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Dons Devastated as Hibs Lift the 2018 Youth Cup

Aberdeen 1

McLennan, 16

Hibernian 3

MacPherson OG, 32, Porteous, 72, Gulan, 79
  • Thursday, 26 April 2018
  • Hampden Park
  • Under 20´s
  • Scottish FA Youth Cup

Hibs came from behind to wrap up the double as they defeated Aberdeen at Hampden Park to win the Scottish Youth Cup.

A Ryan Poretous header either side of a Joe MacPherson own goal and a Jamie Gulan tap in ensured Hibs returned to Leith with another trophy, as they capped off a brilliant season under new head coach Grant Murray.

Fans turned out in good numbers to watch the youngsters as Aberdeen looked to win their first youth cup since 2001, whereas Hibs were looking to make it a second trophy for the season having already won the SPFL Development League earlier this month.

Both sides started frantically as they looked to get used to the wide park at the national stadium with Hibs defender Calum Donaldson firing wide after getting on the end of an excellent Sean Mackie cross. It was Aberdeen in the 16th minute to score first however, as winger Conor McLennan somehow managed to work his way past the Hibs backline, before placing his shot beyond Maciej Dabrowski.

Hibs were still well in this game and had their best chance of the match when Fraser Murray’s spectacular effort cracked the post from 25 yards out. Fraser Murray was to have his say in the Hibs equalizer. His cross from the left hand side turned in by unlucky Aberdeen defender Joe MacPherson to draw the game level.

  • Half Time:
  • Aberdeen
  • 1-1
  • Hibernian

Aberdeen goal scorer McLennan was took off at half time with a tight hamstring and this seriously limited Aberdeen’s attacking option, for he was usually the man to spark the Aberdeen attacks. Aberdeen were still looking to get back in front with Porteous being forced to make a crucial block from Bruce Anderson’s shot. 

Hibs completed their comeback in the 72nd minute, Porteous putting a fantastic header into the top right hand corner after a brilliant delivery from Ben Stirling. It was all over 10 minutes from time. Oli Shaw beating his man and finding Gulan who had the easiest of finishes to secure the victory for Grant Murray’s men. 

A great result for Hibs whose players will be looking to follow the likes of Captain Porteous into the Hibs fist team. It was disappointment for Paul Sheerins men who will be hoping to use this experience as a learning curve to enhance their chances of making the Aberdeen first team.

  • Full Time:
  • Aberdeen
  • 1-3
  • Hibernian

Lineups

Aberdeen
Hibernian
1. David Craddock
2. Ryan Harrington
3. Daniel Harvie
4. Dean Campbell
5. Joe Macpherson
6. Sam Roscoe
7. Connor McLennan
8. Seb Ross
9. Bruce Anderson
10. Frank Ross
11. Ethan Ross
20. Archie Mair
12. David Dangana
14. Miko Virtanen
15. Chris Antoniazzi
16. Jack MacKenzie
17. Toby Wells
18. Connor Barron
1. Maciej Dabrowski
2. Callum Donaldson
3. Sean Mackie
4. Ryan Porteous
5. Kevin Waugh
6. Josh Campbell
7. Fraser Murray
8. Ben Stirling
9. Oli Shaw
10. innes Murray
11. Jamie Gulan
12. Kane O'Connor
14. Adam Watson
15. Gregor Woods
16. Ruari Paton
17. Ryan Shanley
18. Yrik Gallantes
31. Patrick Martin
Star Player
Aberdeen
Hibernian
Despite leaving the field at half time, Connor McLennan was a real influence on the game in the first half. He constantly caused Hibs problems and scored a fantastic solo goal.
Ryan Porteous was a rock at the back for Hibs. He lead by example, showing maturity beyond his years and was well deserving of his goal. Porteous will be looking to become a first team regular at Hibs next season.
Magic Moment
Aberdeen
Hibernian
Connor McLennan’s opener was a contender for goal of the Tournament. He weaved his way by a few Hibs players before placing a cool finish into the net.
Despite breaking the trophy in two, The Hibs team were ecstatic when Ryan Porteous lifted the Youth Cup, capping off a terrific season in both the league and the cup for the young Hibs side.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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