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Hibs U18s end campaign with Killie draw

Hibs Under-18s recorded a 1-1 draw with their Kilmarnock counterparts in the side’s final match of the season at the Hibernian Training Centre.

The team came from behind to win their last match at East Mains against St Mirren and were hoping to end the season on a high with another victory.

Gareth Evans and Eddie May tweaked the set-up after the 2-1 win over the Buddies, restoring Connor Young to the starting line-up after his goal last time out and reverting to a 3-5-2 formation.

Innes Lawson continued in midfield while Jayden Fairley took up one of the centre-half positions with Mack Weir unavailable. Josh Currie, who started the last game in attack, took on right wingback duties with Oscar MacIntyre on the opposite flank.

After a largely uneventful first half, the game came to life in the second half when the visitors took the lead following a contentious penalty award.
Hibs equalised shortly after the hour mark with Young on target for the second consecutive game.

Although the hosts pressed hard for the winner and had a number of presentable chances, they were unable to find a second and had to be content with the draw.

The wee Hibees currently lie in second place in the table with 21 points but will have to wait until Friday afternoon to learn their final placing with Rangers hosting St Mirren and Celtic travelling to Kilmarnock with 1pm kick-offs in both matches.

They have a good chance of holding onto the runners-up spot provided St Mirren and Killie, who are both on 19 points, fail to win.

A Celtic victory would put them level on points with Hibs but the wee Hoops would have to rack up the goals to have any hope of overhauling them.

Hibs end the season with six wins, three draws, and three defeats from their 12 matches with 29 goals scored and 21 conceded.

Murray Johnson has kept three clean sheets while there were eight different goalscorers.

Young top-scored with 13, Josh O’Connor contributed five and Mack Weir three. Jack Brydon, Robbie Hamilton, and Josh Currie each got two with Fairley, and Lawson managing one apiece.

A total of 22 players have been involved in matchday squads.

Team: Murray Johnson; Jacob Blaney, Jack Brydon, Jayden Fairley; Josh Currie, Murray Aiken, Innes Lawson, Robbie Hamilton, Oscar MacIntyre; Connor Young, Josh O’Connor.
Subs: Josh Blair, Ben Reilly, Brodie Watt, Freddie Wylie, Reece Holden.

Words: Patrick McPartlin