Hibs Under-20s throw away a two-goal lead

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Tomas Cerny, Franck Dja Djedje, Jordon Forster and Sam Stanton all featured for Hibs under-20s in their 2-2 draw against their Motherwell counterparts at the Excelsior Stadium.

Lewis Allan’s first-half goal and Taylor Hendry’s fine finish after the break looked to have given Hibs the three points and a morale-boosting victory.

But Dylan Mackin, and a late penalty from Dom Thomas, earned the young Steelmen a point.

The first half was fairly low-key with not much offered in terms of attacking play. The visitors threatened first as Conner Duthie stung the palms of Sam Stewart in the Motherwell goal with a first-time strike from distance in the 27th minute.

The deadlock was broken six minutes later when Aaron Dunsmore arrived at the right-hand side of the penalty box after a surging run and he cut back the ball for Allan, who applied the finishing touch from 16 yards out.

Joe McBride’s team ended the first half as the dominant force, and started the second in similar fashion.

David Ferguson had to be alert to head away Sam Stanton’s effort on goal on 49 minutes to deny Hibs a second goal of the night.

The reprieve did not last long for the home side though as Hendry chased down a pass from Stanton and, from a tight angle, deftly chipped the outrushing Stewart.

Motherwell fought back valiantly in front of their home crowd and Forster almost netted an own goal as his attempted defensive clearance hit the bar, but Mackin was there to head the ball home in the 73rd minute.

New Hibs signing, goalkeeper Cerny, had to pull off a number of good saves to keep his side in the lead .

But, with time running out, Forster, who is nursing himself back to full fitness, was adjudged to have brought down McNulty in the box, and Thomas slotted home the penalty in injury-time to deny Hibs three points.

Hibernian Under-20s: Cerny, Dunsmore, Stirling, Martyniuk, McGregor (Forster, 10), Scott, Martin, Dja Djedje (Stanton 46), L Allan, Hendry (Sinclair, 64), Duthie. Unused substitute: 
Brennan.