Hibernian produced an impressive performance to overcome an experienced Dundee side 2-1 at Oriam. Hibs started the game brightly and went in at half-time with a two goal advantage with strikes from Ben Stirling and Gregor Woods. Dundee pulled one back in the second half with Matthew Henvey but couldn’t find an equaliser.
Dundee fielded a strong starting line-up consisting of five first-team players, including former Hibernian star Scott Allan, but that didn’t stop the Development League leaders from taking an early advantage thanks to an incredible strike from Ben Stirling who fired in a shot from 25 yards into the top corner of the net, leaving Dee keeper Callum Ferrie no chance.
Dundee did not let their heads drop however and kept plugging away at the Hibernian defence and came close through efforts from Josh Mulligan, who sent a shot just wide, and from Dutch winger Randy Wolters, who sent a free-kick just over the bar.
Hibs always looked dangerous and nearly increased their lead just before the half-hour mark when Oli Shaw, who was one-on-one with Ferrie, hit his shot straight at the Dundee keeper allowing the Dark Blue defence to clear.
The Hibs youngsters weren’t to be denied however when, less than a minute later, Gregor Woods placed a deflected shot into the bottom corner of the net to double his sides advantage.
In response to this, Dundee piled the pressure onto the Hibs back-line. The Dee were not keen to go in at half-time two goals down and Wolters produced a good save from Marciej Dabrowski. The winger would then attempt to set up Matthew Henvey who dragged his shot wide as the referee blew his whistle for the interval.