By: Hibernian Media on 03 Jul, 2019 22:00
A Steven Doris double ensured Hibernian tasted defeat in their first pre-season run-out.
But there was a reassuring reminder of Scott Allan’s talent, with the returning playmaker scoring a screamer to give supporters a glimpse of what they can expect from him this term.
A healthy travelling support were treated to the return of fit-again Martin Boyle, who featured for the first time since sustaining a serious knee injury back in December while on international duty with Australia.
There was also the chance to get an early look at new signings Adam Jackson and Christian Doidge – who both played from the start in a young line-up.
Development Squad regular Ben Stirling caught the eye in the early stages and he came close to opening the scoring on 12 minutes, with a powerful drive from 30 yards that home keeper Derek Gaston did well to tip round the post.
Gaston produced another fine stop to deny Hibs seven minutes later.
The Hibees were awarded a penalty when Doidge got the better of Thomas O’Brien but, after dusting himself down to take the spot-kick himself, the former Forest Green Rovers front-man was left frustrated by the ex-Morton shot-stopper’s agility.
Arbroath made Hibs pay with 32 minutes on the clock – taking the lead in fine style.
Doris latched on to a long ball and was composed with a low finish that had the beating of Patrick Martin in goal.
Paul Heckingbottom made nine changes at the break as the players are methodically rotated to gradually build up their match fitness.
Boyle, Daryl Horgan, David Gray, Doidge, Fraser Murray, Jackson, Josh Campbell, Sean Mackie and Stirling made way for Allan, Darren McGregor, Flo Kamberi, Joe Newell, Oli Shaw, Steven Whittaker, Stevie Mallan, Tom James and trialist striker Moon.
Three minutes after the restart the hosts doubled their lead, with an awkward bounce of the ball deceiving Martin and allowing Doris the chance to tap home.
With 58 minutes played there was a reminder that class is permanent.
Mallan fed Allan with a short corner on the edge of the box and the fan favourite – back for his third spell at the club – needed no invitation to rifle the ball into the top corner and reduce the deficit.
Shaw fired over after good link-up play between Moon and Kamberi but again it was Arbroath who took advantage, with Spence squeezing in a third from a tight angle.
Moon nodded in from close range in the dying minutes of what was a good workout for the squad.
Next up is a trip to East End Park to play Dunfermline on Saturday as the players step up their pre-season preparations.
Hibernian (first half): Martin, Gray, Jackson, Hanlon, Mackie, Stirling, Campbell, Murray, Boyle, Doidge, Horgan.
Hibernian (second half): Martin, Whittaker, McGregor, Hanlon (Sadiki 65), James, Newell, Allan, Mallan, Moon (trialist), Kamberi, Shaw.
Referee: Mike Roncone.