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Hibs U18s top table after downing Dons

Hibs Under-18s came from behind to record a 3-2 win against Aberdeen at the Hibernian Training Centre on Tuesday night.

The Dons had edged a nine-goal thriller 5-4 the last time the sides had met in March 2020, prior to the coronavirus pandemic shutting down football, and Barry Robson’s side were hoping for a third consecutive victory following wins against Hamilton and Kilmarnock.

For the hosts, it was a chance to return to winning ways after draws against Celtic and Hamilton.

Both teams began the match strongly with the visitors seeing plenty of the ball but it was Hibs who took the lead, Josh Currie beating Blessing Oluyemi after a quick break on 25 minutes.

Losing that goal seemed to spark the Dons into life and Ryan Duncan and Michael Dangana both had chances to equalise before Dangana beat Murray Johnson from the penalty spot on 34 minutes after a foul on Finn Yates.

Duncan then atoned for his earlier miss with a spectacular free kick goal from around 30 yards out to give Aberdeen the lead going into the interval.

Gareth Evans and Eddie May switched things up at the break in a bid to get their side back into the game and the tactical tweak paid off when Josh O’Connor finished from distance to level things up shortly after the hour mark.

Ten minutes later, Hibs were in front as Connor Young netted his seventh goal in five games following a free kick, despite claims from the Dons that the ball had gone out of play.

Connor Young has been in a rich vein of form.

Aberdeen pressed for an equaliser but the hosts defended well in the face of late pressure and held on for all three points as they continued their unbeaten run.

Hibs currently sit top of the league with 11 points, one ahead of Rangers having played a game more after the Gers and Celtic drew 3-3 last night.

Their next match is on Friday April 30 when they travel to Kilmarnock, before another trip to St Mirren on Tuesday May 4.

Hibs’ final fixture is against Rangers at HTC on Friday May 7 before the league splits into a top five and bottom four.

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

Words: Patrick McPartlin