SELKIRK, hometown club of all-time Hibs great Bobby Johnstone, expected a difficult match against the young team in green on Tuesday night.
And James McDonaugh’s teenagers showed ruthless precision in the final third of the game to record an eye-catching 9-1 victory.
The avalanche of goals were bagged by Jack Verth, Phil Addison, Ross Caldwell, Danny Harding, Alex Harris, and Jay Doyle (two), plus one own goal and a strike scored by a trialist. Ryan Clapperton netted Selkirk’s sole effort.
McDonaugh said: “It was an emphatic scoreline and apart from that it was a really good performance. We were three goals up at half-time and continued to play really well throughout. It was a really good start.”
Despite the eight-goal deficit, however, Selkirk chairman Jim Moody was not too despondent about his team’s performance.
“We are just two weeks into pre-season so I’m not too worried,” he told us. “There were plenty positives to take from the game. Ryan Clapperton and Ryan Pritchard both put in good performances and the three trialists from North Berwick showed promise. It’s early days yet.”
Selkirk: John Dodds, Ross McManus, Ryan Pritchard, Euan Pritchard, Barry Milven, Ryan McManus, Jason Inglis, Lee Stephen, Jamie Gibson, Ryan Clapperton, William Mercer. Subs: T. Craggs; three trialists.
Hibernian: Paul Grant, Jamie Doris, Jordan Forster, Jack Verth, Marc Lancaster, Dean Horribine, David Gold, Harry Monaghan, Phil Addison, Ross Caldwell, Danny Handling. Subs: Dougie Horne, Bradley Donaldson, Sam Stanton, Euan Smith, Alex Harris, Jay Doyle, trialist.