Edinburgh City boss pleased with display despite Hibs mauling

James Keatings scored the fifth goal for Hibs

James Keatings scored the fifth goal for Hibs

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Edinburgh City boss Gary Jardine insisted his players can take plenty positives despite a heavy 6-1 friendly defeat to Hibs at Meadowbank Last night.

First-half goals from Darren McGregor, Jason Cummings, Sam Stanton and Dylan McGeough gave Neil Lennon’s side a commanding half-time lead, although Ouzy See notched a second-half consolation for City, marking his return from a knee ligament injury. The Hibees then restored their four-goal cushion through James Keatings late on, with Danny Handling making it 6-1 with the last kick of the game.

Both teams paraded their respective Scottish Cup and Lowland League trophies before kick-off in front of a crowd of more than 2500, and Jardine believed the actual 90 minutes of football was just as worthwhile an exercise for his men.

“There’s loads we can take from it,” he said. “If we’d drawn one-all or we’d happened to have won the game, I don’t think we’d have taken any more. It’s been a fantastic experience for the players and in reality, [the performance] wasn’t a million miles away from the level we’re at.

“Hibs played some fantastic football and we need to improve quickly, but I’m not worried at all. Both friendlies we’ve played have been great for as and we’ll go over the DVDs and work really hard. The season is still four and a half weeks away. I’m pleased with a lot of aspects of last night and there’s loads we can take out of it.”

Having added Dean Cummings and Neil Martynuik to his squad, Jardine revealed he’s now looking to add some older heads. “We’d like to add experience to the team,” he explained. “We’ve got loads of raw talent and young players that are looking to make their mark at the level we’re stepping up to, and along with Joe [Mbu], we could do with more experience to help them along.”

Jardine also had a word for See, who’s had a difficult time following a bad injury sustained back in the new year. “When he came to us we knew his quality, and he’s scored goals for us that helped us win the league last year,” he said. “It was unfortunate that he was looking really strong when he picked up the injury, but he’s worked really hard since the operation and it was nice for him to get the goal.”