Latest loss leaves young Hibees bottom of league

Striker Jamie Insall and his Hibs Development Squad team-mates endured a frustrating afternoon
Striker Jamie Insall and his Hibs Development Squad team-mates endured a frustrating afternoon
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Hibs Development Squad remain bottom of the league after losing 3-0 to Kilmarnock at Ainslie Park.

Killie were the better side in the opening half and went into the break two goals to the good courtesy of Ross Barbour and an own goal by Ryan Porteous.

Hibs, featuring Jamie Insall in attack, improved in the second half, but a Dale Carrick header wrapped up the victory for the visitors from Ayrshire.

The opening period of the game was an even contest with Adam Frizzell firing a shot over the bar, before Oli Shaw was thwarted before he could pull the trigger.

With ten minutes gone Hibs came close to taking the lead. Conner Duthie ran down the right flank and his inviting ball was headed against the bar by Adam Hodge.

Four minutes later, Kilmarnock took the lead.

An cross to the back post was met by Barbour, who powered his header beyond Sean Brennan. The riposte from Hibs was created by Aaron Scott. The midfielder picked out Adam Watson on the edge of the box and the youngster volleyed at goal from 18 yards but Mark Ridgers was equal to his strike.

Kilmarnock grew in stature as the game wore on with Hibs restricted to counter-attacks. They got their second goal two minutes before the break as Scott McLean’s low ball into the box was turned into the net by Porteous.

After the break, Hibs improved and were able to create a few chances, with Shaw seeing an effort saved after great work from Adam Watson.

In the 65th minute, a corner was headed back across goal by Frizzell and Carrick was on hand to head the ball into the net from six yards out.

Hibs worked hard in the last 25 minutes but were unable to find an avenue back into the game.

Hibs Development Squad: Brennan, Dunsmore, Stirling, Waugh, Porteous, Scott (Breen, 66), Duthie (Smith, 52), Murray, Shaw, Watson, Insall. Unused substitute: Goodfellow.