Hibs prove too

David Muir battles against Hibs' Lewis Stevenson
David Muir battles against Hibs' Lewis Stevenson

East Fife...........................0


(Sproule 51, Clancy 78)

CAPITAL side Hibs were the second SPL level team to visit Bayview in the space of a few days.

Boss Gordon Durie used the fixture to take another look at Bob Malcolm, Collin Samuel and Iain Williamson, while Alex King and Andrew Jamieson were also given a chance to impress.

It was another tough workout for the Fifers against a Hibs side who boasted the experience of Ivan Sproule and the skill and class of David Wotherspoon in their starting line-up.

The near full strength visitors dominated the game for large spells, with the Fifers’ young ‘keeper Andy Collier kept busy throughout.

Sproule forced a fingertip save out of Collier in the first half before Wotherspoon fired an angled drive just wide.

Hibs goalie Ben Williams had to look lively when David Muir headed a Scott McBride corner on target which the ‘keeper held.

Some good work between Gareth Wardlaw, Darren Smith and Samuel saw Smith almost being allowed clear on goal but the danger was snuffed out.

Although Hibs had the bulk of possession, East Fife were looking dangerous on the break.

Craig Johnstone was unlucky not to open the scoring when he nut-megged Tim Clancy on the wing before rifling a shot towards goal which bounced back off the bar.

The sides went in level at the break but it didn’t take Hibs long after the re-start to open the scoring.

Sproule was picked out by Paul Cairney’s cross and the little winger took his time before sending a strike past Collier.

The Fifers surrendered the bulk of possession to Hibs, but defended well .

Collier was by far the busier of the two ‘keepers and saved from Wotherspoon.

The substitutions began to come thick and fast and disrupted the flow of the game which, to be fair, had been pretty competitive for a friendly clash.

Samuel was guilty of wasting East Fife’s best chance when he was picked out at the back post.

But instead of crashing a header past Williams, the forward tried to control the ball on his chest, allowing the ‘keeper the time to make the save.

Clancy eventually grabbed the second goal of the game for Pat Fenlon’s men when he sent a curling free-kick into the back of the net which left goalkeeper Collier rooted to the spot.

East Fife - Collier, Durie, Johnstone (Malcolm 46), White, McCormack (Brewster 67), Smith (Jamieson 75), Williamson, Muir, Wardlaw (Gordon 85), Samuel (King 75), McBride (Martin 87).

Hibernian - Williams (Antell 62), Clancy, Hanlon (Booth 60), Stevenson (Monaghan 62), Stephens (Maybury 46), McPake, Cairney (Kujabi 67), Claros (Osbourne 46), Doyle (Caldwell 46), Wotherspoon (Handling 84), Sproule (Stanton 78).

Referee: Gavin Duncan.