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Hard fought victory for Dunfermline over Hibs

Hibernian FC U20s 0

Dunfermline Athletic FC U20s 1

Trialist
  • Tuesday, 08 March 2016
  • Ainslie Park
  • Under 20´s
  • Youth Development League
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.
  • Half Time:
  • Hibernian FC U20s
  • 0-0
  • Dunfermline Athletic FC U20s
The second half started at a frantic pace. It was Hibernian who threatened to open the scoring as Shaw found himself in space - his shot was saved, not for the first time, by Gill. 
 
At the other end Hibernian’s offside trap almost let in Sutherland who couldn’t steer his shot on target. At this point Dunfermline were settling and even looking the better side. Ryan Williamson’s marauding runs were causing Hibs all sorts of problems. 
 
It was the trials who would be the man of the moment. A corner floated into the back post, finding Thomas who nodded back into the path of the trialist who showed good technique to scissor kick the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-0 to Dunfermline. 
 
Hibernian pushed to try and force an equaliser and their best chance came from Jordan Sinclair’s corner which was headed goal-bound by substitute Jamie Gillian, but saved on the line by Man of the Match Cammy Gill.
 
The referee’s whistle brought and end to what was a great SPFL Development League match and ended Dunfermline’s run of three defeats giving them hope of catching Dundee United U20s in the league. 
  • Full Time:
  • Hibernian FC U20s
  • 0-1
  • Dunfermline Athletic FC U20s

Lineups

Hibernian FC U20s
Dunfermline Athletic FC U20s
Hibernian: Brennan, Donaldson, Dunsmore, Waugh (Cambell) Porteolis, Sterling, Murray (Smith) Sinclair, Shaw, Watson, Peters (Gillian).

Subs Not Used: Costello
Dunfermline: Gill, Williamson, Duncan, Orru, Morrison, Horne, McLair, Galloway, Sutherland, Thomas, Trialist.

Subs not used: Dunn, Crawford, Luke, Henderson, Robertson.
Star Player
Hibernian FC U20s
Dunfermline Athletic FC U20s
Magic Moment
Hibernian FC U20s
Dunfermline Athletic FC U20s
Hibs' frantic start to the second half.
The unnamed trialist's superb, match-winning finish.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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