By: Hibernian Media on 26 Aug, 2014 22:42
Sam Stanton came off the bench to score a dramatic late winner with Hibernian defeating Dumbarton 3-2 at Easter Road in the second round of the League Cup.
Hibernian were trailing 2-0 with 12 minutes remaining before staging a memorable comeback to progress through to the next round of the competition.
Michel Megginson and Mark Gilhaney appeared to have put the visitors through before a late double from Farid El Alagui and a stunning goal from Stanton won the game.
Can Hibs build on tonight’s comeback when they face Alloa Athletic at Recreation Park on Saturday (30 August, kick off 3pm)?
Hibs found Dumbarton a stuffy side to break down with Murray’s men defending deep and in numbers from the off.
That’s not to say the home side didn’t create chances, they did, and lots of them, but for long spells they lacked the clinical edge to make their dominance count where it matters most; sticking it in the net.
Alan Stubbs’ men almost got off to the perfect start when El Alagui linked up with Alex Harris and the winger slipped the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Danny Rodgers only for Andy Graham to hook clear before the ball could cross the line.
Hibs had further first half chances with Danny Handling going close to celebrating his new four-year-deal with a goal following El Alagui’s flick on before the French forward himself stung the arms of Rodgers with a fierce drive on the angle.
Debutant Liam Fontaine almost got his Hibs career off to a flyer when he was picked out by a Harris corner however his header finished wide of the far post.
Just as he did in the first half Harris had a gilt-edged chance shortly after the restart when slipped in by Handling only to screw his shot from close range into the side netting.
The seemingly inevitable sucker-punch came on 51 minutes when Scott Agnew’s deep corner kick was headed back across goal by Colin Nish and Megginson hooked a terrific finish high into the Hibs net.
Seven minutes later the visitors doubled their advantage when the ball ricochet off Gilhaney into the net despite the efforts of Jordon Forster and Mark Oxley.
Those goals initially knocked the stuffing from Hibs who eventually recovered and had a looping shot from Jason Cummings acrobatically kept out by Rogers before Scott Allan’s shot was deflected wide.
Hibs’ perseverance eventually paid off when El Alagui glanced a close range header in from David Gray’s pin-point delivery before moments later powering an effort beyond Rogers from Forster’s hanging cross to level.
Having hauled themselves back from the brink Hibs continued to pour forward and got the rewards their bravery merited when Stanton curled a terrific effort into the far corner of the net from the edge of the area with just one minute remaining.
Hibernian: Oxley, Gray, Fontaine, Forster, Harris (Cummings 56’), Robertson, El Alagui, Handling (Stanton 68’), S Allan, Booth, Kennedy. Substitutes not used: Perntreou, Heffernan, Tudur Jones, L Allan, Dunsmore.
Dumbarton: Rodgers, van Zanten, Linton, Graham, Turner, Gilhaney, Agnew, Nish (Kirkpatrick 71’), Megginson, Taggart, Flemming (Campbell 81’). Substitutes not used: Ewings, Prunty, Murray, McDougal, Coleman.
Referee: Don Robertson.