LiveHibs 2 Livingston 1 RECAP: Nisbet and Boyle first half goals seal European football

Hibs will hope to take another big step towards securing a third place finish in the Premiership as they host Livingston at Easter Road.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 5:23 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 7:52 pm
Easter Road is bathed in sunshine for the visit of Livington. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group)

Jack Ross’ side are four points clear of Aberdeen, who face Celtic at Pittodrie this evening, and a victory against David Martindale’s side will at least maintain that advantage with three league fixtures left.

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Livingston claimed a 3-0 win on their last visit to Leith on January 2 but Hibs are in good form having disposed of Queen of the South and Stranraer in the Scottish Cup either side of an impressive performance despite a 2-1 defeat to champions Rangers at Ibrox.

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FT: Hibs 2 Livington 1

Last updated: Wednesday, 21 April, 2021, 19:57

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FT: Hibs 2 Livingston 1

After an impressive first half, a tired-looking Hibs stopped playing on the front foot after the break, resulting in a slightly nervy ending when Livi pulled one back, but the Easter Road men got the job done to clinch a European spot and open up a seven point gap over Aberdeen in the race for third. Over to the Dons who have just kicked off against Celtic at Pittordrie ...

Nisbet has two chances to put the game to bed but from an awkward angle he can only toe-poke the ball wide of goal, then he bustles his way through for a clear sight of goal but Stryjek denies him .

The board shows three minutes to be added. Hibs almost there as they look to keep the ball in the corner flag.

85: GOAL Hibs 2 Livingston 1 (Emmanuel-Thomas pen)

Magennis first touch since coming off the bench is a heavy one and in trying to retrieve the ball he brings down Emmanuel-Thomas for a penalty. The former Arsenal striker takes the kick himself and sends Marciano the wrong way to set up a nervy finish for Hibs.

Newell has put in a good shift and is replaced by Kyle Magennis

He was very late on Devlin as the full-back sent his cross into the Hibs box. Stick-on yellow.

Livi also bring on their fourth sub with Djibril Diani replacing Sibbald.

Jack Ross makes his first change replacing Doidge, who hasn’t been in the game much since half-time, with Drey Wright.

Hibs are looking a little rocky as Livi pour bodies forward in search of a way back. The visitors work the ball to Forrest in space in the box but with just Marciano to beat he sends his effort wide. A let-off for Hibs defence who had been solid up until the last five minutes.

69: Livi penalty claim

And it looked a good shout as McGinn lunged into a challenge on Pittman in the box but referee Napier turned away.

The first real moment of concern for Hibs as Devlin’s cross to the back post is met by Poplatnik - who has just come on the park - at the back post but he can only stab it wide. That goes down as a chance.

A third change for the visitors as Josh Mullin makes way for Matej Poplatnik

Sibbald has been Livi’s ony real threat from outside the box and his latest attempt forces Marciano into his first save, diving low to hold after the low effort took a deflection on its way through a crowd of bodies.

57: Booked for diving

No, not Martin Boyle. The card goes to Livi’s Alan Forrest who fell in the box as Porteous stuck out a leg. Referee Napier was having none of it and awarded the free-kick to Hibs.

Hibs are furious as the referee allows the match to continue after Newell takes a blow to the face. Livi work the ball to Sibbald at the edge of the Hibs box but his effort deflects wide for a corner. From the delivery Marciano collects.

A positive half-time sub for Livi as Alan Forrest replaces former Hibs defender Efe Ambrose.

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