Dunfermline fired the first warning shots of the game with Scott Sutherland and James Thomas firing wide from long range.
Sutherland sought to capitalise on a defensive lapse by Hibs, but his cutback pass only found a green shirt.
Soon Dunfermline were in again. This time the trialist latched onto a through ball which he cutely lobbed over goalkeeper Sean Brennan into the back of the net - however the linesman adjudged the trialist to have been in an offside position.
Hibernian finally gained a foot hold in the game, culminating in their first chance. Some neat interchange play on the edge of the box and Olly Shaw was through one-on-one, but he couldn't beat the on-rushing Cammy Gill in the Dunfermline goal.
Whilst the fifty strong crowd at Ainslie were treated mostly to speculative long ranged effort from both sides, they almost witnessed the first goal of the match just before half time. It was the best chance of the game so far and it fell to Dunfermline's hardworking forward Sutherland. Ryan Williamson found himself some space on the right hand side, his cross met by Sutherland whose shot ricocheted off of Aaron Dunsmore for a corner narrowly missing the open goal.