By: Hibernian Media on 20 Jul, 2019 17:40
Hibernian earned a 2-0 over Alloa Athletic on Saturday afternoon courtesy of second half goals from Christian Doidge and Tom James.
It was a match the Hibernian dominated throughout, with chances being created throughout the first half but not taken.
Doidge’s goal, his first competitive goal for the club, put Hibernian ahead, before James also scored his first in green and white with a fine curling effort into the top corner to seal the win.
The game also marked the return of Martin Boyle to the team after he missed the second half of the season after being injured on international duty with Australia.
He was instrumental in the opening few minutes with his trademark driving runs creating openings for Hibernian and forcing the visiting defence and midfield to retreat.
Alloa were comfortable to pack out their defensive half and make it difficult for Paul Heckingbottom’s team to play through. Despite this, they still created a handful of good openings.
Steven Whittaker volleyed wide from the edge of the area before he then headed wide from a Stevie Mallan corner.
Within a minute of that chance the impressive Boyle charged beyond an attempted tackle and played in Doidge, but the Welshman’s effort was saved well by Neil Parry.
More chances continued to be created with Hibernian on top, but Alloa sent out a warning shot when a cross was whipped into the box by Adam Brown, with Kevin O’Hara not getting a clean connection on it and it drifted away from goal.
Parry was forced into more saves from Doidge and Daryl Horgan, before another two counterattacks from Alloa threatened to send Hibernian into the break a goal down.
The first saw Brown maraud forward with the ball after winning it inside his own half, but his effort was off-target, and just a few minutes later the winger teed up Alan Trouten, with the forward drilling a strike narrowly wide.
Half-time soon arrived and Head Coach Heckingbottom opted to reshuffle his formation with Scott Allan replacing Flo Kamberi and Josh Campbell switched out for Fraser Murray.
Again, Hibernian were dominating the match and Allan almost made an instant impact when his low effort was deflected on its way to goal, but the impressive Parry reacted well to turn it behind for a corner.
More chances came Hibs’ way – including a penalty appeal. Scott Taggart appeared to have a hand on Doidge’s back and prevented him getting his head on the ball from Paul Hanlon’s cross.
Parry was soon called back into action when he saved from Boyle, Doidge and Whittaker, but on 68 minutes he was finally beaten.
Murray looked up and played a great ball over the Alloa defence. Doidge showed great endeavour to continue to run forward and got to the ball before the advancing Parry to open the scoring, with the goalkeeper needing to be replaced after colliding with the Welsh striker.
Hibernian remained in control of the game after the goal and Doidge appeared to have added a second, but he was denied by the flag of Chris Phillips after he sent a header beyond Parry’s replacement Chris Henry.
A second goal did arrive, but it was for another of our Welsh arrivals in the summer – James.
The ball broke from a corner and he curled in a peach of an effort from the edge of the area into the top corner to double the lead with 84 minutes gone.
There was one final chance for the home side to add a third goal, but Whittaker could only fire over the bar from a tight angle.
Next up for Hibernian is a home match against Arbroath on Tuesday 23 July at 7:45pm, with tickets on sale now.
Hibernian: Marciano, Whittaker, McGregor, Hanlon, James, Campbell (Murray, 45), Mallan, Horgan, Boyle (Shaw, 85), Kamberi (Allan, 45), Doidge. Unused substitutes: Maxwell, Jackson, Stirling, Doig.
Alloa Athletic: Parry (Henry, 71), Robertson, Dick, Taggart, Graham, Hetherington, Cawley, Flannigan, O’Hara, Trouten (Buchanan, 63), Brown. Unused substitutes: Henry, Stirling, O’Donnell, Aloulou, Gillespie, Murray.