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Hibees make it 10 in a row in EoS Shield

Hibernian 2

McGregor 43, Shaw 80

Heart of Midlothian 0

  • Sunday, 04 May 2014
  • Easter Road Stadium
  • Under 17´s
  • East of Scotland Shield
Kieran Green

Kieran Green | YFS South East Region Journalist

Hibs were looking to make it 10 East of Scotland shield victories in a row over their Edinburgh derby rivals Hearts, and did so thanks to Jordan McGregor’s bullet header just before half time, and Oliver Shaw’s looping header 10 minutes from time. Hearts looked the more likely team to score throughout the match, but couldn’t find that killer touch.
 
The first 10 minutes of the game began with neither team creating any real opportunities and neither Goalkeeper having any touch of the ball. Both teams were trying to play football on the big pitch at Easter Road, and this almost cost Hearts a goal. A free kick inside their own half was played short by Sean McKirdy to Kai Wilson, and the big defender was robbed by Conner Duthie who raced through on goal, but dragged his shot wide of Jamie Sneddon’s left post.
 
Hearts’ first real attack of the game came when Murray Cockburn drove down the right hand side, played the ball inside to Rhys Craigie, who then slipped the ball wide to Ian Smith, who drilled his shot across goal but Brennan in the Hibs goal stood firm to push the ball wide for a corner.
 
From the resulting corner, Hearts almost took the lead. A McKirdy corner was placed on the head of Murray Cockburn, who headed towards the bottom corner but Matthew McInally was on the post to block the ball and clear it to safety. The full back in the right place at the right time, with keeper Sean Brennan helpless.
 
Aaron Scott was proving a real handful going forward for Hibs to deal with. The midfield maestro found himself some space 18 yards from goal, striking the ball with some power and the ball looked destined to nestle in the top corner, but Jordan McGregor threw himself in front of the shot to divert it for a corner. The resulting corner headed over the ball by Wilson.
 
Good work down the left hand side from Sam Daniels released Rhys Craigie, who fed strike partner Cockburn in the middle. He gave McGregor the slip, but his shot sailed over the bar. Hearts looking more and more likely to break the deadlock.
 
Hearts came even closer to taking the lead, as they rattled the crossbar. Scott picked the ball up 20 yards from goal, he shifted the ball onto his stronger right foot, and unleashed a venomous striker which smashed the face of the bar past the despairing dive of Brennan. Scott so unlucky with his shot.
 
Almost immediately after, Hibs took the lead. A corner from dead ball specialist Scott Martin was met by the head of Jordan McGregor, unmarked, 6 yards out to bullet his header past Sneddon to give Hibs a 1-0 advantage 2 minutes before half time. Not many chances at all for Hibs, but they took this one to go into half time with a lead.
  • Half Time:
  • Hibernian
  • 1-0
  • Heart of Midlothian
The second half begun with Hibs being awarded a free kick straight away 35 yards from goal. Scott Martin deciding that he was going to take it on, optimistic in my view, but what do I know. Martin lined it up and his striker was only a foot or so over the bar.
 
Duthie almost doubled Hibs’ lead a few minutes later, when Martins’ free kick fell nicely to the striker, but he volleyed straight into Sneddon’s arms. Still 1-0.
 
Good play from Hearts down the right hand side, with Jack Simpson playing a neat 1-2 with Scott before releasing Grotlin, but the substitutes shot was straight down the throat of Brennan.
 
Hearts hit the bar for the second time in the match, this time through Rhys Craigie. The big striker getting the ball short from a McKirdy corner, curled the ball towards the far corner of the goal, but the ball hit the underside of the crossbar and was cleared to safety. How close were Hearts going to get!
 
End to end stuff now, as Ben Stirling almost doubled the Hibees’ lead. The Scotland International getting on the end of Duthies’ through ball, but a great piece of defending from Wilson forced the ball out for a corner. Despite the rallying cries from the Hearts players, Oliver Shaw scored to make it 2-0 to Hibs with 10 minutes to go. Martin’s great delivery from the corner met the head of Shaw, as he rose highest to loop his header over Sneddon into the back of the net. 2-0 Hibs. Goal scoring hero Shaw was shortly after replaced by a good friend of mine Kevin Waugh, also a Scotland International at under 16’s.
 
Hearts last chance of the game fell to Cockburn after Scotland cap McKirdy whipped a ball into the box, Cockburn stretched but couldn’t get on the end of it.
 
That was that as the referee blew the final whistle which sent the Hibs players into celebration mode, winning the East of Scotland shield for the 10th time in a row. A fantastic achievement, and credit to both sides as from a neutral perspective, it was a fantastic game of football, showing how football should be played. Promising for Scottish Football.
  • Full Time:
  • Hibernian
  • 2-0
  • Heart of Midlothian

Lineups

Hibernian
Heart of Midlothian

1. Sean Brennan
2. Matthew McInally
3. David Porcher
4. Ben Stirling
5. Jordan McGregor
6. Gregor Watson
7. Ali Smith
8. Scott Martin
9. Conner Duthie
10. Dominic Docherty
11. Oliver Shaw
12. Stanley Chitemere
13. Ross Campbell (GK)
14. David McKay
15. Adam Watson
16. Kevin Waugh

1. Jamie Sneddon
2. Jack Simpson
3. Sam Daniels
4. Kai Wilson
5. Greg Page
6. Sean McKirdy
7. Lewis Moore
8. Aaron Scott
9. Murray Cockburn
10. Rhys Craigie
11. Ian Smith
12. Jonny Grotlin
13. Kelby Mason
14. Scott Walker
15. Jonni Turner
16. Kieran Somerville
17. Taylor Queen

Star Player
Hibernian
Heart of Midlothian
Conner Duthie worked tirelessly all day for Hibs, he always looked a threat with the ball, and his touch was excellent all afternoon. Unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet himself, but a great performance nonetheless.
Aaron Scott in the centre of the Hearts midfield was superb all day, going forward and defending. The true definition of the 'box to box' midfielder. His array of passing was tremendous. So calm on the ball.
Magic Moment
Hibernian
Heart of Midlothian
Jordan McGregor's goal just before half time came at a good time for Hibs, as they so easily could of been behind in the game.
Aaron Scott's strike that hit the crossbar in the first half was so unlucky that it didn't go in. The ball looked to be heading in the moment it left his right boot
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