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It was tough going at Airdrie on Wednesday night where Hibs survived a
determined physical challenge from the home side to leave with two more
valuable points.
There were few opportunities for the forwards to display their talent, but the
defence stood up admirably to the charging tactics of the Lanarkshire forwards
and Alan Cousin and Thomson Allan, both late deputies, merited special praise
for their part in what was our seventh win in nine matches this year.
It was a satisfying result, especially in view of the fact that we lost there in the
Scottish Cup.
Our supporters will be gratified with the gap that we have created between
ourselves and Dunfermline. But this is no time for complacency.
Hibs must keep winning right to the end of the championship campaign and
make sure there are no slips like the team experienced at the end of last season.
The target is Europe-and we are well set to qualify for the Fairs Cup at
this stage.
We have another hard game this afternoon against Dundee, who are still going
strong in the Fairs Cup. And, ‘after their Cup defeat by Rangers on Monday,
they got back to form with a 3-0 win at Stirling in midweek. Hibs will have to
be at their best to complete a League double.


Hibs took quick revenge for their recent Scottish Cup defeat by going back to Broomfield on Wednesday and winning) 2-1 to create an eight point gap between themselves and Dunfermline.

European football, it seems, is just around the corner for Hibs who had another hard fight against the doughty Lanarkshire side-unbeaten at home since November.

A smart. quick shot by Colin Stein put Hibs in front and an own goal by centre half Black proved to be the winner.

Stein raised his League and Cup goal total to 21. Peter Cormack has 12, joe Davis 8, Alan McGraw, Eric Stevenson and Pat Quinn 5 apiece.

Goalkeeper Thomson Allan and centre half Alan Cousin shared in the Broomfield victory. Allan reappeared in the team for the first time since the Fairs Cup tie in Naples and had a good game, while Cousin, playing in his second League game of the season, was probably the best defender afield.

john Madsen stood down with a hip complaint and Willie Wilson was out of action with a sore throat.

Two ex-Hibs were at Airdrie in support of their former teammates- John McNamee and Jim Scott of Newcastle.

Jimmiy O’Rourke scored his first League goals of the season against Stirling Albion and hoisted the club’s championship total to 50 goals.

It was only his sixth appearance in League matches this term, but he did well as Pat Quinn’s substitute in scoring the vital equaliser and then the fifth goal.
The “Mighty Quinn” was available for the game but wasn’t risked after a brief chest cold which forced him to miss training.

Peter Marinello, Maurice McCabe, John Murphy and Mervyn jones head for Largs tomorrow along with trainer Tom McNiven. Congratulations to them all on being selected for Scotland’s pool for the European Youth tournament to be held in France next month.

Tom McNiven will certainly be honoured, for he will train the side, while the four boys are members of a 20-strong pool which will be reduced to 16 at the
end of the three-day “concentration”. Jim McPaul and John Hamilton helped themselves to two goals apiece in the reserve game at Stirling. It was an encouraging forward display by the youngsters, who made chances galore.

Left half John Murphy missed a penalty and that’s the second spot kick Hibs have
messed up in three matches. Davie Hogg, who spoiled a good record when he was off target against St johnstone, made amends in the next game against Dunfermline.

Full back Bobby Duncan was a spectator at the game last week. He is mobile now after the surgeons replaced his heavy cast with a walking plaster. Bobby attends training sessions to keep in touch with his colleagues and plans to travel to away games as well as taking in all the home matches. Good to see the
luckless defender back at the ground.

As Hibs await news of their prospective tour of Central and South America, they have received another offer to play two games in Poland and one in Belgium,
where they were visitors soon after the war.

Jimmy O’Rourke scores the first of his two goals against Stirling Albion. Evening News Picture.

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