By: HIBERNIAN MEDIA on 11 Jul, 2017 21:30
A youthful Hibernian side ran out victorious on a sunny evening at Shielfield Park.
Second half goals from Danny Handling and Oli Shaw gave the Easter Road side the victory to cap off our pre-season friendly fixtures.
Neil Lennon rested a number of the team that played against Dunfermline and Sunderland, with Saturday’s Betfred Cup opener in mind. Danny Swanson is one who will miss the Montrose match through suspension and he started against his former side, while Brian Graham captained the side.
Jermaine Pennant was given another chance to impress at right midfield, while fellow trialist Andrew Blake, a New Zealand U20 internationalist, started behind him at right back.
Pennant looked bright early on, and he found space with a driving run in the opening minutes before being hauled down outside the box. The resulting free-kick, however, bounced back off the wall.
Fraser Murray then came close after 15 minutes, his strike blocked after Pennant, Graham and Oli Shaw combined.
Hibernian wasted a great chance to open the scoring after 20 minutes. Swanson weaved into the opposing penalty area before being fouled. Graham stepped up but blasted his penalty high over the bar.
Shaw was released by Martin on 28 minutes, but his shot was easily held by McCrorie in the Berwick goal.
Gary Phillips then tested Ross Laidlaw with a stinging drive from the edge of the box, but the Hibs goalkeeper held well.
The Hibs defence was caught out on 36 minutes as Rutherford sprung the offside trap, but Laidlaw forced the striker wide and the defence recovered to crowd him out.
Rutherford then dragged a shot narrowly wide before Shaw responded with a diving header for Hibs that was held by McCrorie.
Murray was then denied by the post after a cracking strike that was inches away from a goal.
An unchanged Hibernian started brightly in the second half. Pennant found Swanson at the back post with a looping cross, and his effort was blocked at close range.
Several changes on both sides disrupted the flow of play, with neither side creating any clear cut chances for the bulk of the second half.
A goal did finally come in the 72nd minute, and in somewhat fortuitous circumstances. Porteous sent a hopeful ball over the top for Danny Handling to chase, and his presence was enough to force a mistake from the Berwick defence. Handling intercepted the ball between the keeper and defender and rolled the ball into the empty net.
Shaw made it two on 78 minutes, rolling his defender on the edge of the box before sliding past Brennan.
Berwick Rangers: McCrorie (Brennan, 46’), Fleming (Cook, 75’), Notman (Gillan, 78’), Thomson (Orru, 56’), McDonald, Rutherford (Chapman, 65’), McKenna (Helm, 78’), Phillips (Heriott, 70’), Irving (Murrell, 46’), Stewart, Scullion (Fairbairn, 65’).
Hibernian: Laidlaw, Blake (I Murray, 81’), Porteous, Waugh (Stirling, 55’), Crane, Pennant (Mackie, 76’), Martin, Murray, Swanson (Stanton, 56’), Shaw, Graham (Handling, 56’). Unused substitutes: P Martin.