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Hibernian edge out Dundee to stay on top

Hibernian FC 2

Stirling 3, Woods 28

Dundee FC 1

Henvey 52
  • Tuesday, 14 November 2017
  • Oriam, Herriot Watt University
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League
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.
  • Half Time:
  • Hibernian FC
  • 2-0
  • Dundee FC
Both sides started the second half positively, with Hibs looking to consolidate their lead and Dundee looking to get back in the game. Hibs had the ball in the net within minutes of the start of the half as Adam Watson turned in Shaw’s pass, only to be flagged offside.
 
Dundee pulled a goal back on the 52nd minute with Matthew Henvey, who got onto the end of an intelligent through ball from Callum Moore and finished calmly past Dabrowski.
 
The game started to open up after that with both sides still looking for more goals and producing a number of good opportunities. Woods was given space to turn in the Dundee box and tried to lift a shot over Ferrie but sent his shot onto the roof of the net.
 
Kostadin Gadzhalov then denied Woods another opportunity before playing a hopeful pass into the path of Henvey, only for him to fire his shot straight at Dabrowski. Towards the end of the game, Josh Campbell found himself unmarked from a corner, but sent his headed effort over the bar, before Dundee missed their golden opportunity to equalise in the dying embers of the game. A long ball from Ferrie was picked up by the dangerous Henvey who was one-on-one with Dabrowski, only for the young striker to skew his shot wide of the goal and deny his side a share of the points.
 
An impressive win for Hibs against a Dundee team with many first-team stars, and a win which sends the Hibees one point clear at the top of the Development League as Dundee drop to fourth.
  • Full Time:
  • Hibernian FC
  • 2-1
  • Dundee FC

Lineups

Hibernian FC
Dundee FC
1. Maciej Dabrowski
2. Callum Donaldson
3. Callum Crane
4. Josh Campbell
5. Kevin Waugh
6. Ben Stirling
7. Adam Watson
8. Innes Murray
9. Oli Shaw
10. Gregor Woods
11. Jamie Gullan
12. Patrick Martin
13. Kane O'Connor
14. Ruari Paton
15. Ryan Shanley
1. Callum Ferrie
2. Brian Rice
3. Ian Smith
4. Kostadin Gadzhalov
5. Julen Etxabeguren
6. Callum Moore
7. Josh Mulligan
8. James Vincent
9. Matthew Henvey
10. Scott Allan
11. Randy Wolters
12. MaCallan Whyte
13. Max Anderson
14. Taylor Berry
15. John Smith
Star Player
Hibernian FC
Dundee FC
Quite difficult to pick a standout here as there were plenty of the Hibs lineup that fared well against this strong Dundee side but I am going to choose Oli Shaw. The 19-year-old was a bright spark in the match and always looked a threat with his movement and his confidence on the ball particular highlights. This performance will be seen as a good step in his development as a player that Neil Lennon has described as the next Harry Kane. Only time will tell if he lives up to those lofty ambitions. Shaw has a bright future ahead of him at Hibs if he can stay focused and continue the hard-work that earned him a number of appearances for the first-team, including a memorable one at Hampden Park against Celtic in the League Cup semi-final.
Matthew Henvey was definitely the standout here for Dundee. The young striker was a constant menace and I am sure the Hibs defence will not be looking forward to facing him any time soon. The 17-year-old never seemed to run out of energy and was always there to close down the Hibs back line and put his opponents under pressure. He took his goal well and could’ve had a couple more had he shown a bit more composure, though hopefully that will come in time. Henvey has yet to make a league appearance for Dundee this season, but one must imagine that he is not a million miles away. We may even see him at Dens Park sooner rather than later if Dundee continue to underperform in the Scottish Premiership.
Magic Moment
Hibernian FC
Dundee FC
Has to be the goal from Ben Stirling. The ball came to the young midfielder on the edge of the box and the strike was so sweet. A goal to remember from the youngster.
On a disappointing day for the Dundee U20s, Henvey’s goal will be a bright spark. A calm and collected finish beyond his years.
Club Views
Hibernian FC
Dundee FC
Hibernian U20s Assistant Coach Grant Murray “I’m pleased with the start to the season and today was a very hard fought victory and we expected it to be hard. “Dundee had a strong team out and it was great for our guys to experience playing against guys like Scott Allan and James Vincent. “It was an organised performance from us and we maybe could have chosen the right option in the counterattacks, but it was an end-to-end game and I am delighted to have got the three points”
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