By: Hibernian Media on 30 Jul, 2019 22:25
Hibernian concluded their pre-season campaign on Tuesday evening with a match under the floodlights against English Premier League side, Newcastle United.
Steve Bruce’s Magpies were value for their 3-1 victory and earned it after trailing early on.
Stevie Mallan fired Hibernian ahead after only nine minutes with a trademark finish from the edge of the box before £40m striker Joelinton levelled six minutes later.
Sean Longstaff scored a stunning second goal for the visitors midway through he first half and Jamaal Lascelles added a third after the break.
Hibernian won’t come up against the quality that Newcastle possess too often and tonight’s contest was good preparation ahead of this weekend’s Ladbrokes Premiership opener against St Mirren.
Newcastle United’s record signing, Brazilian Joelinton, was involved twice in the opening exchanges as the Magpies started brightly.
First, he was denied what would have been a simple tap in as Paul Hanlon slid in to clear a low delivery after Jonjo Shelvey had released Javier Manquillo in behind on the right.
Seconds later, Manquillo attempted to put Joelinton through on goal only for a brilliant last-gasp challenge from Darren McGregor to poke the ball away before the striker could shoot.
Hibernian opened the scoring in the 9th minute as Mallan dispatched a Florian Kamberi knock down with aplomb from the edge of the penalty box.
It didn’t take the visitors long to restore parity as Manquillo delivered for Joelinton to finish and open his account for the Magpies.
The match had all the intensity of classic auld enemy encounters from yesteryear and Hibernian responded with a Joe Newell effort that took a deflection off Longstaff and looped just over the visitors’ crossbar.
Newcastle were enjoying the better of the exchanges and it took two terrific saves from Ofir Marciano to keep Hibernian level.
First, he produced a stunning instinctive save to spare the blushes of Hanlon after the defender had slid in to block Longstaff’s cross, only to push it towards goal.
Then, he stood tall to deny Almiron after the Newcastle player found himself clean through on goal.
Newcastle should have scored soon after when Shelvey’s cross was dummied by Joelinton and Lascelles stabbed his shot wide when it appeared a simple finish.
It was going to take something special to beat Marciano and Longstaff provided it on 34 minutes with a rasping low drive from 25 yards that gave the keeper no chance of saving.
Heckingbottom made seven changes during the interval whilst Bruce retained the same XI that started the evening.
The match tempo dropped considerably during the second period however Newcastle remained the most likely to score next.
They should have grabbed a third goal in 58 minutes when the impressive Joelinton was put through on goal however on this occasion the Brazilian got it all wrong and got caught in two minds whether to shoot or pass to Almiron. In the end he failed to do either and his scuffed effort was saved by Chris Maxwell.
Hibernian were finding it difficult to break through the visitors’ lines but did have an effort from substitute Steven Whittaker that was deflected wide of goal.
Newcastle deservedly increased their advantage in the 71st minute when Lascelles powerfully headed in Rolando Aarons’ delivery from the left.
It took until the 74th minute of the match before Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow made a save of note as the stopper threw himself to his left to push an angled drive from Oli Shaw round his far post.
Darlow was called into action again soon after as Fraser Murray had a dig from distance and the goalkeeper saved comfortably.
In the dying moments of the match Newcastle almost grabbed a fourth goal when Jamie Gullan cleared Federico Fernandez’s header off the goal line.
Hibernian: Marciano (Maxwell 46’), Hanlon (Jackson 46’), Slivka (Vela 46’), Newell (Horgan 46’), Mallan (Allan 46’), James (Whittaker 46’), Kamberi (Doidge 46’), McGregor (Porteous 65’), Shaw (Gullan 80’), Murray (Campbell 80’), Mackie (Doig 90’). Substitute not used: Stirling.
Newcastle United: Darlow, Dummett (Clark 71’), Schar (Fernandez 78’), Lascelles, Shelvey (M. Longstaff 78,), Joelinton (Muto 69’) , Ritchie (Aarons 11’), Hayden, Manquillo (Sterry 78’), Almiron (Murphy 69’), S. Longstaff (Sung-Yeung 60’). Substitute not used: Woodman.
Referee: John Beaton.
Image: Alan Rennie.