Perfect ten for Hibs in East of Scotland Shield

The Hibs team celebrate after their 2-0 victory over Hearts at Easter Road. Pic: Jason O'Callaghan
The Hibs team celebrate after their 2-0 victory over Hearts at Easter Road. Pic: Jason O'Callaghan
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Hibs under-17s completed a decade of dominance over fierce rivals Hearts in the East of Scotland Shield after winning 2-0 at Easter Road.

In an evenly contested first-half yesterday, Aaron Scott hit the bar for the visitors before Jordan McGregor opened the scoring with a header before the break.

Hibs had to wait until the 79th minute to seal the win, despite dominating the second half, Oliver Shaw headed home to ensure that the second oldest football trophy would remain in Leith.

Both sides struggled to gain a foothold early in the match, but on 12 minutes Sean Brennan made a great stop to deny Ian Smith from opening the scoring, before Matthew McInally had to intervene on the 
line to deny Murray Cockburn who connected with Smith’s corner.

Aaron Scott’s devilish drive from distance thumped the crossbar, but the resistance couldn’t last as just three minutes later as Hibs grabbed the lead.

A pinpoint corner from Dominic Doherty was whipped in and McGregor rose highest to power his header home in the 44th minute.

Following the interval the Hibs side were in the ascendency, Doherty and Alistair Smith both spurning good opportunities in the inchoate stages of the half.

After a Conner Duthie volley was clung onto by Sneddon, Hearts again hit the bar. This time a Rhys Craigie cross looped over Brennan and clipped the bar, before it was cleared.

Shaw and Jonny Grotlan both went close for either side, before the former gave Hibs an unassailable lead. Docherty’s corner on 79 minutes saw the winger send his header into the back of the net to double the advantage of the home side.

Dave McMillan’s side were able to hold onto the lead with ease for the remaining eleven minutes, as a visibly jubilant Hibs side claimed the trophy for the tenth year running.

Hibs Under-17s: Brennan, McInally, Porcher, Stirling, McGregor, G. Watson, Smith, Martin, Duthie, Docherty, Shaw (Waugh, 83). Unused substitutes: Campbell, Chitemere, McKay, A. Watson.

Hearts Under-17s: Sneddon (Mason, 79), Simpson, Daniels (Turner, 61), Wilson, Page, McKirdy, Moore (Grotlan, 61), Scott, Cockburn, Craigie, Smith. Unused susbtitutes: Walker, Somerville, Queen.