Hibernian 2 Queen’s Park 0

A goal in each half saw Young Queen’s Park go down 2-0 to Hibs at the Edinburgh Club’s Training ground in what could best be described as a blowy afternoon.

Queen’s were shooting into the wind in the first half and Zach Mauchin did well on the right wing early on as he kept the ball on the ground and almost released Alex Fairlie and Liam McLeish however the home defence stood strong.

With 10 minutes gone goalkeeper Sam Kane moved quickly off his line to gather an Allan Delferriere through ball that had threatened danger.

A minute later skipper Ricky Waugh was harshly penalised 35 yards from his goal with Kane doing well to rise and clutch Dylan Levitt’s free-kick as it swirled in the air.

On 16 minutes a Queen’s Park forward pass was held up in the wind and that allowed Delferriere to take control and send in a shot that Kane got down low to save.

The visitors put together a good move shortly afterwards with Lewis Reid combining with Cammy Bruce to set up Fairlie who forced Max Boruc into a good diving save from his 20-yard drive.

Midway through the opening half Josh Landers headed a corner a foot over Kane’s bar with the Spiders replying with an attack that saw Waugh release Rocco Hickey-Fugaccia and only a despairing tackle from Owen Hastie prevented the wide-man from netting.

Five minutes from the break Hastie found Dean Cleland at the back post with his flick being saved by an alert Kane.

Queen’s again replied with a fine passing move as Mauchin found Hickey-Fugaccia who crossed for Liam McLeish who sent in a header that just failed to hit the target.

A minute into injury time a clearance allowed Landers to dart through the right-hand side of the Young Queen’s Park defence and after getting himself into a good position the Hibs number nine slipped a shot past the advancing Kane.

At the start of the second half Thomas O’Ware’s side pushed their opponents back with Lucas McCormick testing Boruc with a curling drive from the edge of the box.

On 52 minutes a fine low cross from Hickey-Fugaccia went unconverted and four minutes later Patrick Jarrett teed up Fairlie who sent a shot bouncing about a yard past.

Hibs threatened for the first time after the break on 64 minutes when Delferriere struck the base of a post with a long-distance drive however Queen’s came close to grabbing an equaliser eight minutes later.

McCormick and Mauchin exchanged passes on the left to release McLeish who ran clear on goal with only a super stop from Boruc denying the striker who tested the shot-stopper again 30 seconds later with a snap-shot.

With eight minutes left Hibs opened up a two-goal advantage when Rudi Molotnikov swept home a Josh Campbell cut-back.

Despite plenty of endeavour and pressure Young Queen’s Park could not find a way back into the game and suffered defeat for the first time this season.

Queen’s Park – Sam Kane, Zach Mauchin, Cameron Bruce (Joseph Smith 60), Archie Graham (Benjamin Ferguson 83), Lewis Reid, Ricky Waugh (Andrew Lind 83), Rocco Hickey-Fugaccia (Kane Thomson 83), Patrick Jarrett (Lennon Connolly 60), Liam McLeish, Alex Fairlie, Lucas McCormick.
Unused substitutes –

Hibernian – Max Boruc, Rory Whittaker, Riley Harbottle, Jacob Blaney (Robbie Hamilton 69), Owen Hastie (Joseph McGrath 79), Jair Tavares (Rudi Molotnikov 33), Allan Delferriere, Dylan Levitt, Dean Cleland (Jay McGarva 69), Josh Campbell, Josh Landers.
Unused substitutes – Murray Johnson (G/k), Reuben McAllister, Zach Bruce, Alfie Smith, Owen Calder.

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