On Wednesday evening Lierse played Scottish club Hibernian from Edinburgh.
The match began cautiously from both sides. The first threat came from the Scots, fortunately for Lierse the post prevented Hibs from taking the lead. A little later Lierse threatened via Bekoe. He fired in a shot from the edge of the penalty area, but a defender's leg deflected the ball away to safety. Next goal attempt was from Hazurov, following a pass from De Wree, but his shot flew well over. The match then entered a quiet phase without too much threat from either side. Bekoe had one of the better chances, but the little Ghanaian failed with his control. The opening goal came at the other end. The ball unfortunately took a deflection off the leg of Wils, whereby Caldwell found himself through on Sels. The Lierse keeper was left helpless as the young Scottish striker lobbed the ball into the net: 0-1. Lierse appeared to be put out of their stride somewhat, and were unable to provide much of a response. The Scots had the better of possession, and it was 0-1 at halftime.
Chris Janssens made several changes at the break. These included appearances for Ayew and Hairemans. Lierse began the second half noticeably with more intent. This resulted quickly in an equaliser. Hazurov scoring yet gain in pre-season from an assist from Adesanya: 1-1. A little afterwards Bekoe looked dangerous, but his shot sailed just wide. After that the Lierse offensive fell quiet, although they remained the better team. With a quarter of an hour to go, Farag with a free kick. But his effort was saved by the Hibs keeper. With the final whistle in sight Lierse were the stronger team, and threatened via a highly driven Hazurov. Firstly he set a one-two in motion with Bekoe and fired just wide, two minutes later Yasser put him clear, but the keeper came out well and saved. The last chance was also for Lierse. Bekoe dribbling round the Scottish defence and laying the ball back to Adesanya, but he fired over.
The match ended 1-1, and looking at the match overall that was a fair result. The last pre-season match is at the Lisp on Saturday evening against Dutch side Willem II.
Lierse: Sels, De Wree (78' Vets), Heymans, Dequevy (46' Adesanya), Bekoe, Yasser, Dachelet (46'Ayew), Wils, Lambot (46' Hairemans), Farag, Hazurov.
Hibernian: Williams, Clancy, McPake (Maybury 58), Stephens (Kujabi 46), Hanlon, Sproule (Booth 64), Claros (Doyle 46), Stevenson, Cairney (Stanton), Wotherspoon, Caldwell (Handling 82)
Goals: Caldwell 0-1, Hazurov 1-1