Youngsters shine in Hibs romp

  • Last Updated: July 22 2012, 17:47 BST

Hibernian romped to a 4-0 victory on Sunday over Zeeland Select in their friendly in Vlissingen, Holland.

Pat Fenlon: Made 10 changes to Hibs line-up

First-half goals by 18-year-old midfielders Sammy Stanton and Danny Handling, both making their first starts, gave the visitors a comfortable interval lead.

Handling grabbed his second after the break with substitute Ross Caldwell completing the scoring.

Manager Pat Fenlon made 10 changes to the starting line-up that had lost in Leuven on Saturday with only Alan Maybury retaining his place.

After the break, Handling struck again with a low right-footed shot into the far corner of the net to make it 3-0.

The fourth goal arrived when Handling found Caldwell, who steered his shot into the net from close range - his second goal of the three-game overseas tour.

On Saturday, Celtic were handed a harsh lesson in the Amsterdam ArenA when they were taken apart by Ajax 4-0 in a pre-season friendly.

Hoops defender Charlie Mulgrew was sent off for deliberate handball on the line in the 66th minute before Daley Blind scored from the resultant spot-kick but the damage had been done long before then.

Neil Lennon's men were given the runaround in a one-sided first-half which ended with the visitors three goals down.

In the 13th minute Ajax midfielder Siem De Jong drove into the top corner from outside the box giving Parkhead keeper Fraser Forster no chance.

The Dutch side were a class apart but Celtic did not help their cause with some slack defending, which cost them dearly in the 21st minute when striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson tapped the ball into the empty net to make it 2-0.

The visitors looked flat-footed in comparison to slick and pacy Ajax who were in total control, keeping the ball for long spells and threatening any time they approached the Celtic box.

However, when the home side grabbed number three in the 27th minute, moments after De Jong curled a free-kick from 25 yards just past the post, they only had themselves to blame again.

In one of his more casual moments stopper Thomas Rogne got himself caught in possession, allowing Thulani Serero to run through and slide the ball under Forster.

Hearts got one over former boss Jim Jefferies as goals from Andy Webster and John Sutton earned them a 2-0 pre-season friendly win at Dunfermline.

The visitors made most of the early running but struggled to find the killer touch before Webster broke the deadlock on 34 minutes.

After the hour, David Templeton was felled on his way into the area and John Sutton stepped up to calmly convert the resulting spot-kick.

Dundee United left it late before edging past Raith as goals from Keith Watson and Brian McLean secured a 2-1 win at Starks Park.

Raith opened the scoring after the restart as Brian Graham raced onto a long ball forward from Jason Thomson before finishing neatly past Cierzniak (49).

United looked shell-shocked as their opponents continued to threaten their goal but they held firm and drew level through Watson, who pounced at the back post to convert a pinpoint cross from John Rankin (86).

Peter Houston's side then grabbed an unlikely winner in stoppage time, McLean heading home a corner from Ryan Gauld to save his side's blushes.

Inverness sealed a comfortable 3-1 victory over Coventry City in a tale of two penalties at the Tulloch Stadium.

Richie Foran clinically converting from the spot to secure a half-time lead for the Scottish Premier League side.

It got worse for the visitors early in the second half - Joe Murphy failing to hold on to a shot and Billy McKay pouncing to double the Inverness advantage.

Shaun Jeffers reduced the deficit with a smart finish but two minutes into stoppage time, Jason Oswell wrapped up the victory with an Inverness third.

Hibernian suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat in their friendly against Jupiler League side Oud-Heverlee Leuven in Belgium.

The decisive goal for the home side was scored by Gambian striker Ibou in the 72nd minute.

Pat Fenlon's side created some decent chances and perhaps should have levelled in the closing stages.

Leuven keeper Logan Bailly pulled off saves from Ivan Sproule's stinging right-footed shot and David Wotherspoon's powerful strike but overall the Easter Road side failed to cause the home side too many problems.

Paul McGowan scored the only goal of the game as St Mirren retained the Renfrewshire Cup with a 1-0 victory over Morton at Cappielow Park.

The game looked to be heading towards a penalty shoot-out before McGowan's shot hit the crossbar, came off goalkeeper Derek Gaston and crossed the line.

John Baird bagged a brace as SPL newcomers Dundee won 5-1 at Highland League Cove Rangers in a pre-season friendly.

Former Raith striker Baird scored his first on 20 minutes as he ran on to a through ball before rounding keeper Stuart Mckenzie and slotting the ball home.

Graham Webster doubled the Dark Blues' advantage soon afterwards as he nodded in a cross to send the Tayside team in two-up at the break.

Rangers rallied though and pulled one back early in the second period after Martin Johnston set up Jordan Leydon to score.

But Dundee were not to be denied and Ryan Conroy slotted home a free-kick before Nicky Riley smashed home an angled drive.

Riley sent Baird through in the final minute for the striker to clip the ball over substitute goalkeeper Timmy Capstick to complete the scoring.

Bolton's poor pre-season form continued as an Andy Ryan effort helped Hamilton to a 2-0 win at New Douglas Park.

Sloppy defending down the left allowed Connor McGlinchey the time and space to locate Ryan, and he bundled the ball past Andy Lonergan from close range.

It was more neat work from McGlinchey that brought the second goal in the 68th minute when his pace left Khalifa Cisse trailing and Stephen Hendrie lashed home after Bolton failed to clear.