Hibs Under-20s knocked off top spot

Dean Horribine went close.  Library pic by Ian Rutherford

Dean Horribine went close. Library pic by Ian Rutherford

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Hibs suffered their first defeat in the SPFL Under 20s League since November as they lost 2-0 to Rangers at Murray Park.

The Easter Road outfit had won their previous five league matches on the bounce and were ahead of Rangers on goal difference at the top of the table.

However, goals from Luca Gasparotto and Darren Ramsey earned Rangers the victory and allowed them to leapfrog Hibs into pole position in the league.

The original game, with Hibs the home team, had been due to be played at Livingston’s Almondvale ground, but was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. However, the clubs agreed to hastily reschedule a postponed match from earlier in the season, in which Rangers were the home team, and stage it at Murray Park.

Dean Horribine and Jason Cummings went closest for Hibs, but head of academy coaching, James McDonaugh, was disappointed with his side. “I didn’t think we did well enough,” he said. “Rangers deserved their victory and I was a bit disappointed, to be honest. There were so many things that we didn’t do properly.”

Senior striker Rowan Vine started the match but was replaced just after the half-hour mark.

Rangers: Gallacher, McAusland, Halkett, Gasparotto, Sinnamon, Crawford, Telfer, Murdoch, Ramsay, Gallagher, Burrows.

Hibs: Murdoch, Black, Baptie, Horribine, Wilson, Gardiner, Smith, Beaton, Cummings, Vine (Todd 33), Handling.