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CAS U18s: Accies 1 – 1 Hibernian report

It was honours even between ourselves and Hibernian in Friday night’s u18s match. Despite dominating large spells of possession, we were unable to turn that possession into three points.

The match began with Accies looking to set a high tempo for the game. However, our visitors from Edinburgh sat in and defended well. The first chance of the match came as midfielder Jared Lyons drove forward looking to turn defence to attack.

As he entered the final third, he was able to find Adam McGowan who fed the ball to Luke Meikle in space on the edge of the box. However, his curling shot whistled past the post.

It was clear this period of play had given the side confidence in the match as just moments later what proved to be the chance of the half fell to Jonny McPhee.

The move began with full-back Darren Rafferty driving into the Hibs half. The defender was able to make it to the byline and his cross was met by McPhee who headed straight at the Hibs goalkeeper.

The Accies possession continued as defender Cammy Marshall sent a searching ball into the back post to which both Adam McGowan and Lennon Pirrie attempted to get a shot off.

However, the ball broke to Rafferty who shot from the edge of the Hibs box as the goalkeeper saved comfortably.

The balance of the match shifted as Hibs slowly found their way into the match and soon after it was the Edinburgh side who took the lead in the match from the penalty spot.

The decision was made as midfielder Rocco Rowan was deemed to have impeded the progress of the Hibs player as he entered the Accies box.

This was enough to see the visitors end the half ahead.

The visitors took confidence from the goal as they found a foothold in the second half of the match. However, Accies were able to successfully counter which ended in an Accies free-kick inside the final third.

The searching cross was delivered by Pirrie who found Fergus Owens at the back post. The central defender towered to force a reaction save from the Hibs goalkeeper. The ball deflected onto the bar and fellow defender Brady Craig was unable to hit his follow-up goal wards.

It was a sign of things to come as the duo combined from the following free-kick as Owens was able to direct the ball into the back of the Hibs net to bring Accies level.

In the closing moments of the match, Accies had the chance to win the match. Substitute Paddy Meechan sent Callum Smith and Lennon Pirrie in a two vs three attack. Smith sent Pirrie into the Hibs box. The shot was straight at the Hibs goalkeeper.

Accies line-up: J Smith, Rafferty (Trialist 58 ), Marshall, Owens (c), Craig, Rowan, McPhee (C Smith 63’), Lyons (Meechan 37’), Pirrie, Meikle, McGowan

Nickolas McInally – 24th April – 1:30pm

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