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Cantley saves crucial penalty as Hibs hold on to knock out rivals Hearts

Heart of Midlothian 1

Ritchie 72 (pen)

Hibernian 2

Shanley 45+2 (pen), Weir 47

Ten minutes to go, one goal in it, and a whole lot more than just a place in the Scottish FA Youth Cup quarter-finals at stake as Dean Ritchie stepped up for the third penalty of the game. The penalty may not have been bad, but Jay Cantley was equal to it.

In a ferocious Edinburgh derby at Oriam, where bookings felt more frequent than clearcut chances  - it was a missed opportunity that the Jambos were made to rue. 

Goals from Ryan Shanley and Mackenzie Weir either side of the interval had Hiberian two goals to the good, however lapses of concentration gave the home side a route back into it - if it wasn’t for the heroics Cantley that is.

Hibs certainly started the brighter of the sides, however they suffered a blow when Jayden Fairley limped off a few minutes after a nasty challenge from Aaron Hickey. Callum Wilson was the man to come on in his place.

The first chance of the game fell to Ryan Shanley of Hibs. Bearing down on goal, the forward could only drag his effort wide of the far post, much to his frustration. He then almost caught keeper Harry Stone off guard with a dipping effort from range, that had to be tipped over at the expense of a corner. 

Hearts striker Leeroy Makaovra went close with an impressive acrobatic attempt, before, on 23 minutes, the hosts smacked the crossbar following a scramble from a corner. 

The hosts very much grew into the tie and their best chance of the half fell the way of Chris Hamilton six minutes before the break. The big centre half met a dangerous ball in from the right firmly, and despite heading back across goal, Cantley scrambled over to deny.

It wasn’t until deep into stoppage time that referee Daniel Graves pointed to the spot: for the first of three penalties in the match. Skipper Kane O’Conner picked out namesake (almost) Josh, who neatly spun away from his man, and would’ve rounded the keeper too if he wasn’t dragged down by the right arm of Stone. 

Shanley was the man with the responsibility of firing his side ahead, and he did just that, despite a brief scare as Stone, diving to his left, got a hand on it - however he could only push the ball into the side netting as Hibs led at the break.

The players would have been thankful for the fantastic indoor pitch at Oriam, as the rain began to batter down into the roof of the dome at the beginning of the second half.

The boys from Leith doubled their advantage less than two minutes into the second period. A deep free kick from Gregor Woods picked out defender Weir who was up from the back to guide the header into the far corner beyond Stone.

Hearts knew they had to push in search of a way back into the game, but they only created a handful of chances from open play as the time ran down.

The ball fell to Makaovra 25 minutes from time after a long free kick. Once again it was Cantley who not only denied the striker, but also stopped Ryan Schiavone from capitalising on the rebound with a great double save.

Ryan Shanley, who always looked like he had the potential to create, drifted in and out of the game and clearly wasn’t happy with his own performance as he was substituted on a booking. 

With two of the initial front three off the park, Hibs resorted to leaving Yrik Gallantes on the shoulder of the last man and began to look for the ball over the top.

After a spell of pressure, the Jambos were handed their lifeline as Woods brought down Hickey for a penalty. Ritchie confidently dispatched the kick, sending Cantley the wrong way.

However the same couldn’t be said eight minutes later. Substitute Josh Grigor was late on Makaovra, but this time Cantley guessed the right way to deny Ritchie the equaliser.

There was one final chance for the Gorgie side, as Makaovra cut back to Scott McGill, who made a clean connection advancing onto the ball, however that man Cantley was behind it to deny Hearts one final time.

A huge win, mentally, for Hibs over their bitter rivals, who can only dream of what could have been, as the Leith side advance to the quarter-finals of the Scottish FA Youth Cup.

Lineups

Heart of Midlothian
Hibernian
1. Harry Stone
2. Cameron Logan
3. Leo Watson
4. Dean Ritchie
5. Dino Leddie
6. Chris Hamilton
7. Aaron Hickey
8. Connor Smith
9. Leeroy Makaovra
10. Scott McGill
11. Ryan Schiavone
14. Sean Docherty
15. Arron Darge
16. Brodie Strang
17. Kyle Somers
18. Jay Charleston-King
19. Mackenzie Ramos
21. Harris Spratt
1. Jay Cantley
2. Jacob Blaney
3. Callum Yeats
4. Mackenzie Weir
5. Kane O’Conner
6. Jake Furness
7. Gregor Woods
8. Jayden Fairley
9. Josh O’Connor
10. Ryan Shanley
11. Yrik Gallantes
12. Jack Duncan
14. Zac Caldwell
15. Joseph Moord
16. Callum Wilson
17. Patrick Heron
18. Josh Grigor
31. Kit McRitchie
Star Player
Heart of Midlothian
Hibernian
Connor Smith was a standout for Hearts. He was influential for his side both going forward, where his composure in the middle of the park was a real asset for his side, but also in winning possession back for his side.
Jay Cantley was undoubtedly the hero for Hibs. He didn’t make a huge number of saves, but the ones he did make were crucial: in particular the save to deny Hamilton’s header, and of course the final penalty.
Magic Moment
Heart of Midlothian
Hibernian
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