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Hibs: Sam Stanton’s mixed feelings after dream goal

Sam Stanton's first senior goal for Hibs was 'a dream come true'. Picture: SNS

Sam Stanton's first senior goal for Hibs was 'a dream come true'. Picture: SNS

Hibernian winger Sam Stanton admits the delight of his first Easter Road goal was ruined by Raith’s shock win in Leith.

The 19-year-old opened his senior account with a superb 20-yard strike against William Hill Scottish Cup fifth round opponents Rovers on Saturday as he cancelled out Kevin Moon’s early opener.

But the Kirkcaldy side ruined Stanton’s big day when they went on to claim a 3-2 win as the Hibees’ 112-year wait for the trophy was prolonged for yet another year.

Speaking to Hibernian TV, the teenager said: “I was delighted to score my first senior goal for Hibs - that was a dream come true for me.

“But we lost the game which was very disappointing.

“The sooner we get back out there the better and get the three points - we need to start winning games.”

Stanton has made 17 appearances for Hibs this term but only his last two against Celtic and then Raith have come from the starting line-up.

However, despite a 4-0 thumping by Neil Lennon’s Hoops and the Raith upset, Stanton has showed glimpses of promise and now the Scotland Under-19 international wants to help his club achieve a top-six finish in the Scottish Premiership.

He added: “I feel I’ve played well and it’s been nice to play two full games - it has been a good experience and I’m enjoying it.

“My objective was to just get into the team and to have scored a goal is a great feeling.

“Our objective as a team now is to get into the top six and my individual objective is to keep my place in the team. I want to keep playing well for Hibs.”

 

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