Coldstream 1-8 Hibs Development XI 1
Coldstream’s Home Park was bathed in warm sunshine for the visit of a strong Hibs side and the decent crowd looked forward to a clash of subtlety, grit and skill.
And they certainly were not disappointed. A James Keatings hat-trick, two goals from Oli Shaw and goals from Callum Crane, Jordon Forster and Jamie Insall secured the victory with John Crawford scoring a consolation goal for Coldstream.
Hibs were ahead inside three minutes when Crane fired home. The Streamers had a chance to equalise soon after but Sutherland uncharacteristically shot straight at Laidlaw. At the other end keeper Walters upended Keatings who scored from the resulting penalty.
Walters proceeded to make a string of fine saves to keep the rampaging Hibs forwards at bay.
The second half saw no respite for the Blues and Keatings completed his hat-trick, the third being from a delightful chip.
Shaw then headed home number five before Forster, whose previous ground was Home Park, Plymouth, made it six at Home Park, Coldstream.
Streamers finally got the goal they deserved for their hard work when Crawford shot home despite the attantions of Hibs keeper Laidlaw. Walters made more excellent saves before the scoring was completed with goals from Shaw and substitute Insall.
This was Coldstream’s first serious game of the season and they showed resolution and no little skill against a much more pacy and powerful Hibs side who had shown respect by including at least six players who had had first team experience.
Following the match, Hibernian Development Coach, Grant Murray told the club website: “It’s great for Coldstream, that Hibs are prepared to send down a team with the calibre they did, and we got a convincing win. We probably could have scored more but credit to Coldstream, they stuck at it.”