Jordan Sinclair bags brace as Hibs kids beat Rangers

Jordan Sinclair scored twice in Hibs' victory
Jordan Sinclair scored twice in Hibs' victory
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Jordan Sinclair scored twice in the first half to help the Hibs Development Squad clinch a 2-0 victory over Rangers at Ainslie Park.

The result means the Hibees have now extended their winning run to four games and subsequently move up to eighth place in the table.

Hibs started the brighter of the teams and an interception from Adam Watson allowed them to counter after four minutes, but Oli Shaw’s deflected shot was comfortably saved by Robbie McCrorie.

Good pressure from Sinclair on 17 minutes brought a second chance for Shaw, but his dipping effort landed the wrong side of the crossbar.

Hibs broke the deadlock shortly before the half-hour mark when, after a good phase of passing, the ball found its way out wide to Aaron Dunsmore. The right-back’s cross evaded the Rangers defence and Sinclair was on hand to finish off the move at the back post.

The home side doubled their lead with 40 minutes on the clock when a surging run from Ben Stirling was ended as Tom Lang brought down the midfielder inside the box. Sinclair stepped up and confidently drilled the penalty into the bottom corner.

Rangers had a golden chance to get back into the match shortly after the break, when a through ball found Zak Rudden racing in on goal, but Brennan did brilliantly to block the striker’s shot.

Hibs had appeals for a penalty waved away when Dunsmore went to ground under a challenge from Kyle Bradley.

With 20 minutes remaining, came Rangers’ best attempt on goal, Josh Jeffries trying his luck from 25 yards with a curling effort which Brennan tipped over the bar.

Hibs coach Joe McBride said: “I think that’s probably the best team performance of the season. Rangers have a lot of talented players and also had a lot of possession, but we limited them to just one clear-cut chance.

“It was a bit more even in the first half in terms of possession and we created a few chances ourselves. There was a lot of good play down the right-hand side.

“In the second half, we stuck to our guns and everybody worked really hard as they should.

The lads are happy with the clean sheet, but it wasn’t just the back four, I thought everybody in front of them worked hard as well.”

Hibernian Development Squad: Brennan, Dunsmore, McGregor, Waugh, Mackie; Watson, Smith, Stirling (Scott, 70), Sinclair (Gullan, 81); Handling (Peters, 58); Shaw. Subs not used: Brown, Porteous, Donaldson.