A double from on-song hitman Oli Shaw helped Hibs Under-20s beat St Mirren 3-2 to move four points clear at the top of the SPFL Development League today.
The 18-year-old, who scored a hat-trick in both of his two previous games, secured victory with a brilliant last-minute free-kick in a match at East Mains which marked midfielder Danny Handling’s first appearance of any kind since sustaining a knee injury in pre-season.
Goals from Fraser Murray and Shaw had Hibs 2-0 up but St Mirren roared back and looked to have earned a point when they levelled the scores late on. However, Shaw – currently on loan at Stenhousemuir – had other ideas and settled the match when he fired a powerful free-kick high into the snet from the edge of the box.
Handling played 57 minutes before being replaced while striker Brian Graham was the only other established first-team player to feature.
Eighth-placed Celtic look to be Hibs’ main rivals for the Development League title. Although they are ten points behind, the Parkhead youngsters have five games in hand.