Hibernian cruised into the semi-finals of the SFA Youth Cup after a 3-1 win over visitors, Greenock Morton. Jamie Gullangot the scoring underway at Easter Road, scoring from the spot after Adam Watson was taken down inside the area by the Morton keeper.
Defender and captain, Ryan Porteous doubled the lead soon after with a leaping header after the ball was sent in from the corner flag by Fraser Murray. Innes Murray set up Watson for a third as he made a composed finish into the bottom of the right-hand corner.
It was a slower second half in the Scottish capital. However, Morton grew into the game more in the final moments, with Mitchell Duffy bagging his side a consolation effort after good link up play with his team mates.
The visitors coped well early on with Hibernian’s pressure play, as Morton backline dealt with continues attacking moves from the hosts. However, after goalkeeper, Daniel Farrell failed to clear his lines after a pass back in the 24th minute, Adam Watson dispossessed the Morton number one and was taken down in the box.
The referee had no choice to call for the foul and award the penalty kick. Jamie Gullan stepped up to the mark and fired the ball high into the right-hand side of the net, his third goal in the competition. Farrell had dived in the right direction but the ball was out of the keeper’s reach as Hibs led in the 25th minute.
Hibs had momentum on their side as they continued to pressurise the Inverclyde club and were able to double their lead moments after their first strike. Fraser Murray sent in a ball from the corner flag, with the ball arriving from the left, Ryan Porteous leaped from the centre of the box to meet the effort with a great header. The ball travelled across goal and into the top corner as the captain got his side the second goal of the game in the 28th minute, and his second goal in this competition.
The hosts at Easter Road went from strength to strength as they cruised to a three-goal lead in the 33rd minute. After Innes Murray controlled an aerial ball up the field, he played in Watson along the left side of goal. With the defenders unable to meet the pace of Watson, the Hibs forward produced a composed finish into the opposite side of the net.