Hibernian 3 Livingston 1

Last updated : 03 April 2004 By Footymad Previewer

Derek Riordan struck twice as Hibs ended an eight-match league run without a win in style at Easter Road. The young striker pounced twice in the second half after Derek Lilley had cancelled out Tam McManus' first half strike. And the Easter Road side claimed a measure of revenge after losing to the Almondvale side in the CIS Cup final three weeks ago.

Livingston had the better of the opening exchanges with David Fernandez and Burton O'Brien combining to set up Lee Makel after five minutes but the midfielder shot wide.

Richard Brittain then cut inside Gary Caldwell on the left but his shot from just inside the box was comfortably held by Daniel Andersson.

Riordan had Hibs' first chance, shooting high and wide after hooking the ball over Marvin Andrews but that was a rare sight for the Hibs fans as Livi continued to press. Rubio released Lilley in the 28th minute but Andersson stood up well to deny the striker from close range.

Makel and Fernandez both had long range efforts before Hibs took the lead completely against the run of the play in the 39th minute.

Alan Reid fired over a cross which eluded everyone in front of goal except McManus who was lurking at the back post to bundle in from point blank range.

Livingston were back on level terms five minutes after the break. Fernandez turned Roland Edge on the edge of the area and flicked a superb pass to Lilley who volleyed first time past Andersson from eight yards out. But somehow Hibs came back to win it.

Three minutes later a McManus corner from the left found its way to Riordan at the back post via a deflection and the striker headed Hibs ahead.

Marvin Andrews had a shot cleared off the line as Livi fought to get on level terms but there was no denying the home side. Kevin Thomson and Steven Whittaker both came close from long range before Riordan wrapped things up eight minutes from time.

Caldwell sent in a cross from the right and the Hibs striker was completely unmarked six yards out to head his 10th of the season.