By: Hibernian Media on 10 Oct, 2015 14:20
Hibernian under-18s failed to make it 11 East of Scotland Shield victories in a row as they succumbed to a 3-1 loss at Tynecastle against Hearts on Saturday, writes Conor Rafferty.
After a goalless first half, goals from Dale Baxter and Russell McLean gave Hearts a 2-0 lead, but with 11 minutes left Jamie Gullane pulled a goal back for Hibs.
But Hearts sealed victory when substitute Euan Henderson headed in to ensure the Shield went to the Tynecastle side.
The first chance fell to Hibernian after two minutes. Ben Stirling’s free kick was delivered into the box before being nodded down to Kevin Waugh whose volley flew wide of the post.
Hearts’ first chance fell to Baxter as he picked the ball up and cut in from the left hand side, but his strike rolled wide of the target.
Oli Shaw had two good opportunities to put Hibs ahead, but his left-footed strike and header were both off-target. He was involved again as he collected the ball on the left wing, and cut inside but his effort was held by Kelby Mason.
Hibernian thought they had opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, but Kevin Waugh’s header was disallowed for an offside infringement.
Stirling’s free kick into the box was cleared only as far as Jack Breen, but his well-struck volley landed on the roof of the net.
Smith threatened for Hearts just before half time, his shot looked to be heading for the bottom corner but Grant Goodfellow tipped it around the post.
Gullane almost opened the scoring before half-time, but his shot was saved and subsequent efforts from Watson and Breen were blocked.
Hearts started the second half strongly, McLean’s shot was blocked at the edge of the box before Smith picked the ball up and smashed a shot off the crossbar.
The scoring was opened in the 52nd minute as McLean broke down the right wing and played the ball to Baxter, he took advantage of Waugh’s slip and slotted beyond Goodfellow.
Gullane almost equalised for Hibs on the hour mark, but his effort from Stirling’s cut-back was blocked out for a corner.
Hearts then made it 2-0 five minutes later as McLean went from provider to scorer when Baxter broke into the box and pulled it back for the tall forward to finish from six yards.
Gullane made it 2-1 after 79 minutes, as he stole the ball off a Hearts player and expertly finished to give Hibs a chance in the closing stage of the match.
Hearts secured the win in the 84th minute when a corner was headed back into the six yard box by Daniel Baur and Henderson nodded home from close range to ends Hibs’ sensational run in the East of Scotland Shield.
Heart of Midlothian: Mason, Hamilton, Reid, Baur, Jones, McKirdy, Morrison, Smith, McLean, Baxter (Irving, 77), Moore (Henderson, 66). Unused substitutes: Brown, Johnston, Stevenson.
Hibernian: Goodfellow, Donaldson, Stirling, Waugh, Porteous, Smith, Watson, Breen (Galantes, 84), Shaw, Gullane, Murray. Unused substitutes: Costello, Campbell, Barfoot.
Image kindly provided by Eric McCowat.