20 Apr Hibs edge five goal thriller
Hibernian 3-2 Rangers
(Cummings, Stokes, Gunnarsson) (Holt, McKay)
If this was a dress rehearsal for the Scottish cup final, then we are in for a cracker.
No guard of honour, blundering defenders and goalkeepers, the usual Jason Cummings goal against Rangers and a wonder strike from Barrie McKay.
This match was a treat for the fans who made the journey to Easter road and a real boost to Alan Stubbs’ hopes of catching Falkirk and guiding Hibs to second in the table.
James Tavernier gifted Hibs the opener, Cummings latching on to his slack
throw-in to fire the home side into the lead.
It was 2-0 after 19 minutes, Anthony Stokes’ cross somehow caught Wes Foderingham out and he touched the ball into his own net.
Anything Foderingham could do, Mark Oxley could replicate. Tavernier’s cross was allowed to hit the bar instead of Oxley pushing it over. Jason Holt was waiting to tap in the rebound.
Hibs restored their two goal advantage just before the hour. Niklas Gunnarsson firing into the roof of the net after Rangers failed to clear a corner.
Stokes almost made it four with a stunning free kick which was pushed away by Foderingham.
The highlight of the night was another screamer from Barrie Mackay.
Fresh from celebrating his cracker against Celtic in the Scottish cup semi-final, he hit another unstoppable shot from 25 yards that flew past Oxley.
That set up a nervy remaining five minutes for the home side but, they did enough to hold on and reduce the gap between themselves and Falkirk to only three points and the Easter road outfit still have that game in hand.
Brilliant game and more of the same entertainment please on May 21st at Hampden.