Hibernian's under-13 squad travelled across to Ireland last month to test themselves against two of Dublin's top youth teams, Malahide and Cherry Orchard, and came out on top with two excellent wins.

Over the course of their three-day trip, Hibernian under-13's recorded a 4-1 victory against Malahide and then followed this up with a 2-1 victory against Cherry Orchard.

In the first match against Malahide, Hibernian under-13s proved too strong for their hosts and chalked up a comfortable win.

Jack Adamson, Michael Lone, Fraser Murray and Chris Lang provided the goals for the young team in green; ideal preparation for the following day's challenge against Cherry Orchard.

A large crowd gathered on the Sunday to watch the final match such is the reputation of Cherry Orchard in local football circles and also the high regard that many Dublin football supporters hold for Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon.

Cherry Orchard has earned a reputation as a breeding ground for lots of professional footballers, who are now currently plying their trade in both the Scottish and English Leagues.

For example, Dundee United had three former Cherry Orchard players in their ranks last season in the shape of Jon Daly, Sean Dillon and Willo Flood while former Hibernian under-19s' goal machine Kurtis Byrne also learned the game at 'The Orchard'.

Hibernian started the match strongly and took a deserved lead 15 minutes into the match when Fraser Murray fired a free kick high into the net from 20 yards.

Play continued to ebb back and forth, but the Hibernian defence stood firm and their midfield and strikers continued to create goal scoring opportunities. Jack Adamson was unlucky to see his shot come crashing back off the bar and Lee Davidson also hit the woodwork as the young Hibees pressed for a second goal.

The breakthrough came early in the second half when Murray doubled his tally after finishing from the edge of the box.

As the game came to a close, Cherry Orchard pressed hard to get back in the game and their efforts were rewarded when they were awarded a penalty with only a couple of minutes left. The resultant goal set up a grandstand finale, but Hibernian kept their nerve to emerge as 2-1 winners.

After the game some members of the Irish Football Association who had come to the game, spoke to Head of Youth Development Bill Hendry and complimented him on the way the under-13s had played the game and on the technical ability displayed by the team.

Hendry says he was delighted with what he had seen from the boys over the two games and also with the young players had conducted themselves during the trip - they were excellent ambassadors of the club.

Hendry said: 'The Irish schoolboy teams have a level of competitiveness that we don't see in Scotland due to the way our Pro Youth set up is organised.

"Our Pro Youth matches are developmental and there are no league tables. It's good for the players to come out of that environment for a while to see how they cope in a much more testing environment. It has been good for the players' development.


"I would like to thank both Hibs.net and the Berwick Hibernian Supporters Association for funding this trip. As ever, their support is very much appreciated."