Hibee History: Yogi’s side rattle home five goals

Derek Riordan scored twice for Hibs in their convincing victory over Hamilton Accies at Easter Road

Derek Riordan scored twice for Hibs in their convincing victory over Hamilton Accies at Easter Road

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Rampant Hibs gained adequate revenge for a 2-0 loss to Hamilton earlier in the season as Anthony Stokes and Derek Riordan both claimed doubles after Colin Nish had opened the scoring.

The Easter Road side rattled home five goals with just 54 minutes gone as they claimed their first SPL win in four games, a victory which pushed them back above Dundee United into third place in the table.

But, Hamilton did have their chances and Flavio Paixao claimed what proved to be no more than a consolation in the 69th minute as John Hughes’ players left their fans a little frustrated at not seeing more goals from those in green and white.

Hibs survived two early scares, goalkeeper Graeme Smith tipping over a rising shot from Simon Mensing and when the Easter Road star, crowded by Hamilton players, was unable to hold the resultant corner there was Kevin McBride on the line to knock the ball to safety as Mensing swung at it.

But Tomas Cerny had to be at his best as Ian Murray charged into the Accies penalty area before feeding Stokes who poked a low shot to the goalkeeper’s left only for the Czech to thrust out a hand to send the ball wide.

Hibs thought they had taken the lead in the 13th minute thanks to a wonderful piece of interplay between David Wotherspoon and Nish which allowed the young full-back the space to drive in a low cross which Riordan met at the back post to push into the net only to find the offside flag raised.

Hibs, however, were not to be denied and they took the lead two minutes later, Stokes cleverly playing in Liam Miller down the touchline, the midfielder shrugging off one challenge before knocking a delightful pass into the path of Nish who clipped it over Cerny.

Hamilton hit back immediately, Mensing’s shot falling at the feet of Mickael Antoine-Curier, the former Hibs striker looking suspiciously offside, and it took a magnificent one-handed save from Smith to prevent him equalising. Stokes made it two for Hibs in the 20th minute, brushing Accies captain Alex Neil off the ball at the edge of the Hamilton penalty area before thundering a vicious shot through Cerny and into the net for his 12th goal of the season.

Hamilton, though, almost cut the deficit straight away, Richard Hastings watching as his hanging cross came off the face of the crossbar before Mensing fired in a shot which zipped just wide.

But again Hibs nosed further ahead. John Rankin squared the ball for Nish who relayed it on to Stokes. The Republic of Ireland striker saw Cerny push his shot onto the bar but there was Riordan to drill home the rebound in the 29th minute.

Hibs were full of confidence and vigour, Rankin attempting an audacious chip from 25 yards which dropped over the target as Hamilton struggled to get to grips with a rampant Easter Road side.

However, Smith had to get down sharp to stop an Antoine-Curier shot on the turn before referee Brian Winter waved away claims for a Hibs penalty as Martin Canning appeared to barge into the back of Nish.

It wasn’t long until Cerny was back in action, pushing away a Stokes free-kick but he was left helpless as Riordan curled the ball beyond him after Nish had been taken down by Neil 25 yards out. Riordan almost claimed a hat-trick a minute later but Cerny managed to block his low angled shot with his legs before Stokes also made it a double, jinking his way inside three defenders before crashing home Hibs’ fifth goal with the clock showing just 54 minutes played.

A series of substitutions took place in the 69th minute seemingly leaving Hibs momentarily disorientated as Paixao sneaked in at the back post to claim a consolation for Accies.

Hibs: Smith, Wotherspoon, Hogg, Murray, Hanlon, Rankin, Miller, McBride, Riordan, Nish, Stokes