Young Hibees held by Hamilton

Taylor Hendry finished off a fine move to score for Hibs
Taylor Hendry finished off a fine move to score for Hibs
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Hibernian’s Development Squad could just not find the winning goal, try as they might.

Despite a series of efforts against Hamilton, they had to settle for a draw at New Douglas Park.

However, it was a good warm up ahead of their Youth Cup semi-final against Celtic.

Taylor Hendry rounded off a fine team move to give Joe McBride’s team the lead going into half-time yesterday. Scott McMann levelled the game after the break, but neither side could find a winning goal.

The opening ten minutes of the tie saw both sides try to build up a head of steam, Hendry had the first chance but his header went wide of the target before Sean Brennan in the Hibs goal had to be alert soon after as his save denied Danny Armstrong a goal.

Jordan Sinclair forced Hamilton’s Darren Hill into a save with a free-kick, before the home side squandered a handful of chances, and they were soon made to pay as Lewis Allan, Sinclair and Hendry all combined for an exquisitely-worked move before the latter found the net in the 34th minute with a low, hard drive.

Hamilton ended the half strongly but could not find a way behind the Hibs defence, and had to wait until a 55 minutes to level when the ball fell to McMann and the left-back drilled the ball across Brennan.

Hamilton pegged Hibs back, but their end product left a lot to be desired before the game fully opened up 20 minutes remaining.

Hendry and Watson forced saves from Hill, before Steven Boyd fired well over the Hibs bar from six yards out.

Watson then fired a shot which Brennan held.

Aaron Dunsmore then saw his shot deflected narrowly past the woodwork for Hibs with ten minutes remaining and Boyd went close again.

But both sides could not find a winning goal as the frenetic game ended all square.

Hibs: Brennan, Dunsmore, Crane, Waugh, McGregor, Scott, Martin (Watson, 71), Duthie, Allan, Hendry, Sinclair (Stirling, 62). Unused substitutes: Perntreou, Murray.