It’s seventh hell for the nine-man Hibs: JEANFIELD SWIFTS 7-0 THORNTON HIBS

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Prior to this game, Jordan Stokoe had refereed Thornton Hibs matches on six occasions over the past two seasons.

In these games, the Hibs had four players ordered-off, an official reported and 23 players booked, so maybe it was inevitable that he would be busy again.

Hibs finished the game with nine men and Jeanfield Swifts with 10 in what could never be described as a dirty or tousy affair.

There’s no doubt though that Swifts fully deserved their victory and the margin of defeat could have been even greater, but for some great goalkeeping by Mark Rowbotham.

Apart from Rowbotham, the Hibs’ best two players were their central defenders, Ian Shanks and Mike McAinsh, and again, but for them, it could have been an even heavier loss.

Swifts went ahead in the 25th minute when Steven McManus crossed for Jon Kelly to head home.

Four minutes later, Gavin Mackie doubled the lead before the referee red-carded Harris Moyes for being ‘guilty of serious foul play’ - despite no contact being made when the Hibs’ defender attempted to tackle his opponent.

This decision even baffled some of the Swifts’ supporters, but maybe not the Hibs’ ones because they’d seen it all before.

By half-time the scoreline read 4-0 after Aaron Whitehead and Mark Gordon had both found the net.

On the hour mark, Gavin Mackie netted his second to make it five and then Kris Maxwell was sent-off for a second yellow card offence.

Jon Kelly had Swifts six up before his team was reduced to ten men when the goalie, Mark Mitchell, brought down Lee White as he was poised to shoot.

Swift’s big striker, John Anderson, took over between the sticks and got down well to save Adam Drummond’s penalty.

Near the end, Jamie McKenzie completed the rout with a well struck shot from the edge of the area to make it a day Hibs won’t want to recall in a hurry.

Thornton Hibs: Rowbotham, Hall, Moyes, Sganks, McAinsh, McGuire, Thomson, Drummond, White, Maxwell, Adam. Substitutes - Wallace, Macdonald, Trialist.

JOHN LAING