FC Santa Coloma 1-2 Hibernian (1-5 agg): Youngsters impress as Hibs progress in Europe

Last update on. From the section FootballWithin three minutes of Lopez's opener, Jamie Murphy scored the equalizer.Jack Ross was impressed with his young players when Hibernian overcame a shock defeat against Santa Coloma and comfortably reached the Europa Conference League 3rd qualifying round.Guillaume Lopez gave the Andorran parttimers a lead in the second leg, but Jamie Murphy quickly equalized for them.Daniel Mackay (20 years old) followed Josh Campbell's shot at the post and scored his first Hibs goal.Ross, head coach, said that Josh can be satisfied with his performance.He has not had a chance at Hibs, so he had to be loaned. However, he had an impressive preseason and was a major player in the second goal."There were many young players in tonight's team - five under 22-year-olds - and they all did well."After progressing 5-1 in aggregate, Hibs is now two ties at the group stage. Rijeka, a Croatian outfit, will be facing Hibs with the first leg at Easter Road.Ross' men started brightly and dominated the play throughout, but they wasted many of their opportunities.Kevin Nisbet smashed the crossbar with a 20 yard strike, while Paul McGinn & Kyle Magennis made good saves against Ramos Prada in half one.Debutant Jake Doyle Hayes should have done better when he found out about the talented winger Campbell.Paul Hanlon should have also put the away side ahead by blazing his shot over the bar from the six-yard box.Hibs' squandered chances allowed the home team to grow in confidence, and they started to gain ground.Matt Macey, goalkeeper, made two excellent saves against Lopez but couldn't stop the Frenchman scoring. The forward was lively and took the ball from Lopez on the left, before firing a powerful shot into the far corner.Hibs were unable to keep the ball in the net and quickly equalized. Murphy grabbed a long ball and then curved over Prada, calming any Edinburgh anxiety.Mackay's goal from close range gave the away team the lead they needed and was a timely boost to the confidence of the ex-Inverness Caledonian Thistle winger.Hibs threatened to attack again and again during the final stages, but they were unable to increase their total.Josh Campbell - Man of the MatchLast season, the winger was on loan to Edinburgh City. But, he impressed with a rare Hibs startWhat have we learned?Mixed performance by Hibs, but not enough to count this early in the season.Other than being in the hat for next round, the biggest positives were the performances by Mackay and Campbell, who both gave themselves the chance to participate in the league.What were they saying?Jack Ross, Hibernian's head coach: "When you go back it's not ideal, but before that we had more control of the match. We missed a lot in the first half in particular."The response to being left behind was positive and the bulk of what was done tonight was pleasant."What's next?Hibs will begin their campaign for the Scottish Premiership away to Motherwell this Sunday (16:30 BST) after they have made progress in Europe.