Pen­nant scores as Hibs tri­al­ist

The Scotsman - - Sport -

Jer­maine Pen­nant, the for­mer Arsenal and Liver­pool winger, played as tri­al­ist for Hiber­nian last night and scored the se­cond goal as the Easter Road side beat Dun­fermline Ath­letic 4-0 in a pre-sea­son friendly at East End Park.

Pen­nant, 34, is a free agent fol­low­ing his re­lease by Bury and has been train­ing with Hibs whose man­ager Neil Len­non said: “We want to have a good look at him. He is 34 but still has a few years in him. He has had an ex­cep­tional ca­reer. He has a good per­son­al­ity but it is early days be­fore we make any de­ci­sion.”

For­mer Arsenal and Liver­pool winger Jer­maine Pen­nant was among the scor­ers as Hiber­nian scored four unan­swered goals against Dun­fermline in their first pre-sea­son out­ing

Sum­mer re­cruit Danny Swanson, Martin Boyle and Olly Shaw were also on tar­get on a sat­is­fy­ing evening for head coach Neil Len­non.

The sight of Pen­nant’s name as a tri­al­ist in the Hibs line-up was the main topic of con­ver­sa­tion among the large band of trav­el­ling fans who made the short jour­ney across to Fife.

The 34-year-old, who spent the se­cond half of last sea­son at Bury, played on the right flank, hav­ing re­cently joined the squad for train­ing at their East Mains base.

Swanson lined up on the op­po­site side as the dyed-in­the-wool Hibs fan made his long-awaited first out­ing.

Len­non also used the match to give a run-out to sev­eral young­sters, with Ryan Por­te­ous, Calum Craine and Shaw all start­ing.

Hibs were, of course, bereft of last sea­son’s top scorer, Ja­son Cum­mings, the striker hav­ing made the switch to Not­ting­ham For­est last month.

The game started like a typ­i­cal pre-sea­son af­fair, a slow tempo with lit­tle ac­tion at ei­ther end, but the Pars did their best to liven it up, David Hop­kirk twice go­ing close with a half-vol­ley and a header.

The visi­tors had lacked pen­e­tra­tion in the fi­nal third dur­ing a non­de­script open­ing to the match but all that changed when Swanson broke the dead­lock in the 24th minute.

The for­mer Hearts man ex­changed passes with Craine down the left be­fore drilling a low right-footed drive into the cor­ner from 12 yards.

Hop­kirk wasted an­other chance after hav­ing a shot charged down by Ofir Mar­ciano be­fore Lee Ashcroft had a goal chalked off for a foul on the goal­keeper.

Be­fore the half was out, there was still time for Aaron Splaine to be booked after the Pars mid­fielder slid on late on Dy­lan Mcgeouch.

From the re­sult­ing free-kick, Pen­nant’s shot hit the in­side of the post and bounced to safety.

Len­non made seven changes at the break. Pen­nant was one of the sur­vivors and he added a se­cond in the 58th minute with a close-range fin­ish after tak­ing down John Mcginn’s cross.

Pen­nant im­me­di­ately made way for Martin Boyle and the re­place­ment added a third in the 71st minute, dart­ing into the box be­fore fir­ing a low shot across goal into the net.

Shaw made it four in the 76th minute when he rose high in the box to head Mcginn’s cross past the hap­less Sean Mur­doch. DUN­FERMLINE: Mur­doch, Wil­liamson, Ashcroft (Coul­son (T) 63), Mor­ris, Martin (Duthie 81), Aaron Splaine (Paton 45), Wed­der­burn (Loc­head 84), M’voto, Hop­kirk (Car­dle 53), Clark (Smith 78), Hig­gin­botham (King (T) 69). Subs not used: Gill, Luke, Alan, Mor­ri­son, Tri­al­ist. HIBER­NIAN: Mar­ciano (Laid­law 45), Gray, Por­te­ous, Fon­taine (Mcgregor 45), Bart­ley (F Mur­ray 45), Pen­nant (T) (Boyle 58), Mcgeouch (Mcginn 45), Swanson (Martin 45), Gra­ham (Mur­ray 45), Craine (Steven­son 45), Shaw.

0 Team-mates con­grat­u­late Jer­maine Pen­nant after he had scored Hibs’ se­cond goal.

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