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Hibs' U18s maintain unbeaten start

Hibernian's Under-18 side have continued their unbeaten start to the season, posting draws against Celtic and Hamilton Accies.

The wee Hibees went into last Tuesday’s game against the Hoops having scored a total of seven goals without reply in their first two matches.

Gareth Evans and Eddie May made one change to their starting team with Ethan Laidlaw restored to the side in place of Josh McCulloch, with Jacob Blaney filling in in defence.

Reece Holden and Jacob MacIntyre – younger brother of Oscar – joined the bench with Gregor Fordyce and Jack Furness missing out.

Connor Young, who scored a brace in the curtain-raiser against Dundee United and added another in the 3-0 defeat of Hearts, put Hibs in front from a free kick in the first half against Celtic and the teams went in at the interval with no further scoring.

The game came to life in the second 45 and although Young added another for Hibs from the penalty spot to take his tally to five for the campaign, the visitors scored two of their own in the second half to earn a share of the spoils.

Three days later Hibs travelled to Lanarkshire to face Hamilton Accies, with May and Evans keeping faith in the team that had started against Celtic.

The hosts enjoyed plenty of chances in an open first half, with Murray Johnson saving from Jonny McPhee and denying Darren Rafferty but in a repeat of Tuesday night’s encounter Hibs were in front at the interval courtesy of a Connor Young penalty.

That slice of good fortune was a shot in the arm for Hibs and they resumed the second period as they had finished the first, but were unable to find a second.

Accies came back into it and Johnson pulled off a fine save to deny defender Fergus Owens but the same player hit a leveller for Accies from a free kick moments later.

Lennon Pirrie had a chance to win it for the home side but shot straight at Johnson and the match finished all square.

Team: Murray Johnson; Jacob Blaney, Mack Weir, Murray Aiken, Oscar MacIntyre; Jayden Fairley, Robbie Hamilton, Josh Currie; Connor Young, Ethan Laidlaw, Josh O’Connor.

Subs: Josh Blair, Innes Lawson, Freddie Wylie, Ben Reilly, Reece Holden, Brodie Watt, Jacob McIntyre.

Words: Patrick McPartlin