By: Hibernian Media on 11 Jun, 2018 14:00
Our opening day fixture will be announced on the morning of Friday 15 June, so we are taking a look at some of our first matches of the league campaign from years gone by.
We won’t be going too far back for our first game as we look at last year’s successful return to the Ladbrokes Premiership as we defeated Partick Thistle 3-1 at Easter Road Stadium.
A crowd of 17,634 packed into Easter Road Stadium to see Hibernian raise the league flag of the Ladbrokes Championship following the clinching of the league title, and subsequent promotion, the previous year.
Anticipation was high, but this was a game that many found tough to predict given Partick Thistle’s strong showing in the 2016/17 campaign.
Within six minutes they done their best to spoil the party atmosphere when a flowing move led to them taking the lead.
A fine threaded through-ball by Steven Lawless found Chris Erskine who calmly guided the ball across Ofir Marciano and into the back of the net.
Hibernian responded in positive fashion, as did the crowd, as they went about the task of attempting to haul themselves back on level terms.
The side were behind for eight minutes. John McGinn’s ball into the box ricocheted and fell into the path of Martin Boyle who made no mistake with the goal at his mercy.
Neil Lennon’s men showed the attacking intent that formed a major part of the second half of the campaign as they pushed Partick back and eventually they succumbed to the pressure.
Danny Swanson and Dylan McGeouch linked up well with the former St Johnstone man sliding a perfect pass onto the outside of Steven Whittaker’s right foot, with the right-back easing the ball into the back of the net with 33 minutes gone.
Hibernian kept up the pressure as the home fans celebrated and cheered throughout the game, but the hosts had to wait until the second half to grab goal number three.
Thistle may have started brightly in the first half, but got off to an atrocious start to the second as Boyle was hauled down in the box by Callum Booth.
From the spot, Simon Murray drilled the ball beyond Cerny in the 52nd minute to continue his fine scoring record at the start of the season.
Partick Thistle did improve, but they struggled to create any real clear-cut chances as Hibernian claimed three points on their return to the top-flight of Scottish football – paving the way to a successful season that culminated with qualification for the UEFA Europa League.