Hibernian staged an eye-catching comeback to record a 2-2 draw in their final pre-season friendly against Huddersfield Town at Easter Road - after conceding twice inside the opening 15 minutes.

Buoyant, upbeat and purposeful Town, who had drawn against Kilmarnock in a friendly earlier on in the week, immediately looked sharp and dangerous in the final third.

Hibernian managed to survive a few early scares and appeared to contain the away side reasonably comfortably, although keeper Ben Williams, on his debut, was forced to make a couple of decent saves.

At kick off, bright sunshine had illuminated the stadium, but then, as a cloudburst led to a momentary downpour, Hibernian leaked an avoidable goal, although there was a suspicion of offside.

Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes provided the cross and Town forward Lee Novak applied the finish on 12 minutes to put Huddersfield ahead.

Town then doubled their lead with a special goal from new signing Sean Scannell, who evaded challenges from both David Stephens and James McPake before curling his shot past Williams.


At that point, Hibernian appeared destined to lose their final practice match of the summer, but Town hadn't accounted for the renewed spirit in the home side.

Gradually, Hibernian started to shake off their lethargy and moved the ball around sensibly and progressively. Soon enough, Hibernian were in the ascendancy and reduced the deficit when David Wotherspoon's cleverly escaped down the left flank and his cross was volleyed in by Leigh Griffiths.

It was an explosive finish that brought the Easter Road crowd to life and suddenly it gave the game a new perspective.

After that, Hibernian more than matched their English Championship opponents, but Huddersfield still looked useful on the break.

Nevertheless, Ivan Sproule scored a memorable goal to restore parity to the friendly fixture. The Northern Ireland internationalist latched onto Griffiths' raking cross-field pass and cut inside before slotting a powerful shot into the top corner of Nick Colgan's net.

It was a breathtaking goal and one that will certainly make the top-five of Sproule's all-time great goals in the green of Hibernian.

Overall, a draw was a fair result and Hibernian can look optimistically ahead towards next weekend's SPL kick-off.

Hibernian: (4-2-3-1) Williams, Clancy, Stephens, McPake, Hanlon, Claros, Stevenson, Sproule, Wotherspoon, Doyle, Griffiths

Subs: Antell, Trialist, Booth, O'Hanlon, Kujabi, Handling, Trialist, Stanton, Cairney, Caldwell, Smith