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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 March 2007, 17:17 GMT
Collins glad to end 16-year wait
Steven Fletcher, Rob Jones and Abdessalam Benjelloun with the CIS Cup
Hibs scorers Steven Fletcher, Rob Jones and Abdessalam Benjelloun
Hibernian manager John Collins said lifting the CIS Insurance Cup ended 16 years of hurt for the Edinburgh club.

"Sixteen years is a long time to wait for a trophy for a club like this," he told BBC Sport after the 5-1 victory over Kilmarnock in the final.

"Hopefully, it won't be another 16 years before we win another one.

"I thought we had a poor first half and Kilmarnock had us under pressure. But, once we got the second goal, we grew in confidence and showed our class."

Captain Rob Jones led the way with the opening goal, while Steven Fletcher and Abdessalam Benjelloun both scored doubles.

"It is a special moment, but the players have worked hard since I arrived at the club in October and deserve it," said Collins.
To win the way did was just unbelievable

Hibernian captain Rob Jones

The manager had special praise for young goalkeeper Andrew McNeil and teenage midfielder Lewis Stevenson.

"The goalkeeper made a wonderful save in the first half, while Lewis Stevenson at 19 was sensational," said Collins.

Stevenson thought he would have to make way for more experienced players for the Hampden showpiece.

"I was not expecting to be playing, never mind be named man of the match," he said.

"It just seems like a normal game. It will be afterwards that it will all sink in."

For captain Jones it justified his summer move from Grimsby Town.

"I could not have wished for a better first year at the club," he said.

"And to win the way did was just unbelievable."

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18 Mar 07 |  Scottish Cups


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