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Hibernian 18s v Leeds 28.02.04

Hibernianx 18s v Leedsx 28.02.04
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Echo Man of the Match winner Derek O’Rourke

Hibernians 2 Leeds 7

Hibernians scored first and last at Shanbally on another bitterly cold Saturday but, in between, higher ranked Leeds notched up seven as they cruised into the third round of the Murphy Youth Cup.

It was a disappointing result for Hibs, who had seen their stock soar with the previous week’s league win over Blarney, but Leeds were much better all round. They played well as a unit. 

Keeper Maher played well for the winners and James Burke led a solid defence. Leeds lorded it in midfield where Echo Man of the Match winner Derek O’Rourke worked hard and played well as long as the issue was in doubt. He had valuable assistance from David Moynihan while upfront Darren Dineen was in sharp form as was second half sub Martin Higgins.

Hibs got their first in the 8th minute. Then a crossfield pass into the box by Danny Kiely left Shane Hurley free and face to face with the isolated keeper. Hurley stayed cool and headed past Maher to open the scoring.

But it was downhill after that for Hibernians. Leeds equalised from a corner. O’Rourke floated it over and James Burke blocked down a clearance in the six-yard box and saw the ball roll into the net.
The city side took the lead four minutes later, when Dineen scored after a good cross from the right by James Fitzgerald. Leeds keeper Maher made a good save from a Hurley effort before Richard Leahy pounced on a long ball in to make it 3-1 to Leeds in the 39th minute.

Hibernians tried hard at the start of the second half but suffered a big setback in the 57th minute when Fitzgerald capitalised on a mis-kick by a defender and picked his spot to extend the lead.

A Dineen shot produced a Leeds corner about the hour marj and sub Higgins got his head to the flag kick to make it 5-1.

The home side switched defender Gavin Delaney into goal but Leeds kept scoring. Subs Danny O'Leary and Shane Hurley combined and Hurley ran in O'Leary's cross at the far post. 

Higgins scored his second in the 71st minute to make it 7-1 and the sub came close to a hat trick in the closing stages when he hustled his way into the box but volleyed the hopping ball over the top.

Hibernians had their consolation in between. Hurley’s pass sent McNamara clear but he was denied by a fine save from Maher who was then in no position to stop sub Darren Murphy turning in the loose ball.

Hibernians: James Delaney, Steve Murphy, Danny Kiely, Gavin Delaney, Ross Casey, David O'Mahony, Darragh Geraghty, Lloyd McNamara, Steve Walsh, John Moynihan and Shane Hurley. Subs used: Paul Burns for O'Mahony (18th minute, injured), Darren Murphy for Ross (at half-time) and Kieran Goldsmith for Geraghty (55th).
Leeds: Gerard Maher, John McConnell, Philip Murphy, James Burke, Alan Murphy, Derek O’Rourke, James Fitzgerald, David Moynihan, Richard Leahy, Darren Lynch and Darren Dineen. Subs used: Martin Higgins and Danny O’Leary for Leahy and Lynch (both at half-time), Shane Hurley for Dineen (65th minute), Liam Bowen and Fred Morris for P. Murphy and Fitzgerald (both 71st minute).
Referee: Tony Murphy.