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Sat 03 Jul 2021
HT 1-0
Hibernian Hibernian
Dunfermline Athletic Dunfermline Athletic
Match Report

Our first team started their 2021-22 pre-season with an impressive 4-1 win over Dunfermline Athletic at Hibernian Training Centre.

New signing Daniel Mackay scored on his non-competitive debut as we beat Dunfermline Athletic 4-1 at HTC.

The 20-year-old, along with fellow new addition Jake Doyle-Hayes, both started on a humid afternoon against Scottish Championship opposition.

Jack Ross fielded a strong first-half XI that also included Ryan Porteous and Joe Newell. And our new Joma kit was on show for the very first time.

Jamie Gullan looked lively early on finding space down the right and flashing a shot across goal.

And the forward, who was loaned to Raith Rovers last season, was inches away from connecting to a well-weighted Porteous pass as Hibs dominated the opening 20 minutes.

Drey Wright also had an opportunity with an instinctive effort, but couldn't quite guide the ball into far left corner.

Joe Newell was unlucky not to open the scoring midway through the half. He shrugged off a couple of challenges and hit a sweet shot from the edge of the box which crashed off the underside of the bar.

But we took the lead shortly after on 33 minutes as Mackay latched on to Scott Allan's through-ball and broke the deadlock with a firm shot which slid through the visiting keeper's legs.

First-half XI: Macey, Campbell, Porteous, Brydon, Stevenson, Newell, Doyle-Hayes, Wright, Allan, Mackay, Gullan.

1/4Hibs 4 Dunfermline 1: Photography: Alan Rennie

The second-half saw 11 changes as Paul McGinn, Darren McGregor and Alex Gogic all got their first run-outs of the season.

McGinn had the first meaningful chance after the break after Steven Bradley won a central free-kick 25-yards out. But the 30-year-old couldn't quite hit the target curling his effort a couple of yards wide.

But soon after we doubled our lead as Jamie Murphy cut in from the left and deftly curled the ball into the far corner.

Just after the hour mark, Bradley cut in from the right and drilled a low effort in off the post, a similar goal to Murphy's but from slightly closer range.

Second-half keeper Kevin Dabrowski, who replaced Matt Macey at half-time, was called into action on 70 minutes, punching away a fierce shot from Dunfermline captain Dom Thomas.

Dunfermline got a late goal as Kevin O'Hara capitalised on a mistake at the back and finished from close range.

But Hibs had a strong finish of their own. In the final minutes, and as light rain pattered down, Connor Young could have added a fourth but his header from Oscar McIntyre's cross was well saved. Gogic also put a glancing header just wide.

And in the dying seconds there was a special moment for Young, who got his first goal with the senior team. The 16-year-old, who has had a loan spell with Civil Service Strollers, showed strong composure to finish low into the right corner to round off a productive and high-energy friendly.

Second-half XI
: Dabrowski, McGinn McGregor, Hanlon, Magennis, Gogic, Bradley, Mallan, Murphy, McIntyre, Young

The win comes less than 24 hours after our development squad beat Strollers 5-3 on Friday night with Josh O'Connor scoring a hat-trick.

The first team now travel to England for a four-day training camp including two more behind-closed doors friendlies.