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Wee Hibees Held At Hearts

The Wee Hibees fought back from losing an early goal to draw 1-1 and pick up a point in the Wee Edinburgh Derby.

Murray Aiken's second half strike cancelled out Bobby McLuckie's early opener as the spoils were shared at Oriam.

The point is enough to lift the Wee Hibees back into top spot - ahead of Rangers on goal difference. Gareth Evans' side need four points from their remaining five games to be crowned CAS Elite Youth League champions.

On Tuesday night had to fight back to earn a draw with Dundee United, and it was a similar story at Oriam.

Within 90 seconds, Hearts had the ball in the back of the net. The home side worked the ball well on the edge of the box before Bobby McLuckie was played through, his low shot had enough power to beat Murray Johnson in the Hibs goal giving the Wee Jambos a dream start.

Hearts almost had a second just minutes later, a driving run from Rocco Friel, whose pace caused the Hibees problems, saw him get space but his shot from six yards out was deflected behind.

It would take fifteen minutes for Hibs to create their first chance - Robbie Hamilton's effort on the turn was beaten away by Liam McFarlane.

Hibs talisman, Connor Young, looked the most likely to score having several efforts just wide of the target or blocked in a frustrating first half for boys in green and white.

But Hibs came out much better in the second half and levelled the match in the 52nd minute. Young played in a lovely ball through to Murray Aiken, who burst through the defence and tucked his shot under the keeper.

Hibs were in the ascendancy, controlling the game and looking for a winner. Oscar MacIntyre went close but his curling shot was well saved by Hearts 'keeper McFarlane.

Rudi Molotnikov and Young played a one-two, giving Molotnikov the space he needed to have a shot but it was well saved again by McFarlane.

It looked as if Hibs had found a winner, twelve minutes from time.

Young, who was at the heart of everything good, played in Molotnikov who found Freddie Wylie. His shot was parried but into the path of Young who had an easy tap. The celebrations were temporary however as the linesman had his flag up for offside, and after a VAR check, the offside was confirmed.

That did not deter the Wee Hibees who continue to dominate. A long punt by Murray Johnson was brought down brilliantly by Young but his effort from thirty yards was easily caught by McFarlane.

A Hibs corner in injury time presented one last chance, Mack Weir's header picked out centre back partner Jacob Blaney but his volley was well gathered at the second attempt by McFarlane.

The point takes the Wee Hibees back to the top of the CAS Elite U18s league, but they will be frustrated not to have taken all three after a dominant second half.

Hibs: Johnson, J. MacIntyre, Blaney, Weir, Megwa, O. MacIntyre, McCulloch (Molotnikov), Aitken, Zaid (Wylie), Young, Hamilton.

Hearts: McFarlane, Friel, Dall, Tait, Thomas, Forrester, Simpson, Ross, McLuckie, Rathie, Gordon

Photo Credit: Maurice Dougan