Hibs U20s hit the summit in Inverness

On Target: Dean Horribine

On Target: Dean Horribine

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Hibs under-20s moved to the top of the league after a fine 3-1 victory over Inverness.

The young Hibees dominated their Highland hosts from start to finish.

Abdellah Zoubir opened the scoring before Liam Polworth, who had scored for Caley Thistle’s first team the previous night, drew the home side level in the first half.

Dean Horribine and Lewis Allan secured the victory which puts the Easter Road youngsters one point ahead of second-placed Rangers.

Despite an early start for the travelling Hibs players, they showed no signs of weariness as they piled on the pressure early on, forcing the Inverness backline into action.

Max Todd, Euan Smith and Tom Gardiner all went close before the visitors opened the scoring. With 23 minutes on the clock 16-year-old Allan beat Cammy Mackay to the ball before squaring to Zoubir, who slotted into the vacant net.

The joy was short lived as the hosts pulled level four minutes later. Capitalising on a Callum Crane error, Polworth was able to break forward and arrow a drive into the bottom corner.

The Hibs youngsters continued to apply heavy pressure on their hosts, who were watched by their manager and former Easter Road boss, John Hughes.

Mackay was forced into action on several occasions as the home side struggled to cope with the attacking of James McDonaugh’s side.

Hibs regained the lead in 71 minutes when Horribine finished off a sweeping attack with a fine finish from 18 yards.

Hibs continued their unremitting harrying of their opponents, limiting the home side to only two shots in the whole game, before Allan sealed the win.

The forward capped off a fine performance as he finished from close range with a minute remaining.

Hibs: Perntreou, Black, Baptie, Smith, Wilson, Gardiner, Zoubir, Horribine, Allan, Crane, Todd (Beaton, 90). Unused substitutes: Horne, Dunsmore, Martyniuk, Hendry, Martin, McCaffrey.