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Seventh heaven for Hibs as they beat Killie

Hibernian 7

Cummings 6,19, 58 Boyle 11,26, 31 Sinclair 24

Kilmarnock 0

  • Tuesday, 24 February 2015
  • Ainslie Park
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

Charalambos (Harvey) Nafpliotis | YFS South East Region Journalist

Hibernian hosted Kilmarnock in the SPFL Development League on a cold Tuesday night at Ainslie Park. In a dominant performance by Hibs, who ran out 7-0 winners, the presence of Hibs first team regulars Jason Cummings and Martin Boyle played a huge part as both bagged hat-tricks.

The game started at a very nice tempo with both teams playing good passing football. Hibs signalled their intent early on however when Scott Martin found Jason Cummings on the edge of the box. Cummings showed great composure to drill a shot past Devlin Mackay in the Killie goal for 1-0 on six minutes.

Killie looked to respond when Mclean aimed a deep cross in to the Hibs box from out wide on the right hand side, but the ball zipped across the box with no takers for Killie.

Hibs looked to extend their lead with 11 minutes played as Jordan Sinclair found Martin Boyle with a clever through ball. The forward beat two opposition players on a run down the left side and looked to be in a promising position. However, Lewis Clark was quick to react for Killie and closed Boyle down well to force the ball out of harm's way.

Clark must have been angered though to see his efforts come to nothing as Hibs extended their lead just a minute later. First team regulars Cummings and Boyle combined with Cummings showing good presence to hold off a challenge before feeding a ball through for Boyle. The forward ran on to it inside the box and he made no mistake in beating the Killie goalkeeper at close range.

With the score at 2-0 Killie looked to try and get themselves back in to the game. Greg Kiltie delivered in a good ball from a corner on 15 minutes, finding Whittaker on the edge of the Hibs box who let a cross come shot fly. It looked goal bound, but Martyniuk was alert in the heart of the Hibs defence as he produced a good clearance to preserve his teams advantage.

This opportunity for Killie seemed to spur Hibs on as they upped their tempo and pressed high up the park. Aaron Scott and Scott Martin looked composed in the middle of the park as they probed for an opening.

With 19 minutes played, two became three for Hibs. Jason Cummings played the ball out to the left side for Jordan Sinclair and the wide man showed blistering pace to deliver a cross at the byline in to the box. Cummings, who himself had shown a good turn of pace to get in to the box, reclaimed the ball before taking a touch to take Devlin McKay out of the game and slot the goal in to the now open goal. Cummings was showing all the signs of having played at senior level with his awareness, movement, and composure when finishing plain to see.

With the score now 3-0 Hibs continued their domination of the ball, reducing the Killie midfield and strikers to chasing and trying to reclaim at least some possession. Euan Smith, the former Hibs youngster, looked like a man with a point to prove against his former employers. He was a beacon of hope for Killie as he battled with the Hibs midfielders and constantly looked to close his opponents down.

Confidence was surging through the Hibs team by this point and perhaps this was the reason for goal number four. Jordan Sinclair tried his luck from a good 25 yards out on the left side with the ball cannoning off the unfortunate McKay before finding its way, rather fortuitously, in to the back of the net.

With a four goal advantage most teams may have taken the foot of the gas. Hibs however had other ideas and just two minutes later would add number five. Sinclair was once again on hand to provide a through ball for Boyle. He still had lots of work to do and found himself faced with centre back Lewis Clark, who unlike the score would suggest, had actually had a solid game up to this point. Lady lucked smiled on Hibs again however as Clark slipped and allowed Boyle in to the box to apply a simple finish.

Hibs were now in complete control. A lot of credit must be given to Killie for still giving 100% effort despite the score. Indeed with 30 minutes played Kilmarnock would play a lovely passing move as they looked to claw a goal back and give themselves at least some hope. Hawkshaw found Smith from deep and the midfielder played a lovely ball for Mclean who found himself in space and looked ready to strike. Once again however the Hibs defence came out on top Dunsmore coming out of position to clear the ball just before Mclean could pull the trigger.

Hibs would add a sixth before half time. Aaron Scott won possession in midfield and played a short ball to Cummings who had once again shown brilliant awareness and movement to drop deep. The forward, showing brilliant skill, played a defence splitting through ball for the onrushing Boyle to complete his hat trick with a calm finish on 31 minutes.

The final 14 minutes passed without any real chances for either side with Hibs looking content to keep the ball and have Kilmarnock chase them.

