Hibernian Vs Livingston – The lads put in a performance that would have made Ron Gordon proud as we came from behind to win decisively in West Lothian on an emotional afternoon.
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Defender Eli Yun put the game in front before the break and the hosts’ hopes were all but ended when Jack Fitzwater was sent off in the second half.
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Former Hibee Stephane Omeonga converted a goal from Chris Cadden into his own net to increase our advantage before Mykola Kuharevich put the icing on the cake with a deep fourth goal.
While Aiden McGeady suffered an injury against Kilmarnock that ruled him out for the rest of the season, boss Lee Johnson made one change to his starting line-up.
Striker Matthew Hoppe, who came on and scored against Killie, is his replacement and joins Youan up front.
Before kick-off, there was a minute’s silence observed completely in memory of Ron Gordon as around 3,500 Hibees traveled to West Lothian to support the boy on an emotional afternoon.
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Whether that influenced us in the beginning is a matter of debate, but what is certain is that Livingston started the life of both teams.
Early in the second minute they grabbed the first chance when Nicky Devlin ran into Bruce Anderson’s goal and his shot was blocked by Will Fish 12 yards from goal.
From the resulting corner, the Lions had another chance as Cristian Montano tried to save David Marshall’s near goal.
Minutes Paul Hanlon goes above Montano in a corner from Marijan Cabraja, but the defender can’t make a clean connection and Shamal George gathers comfortably.
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Seconds later we were behind when Morgan Boyes’ long diagonal ball found Nouble playing on Cabraja’s shoulder, the forward looking at both the Croatian defender and Jimmy Jeggo before firing an unstoppable shot past Marsh into the underside corner of the crossbar.
The goal seemed to revive us as we began to assert ourselves in the middle of the park and put pressure on the hosts.
The first sign of this came when Hope and Evan Henderson collided on the edge of the Levee area, with George’s soaring shot over the bar.
Cadden found plenty of space down our right and after 26 minutes his cross was headed wide by Josh Campbell, who ran in from deep.
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A goal did arrive and it landed 60 seconds later when Fish’s long ball over the top found Youan’s expert run and the striker was a confident personality as he slotted it past the onrushing George.
We kept the pressure on and quickly took the lead as Youan played a nice one-two with Hoppe before passing George on the turn.
Youan’s second of the afternoon was a bit lucky as he didn’t allow his shot that Devlin wrong-footed and put the ball past the keeper and into the distance.
The second half was only 3 minutes old when we had a good chance to extend our advantage as Hoppe was put on goal, only for the American to shoot at George under pressure from Devlin.
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Hoppe playing on the shoulder of the last defender played a key role later on as he ran through the goal again, but Fitzwater clipped his heel.
The striker fell to the turf and referee Chris Graham immediately waved a red card at the Livi defender.
We gave away our numerical advantage in the 61st minute as we countered for the hosts with Youan passing Cadden down the right, trying to get behind only for Omeonga to head the ball past George to make it 3-1.
A combination of fouls and substitutions that saw the game stop and start and a real war of attrition in the midfield as the half progressed.
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With 8 minutes of normal time remaining, former Hibee Omeonga came off and with Livi using all their substitutes, the hosts had to play with 9 men.
To their credit, they did a good job of pushing us back and enjoyed their best period of pressure in the second period, when Andrew Shinnie’s shot just missed the mark.
In the final 8 minutes we scored a deserved fourth goal as Nisbet’s shot was saved by George and Kuharevich followed up with a volley home on the rebound to seal it in style.
The goal was eventually awarded after a lengthy VAR review and Livi boss David Martindale was shown a red card for challenging the decision too strongly.
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Liverpool: George, Devlin, Fitzwater, Boyes, Montano (Penrice 70′), Holt, Pittman (Shinnie 70′), Omeonga, Kelly (Obileye 54′ (De Lucas 75′)), Nouble, Anderson (Bahamboula 70′). Substitutes not used: Hamilton, Obileye, Brandon, Bradley, Shinnie, Guthrie.
Hibernian: Marshall, Egan-Riley (Miller 78′), Fish, Hanlon, Cabraja, Cadden, Campbell, Jeggo, Henderson (Nisbet 68′), Hoppe (Kuharevich 68′), Youan (MacIntyre 92′). Subs not used: Johnson, Jair, Stevenson, Devlin, O’Connor. Livingston came from behind to beat Hibernian 3-2 in a Premiership cinch to record a rare victory at Easter Road.
A bitterly disappointing afternoon for us got off to the perfect start when Demetri Mitchell put us ahead with a close finish after his debut.
We then survived the horror as Livingston were immediately awarded a penalty before the replay. Our lead would not last long, as Ayo Obileye soon headed for the equaliser.
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A Chris Cadden tackled Max Stryjek in the 32nd minute to restore our advantage, only for Jack Fitzwater to level the scores soon after the break.
Shaun Maloney made four changes to the side retained by Motherwell in midweek, with Ryan Porteous returning from suspension and replacements Mitchell, Ewan Henderson and Christian Doidge all starting.
The opening moments of the game will prove exciting. We almost took the lead in the first 3 minutes when David’s header came off the post after a great ball from Henderson.
Livi managed to flick a loose ball through the back for a corner and we opened the scoring from a set piece. Stryjek could only beat Henderson’s floating throw to Cadden in the penalty area and from his cross, Mitchell fired at the back post to score.
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It was a dream start and what we needed in the game, but almost immediately after the restart, Livingston were awarded a penalty after Odin Bailey and Matt Macey fought through the ball.
Referee Grant Irvine, who awarded the penalty, followed the advice of his assistant and luckily reversed his decision.
It would prove to be a brief respite for us as Livingston restored parity in the 17th minute as Macey collected a free in the penalty area and Obileye was first there to score the equalizer.
The early moments that we had now turned in Livingston’s favour, but we looked to have a good penalty claim as Mitchell was bundled into the penalty area. He thought it was a foul, but referee Irvine disagreed and waved it on.
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Then, almost out of the blue, we restored our lead as Cadden’s cross from the right went over Stryjek’s head and into the net at the far post.
A competitive first half ended with Bailey going close again when he curled a free-kick just wide of Messi.
We valued our half-time advantage, but a terrible start to the second half from our perspective saw Livingston turn the game around.
David Martindale’s side pushed us with goals and there was a good save from Messi to keep Forest’s efforts at bay. The resulting corner brought Livingston level when Nouble’s strike was headed in from close range by Fitzwater.
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Livingston’s early pressure was relentless and Cadden was twice off the line as Bailey almost put his side ahead.
The visitors took the lead for the first time when Josh Campbell was bowled by Stephane Omeonga and Forrest completed his clinical pass by curling a slanted effort past Macey.
Desperate to get back in the game, we enlisted Chris Mueller, Jamie Murphy, James Scott and Josh Doig to try and influence the proceedings.
With 15 minutes left we had a good chance to draw level as Kevin Nisbett showed great control to create a scoring chance, only to hit the ball straight to Streak which was blocked.
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Moments later, the Scotland international scored another try when a set piece fell on him in the penalty area. On this occasion, his first volley went over the bar, much to Livi’s relief.
We created enough chances to get back into the game and when Henderson delivered another superb delivery, Bushiri headed wide.
The game was prolonged and seemed to fit Livi with the past