Hibs EOS 9
Hawick Royal Albert 0
Hawick Royal Albert were outclassed by a young and pacey Hibs side that included Scotland international Kevin Thomson, writes Ronan Alexander.
Thomson was a threat with the ball at his feet, controlling the midfield as they retained possession for long periods and were ruthless in front of goal.
The home side, playing at their East Mains training centre, found the breakthrough after seven minutes through an own goal and sustained pressure saw them double their lead in the 17th minute following a handling error from Hawick keeper Dean Fry.
Andy Williamson was at the heart of things for the Royalists in defence, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the hosts scoring a third, as Robert Wilson headed home from close range following a short corner. Two penalties were conceded within the space of nine minutes, both converted by left back Ryan Baptie to make the half-time score 5-0 to the hosts.
Gordon Ramsay was brought into the action at half-time by manager Graeme Chadwick, and was a bright spark during the second half, and was a threat when he had the ball in space.
The Albert showed signs of improvement at the start of the second half, when Peter Kennan nodded down only for Paul Brown to fire wide.
But Hibs made it six in the 65th minute when Jamie Beaton scored a left-footed curling shot before Gareth McCaffrey, substitute Jordan Sinclair and Euan Smith rounded off the scoring.