Young Hibs kick-off 2016 with a defeat

Hibs coach Joe McBride
Hibs coach Joe McBride
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The Hibs Development Squad made a disappointing start to 2016 as they suffered a 1-0 loss to Dundee yesterday at Ainslie Park.

A first-half goal from John Black proved to be the only one of the game, as Hibs’ unbeaten run of three home matches came to an end.

The first chance of the match fell Dundee’s way. After Kyle Clark drove into the box, he cut the ball back to Josh Skelly, but his fierce strike drifted wide of the post.

The visitors broke the deadlock on the half hour when a misplaced defensive header allowed Skelly to race into the box. The Dundee captain squared the ball to fellow attacker John Black, who slotted his effort past Sean Brennan and into the far corner.

On 37 minutes, a long ball forward from the home side evaded the Dundee defence and sent Oli Shaw sprinting through on goal, his shot beat the keeper but rolled just wide of the target.

The start of the second half mirrored much of the first 45, with Skelly at the forefront of many Dundee attacks.

Hibs made all three substitutions on the hour mark, as they went in search of the equaliser.

On 70 minutes, Adam Watson took control of a loose ball and unleashed a 25-yard strike which was parried as Hibs turned up the heat on their opponents.

The hosts’ best chance of the half fell to Adam Watson with five minutes remaining, when Callum Donaldson’s deep cross found the midfielder unmarked at the back post, just yards out, but his effort was saved.

In the closing stages, Jack Morgan’s corner was met by centre-back Kevin Waugh whose header crashed agonisingly off the crossbar, as the visitors held on to take all three points.

Hibs coach Joe McBride felt his side deserved more from the game, following a much improved performance after half-time.

He said: “The first half we were rather slow and sluggish, but in the second, we were on the front foot, and played the game in their half.

“I think we deserved at least a draw, but with a combination of poor finishing and bad luck it wasn’t to be.”

Hibs: Brennan; Donaldson, McGregor, Waugh, Dunsmore; Murray (Campbell,60), Scott (Breen,60), Sinclair (Morgan, 62), Smith; Watson, Shaw. Unused substitute: Costello