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St. Johnstone FC 1

McLaren 11

Hibernian FC 2

Breen 23, Shaw 88
  • Tuesday, 15 November 2016
  • Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League
A chilly night welcomed the two young sides out at Excelsior for this Development League tie between 11th placed St Johsnstone and 3rd in the table Hibernian. Both St Johnstone, a home game for them despite being played at the home of Airdrie FC, and Hibs fielded youthful starting line ups. 
 
It was a tentative start from both sides with Hibs probably edging the early exchanges. Hibs’ Donaldson was getting a good amount of joy down the right flank and beat Jardine before hitting his shot straight at MacKenzie. 
 
But it was St. Johnstone who took the lead against the run of play on 11 minutes when a long ball forward from Jardine eluded the Hibs backline and McLaren slotted home from 12 yards out. 1-0 St. Johnstone. 
 
St. Johnstone nearly added a second on 15 minutes when Watson picked up the ball from a Hibs headed clearance and tried his luck from 20 yards out. His shot rattled the post and it was further evidence that St. Johnstone were going to be anything but a pushover as their league position might have suggested. 
 
Hibs responded well and Donaldson continued to cause Jardine some problems down the right. Two excellent crosses in quick succession found failed to find a green shirt in the box, despite being in the right areas.
 
On 23 minutes Hibs found themselves deservedly lever after a driving run forward and cutely cut back ball from Innes Murray allowed Breen to slot home with a left footed volley. 1-1. 
 
The game began to settle down from then on with both defences tightening things up after a fairly shaky start. Hibs did nearly take a one goal lead into the hutch at halftime though when on 45 minutes Allan’s long shot was well held by MacKenzie.
  • Half Time:
  • St. Johnstone FC
  • 1-1
  • Hibernian FC
The second half produced far fewer chances than the first as both sides struggled to take a hold of the game. However it was Hibs who edged the possession and had a number of half-chances to take the lead. They went close on 55 minutes when Murray’s free-kick slipped past the wrong side of the post.
 
On 69 minutes Hibs went close again when Shaw was quick to turn and shoot from 12 yards out, but his effort didn't find the target. 
 
There was little action until the 81st minute when St Johnstone’s Watson took a knock in a midfield tussle and was unable to continue. Having made all their subs, they had to survive the final 10 minutes with just ten men. On the 88th minute their tenacious defences were breached.
 
Hibs made the most of the extra space and built up possession well before Donaldsons cross this time found Shaw at the back post. As is so often the case with the u19 Scottish international, he didn't miss the opportunity the slot it home. 2-1 Hibernian and a berth at the top of the SPFL Development League table.
  • Full Time:
  • St. Johnstone FC
  • 1-2
  • Hibernian FC

Lineups

St. Johnstone FC
Hibernian FC
1 MacKenzie
2 Corrie
3 Jardine
4 Watson
5 Thomson
6 Gordon
7 Lumsden
8 McCann
9 McLaren
10 Johnson
11 Simpson
1 Virtanen
2 Donaldson
3 Crane
4 Porteous
5 Stirling
6 Martin
7 I. Murray
8 Breen
9 Allan
10 Shaw
11 Mackie
Star Player
St. Johnstone FC
Hibernian FC
The experince of Liam Gordon's first team appearances shone through. Dealt with everything that was thrown at him.
Donaldson was a constant threat down the right flank and created a hatful of chances.
Magic Moment
St. Johnstone FC
Hibernian FC
Against the run of play McLaren finished well on the half volley spin to give his side the lead.
Shaw popped up at the death to snatch all 3 points. The best strikers take their chances when offered, Shaw had a quiet 87 minutes, but he was switched on, focused and excellently despatched when needed.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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