Hibernian 3 - 0 Dundee Utd

League - Championship
Friday, January 6th, 2017, 7:45 PM at Easter Road
Attendance: 18,786
Referee: Willie Collum
Hibernian Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
Jason Cummings (6)
Jason Cummings (27)
John McGinn (81)
None.

Team Managers
Neil Lennon Ray McKinnon

Starting Eleven
Ross Laidlaw
David Gray
Paul Hanlon
Lewis Stevenson
Darren McGregor
Marvin Bartley
Dylan McGeouch
Kris Commons
Martin Boyle
Chris Humphrey
Jason Cummings
Cammy Bell
Mark Durnan
Lewis Toshney
William Edjenguélé
Stewart Murdoch
Paul Dixon
Charlie Telfer
Nick van der Velden
Willo Flood
Tony Andreu
Scott Fraser

Bench
Liam Fontaine
John McGinn
Grant Holt
James Keatings
Andrew Shinnie
Brian Graham
Otso Virtanen
Luis Zwick
Jamie Robson
Seán Dillon
Blair Spittal
Cammy Smith
Thomas Mikkelsen
Tope Obadeyi

Substitutions
John McGinn for Kris Commons (78)
James Keatings for Chris Humphrey (84)
Brian Graham for Jason Cummings (88)
Tope Obadeyi for Nick van der Velden (57)
Cammy Smith for Charlie Telfer (67)
Thomas Mikkelsen for Stewart Murdoch (75)

Bookings
Marvin Bartley (49)
David Gray (85)
Charlie Telfer (30)
Stewart Murdoch (44)
Nick van der Velden (52)
Mark Durnan (79)
Tony Andreu (88)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Cammy Bell (GK) 26 apps -
Mark Durnan 54 apps6 goals
Lewis Toshney 20 apps1 goal
William Edjenguélé 19 apps2 goals
Stewart Murdoch 14 apps1 goal
Paul Dixon 211 apps5 goals
Charlie Telfer 54 apps5 goals
Nick van der Velden 24 apps3 goals
Willo Flood 175 apps7 goals
Tony Andreu 17 apps9 goals
Scott Fraser 62 apps6 goals
Tope Obadeyi (sub) 23 apps2 goals
Cammy Smith (sub) 23 apps5 goals
Thomas Mikkelsen (sub) 1 app (debut) -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Charlie Telfer (21 years 192 days)
Oldest Player:Nick van der Velden (35 years 30 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 248 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jamie Robson (19 years 23 days)
Oldest Player:Nick van der Velden (35 years 30 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 168 days
Domestic Players:10 (55.56 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Thomas Mikkelsen(Signed January 6th, 2017)

Milestones

Hibs started the game at a frantic pace, utilising an attacking formation with Humphrey, Boyle, Cummings and Kris Commons, all pressing United in their own half for much of the opening period. Humphrey showed his pace and intention to attack Paul Dixon as early as the 2nd minute, leaving the United full back in his wake as he twisted and turned to ping a dangerous cross into the box. Hibs took a deserved but slightly fortuitous lead on six minutes. A second corner, in quick succession, was headed out of the United area but only to the onrushing Humphrey; his weak shot managed to find its way through to Jason Cummings and he knocked the ball past the helpless Bell from six yards out. United were in trouble again minutes later, Murdoch short with a pass back was helped out by a stretching Edjenguele who got to the ball just before Cummings could benefit. Mark Durnan then caused further anxiety in the away end, slicing a clearance that put Cammy Bell under pressure. Toshney then made a brave clearance as Commons unleashed a fierce strike from twenty yards as it looked like Hibs would run riot. United failed to get any hold in the game, and even when they did get forward the final ball was left wanting as first Andreu and then Van der Velden wasted opportunities to put pressure on the Hibs defence. Hibs doubled their advantage on twenty six minutes, again with a hint of good fortune. McGregor made a crunching challenge on van der Velden; his clearance fell into the path of Humphreys and his clever touch took him clear of Dixon. He rifled in a low cross leaving Jason Cummings the simplest of tasks to tap home. Telfer was booked for a late tackle as the frustration in the United midfield became obvious. An offside flag then spared further blushes in the United rear guard as McGeouch’s clever run and slick pass sent Cummings clear on goal, only to be called back thanks to the assistant referee’s decision. A minute before the break Murdoch clattered into Barkley in the middle of the park to earn a caution from the referee.

The second half started much as the first finished, Durnan fouling Boyle on the edge of the area. Commons’s free kick was poor and came to nothing. The impressive Bartley was booked for pulling back Flood as the United man tried to drive his team forward. Flood then gave the ball away to Boyle 70 yards from goal and the pacey Hibs man ran the length of the pitch but his effort in the end was wayward. Van der Velden was booked for a studs up challenge on Boyle, just before he was replaced by Obadeyi. Midway through the second half United began to get a grip of the game and were controlling the ball, without, it has to be said, testing the Hibs goal in any way. Commons should have done better in trying to play Boyle through after a great run by Bartley, but the Celtic loanee tried to be too clever leaving his team mate frustrated. United swapped Smith for Telfer with twenty minutes to go in an effort to increase their attacking threat. Ten minutes later, new signing Thomas Mikkelsen made his debut as United went for broke. Obadeyi nearly got on the scoresheet, Laidlaw doing well to parry away the United striker’s header from just 5 yards out. Marvin Bartley continued to pull the strings for Hibs and Durnan was next in the referee’s book for fouling the midfielder once too often. Lewis Toshney then made a tremendous last gasp challenge on Boyle inside the area, but again the United defence were left wanting from the resultant corner. The ball was rolled to the edge of the area, where John McGinn, only on the park for five minutes, skipped passed Fraser and waltzed into the area to squeeze the ball through Bell’s legs from an acute angle. Obadeyi had the best of any play for United in the final ten minutes but by that time the game was over for the fantastic travelling support. The final chance of the game fell to Hibs and James Keatings should have done better to tee up ex United man Graham, but the chance went begging.

Match report written by Gordon Aitchison



Photography by DUFC Official

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Hibernian 20 12 6 2 35 11 24 42
2. UNITED 20 11 5 4 27 17 10 38
3. Morton 18 7 7 4 25 19 6 28
4. Falkirk 19 7 6 6 26 23 3 27
5. Raith Rovers 18 6 7 5 20 18 2 25
6. Dunfermline 19 5 6 8 24 29 -5 21
7. Queen of the South 19 5 6 8 22 29 -7 21
8. Dumbarton 19 5 6 8 21 28 -7 21
9. Ayr United 19 4 7 8 18 28 -10 19
10. St Mirren 19 2 6 11 18 34 -16 12
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