Dan Carmichael plays in Hibs Development thriller

Dan Carmichael got his first taste of Hibs action. Pic: Neil Hanna
Dan Carmichael got his first taste of Hibs action. Pic: Neil Hanna
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Dan Carmichael featured for the Hibernian Development Squad in their opening SPFL Development League fixture, a captivating 3-3 draw against Falkirk – ending the game with nine men due to injury.

Martin Boyle, Antonio Reguero and a trialist at left-back also played, as Hibs went behind from Ryan Blair’s effort, but Boyle and Callum Crane gave the visitors a 2-1 lead at the break.

Lee Miller – on trial at Falkirk – equalised, before Oli Shaw gave Hibs the lead, but in the 95th minute of the game, Alex Cooper curled a free-kick home to earn Falkirk a draw.

The first chance of the game came from Falkirk as Liam Dick headed over the bar, and from there the Bairns dominated the opening stages of the game.

Former Hearts striker Miller headed wide of the target, before Reguero made a save from a Scott Shepherd strike.

The pressure finally bore fruit when Blair controlled the ball and from fully 30 yards out and found the bottom corner to give the hosts the lead after 15 minutes.

Hibs grew into the game, but had to wait until the 40th minute to equalise as Boyle, who featured as a substitute against Dumbarton, strode beyond Kyle Johnson and fired high past Falkirk keeper Graham Bowman.

Two minutes later, Alex Harris’ low cross into the box was finished off by Crane with a fine first-time effort that crashed into the upper reaches of the goal.

Falkirk hit back, as Thomas Grant’s corner was headed home by Miller in the 57th minute.

Ten minutes later and Shaw made it 3-2, drawing the goalkeeper off his line, before thumping the ball into the net.

Hibs then had a horror spell of two injuries in four minutes, as Sinclair and the trialist left the field of play with 14 minutes left of play.

Falkirk, unsurprisingly, dominated against nine men, and eventually found the back of the net as Cooper curled in a stunning stoppage-time free-kick to earn his side a dramatic draw at the death.

Hibs Development Squad: Reguero, Dunsmore, Trialist, Waugh, McGregor, Scott (Sinclair 64), Harris, Crane, L. Allan, Boyle (Shaw, 58), Carmichael (Duthie, 45). Unused substitutes: Brennan, Stirling, Watson, Smith.