By: Hibernian Media on 09 Jul, 2019 22:00
Josh Campbell’s first senior goal for Hibernian capped a dramatic late comeback in Carlisle.
With just three minutes remaining, Steven Pressley’s home side were in pole position only for quickfire goals from Christian Doidge and Campbell to turn the tide and send the 1065-strong travelling support back north in good spirits.
Following on from Saturday’s win over Dunfermline, this trip to Brunton Park was the final test before competitive action returns this weekend against Stirling Albion in the Betfred Cup.
A bright start saw Daryl Horgan turn in the first shot on goal after two minutes, which was deflected wide for a corner.
Stevie Mallan got in on the act with a trademark strike from distance, which was also turned behind, while Joe Newell dragged an effort wide.
Hibs kept up the pressure, with Oli Shaw cutting in from the left before testing Carlisle keeper Louis Gray.
For all those early opportunities it was the hosts who took the lead on the half-hour mark.
Jack Bridge fired a low shot on goal that just evaded Ofir Marciano, who was making his first appearance of pre-season following an extended break to recover from international duty with Israel.
The Hibees pushed for a leveller, with Mallan drawing a save from Gray.
Oli Shaw did well to tee up Kamberi, but Gray was again equal to the attempt when the Swiss striker looked certain to score.
It didn’t take long for Kamberi to get his own back, with a composed finish below the diving Gray with 37 minutes on the clock.
Trialist Ryan Moon replaced Newell at the break as Paul Heckingbottom gave the South African international striker another chance to impress but it was Hallam Hope instead, for the hosts, that caught the eye with a spectacular shot for their second goal.
After taking a touch on his chest, Hope lashed the ball beyond Marciano and into the top corner on the volley.
Heckingbottom shuffled the pack again after 59 minutes with Shaw, Horgan and Kamberi replaced by Doidge, Allan and Fraser Murray.
Ben Stirling replaced Mallan shortly afterwards.
Carlisle stretched their lead on 68 minutes, with the unfortunate Darren McGregor deflecting the ball into his own goal.
Hibs reduced the deficit thanks, in part, to some dogged work from Doidge who did well to win the ball, hold off his man and slide the ball into the path of Allan, who curled home.
Development Squad summer signing Josh Doig got another run-out when he took the place of Sean Mackie.
With time running out Doidge capped an impressive cameo with a thumping header from an Allan corner.
And there was another twist in the tale as Campbell kept his cool in the dying seconds.
Carlisle Utd (first half): Gray, Branthwaite, Webster, Mellish, Iredale, Ricketts, Bridge, Jones, Dixon, McKirdy, Storey. Second half: Gray, Elliott, Duffus, Ricketts (Kerr 59), Mellish (Birch 59), Hope, Scougall, Reeves, Dixon (Charters 59), Bridge (Armstrong 59), Knight-Percival.
Hibernian: Marciano, James, McGregor, Jackson, Mackie (Doig 80), Horgan (Murray 59), Mallan (Stirling 60), Campbell, Newell (Moon 46), Shaw (Allan 59), Kamberi (Doidge 59).
Referee: Anthony Backhouse.