Richie Barr catches the eye but claims he's content in junior football

RICHIE Barr maintains that he is loving life in the junior ranks after putting himself in the shop window in Irvine Meadow's Active Nation Scottish Cup clash against Hibs at Easter Road.

Barr's was one of a number of impressive performances for the visitors during Saturday's 3-0 fourth-round defeat at the hands of their SPL opponents.

The 27-year-old, who spent three years at Hibs as a youngster, caused his former club plenty of problems and may now find himself on the radar of more than one senior side.

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However, he said: "I'm quite happy where I am; I enjoy playing the junior football. If a chance came, you never know, but I'm enjoying what I'm doing."

The same cannot be said about Barr's day job at present, with the big freeze hampering more than just his playing career. The roofer said: "I'm freezing my **** off. I've hardly done anything because of the weather; it's been ice cold."

It was Hibs who were caught cold on Saturday as Meadow took the game to them from the first whistle. And Barr was involved in one of the game's most noteworthy incidents when he was booked for diving after beating goalkeeper Graeme Smith to the ball. While Barr admitted to going down easily, "like everyone else does", he added: "As far as I'm concerned, it was a penalty. OK, there wasn't much contact but enough for a penalty. But I don't think the referee was going to give us a penalty at Easter Road."

Hibs took the lead three minutes later through a Derek Riordan goal, but the visitors had further opportunities before Merouane Zemmama and Paul Hanlon made the game safe. Barr said: "I'm surprised we created so many chances. The boys are walking away thinking we probably should have scored."

The cup tie was Meadow's first competitive match for more than a month and Barr revealed that preparatory midweek bounce game against St Mirren had filled the team with trepidation.

"They destroyed us in the first half," he said. "A lot our boys were blowing a gasket. We walked away concerned about what Hibs were going to do to us, especially as we'd not played a proper match for weeks.

"Although we got beaten 3-0, Hibs are a frightening side full of cracking players and that's a decent result for a junior side.

"If I'm honest, we expected Hibs to come out and absolutely wipe the floor with us.

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"But if you get beaten 1-0, 3-0 or 8-0, you're still getting beaten, so you may as well come here at a great stadium, have a go and try to enjoy it."

Goalscorer Hanlon admitted Hibs never fully got their game together against their hard-working visitors.

"It's key in games like that that you get going early doors," the left-back said. "I was pleased with the goal but disappointed with my performance. I think quite a few of the boys are disappointed with theirs as well."

He admitted, however that Hibs had been a little taken aback by Meadow's bold approach.

He said: "I suppose we probably did expect them to be a bit more defensive.

"But all credit to them, they were pushing forward and had a few chances, and I'm sure they were delighted with their performance."

While Hibs' recent 12-match unbeaten run was brought to an end by Rangers and they turned in a disappointing performance in the 1-1 draw with Hearts, Hanlon is confident John Hughes' side can stay strong for the remainder of the season.

"We've lost one game in 15 or 16 so there's no worry," he said. "We're just looking to get back to playing well."