Hibs Under-18s cuff Celtic 4-0 as Brydon and O'Connor bag doubles

Hibs Under-18s recorded a 4-0 win against Celtic at Lennoxtown on Friday night in their first post-split fixture.

Josh O'Connor, left, and Jack Brydon hit doubles as Hibs recorded an emphatic win against Celtic
Josh O'Connor, left, and Jack Brydon hit doubles as Hibs recorded an emphatic win against Celtic

The nine teams in the CAS Under-18 Elite League played each other once before the division split into a top five and bottom four, and the wee Hibees travelled to Glasgow hoping to better their 2-2 draw with the Hoops at the Hibernian Training Centre in April.

Eddie May and Gareth Evans made one change to the side that lost 3-2 to Rangers before the split, with Murray Aiken returning to the starting line-up at the expense of Freddie Wylie while Ethan Laidlaw joined the bench after missing the last game.

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Tussles between Hibs and Celtic have often been entertaining encounters at all levels and this match was no different as strikes from centre-back Jack Brydon and striker Josh O’Connor gave the visitors a two-goal lead at the interval.

With Celtic unable to find a way past Murray Johnson in the Hibs goal, Brydon and O’Connor struck again in the second period to seal an emphatic 4-0 win for the side.

The team are currently the top scorers in the league, having netted 26 goals from just nine fixtures while conceding 15 at the other end – the joint second-lowest goals against total.

Their next match is a trip to face Rangers on Tuesday May 18, while they will also play St Mirren and Kilmarnock in the coming weeks.

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Team: Murray Johnson; Jayden Fairley, Jack Brydon, Mack Weir; Josh Currie, Robbie Hamilton, Murray Aiken, Jacob Blaney, Oscar MacIntyre; Connor Young, Josh O’Connor. Subs: Josh Blair, Innes Lawson, Brodie Watt, Ben Reilly, Reece Holden, Ethan Laidlaw.

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