It was clear what Jack Ross’ plan was from early on in the match. He was relying on his midfield to switch the play from side to side and and his wingers and full-backs to swing in crosses any chance they got. It nearly worked when Paul McGinn picked the ball up on the right flank and lined himself up for the cross.
Hibs new-boy Jackson Irvine was hoping to make it a debut to remember after making a darting run into the box to receive the cross, but the Australian international only managed to get the slightest of touches and it passed him by.
Kilmarnock then finally started to find their way into the match around the 25 minute mark and it was them who had all the momentum going forward. For a period the ball was continuously in the home side’s half and they weren’t allowed to string a couple of passes together by the away side’s pressing high up the park.
The second half started with the same intensity as the first half finished. Both teams came out firing looking to open the scoring with attempts on goal coming at either side of the pitch. Hibs looked the stronger team though with the possession and were looking towards the wide areas to create an opening.
The opener finally came for Hibs when Jamie Murphy laid the ball off to Josh Doig who was making as run into the box. The 18-year-old cut the ball back looking for a teammate, but fortunately for him it was actually Alan Power , who tried to clear the ball but ended up putting it into the back of the net.
Killie were desperately trying to get themselves back into the game after the goal and looked like they might get a stroke of luck coming their way. They had several corners and set pieces but all resulted in nothing too threatening.
Their best chance came when the ball was lofted over the top of the Hibs defence to find substitute Nicke Kabamba who was one-on-one with Matt Macey, but the striker only managed to smack the ball off the post.
Despite Killie being in control of possession and looking the more likely to score, it was Hibs who found the next goal to further their lead. The ball was fumbling around the Kilmarnock box following a corner, but Christian Doidge was able to lay off Gogic, who then rifled the ball into top corner. It was his first goal for the club and it was a beauty to say the least.
Not much happened in the remainder of the match. This result takes Hibs to third place following Aberdeen’s loss to Ross County, whilst Kilmarnock sit seventh in the table. Here are three things we learned.
Hibs new boys make debuts
Not only was it a win and three points for the Hibees to enjoy from the game, but they also got to see Irvine and Chris Cadden in action for the first time. Whilst they only got a brief eight minute glimpse of Cadden, Irvine was on the pitch for around 70 minutes and eased into his Hibs role very quickly and didn’t seem out of place at all.
Gogic wonder goal
Gogic isn’t known for being in the opposition half very often never mind finding the back of the net. He scored his first goal for Hibs and it came to surprise to everyone in the stadium.
His bullet from outside the box is his first goal since he scored at Easter Road for Hamilton last season. He has only scored two goals previously in his career and both were with headers, so this is a big change for the Cypriot international.
Kilmarnock second best
Even though Kilmarnock had a few chances today and looked in control of possession for periods, it was Hibs who came out on top. They couldn’t quite make many clear-cut chances outside a Kabamba effort and their defence couldn’t keep up with the pace and movement of the Hibs attack.