Dunfermline Athletic 2-2 Hibernian

By Clive LindsayBBC Scotland

Dunfermline Athletic came from two goals behind to rescue a point in a thriller with bottom side Hibernian.

Hibs took the lead against the run of play when Ivan Sproule fired into the corner after 37 minutes.

Garry O'Connor's deflected drive increased the lead six minutes after the break, but Ryan Thomson rolled in a reply within 120 seconds.

And Paul Hanlon deflected a Jason Thomson cross into his own net to complete the comeback 10 minutes later.

Hibs survived late pressure to secure a second draw within seven days in the first Scottish Premier League meeting beside the sides since 2007 but remain at the foot of the table.

Garry O'Connor celebrates
O'Connor scored the second for Hibs after a difficult week for the striker

Dunfermline, already denied the services of several midfielders through injury, were without recent signing Craig Easton, who picked up an injury making his debut in last weekend's 3-2 defeat away to Kilmarnock and was replaced with Ryan Thomson.

Hibs were minus the experience of captain Ian Murray, who failed a late fitness test, and Callum Booth took his place in defence.

The visitors, with Junior Agogo dropped to the bench in favour of Leigh Griffiths, were quickly in the ascendency, with the on-loan Wolves striker and Sproule firing wide.

The Pars grew in confidence and Jason Thomson, Alex Keddie and Andy Kirk passed up chances.

However, Hibs took the lead when Griffiths flicked on from a throw-in, Martin Scott's pass took a deflection into the path of Sproule and the Northern Ireland winger drove into the far corner.

The game had swung back in Hibs' favour and, with the Pars were leaving spaces at the back as they sought an equaliser after the break, goalkeeper Paul Gallacher turned wide an O'Connor drive after the Scotland striker charged into the box.

Griffiths' header was cleared off the line via the crossbar by Kirk and Gallacher blocked a shot from O'Connor on the rebound.

O'Connor, who has had another week in the headlines for events in his private life, was not to be denied moments later when his 20-yard drive deflected off Keddie and out of the despairing Gallacher's reach.

However, Dunfermline responded within seconds when Ryan Thomson made room for himself 20 yards out before rolling a reply into the far corner.

Isaiah Osbourne forced another good save with a shot on the turn as Dunfermline continued to look uncomfortable at the back, while Pars substitute Andrew Barrowman headed over from six yards.

Dunfermline were back on level terms when Jason Thomson pounced after goalkeeper Graham Stack could not hold an Austin McCann drive and the on-loan Hearts defender's cross-come-shot was deflected in by Hanlon.

Barrowman headed just wide and Joe Cardle had a fine low drive blocked away by Stack as the Pars were denied their first home win of the season and only their third victory over Hibs in their last 13 league meetings.

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