Hibee History: First goals for Scott Brown

Scott Brown scores his second of the match
Scott Brown scores his second of the match
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Teenager Scott Brown scored his first senior goals to sink Livingston and continue Hibs’ end of season run of victories.

17-year-old Brown’s double ensured their fourth victory on the trot and kept the Easter Road side on track to finish top of the bottom six.

Both sides enjoyed spells of good attacking play in a match that mattered little for either side other than pride.

Brown and fellow youngsters Kevin Thomson, Derek Riordan and Steven Whittaker all performed well for the visitors but keeper Daniel Andersson was the key man, with a number of good saves.

Livingston striker David Bingham was handed the captain’s armband for his last ever home appearance for the club following five years with the West Lothian outfit.

Livi made a bright start with Julian Maidana going close with a fierce shot, while Fernando Pasquinelli showed great skill to bamboozle the Hibs defence but Andersson managed to block the striker’s finish.

Soon after, the lively Pasquinelli saw his overhead-kick fall just wide of the post.

With 15 minutes gone Pasquinelli rounded Mathias Jack and fired the ball into the path of the onrushing Barry Wilson who failed to connect with the pass, just two yards out and in front of an empty net.

Hibs threatened when teenage debutant Thomson found Riordan in the penalty area but veteran Livi goalkeeper Alan Main produced a good one-handed save to deny the young striker.

The visitors grabbed the lead after 37 minutes when David McNamee slipped, gifting possession to Brown and the youngster fired a sharp shot past Main from the edge of the penalty area.

Hibs combined well on the stroke of half-time when Whittaker flicked the ball on to Brown who released Riordan but Main was quickly off his line to clear.

Soon after the interval Bingham flighted the ball into the path of Wilson but his header was weak and easily held by Andersson.

Argentine striker Pasquinelli made the Hibs keeper work a bit harder a few seconds later when he cannoned a shot at goal only to be denied by an impressive save.

Bingham then went close with a free kick but the skipper’s effort curled narrowly over the crossbar.

After 68 minutes Brown claimed his second goal of the day when he latched on to a neat Whittaker headed flick and hammered the ball home on the volley from close range.

Andersson had been in fine form for Hibs between the sticks and he produced a great one-handed save to block a looping effort from Maidana.

Hopes of a clean sheet were dashed with four minutes remaining, however, as Pasquinelli drove into the penalty box and flicked the ball home from inside the six-yard box to pull a goal back for the hosts.

Hibs: Andersson, Fenwick, Smith, Matyus, Jack, Thomson, Wiss, Brebner, Whittaker, Riordan, Brown.