Seniors: Young Hibs bounce back after shock defeat

James McDonaugh with Jay Doyle pictured below

James McDonaugh with Jay Doyle pictured below

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Hibs academy boss James McDonaugh praised his side for grinding out a victory that saw them restore their nine-point lead at the top of the Central Taxis First Division.

The Easter Road youngsters bounced back from their first defeat of the season the previous weekend by winning 2-1 at Peebles Rovers thanks to first-half goals by Jay Doyle and Lewis Allan.

Hibs, beaten by Easthouses Lily seven days beforehand, held on to gain three points from their visit to Whitestone Park, with the hosts pulling back a goal late in stoppage time.

McDonaugh said: “Overall I am happy for the lads to have got all three points. It was a good win. I felt the players managed the game very well against difficult opponents on a difficult pitch. But, once again, bad defending in injury time allowed Peebles to pull one back.”

Though they once more have a commanding lead at the top of the East of Scotland second-tier table, Hibs’ nearest rivals, second-placed Easthouses, have two games in hand. Meanwhile, Ormiston atoned for a home defeat to Kelso United seven days previously by defeating Duns 5-1 in Berwickshire. Ormi are now level on points with fourth-placed Kelso.

Duns took the lead through a Leigh Walker penalty on 24 minutes, but, in a quick turnaround before half-time, Sean Miller and Conor Ramage scored in the five-minute period prior to the whistle to give Ormi the advantage.

Ten minutes after the break, Scott Wright added Ormi’s third, and Brian McEwan and Kyle Auld struck in the final quarter of an hour to add gloss to the visitors’ victory.

In the Central Taxis Premier Division, Edinburgh University and Spartans remain tied on 12 points in mid-table after playing out a goalless draw at Peffermill. Each team had the opportunity to leapfrog Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale into fourth place but cancelled each other out and gained only a point apiece.

Top-tier leaders Stirling University won 2-1 at Coldstream to stretch their advantage over Craigroyston and Tynecastle to four points.