Selkirk prepare to host Hibs Under 20s

Dumbarton v Hibs.  Pre Season friendly.  Alex Harris gets lucky with rebound as it hits off him and into the goal to make it 1-0 to Hibs. Final score 1-1. Picture Robert Perry Scotland on Sunday 29th June 2013
Dumbarton v Hibs. Pre Season friendly. Alex Harris gets lucky with rebound as it hits off him and into the goal to make it 1-0 to Hibs. Final score 1-1. Picture Robert Perry Scotland on Sunday 29th June 2013

Tonight Yarrow Park will see Selkirk play Hibernian, the Souters second game in 24 hours.

James McDonaugh, head of academy coaching at Hibs, wants to give every player in his squad as much game time as possible before the start of the season.

“We beat Vale of Leithen at the training centre on Saturday and it was exactly what we needed. I was pleased with the collective work rate shown,” he said.

Unfortunately for Hibs their summer signing Taylor Hendry will be missing after breaking his toe and could miss the start of the U20 season.

Having suffered defeat against a strong Falkirk youth team last night Selkirk will be hoping to see a better score in the upcoming game.

The promise of some talented trialists could help spur on a victory, with Marc Berry, ex Hibee Phil Addison and Dean McColm expected to feature for Selkirk.

Last night’s game saw Selkirk unable to fight off Falkirk with a full time score of 4-2.

However the hosts definitely showed up and did not cave to the pressure of facing a bigger team.

Euan Pritchard scored the opening goal for Selkirk from Lee Stephen’s cross with fifteen minutes on the clock.

Soon Kevin O’Hara equalised, smashing the ball into the bottom corner beyond Michael Fenton.

Scott Shepherd pushed the score line up to 2-1 for Falkirk after a ten yard shot that rocketed into the net.

Marc Berry soon seized advantage of an error made by the Falkirk goalkeeper Gregor Amos, from Galashiels, to tie the scoreline once more.

A minute later Shepherd’s form continued as he sent a wonderful header into the goal.

The beaten Selkirk conceded once more to Conor Hogg, only narrowly avoiding a fifth after giving away a penalty which was saved by Fenton.

Falkirk director of football Alex Smith said after the game: “We passed the ball about well and showed a lot of promise “Michael Martin was outstanding, as was Tyler Fulton, Connor Hogg and Connor Greene, as well as Scott Shepherd. It’s just a shame Scott could not score the penalty at the end for his hat-trick.”

The promising Hogg is son of the well seasoned ex-footballer Graeme, who started his career at Manchester United playing a total of 83 league goals before signing for other clubs such as Portsmouth and Heart of Midlothian.