Crucial win for Fenlon’s Hibs

Dunfermline have been relegated from the Scottish Premier League having suffered a 4-0 hammering at Easter Road.

A point would have been enough for Hibs to ensure survival with one game to spare and they started the game in blistering form, putting three goals past the visitors inside the opening 15 minutes.

On loan Irish striker Matt Doherty exposed the Pars’ defensive frailties when heading the home side in front after five minutes.  The Dubliner then crossed for fellow Dub Eoin Doyle to head home the second some six minutes later.

Gary O’Connor made it 3-0 from the penalty spot, just before the half hour.

Having been fouled for the penalty, Paul Hanlon volleyed in a fourth after 81 minutes, although replays suggested the strike should not have been allowed.  The result was well and truly decided at that stage however.

The victory ensures that Hibs are safe from relegation with one game remaining of what has been a difficult season for former Bohemians’ boss Fenlon.

Hibs play Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Saturday and should they win by more than two goals, Fenlon’s side will finish the season third from bottom.  Of more import to the Dubliner’s men at this stage though is probably the Scottish FA Cup final against Edinburgh rivals Hearts which takes place on 19th May at Hampden.


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