Hibernian beat Inverness 2-0

Easter Road was packed to the rafters once again on Saturday as Hibernian took on Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

updated: February 25, 2007 11:37 IST
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Easter Road was packed to the rafters once again on Saturday as Hibernian took on Inverness Caledonian Thistle - eighth versus fifth in the Scottish Premier League. Fresh from their 1-0 win over Edinburgh rivals Hearts in the CIS Cup in midweek which was John Collins' first match in charge, Hibs began brightly - Steven Whittaker flashing a shot wide of the Caley goal as early as the eighth minute. Then in the 32nd minute, Chris Killen's knock down set up Michael Stewart for a shot that Inverness 'keeper Mark Brown did well to palm away. The home side couldn't find the breakthrough though, and just before half time it was the visitors who came closest to opening the scoring. Russell Duncan's cross was met by Craig Dargo on the volly; Zbigniew Malkowski somehow kept the ball out and Graham Bayne's follow-up effort hit a post before being hacked clear. 0-0 it stayed into the break, but Hibs reorganised and finally found the net on 65 minutes. Scott Brown scampered down the right wing and crossed, the ball was only half cleared and after being knocked back into the box by David Murphy, Steven Fletcher, who had come on as a first half replacement for Moroccan midfielder Merouane Zemmama, converted with a left foot shot. Moments later Brown almost made it 2-0 when his shot was deflected narrowly wide by Caley defender Grant Munro. Inverness were forced to chase the game and launched a series of high balls into the Hibs box - and on 78 minutes the plan nearly worked. Gary McSwegan let fly from ten metres as the Hibs defence failed to clear, but once again their Polish 'keeper came to the rescue. Then with eight minutes left, Malkowski's opposite number Brown pulled down Killen in the penalty area and referee John Underhill pointed to the spot, sending Brown off in the process. Caley reserve 'keeper Michael Fraser's first duty was to pick the ball out of the net as Killen duly scored his eighth goal of the season and wrapped up the points. 2-0 it finished, giving Hibs their first win over Inverness in four attempts and taking them up to fifth place in the table, above their opponents in the table on goal difference. (AP)