A late strike from substitute Jack Breen ensured that the Hibs Development Squad extended their unbeaten run to four matches with a 2-1 victory over Falkirk last night at Ainslie Park.
After enjoying a great deal of early possession, Hibs almost took the lead in the opening exchanges. A deep corner from Jordan Sinclair was headed back into the danger zone, but Oli Shaw was unable to steer his header goalwards from close range.
Following a host of chances for the home side, Hibs’ dominance was finally rewarded, as they made the breakthrough on 16 minutes. A quick break from Adam Watson sent Shaw racing into the box. Despite the keeper closing him down, Shaw coolly dispatched his shot into the right-hand bottom corner to continue his impressive form in front of goal.
Hibs came agonisingly close to doubling their lead as the first half neared its close when Shaw’s effort from the edge of the box crashed off the crossbar and the visitors managed to scramble the ball clear.
Falkirk levelled the scores on the brink of half-time when a deep cross from Mark Finlayson was met by Tony Gallacher at the back post, who did well to loop his header over Sean Brennan and into the far corner.
Despite being on the back foot at times during the half, Hibs finished the game strongly and found a winner on 89 minutes. After good pressure from Shaw, two substitutes combined as Ali Smith’s cross was steered into the left-hand corner of the goal by Breen to ensure the hosts finished the year with a valuable win.
Hibs’ Development Coach Joe McBride was pleased with the desire his team showed throughout the match.
“I thought the first half hour, we were terrific, being aggressive and creating chances,” he said. “I think we switched off after we lost the goal, but we stuck at it and it was a great goal to win the game.
“All the boys did well tonight, but I thought Adam Watson in particular was terrific.”