Hibernian 1-1 Hearts
Hibernian restored a semblance of Edinburgh derby pride with a good performance against their city rivals, but failed to find a winning goal.
The home side began the match well, but a dreadful Alan Maybury error allowed Andrew Driver to prod Hearts in front.
Leigh Griffiths rattled the post before nudging the ball past Jamie MacDonald on the stroke of half-time.
The second half brought no further goals, leaving Hearts undefeated in 12 derby clashes.
The match presented Pat Fenlon's side with an opportunity to make amends for the painful 5-1 defeat to Hearts in May's Scottish Cup final.
And Hibs improved markedly on their meek Hampden showing, although there was a dearth of quality on show from both sides.
Hibs, who were brushed aside at Tannadice last weekend, came close to an early breakthrough when David Wotherspoon glanced a header goalwards from a wicked Griffiths free kick, but MacDonald was able to gather.
After a hectic opening 10 minutes, the game hit a lull until Gary Deegan marked his Hibs debut with a crunching late challenge on David Templeton, which earned him a booking.
If that raised the temperature of the match, then James McPake's halting of a flying Templeton did so further, with the Hearts man lucky referee Willie Collum did not notice his retaliatory lunge at the Hibs captain.
From the free-kick, Templeton fired in a powerful shot but Ben Williams dealt with it brilliantly.
But, as the half-hour mark approached, the keeper could do nothing to prevent Driver nicking the ball past him after Maybury's weak header had left him totally exposed.
Hibs could justifiably consider themselves unfortunate to be behind and they so nearly drew level six minutes before the break.
Griffiths powered down the left and into the penalty area before unleashing a venomous drive from an acute angle, beating MacDonald but ricocheting off the near post and away to safety.
The equaliser did come in the final seconds of the half though. Wotherspoon fed the ball through to Griffiths, who was able to get the ball out from under his feet to guide it through the advancing MacDonald's legs.
Williams had looked an assured performer in the Hibs goal, but he completely misjudged the flight of a Templeton corner early in the second period and Ryan McGowan should have done better than to head off target from six yards.
Griffiths continued to cause Hearts problems, but having created space inside the box, somehow dragged the shot wide with the goal gaping.
MacDonald saved a McPake header before a sequence of substitutions took the sting out of the game, with the enforced withdrawal of Griffiths through injury with 15 minutes remaining a significant blow to Hibs' hopes of finding a winner.
They did have one final chance, but substitute Ross Caldwell could not find a way past MacDonald with a close-range header at the back post.
Deegan, one of Hibs' top performers along with Griffiths and McPake, added some much needed grit to the midfield but was lucky to escape a second booking on a couple of occasions.
Hearts were best served by winger Templeton - in the first half - and mature performances again by their two young full-backs Kevin McHattie and Callum Peterson.
The result left the crowd - a disappointingly long way short of capacity - reasonably content as they filed out of Easter Road.
- 01 Williams
- 02 Clancy
- 04 Hanlon Booked
- 06 McPake
- 18 Maybury Booked
- 07 Deegan Booked
- 11 Cairney
- 14 Wotherspoon
- 16 Stevenson (Claros - 50' )
- 09 Griffiths (Handling - 78' )
- 10 Doyle (Caldwell - 68' )
- 21 Antell
- 05 O'Hanlon
- 08 Claros
- 17 Sproule
- 26 Stanton
- 24 Handling
- 29 Caldwell
- 01 MacDonald
- 04 McGowan
- 05 Barr Booked
- 06 Webster Booked
- 26 Zaliukas Booked
- 29 McHattie
- 33 Paterson
- 07 Templeton
- 11 Driver (Novikovas - 67' )
- 08 Robinson (Taouil - 58' )
- 09 Sutton
- 13 Ridgers
- 03 Grainger
- 19 McGowan
- 10 Taouil
- 12 Smith
- 18 Novikovas
- 37 Carrick
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee ends the match.90:00 +2:20
Ross Caldwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marius Zaliukas. Direct free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.90:00 +0:53
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Mehdi Taouil, Ryan McGowan has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.89:01
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Deegan by Mehdi Taouil. James McPake takes the direct free kick.86:02
Unfair challenge on Callum Paterson by Gary Deegan results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Webster.83:03
Mehdi Taouil has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.81:04
David Templeton has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.81:04 Booking
Booking Paul Hanlon booked for unsporting behaviour.81:00
Unfair challenge on Ryan McGowan by Paul Hanlon results in a free kick.79:44
Danny Handling challenges Jamie MacDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie MacDonald takes the direct free kick.79:06
Corner taken right-footed by David Wotherspoon from the left by-line, Ross Caldwell takes a shot. Save by Jamie MacDonald.78:17
Unfair challenge on Jorge Claros by Callum Paterson results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by David Wotherspoon, clearance by Andy Webster.77:04 Substitution
Substitution Leigh Griffiths goes off and Danny Handling comes on.76:14
Corner from right by-line taken by Arvydas Novikovas.75:19
Free kick taken by Callum Paterson.75:19 Booking
Booking Alan Maybury receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.75:15
Alan Maybury gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Arvydas Novikovas.74:40
Shot from just outside the box by David Templeton goes over the target.72:24
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Arvydas Novikovas from the right by-line to the near post, David Wotherspoon makes a clearance.72:07
The ball is swung over by Arvydas Novikovas, clearance made by James McPake.
