Kevin Dabrowski overwhelmed with emotion for Hibs as he delivers ‘never give up’ message after long-awaited debut

Kevin Dabrowski’s debut struggled to put into words what his first Hibs appearance meant to him after a scoreless Edinburgh derby.

Hearts made life difficult for the goalkeeper in his first appearance as he was thrown into the deep end to replace injured stopper Matt Macey.

But Shaun Maloney was rewarded for his faith in the 23-year-old after a string of fine saves to earn a valuable point at Easter Road.

Dabrowski, who has been on loan in the lower leagues with spells at Cowdenbeath, Dumbarton and Berwick since joining from Lech Poznan, was visibly emotional when he received the man of the match award.

Dabrowski told Sky Sports: “It couldn’t get better than this (in terms of) goalkeeping performance.

“Clean sheet, saves, unfortunately we didn’t win the game but I’m really happy that I was able to contribute and help the team win the game and get a crucial point.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a few years. There have been some ups and downs, I’ve been on the bench 40 times and haven’t been used.

“The number of times I was told I could play and maybe not, but I never gave up and tried to work hard. I knew the time would eventually come.

“I tried my best every day to get it.”

“Excitement, pressure and nervousness and it was the perfect way to be fully focused to score a point.”

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