Another three points for the Hibees although this time round it was a bit of a slog as Hibs never really got out of second gear. Dundee Utd packed the midfield and worked very hard in pushing up whenever the opportunity arose.
Utd opened the scoring after twenty minutes when a cross was turned into his own net by Hibs centre half Martis. Hibs other centre half Jones then equalised just before halftime and Steven Fletcher notched the winner with around twenty minutes to go.
The game itself was not the level of entertainment we regular attenders at Easter Road have become accustomed to. Dundee Utd might have set out their stall from the start with a packed midfield but Hibs should be clever enough to work around that hurdle. Another problem is that Thomson and Brown are looking through pound signs as their big money transfers come closer. Personally I would have hooked the pair of them and played players that are committed to the club. Obviously they are capable of turning the game in Hibs favour but the pair of them were certainly off the mark on Saturday.
Some players who were not off the mark however were the Under 14 AC Oxgangs team who moved through to the semi final after beating North Berwick 6-1 in Edinburgh. There were plenty of good performances but I should mention a strong midfield role played by Ciaran Macdonald and a comanding defencive display by Jake Sweeney. The game was played in horrendous conditions with rain and hail in driving rain. All that and not one of the boys asked for more money, take note Kevin Thomson and Scott Brown. I should also add that the boys from North Berwick conducted themselves to perfection and accepted the defeat with no nonsense. They obviously still bring them up well down their Jim, just like in the old days.