Former Barnsley defender Adam Jackson came off the bench to net a stunning overhead kick as Hibernian won 3-1 at Dunfermline in a pre-season friendly this afternoon.
Trailing 1-0 at the break, defender Jackson was introduced and acrobatically pulled Paul Heckingbottom’s side level before they went on to win the match with further second half goals from Daryl Horgan and Florian Kamberi.
It was the home side who took an early lead when defender Euan Murray powered home a header after rising highest to meet a corner kick from the right.
Marquee signing Christian Doidge, who joined Hibernian from Sky Bet League Two club Forest Green Rovers for an undisclosed fee just a couple of weeks ago, worked hard with little reward while former Rotherham United winger Joe Newell was lively on both wings as his position was alternated during the first half.
It was Newell who was unlucky not to level matters just before the break when he cut in from the right and unleashed a low strike which was palmed to safety by home keeper Ryan Scully as The Pars retained their slender advantage going into the interval.
Former Barnsley defender Jackson replaced Paul Hanlon at the beginning of the second half and he soon found himself on the scoresheet when he directed the ball into the back of the net with a sublime overhead kick after going up for a corner.
The goal gave the visitors a boost and Darren McGregor saw a header tipped round the post by Scully before the Dunfermline keeper made himself big to block Kamberi’s shot when one-on-one.
Hibernian were awarded a penalty kick a little under 20 minutes from the end when winger Horgan was fouled and the player stepped up to successfully dispatch the ball into the bottom corner himself.
Dunfermline were almost level straight after the goal but Preston North End loanee Chris Maxwell got down well to deny Gabby Magill before Oli Shaw spurned a great opportunity at the other end when he fired wide across goal with only Scully to beat.
Kamberi then expertly directed a header into the bottom corner of the Dunfermline net to make it 3-1 before youngster Ben Stirling’s daisy-cutter was gathered by substitute Pars keeper Cammy Gill.
Kyle Turner was unlucky not to pull a goal back late on when his driven shot flew the wrong side of the post as a Hibernian side including a handful of English imports went on to win the match 3-1.