London Hibs 6 Manchester United 2

Sunday 18 February 2001

King George's Park

A thoroughly convincing score line against a team that took us to wire earlier in the season saw Hibs move to within 2 victories of the championship.  On a sunny but crisp afternoon in Wandsworth, Hibs took control of the game from the outset and Grant put us ahead inside 10 minutes, competently finishing following some slack defending.  Five minutes later and it was two as Grant again used his pace to get behind the defence before rounding the 'keeper and slotting into an empty net.
Hibs were now in complete control and our passing game was good considering the bumpy pitch.  John dealt comfortably with the couple of occasions Man United threatened our goal and Gerry V gave us a comfortable 3-0 half time lead, volleying home from 20 yards (with the outside of his boot - or was it a mis-kick?) after some sublime control.  
Kev replaced Leigh at half-time making a welcome return to the team.  Gerry V soon extended our lead chipping the keeper exquisitely from the corner of the area.  We then took our foot off the pedal and became sloppy for a while, letting in one goal which could have been more but for a couple of smart saves from John. This is one area where we need to improve - concentrating for the full 90 minutes and not just playing in spells.  Our dominance was re-asserted with Grant completing his hat-trick and then adding a fourth for good measure.  A fifth was put on a plate (cut up and on the fork!) after a flowing move but somehow he contrived to miss from 5 yards.  A last minute consolation did little other than affect our goal difference.
All in all another good performance with some great goals.  We got sloppy for a while in the second half and seemed to be playing with 8 forwards at one stage but the game had been wrapped up by then.  Russell and Kev made welcome returns.
Team: John Leslie, Leigh Everett, Rob Ruth, Jim McPherson, Leon Ashford, Neil Henty, Adam Pomaro, Russell Stinson, David Drysdale, Gerry Vavasour, Grant Ross.  Subs: Kevin Ford, Jim Duffy, Al Harper
MOM: Grant Ross

Adam Pomaro


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