  • Half Time:
  • Hibernian
  • 6-0
  • Kilmarnock

In the second half it was clear from the off that the Killie players were playing with a point to prove. Indeed Kilmarnock looked to keep the ball as the half progressed and the Ayrshire side looked content to patiently build up their play and look for an opening.

With just two minutes of the second half gone Kilmarnock could have reduced the deficit. Kiltie bursting through the middle won his team a free kick centrally just outside the box. Greg Taylor on free kick duty was very unlucky to see a well struck effort fly just wide of Hibs goalkeeper Perntreou’s right hand post.

Wilson and Mclean impressed for Killie as the half progressed, with both players demonstrating good passing and an ability to retain possession. This was summed up when Wilson produced a brilliant cross-field ball to switch the play to Mclean. He in turn played a lofted ball up to Whittaker who showed a good touch to bring the ball under control. The forward was unable to produce a finish however as once again the ball was cleared, this time by Crane of Hibs.

With just under an hour played things would get worse for Kilmarnock however despite their positive play. Sinclair showed good awareness to cut out a slack ball from the Kilmarnock midfield and when he passed to Aaron Scott, the midfielder wasted no time in lofting the ball to the waiting Cummings. The Hibs first team regular, clearly keen to join Boyle on a hat trick, took control of the ball and with a good 20 yards between him and the goal lashed a low shot in to the bottom corner of the net to get Hibs’ seventh and his third.

The two first team regulars were undoubtedly proving too experienced for the Kilmarnock players. This is by no means a slight on the young Kilmarnock team, simply that despite their young ages Cummings and Boyle have both got a plethora of experience when compared to players in the Kilmarnock side. The Hibs coaching staff seemed to concur, substituting both Cummings and Boyle for Hendry and 15 year old Bree, clearly looking to give more developing younger players a chance to impress with a significant portion of the second half remaining.

The exit of Cummings and Boyle seemed to spur Kilmarnock on as they came back in to the game. Good attacking movement was definitely on show from Kilmarnock, Kiltie and Whittaker were particularly impressive as they looked to speed up the tempo and keep the team on the front foot with clever short passing. Chances however were at a premium during the second half.    

This can be attributed to a lack of cutting edge for Killie, however it is more likely to be down to a solid defensive display from Hibs. Martyniuk and McGregor were fantastic at the back for Hibs, substitute Kevin Waugh proved an able replacement when McGregor injured himself towards the end of the game. In contrast to Kilmarnock’s chasing of the game, Hibs looked content to pass the ball around patiently looking for an opening safe in the knowledge that with the score as it was the game was beyond doubt.

When the final whistle sounded without doubt Hibs would have been in fantastic spirits and comparatively Kilmarnock distraught. However perhaps the two hat-trick scorers, aged just 19 and 21 themselves, who had such a massive impact in the game, might act as a source of inspiration for both sets of players. Both Cummings and Boyle are young and impressed In the development league before being given, and taking their opportunity in the first team.

  • Full Time:
  • Hibernian
  • 7-0
  • Kilmarnock

Lineups

Hibernian
Kilmarnock
1. Kleton Perntreou
2. Aaron Dunsmore
3. Callum Crane
4. Neil Martyniuk
5. Jordan McGregor
6. Aaron Scott
7. Scott Martin
8. Jordan Sinclair
9. Jason Cummings
10. Martin Boyle
11. Conner Duthie
12. Taylor Hendry
13. Alan Combe
14. Kevin Waugh
15. Jack Breen
16. Ollie Shaw
1. Devlin Mackay
2. Dean Hawkshaw
3. Sam Lidington
4. Euan Smith
5. Lewis Clark
6. Aidan Wilson
7. Dylan Pooler
8. Scott McLean
9. Jack Whittaker
10. Greg Taylot
11. Greg Kiltie
12. Trialist
13. Curtis Lyle
14 Andrew Sibbald
15. Trialist 2
Star Player
Hibernian
Kilmarnock
It would be easy to give this award to either of Hibs' hat trick scorers. Rather the award goes to Jordan Sinclair.

A goal and an assist for the youngster in a spirited display. On this showing he is not far from following Boyle and Cummings in to the first team.
Euan Smith - on a day when the Killie attack struggled to make an impact, in midfield Smith was solid. The midfielder won a number of key headers and kept the ball well when he had it. A great display against his former club.
Magic Moment
Hibernian
Kilmarnock
Goal number seven for Hibs. Jason Cummings from outside of the box. The striker showing all the qualities which have propelled him to success in the first team. A brilliant, composed finish from distance.
Wilson's cross-field pass to McLean to switch the play in the early stages of the second half. A brilliant ball from Wilson which set Kilmarnock on their way to an attack.
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