By: Hibernian Media on 13 Sep, 2014 17:54
Jason Cummings scored a dramatic late winner to ensure Hibs defeated Cowdenbeath 3-2 at Easter Road.
With less than 15 minutes left, Hibernian were trailing 2-1 after Cowdenbeath has scored twice in six second half minutes through Sean Higgins and Jon Robertson.
But a penalty scored by new signing Dominique Malonga and a last-gasp snap-shot from substitute Cummings enabled Hibs to claim maximum points.
Defender Jordon Forster, who was also later fouled for the penalty, headed Hibs ahead early on in a first half that the home side completely controlled.
But after the break Hibs were perhaps guilty of taking their feet off the gas and Cowdenbeath exploited that with two quick goals with their opening two attacks of the match.
Pat Stanton led the teams out in front of a bumper crowd as the Hibernian Family celebrated the legend’s 70th birthday.
Hibs started the game brightly and made most of the early running with Cowdenbeath keeper Robbie Thompson called into action to push away a fierce ball from Matthew Kennedy before Scott Allan volleyed wide soon after.
The visitors packed their defensive line and for the majority of the first half had everyone except Sean Higgins behind the ball as Hibs toiled to break them down.
When the opening goal came it was from a set-piece; Allan fed the ball wide to Kennedy and his delivery found Forster who powerfully headed in.
Further opportunities fell Hibs way before the break with Kennedy and Forster going close without testing Thompson.
After the break the Blue Brazil came out of their defensive set-up and quickly turned the game on its head.
Jimmy Nicholl’s men levelled when Lewis Milne’s near post delivery found Higgins nipping in just ahead of Paul Hanlon and he prodded it beyond Mark Oxley.
Three minutes later Milne raced in behind Hanlon and knocked the ball beyond Oxley and although Lewis Stevenson did well to block, he only succeeded in knocking it into the path of Higgins who was desperately unlucky not to score as his first time struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced out.
Cowdenbeath’s positive performance after the break was rewarded with a second goal soon after when Hanlon made a hash of clearing Callum Gallagher’s cross and Jon Robertson smashed the ball high into the net from close range.
Alan Stubbs’ reaction was to introduce new signing Malonga from the bench and he made a telling impact going close with a vicious free kick before his shot from distance fizzed inches past the post with Thompson scrambling.
With 14 minutes remaining Hibs were awarded a penalty kick when Forster was hauled to the ground and Malonga made no mistake dispatching the spot kick high into the net Cowdenbeath net.
With time running out Hibs threw everything at the Fifers as Cummings had an effort deflected wide before Malonga’s shot was pushed around the post by Thompson.
Hibs’ perseverance paid off deep into time added on when Kennedy’s cross was knocked down by Malonga to Cummings who swept the ball home from close range to secure three valuable points.
Hibernian: Oxley, Gray, Hanlon, Forster, Robertson, Stanton (Sinclair 67’), Heffernan (Cummings 71’), Stevenson, Allan (Malonga 56’), McGeough, Kennedy. Substitutes not used: Perntreou, Fontaine, Craig, Handling.
Cowdenbeath: Thompson, Campbell, Armstrong, Robertson, Milne, Higgins, Gallagher (Johnstone 78’), Kane (Brownlie 73’), Brett, Oyenuga (Miller 84’), Fraser. Substitutes not used: Flynn, Jurisic, Lynas, Mitchell.
Referee: John McKendrick.