Andy Kirk offside. Mark Brown takes the free kick.41:45
Unfair challenge on Alex Keddie by Eoin Doyle results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Potter.39:15
Paul Hanlon challenges Andrew Barrowman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Martin Hardie fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.37:45
Outswinging corner taken by Joe Cardle from the right by-line, Effort from deep inside the area by David Graham misses to the right of the goal.36:12
A cross is delivered by Eoin Doyle.33:56
Lewis Stevenson fouled by Andrew Barrowman, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Brown takes the free kick.32:55 Goal scored
Goal! - Leigh Griffiths - Dunf'mline 1 - 1 Hibernian Leigh Griffiths finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Dunfermline 1-1 Hibernian.31:47
David Wotherspoon produces a cross, Alex Keddie makes a clearance.31:11
Andy Kirk produces a cross, Mark Brown makes a save.29:19
The ball is crossed by Eoin Doyle.28:11
Centre by David Graham, blocked by Paul Hanlon.27:11
Andy Kirk is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Mark Brown takes the free kick.25:37
Free kick crossed left-footed by Callum Booth, David Stephens makes a clearance.25:37 Booking
Booking Booking for Ivan Sproule.25:36 Booking
Booking Martin Hardie is shown a yellow card.25:00
Unfair challenge on Leigh Griffiths by Martin Hardie results in a free kick.21:37
Corner taken by Joe Cardle from the right by-line, clearance made by David Stephens.20:45
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Stephens on Andrew Barrowman. Strike comes in from Martin Hardie from the free kick, save by Mark Brown.19:46
Leigh Griffiths takes a inswinging corner to the near post.19:18
Corner taken by Leigh Griffiths, clearance made by Alex Keddie.18:47
Leigh Griffiths takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Patrick Boyle.18:20
Foul by Andy Kirk on Callum Booth, free kick awarded. Callum Booth restarts play with the free kick.17:20
Foul by Andrew Barrowman on Michael Hart, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Michael Hart.15:42
Andy Kirk crosses the ball, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.13:02
The assist for the goal came from Joe Cardle.13:02 Goal scored
Goal! - Andy Kirk - Dunf'mline 1 - 0 Hibernian Andy Kirk grabs a headed goal from close range. Dunfermline 1-0 Hibernian.12:33
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Wotherspoon on Patrick Boyle. Joe Cardle crosses the ball,10:58
Andy Kirk challenges Paul Hanlon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.9:00
David Wotherspoon takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Alex Keddie.8:47
The ball is swung over by Eoin Doyle, Patrick Boyle makes a clearance.6:02
The offside flag is raised against Andy Kirk. Mark Brown takes the indirect free kick.4:40
Michael Hart fouled by Joe Cardle, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Hart.3:23
Unfair challenge on Gary Mason by David Wotherspoon results in a free kick. Martin Hardie shoots direct from the free kick.2:52
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Kirk by David Stephens. Direct free kick taken by Alex Keddie.1:31
Unfair challenge on Paul Hanlon by Andy Kirk results in a free kick. Mark Brown takes the direct free kick.0:34
Shot by Leigh Griffiths. Save by Iain Turner.0:00
The referee gets the game underway.
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