HIBERNIAN coach Guillaume Beuzelin has praised Peeblesshire youngster Josh Landers after his goal and assist helped the Development Squad to their first Reserve League victory of the season.

Landers joined a number of the first team squad in the starting XI against Queens Park at the club’s Training Centre near Ormiston on Tuesday.

Fellow Borderers Zach Bruce, from Coldstream, and Jay McGarva, from Earlston, were on the bench.

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In an opening half when chances were few and far between, Landers opened the scoring with an excellent goal on the stroke of half time.

The 16-year-old took his opportunity brilliantly, latching onto a ball over the top before showing great strength to hold off his man and firing his shot in at the near post.

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Then late into the second-half, the youngster turned provider when he set up his U18 team-mate Rudi Molotnikov who caught the ball sweetly on the half-volley and found the bottom corner.

Speaking to hibernianfc.co.uk after the match, Beuzelin said: “Josh’s goal is the type of goal that he scores all the time with the U18s.

“He found the space and then has that desire to head straight towards the goal, it is good to see him doing that and scoring goals at a higher level now.”

This was Landers' second goal for the Development Squad having scored in the SPFL Community Trust Trophy victory over Formartine United earlier this season.

Landers, Bruce and McGarva signed professional contracts with the Easter Road side last month along with 16-year-old Rory Whittaker who has already been given his first team debut by new manager Nick Montgomery.

Landers was back in action on Friday (October 6) scoring twice in the Under 18s 3-3 draw with Motherwell at the club's training centre.