Jamie Murphy equalised within three minutes of Lopez's opener


Jack Ross was impressed by his young players as Hibernian recovered from a shocking deficit against Santa Coloma to comfortably reach the Europa Conference League third qualifying round.

Guillaume Lopez gave the Andorran part-timers a second-leg lead, but Jamie Murphy soon leveled for the visitors. Daniel Mackay, 20, then followed up 21-year-old Josh Campbell's shot off the post to net his first Hibs goal. "Josh can be pleased with his performance," said head coach Ross. "He hasn't really had an opportunity at Hibs so had to go on loan, but he's had an impressive pre-season and played a big part in the second goal. "There were five young players under 22 in the team tonight, and they did very well. " Hibs, now two ties from the group stage after progressing 5-1 on aggregate, will face Croatian outfit Rijeka with the first leg at Easter Road next Thursday. Ross' men began brightly and dominated play throughout but were wasteful with their numerous opportunities. Kevin Nisbet rattled the crossbar with a 20-yard strike while Paul McGinn and Kyle Magennis forced good saves from Ramos Prada in the opening half. Debutant Jake Doyle-Hayes should have done better when he was found by the impressive winger Campbell. Paul Hanlon also ought to have put the away side ahead, blazing his volley over the bar from inside the six-yard box. Hibs' spurned chances allowed the home side to grow in confidence and they began to gain a foothold. Matt Macey, the goalkeeper, made two excellent saves against Lopez but couldn't stop the Frenchman from scoring. The forward was lively and took the ball from Lopez on the left, before firing a powerful shot into the far corner. Poor goalkeeping at the other end helped Hibs to quickly level as Murphy latched on to a long ball before neatly curling over the out-of-position Prada to quell any Edinburgh anxiety. Mackay's close-range finish then finally gave the away side the lead they deserved and a timely confidence boost for the former Inverness Caledonian Thistle winger. Hibs threatened time and again in the closing stages but were unable to add to their tally.

What have we learned?

A mixed Hibs performance but one that won't count for too much this early in the season, particularly given the job had largely been done in the first leg. Other than being in the hat for the next round, the biggest positives were the performances by Mackay and Campbell, who both gave themselves a chance to turn out in the league. Hibs will now face Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday (16:30 BST). __S.29__

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