By: Hibernian Media on 07 Aug, 2018 15:30
A Hibernian XI side ran out 6-2 winners away to Tranent Juniors in the final match of pre-season on Monday evening.
A majority of the side that played in victory were from the Hibernian Development Squad and served as the last warm-up ahead of their Irn Bru Cup game away to Dundee on Tuesday 14 August, which will kick-off at 7:45pm at Dens Park.
The side have done well in pre-season, clocking up a 1-0 win away to Wick Academy in their first outing, before sweeping Coldstream away 5-0 and then giving Selkirk a thorough beating in a 10-0 demolition job at Yarrow Park.
Monday’s test though was a different prospect, with Tranent now playing in the East of Scotland League, enjoying a 4-1 win in the division before hosting Hibernian, and featuring former Scotland international midfielder Ian Black in their squad.
Any threat the 33-year-old posed was quickly quelled when he was booked for a foul on Lewis Allan in the 20th minute, limiting his effectiveness at halting a youthful and spritely Hibernian midfield.
Just shy of the 30-minute mark Hibernian fashioned a chance from a set-piece with Ben Stirling testing the goalkeeper with a stinging drive.
Within a minute though, Hibernian were behind when a left-footed strike from Tranent’s forward beat Paddy Martin.
The lead did not last long as Fraser Murray’s side-footed finish tied the game, and five minutes after they had the lead.
A fine ball from Kevin Waugh at the heart of the defence found Jamie Gullan, with the attacker taking on the full-back before slotting home unerringly in the 34th minute.
It was 3-1 before the break as a neat throughball from Scott Martin found the run of Lewis Allan who bagged a fifth goal in two pre-season matches.
Another four goals were shared in the second half, again with Hibernian claiming three goals to Tranent’s one.
The first goal after the break came in the 63rd minute when Gullan was felled in the box, with the forward dusting himself down to slot home from 12-yards.
With 20 minutes remaining Ryan Shanley was able to score a fine goal. The teenager received a fine pass into his feet, before turning and finishing with an exquisite lofted finish.
Sean Mackie netted the final Hibernian goal of the evening as he rounded off a sweeping move as he powered home from Shanley’s pass.
A late goal for the hosts ensured the game finished 6-2 as Hibernian’s youngsters rounded off pre-season in style against strong opposition.
Image: Maurice Dougan.