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Hibernian progress after professional display against Queens

Hibernian FC 3

Duthie 11 (pen) 37, Hendry 56

Queens Park 0

  • Sunday, 22 February 2015
  • Easter Road Stadium
  • Under 20´s
  • Scottish FA Youth Cup - Quarter Final

Hibernian U20s progressed to the semi-final after a professional performance defeating Queens Park 3-0 with a double from Connor Duthie and Taylor Hendry chipping in with a single. 

The Easter Road club welcomed Queens Park to Easter Road for the 5th Round of the Little Big Shot Scottish FA Youth Cup.

The home side reached this stage of the competition with a hard fought 3-1 win against Kilmarnock whilst Queen Park went all the way to penalties defeating Greenock Morton Fc 4-3 on spot kicks after it finished 2-2 in regulation time then 4-4 aet.

Queens Park got the game underway and the first chance of the game came two minutes in and it went the visitors way. A corner played in from the right by James Gallagher at the back post found James Marr but he put his header over the bar. 

Hibs opened the scoring on the 11th minute from the penalty spot through Connor Duthie after Sam Biggart brought down Aaron Dunsmore in the box and the referee did not hesitate to point to the spot. Duthie stepped up and made no mistake from the spot when blasted the ball to the keepers right.  

The Easter Road men were quite happy to keep possession and spray the ball around the park looking for that opportunity to get the ball forward as the wind and hail really started to bare its teeth.

Hibs should have doubled their lead on the 20 minute mark when Scott Martin found himself five yards out but Sam George denied him with a super block.

Queens were not much of a threat going forward and were having to do a lot of work chasing the ball down.

The home side were awarded a free kick after Scott Martin was upended by Queens James Marr who was lucky not to see a yellow card.

Sam George produced a top quality one handed save to deny Callum Crane from close range after getting on the end of a superb cross in from the right by Jordan Sinclair.

Hibs who had been the better side in the first half doubled their lead on 37 minutes when indecision in the Queens box allowed Duthie far to much time on the ball and he blasted home from 12 yards to claim his and Hibs second of the game to give them some real breathing space.

Queens came close when Gallagher played a low driven ball into the box from the left but Marr could not turn it home at the near post.

Jordan Sinclair could have ended of the half on a high for the home side right on the stroke of half time when he hit a powerful drive from distance but the impressive Sam George came to Queens rescue when he got down low to his right to make the stop.

A deserved lead for the men in green and white who controlled the game in the first half.

  • Half Time:
  • Hibernian FC
  • 2-0
  • Queens Park

Hibs got the game restarted after the interval and were right back into dictating the play with their passing game.

Queens were looking a bit more adventurous when they got on the ball in the early minutes of the second half but Hibs took control of the game and went on the attack again and again forcing Queens to sit deeper and deeper.

The first half chance of the second half came on 54 minutes when Callum Crane picked up the ball 25 yards out but he put his shot over the bar.

Hibs increased their lead two minutes later when Taylor Hendry made a good run and picked up the ball on the right side of the box and fired across the visitors goal into the far corner with a composed finish.

The first booking of the game came on 58 minutes when Hibs Callum Crane for speaking out of turn.

A real moment of controversy minutes later when Taylor Hendry looked to have won a stone wall penalty as he was clipped just inside the box but the referee deemed that the Hibs man had taken a dive when you could clearly hear the contact in the top of the stand and to add insult to injury he booked the unfortunate Hibs front man.

The ever impressive George in the Queens goal then had to react quickly saving with his feet from Hendry who looked dangerous every time he went forward.

Queens were pushing men forward as they had nothing to loose and forced a couple of corners coming close when from the latter one Marr met the ball at the back post but could not direct his header on target.

Queens then had a great chance to reduce the deficit after Gregor Wylie played a great ball in from the right but neither Dale Jones in the middle of the goal or Thomas Collins at the back post could get the vital touch from four yards out to force the ball over the line.

George then produced another one handed wonder save to deny Ollie Shaw.

It was all Hibs and as Queens pushed forward looking for a consolation they were leaving acres of space for Hibs to exploit and they were taking full advantage. Hendry, Jack Breen and Duthie all had good chances to increase Hibs lead with time running out for the Queens players.

George in the visitors goal came to the rescue of his side again to keep the score down in the dying seconds of game and into added on time when he again produced two top saves to deny Hendry.

Joe McBride's team dominated the game from start to finish and when the semi-final draw is made the other teams may well be hoping to avoid the Easter Road men.

  • Full Time:
  • Hibernian FC
  • 3-0
  • Queens Park

Lineups

Hibernian FC
Queens Park
1. Kleton Perntreou
2. Aaron Dunsmore
3. Ben Sterling
4. Neil Martyniuk (C)
5. Jordon McGregor
6. Jordon Sinclair
7. Scott Martin
8. Callum Crane
9. Taylor Hendry
10. Connor Duthie
11. Ollie Shaw
13. Sean Brennan
12. Kevin Waugh
14. Adam Watson
15. Jack Breen
16. Dave Mackay
1. Sam George
2. Ross Costello
3. Sam Biggart
4. Cameron Foy
5. Dale Jones (C)
6. James Gallacher
7. Gregor Wylie
8. James Marr
9. William Mortimer
10. Sam McKenzie
11. Stuart Hay
12. Chris Scott
14. Ryan Smith
15. David Ramsay
16. Thomas Collins
20. Stephen Barr
Star Player
Hibernian FC
Queens Park
Connor Duthie - Got the scoring underway with the penalty kick but was a threat all day and looked threatening every time he got on the ball.
Sam George - Produced several top class saves and numerous quality save throughout the game to keep the score line respectable.
Magic Moment
Hibernian FC
Queens Park
Not one particular moment but the composed way Hibs played the ball around the park was magic at times.
Sam George's top class saves.
Club Views
Hibernian FC
Queens Park
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