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Hibernian 3-1 Heart of Midlothian

By Richard WilsonBBC Scotland at Easter Road

Holders Hibernian beat Edinburgh rivals Hearts to set up a home Scottish Cup quarter-final with Ayr on 4 March.

Jason Cummings latched on to substitute Andrew Shinnie's clever pass to give Hibs an early lead.

Cummings turned provider for Grant Holt's strike as Hearts fell two down before the break.

And Shinnie, who had replaced Chris Humphrey early on, rifled in the hosts' third in the second half, Esmael Goncalves replying for Hearts.

Hibs ferocity

Jason Cummings scores
Cummings (right) scored against Hearts in the Scottish Cup for the second season running

Hearts found themselves engulfed at the home of their closest rivals. The visitors had expected Hibs to start the game assertively, but the intensity and commitment still saw their resolve collapse.

Hibs were canny in their approach, since the vivid pace of Martin Boyle and Humphrey on the flanks was enough to alarm the Hearts full-backs. The latter only lasted four minutes, due to injury, but a series of crosses from the right by both wingers led to desperate Hearts defending.

The opening goal was typical, with Hibs swarming upfield and Shinnie having the presence of mind to split the Hearts defence with a through ball that allowed Cummings to finish with a powerful and precise finish - continuing his scoring record against Hearts after netting the winner in last season's fifth-round replay.

The second goal was agonising for Ian Cathro's side, since they conceded possession deep in their opponents' half through a sloppy Lennard Sowah pass, then found themselves further behind after three passes and a counter attack ended with Holt slipping home.

Grant Holt celebrates
Holt's previous goal had come in late October

Attitude prevails

Hibs' tenacity was irrepressible. John McGinn set the tone in the second half when he carried the ball into the Hearts penalty area, lost it, but then won it back with such eagerness that the visiting defenders looked forlorn. He cut a pass back to Shinnie, and his effort was saved one-handed by Jack Hamilton.

Every Hibs figure was fully in command. When the home fans grumbled angrily at a misplaced pass, head coach Neil Lennon turned to the stand and beckoned them to calm down. When they applauded in response, he lifted his arms to raise the atmosphere.

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McGinn, too, was a forceful presence in midfield. It was his determination to win the ball that led to Shinnie striking an effort from 20 yards that seemed to fly through Hamilton's hands for the decisive third goal.

By the end, the home fans were chanting "there's only one Ian Cathro" in mocking tones.

Walker stands alone

The Hearts head coach did not need a squad so much as the ability to clone Jamie Walker. The attacking midfielder was the sole figure of defiance in his side, but had to roam the field looking for a way to influence the game that he was mostly isolated.

Alexandros Tziolis is a clever, accomplished footballer, but he seemed at odds with the pace of the game. Malaury Martin looked like a player who had found himself in the wrong game.

He did not re-emerge for the second half, along with Perry Kitchen, but with Hibs so well organised and drilled, even the addition of a winger in Sam Nicholson and a forward in Rory Currie could not disrupt them.

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Nicholson did create a chance for Walker, which he sent over, and Currie did win the ball before sending it to Goncalves, who was fouled by Darren McGregor for a penalty.

Goncalves took the spot-kick, but even that was half-hearted and Ofir Marciano saved twice before the striker eventually bundled the ball over the line.

It was too little, too late, and on the final whistle Walker sank to the ground, alone in feeling too deflated to stand. He was also the only one of the Hearts players to head towards the away fans to applaud them before he left the field.

Esmael Goncalves scores
Goncalves netted his first Edinburgh derby goal

Line-ups

Hibernian

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Marciano
  • 2Gray
  • 24McGregorBooked at 69mins
  • 5Fontaine
  • 16Stevenson
  • 27HumphreySubstituted forShinnieat 5'minutesBooked at 45mins
  • 6Bartley
  • 7McGinn
  • 17Boyle
  • 9HoltSubstituted forGrahamat 76'minutes
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forFyvieat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Fyvie
  • 19Keatings
  • 22Shinnie
  • 29Graham
  • 31Laidlaw
  • 48Martin
  • 52Donaldson

Hearts

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Hamilton
  • 27StrunaSubstituted forEl Ouriachiat 77'minutes
  • 12Avlonitis
  • 5Hughes
  • 46Sowah
  • 6KitchenSubstituted forNicholsonat 45'minutes
  • 7WalkerBooked at 40mins
  • 4Tziolis
  • 88MartinSubstituted forCurrieat 45'minutes
  • 10Sutchuin-Djoum
  • 77Esmael Gonçalves

Substitutes

  • 3Rherras
  • 11Nicholson
  • 13Noring
  • 16El Ouriachi
  • 19Nowak
  • 20Johnsen
  • 30Currie
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
20,205

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamHearts
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home10
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home19
Away24

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hibernian 3, Heart of Midlothian 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hibernian 3, Heart of Midlothian 1.

  3. Post update

    Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Ofir Marciano.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. John McGinn (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  8. Post update

    Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Sam Nicholson (Heart of Midlothian).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Fraser Fyvie replaces Jason Cummings.

  11. Post update

    John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Rory Currie (Heart of Midlothian).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Hibernian).

  14. Post update

    Jamie Walker (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Esmael Gonçalves (Heart of Midlothian).

  17. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Liam Fontaine.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  19. Post update

    Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

  20. Post update

    Arnaud Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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