Scottish Championship
Falkirk1Hibernian2

Falkirk 1-2 Hibernian

Jason Cummings scores
Jason Cummings scored twice at the Falkirk Stadium

In-demand Hibernian striker Jason Cummings scored twice against Falkirk to get Neil Lennon's domestic tenure as head coach off to a winning start.

Fresh from being subject to a declined £1.2m bid from Peterborough United, Cummings pounced in the six-yard box to give Hibs an early lead.

That was quickly cancelled out by Craig Sibbald's tremendous 25-yard strike.

But Cummings thrashed the ball high into the net straight after half-time to ensure Hibs took all three points.

That clinical brace may add a few more pounds to the price tag of 21-year-old Cummings, especially when it came against a team many fancy to be one of Hibs' main challengers for the Championship title this season.

Lennon joked before the game that if Cummings did not play well against Falkirk, he would drive him all the way to Peterborough.

On this performance, there will be no need for the new Hibs boss to fetch his car keys just yet.

Cummings started and finished the opening goal; first playing through James Keatings and having the desire to be in the right place at the right time when Falkirk goalkeeper Danny Rogers parried Keatings' low drive.

The away support were boisterous and large in number, though silenced somewhat when a left-foot pearler by Sibbald scorched past Ross Laidlaw and into the top right corner to mark the midfielder's 200th appearance for the Bairns.

Apart from Bob McHugh going close for the hosts, scrappiness was king in the rest of the opening half but Cummings once again lit up proceedings soon after the break.

Lennon likes the quality and experience of new signing Grant Holt - formerly of Norwich and Wigan - and it was the Englishman who lofted the assist on this occasion.

Cummings controlled and held off the attentions of David McCracken before lashing what turned out to be the winner into the top near corner.

McHugh perhaps had the Bairns' best chances of another leveller; one of his efforts cleared off the line by Hibs captain David Gray and another shot from the right side of the box flashing narrowly over Laidlaw's crossbar.

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 1Rogers
  • 5McCracken
  • 44Watson
  • 15Gasparotto
  • 4Muirhead
  • 7TaiwoBooked at 37minsSubstituted forCraigenat 72'minutes
  • 6Rankin
  • 10SibbaldSubstituted forMillerat 78'minutes
  • 3LeahyBooked at 59mins
  • 19McHugh
  • 9BairdSubstituted forAustinat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kidd
  • 11Hippolyte
  • 16Austin
  • 18Miller
  • 22Henderson
  • 28Craigen
  • 58Mehmet

Hibernian

  • 31Laidlaw
  • 24McGregorBooked at 67minsSubstituted forForsterat 89'minutes
  • 4Hanlon
  • 5Fontaine
  • 2Gray
  • 48MartinSubstituted forBartleyat 69'minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • 19KeatingsSubstituted forBoyleat 84'minutes
  • 16Stevenson
  • 35Cummings
  • 9Holt

Substitutes

  • 6Bartley
  • 11Stanton
  • 17Boyle
  • 21Carmichael
  • 23Forster
  • 32Virtanen
  • 33Harris
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
6,458

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home6
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Falkirk 1, Hibernian 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Falkirk 1, Hibernian 2.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Aaron Muirhead.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by John Rankin.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Jordan Forster replaces Darren McGregor.

Lee Miller (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marvin Bartley (Hibernian).

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by David Gray.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Martin Boyle replaces James Keatings.

Attempt missed. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Lee Miller (Falkirk) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Lee Miller (Falkirk) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by David Gray.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Liam Fontaine.

Attempt blocked. David McCracken (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Lee Miller (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Lee Miller (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marvin Bartley (Hibernian).

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Lee Miller replaces Craig Sibbald.

Attempt missed. Darren McGregor (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. John McGinn (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. James Craigen replaces Tom Taiwo.

Attempt saved. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Nathan Austin (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Liam Fontaine (Hibernian).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Marvin Bartley replaces Scott Martin.

Booking

Darren McGregor (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nathan Austin (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Darren McGregor (Hibernian).

Luca Gasparotto (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

Foul by David McCracken (Falkirk).

Grant Holt (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by David Gray.

Attempt blocked. Robert McHugh (Falkirk) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Nathan Austin replaces John Baird.

Booking

Luke Leahy (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke Leahy (Falkirk).

Scott Martin (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Raith Rovers11002023
2Dunfermline11004313
3Hibernian11002113
4Dundee Utd10101101
5Morton10101101
6Queen of Sth10101101
7St Mirren10101101
8Dumbarton100134-10
9Falkirk100112-10
10Ayr100102-20
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