Booking Marius Zaliukas is booked.67:25 Substitution
Substitution (Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Ross Caldwell coming on for Eoin Doyle.66:45 Substitution
Substitution Andrew Driver goes off and Arvydas Novikovas comes on.66:19
Inswinging corner taken by David Templeton from the left by-line.65:32
Close range headed effort by Marius Zaliukas clears the crossbar.64:30
Inswinging corner taken by David Templeton from the left by-line, clearance by Tim Clancy.64:08
Marius Zaliukas fouled by Eoin Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.63:06
James McPake takes a shot. Jamie MacDonald makes a save.61:52
Effort on goal by Leigh Griffiths from inside the box misses to the right of the target.59:49
Andrew Driver challenges Paul Cairney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Cairney.58:39
Close range headed effort by James McPake goes wide of the left-hand upright.57:52 Substitution
Substitution Mehdi Taouil is brought on as a substitute for Scott Robinson.57:32
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Templeton on David Wotherspoon. Tim Clancy takes the free kick.55:59
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Wotherspoon.54:47
Leigh Griffiths is caught offside. Marius Zaliukas takes the direct free kick.51:57
Corner taken right-footed by David Templeton from the left by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Ryan McGowan misses to the right of the target.51:38
The ball is crossed by David Templeton, clearance made by Paul Hanlon.50:28
Unfair challenge on Callum Paterson by Eoin Doyle results in a free kick. Jamie MacDonald restarts play with the free kick.49:18
The free kick is swung in right-footed by David Wotherspoon, Kevin McHattie manages to make a clearance.49:18 Substitution
Substitution (Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Jorge Claros coming on for Lewis Stevenson.49:18 Booking
Booking Andy Webster goes into the book.49:13
Andy Webster challenges Eoin Doyle unfairly and gives away a free kick.48:39
Paul Cairney fouled by Callum Paterson, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Williams takes the direct free kick.47:37
James McPake fouled by John Sutton, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Williams takes the direct free kick.46:28
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andrew Driver, Tim Clancy makes a clearance.45:27
David Templeton fouled by Tim Clancy, the ref awards a free kick. Centre by David Templeton, Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. James McPake manages to make a clearance.45:01
The second half begins.45:00 +0:40 Half time
Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.44:32
Assist by David Wotherspoon.44:32 Goal scored
Goal! - Leigh Griffiths - Hibernian 1 - 1 Hearts Leigh Griffiths gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hibernian 1-1 Hearts.43:37
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McPake by John Sutton. Direct free kick taken by Ben Williams.42:40
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Maybury by Andrew Driver. Direct free kick taken by Ben Williams.41:27
The assistant referee signals for offside against Leigh Griffiths. Indirect free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.40:21
Tim Clancy challenges Kevin McHattie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald.38:41
Shot by Leigh Griffiths from inside the box bounces off the post.36:54
The official flags Eoin Doyle offside. Free kick taken by Jamie MacDonald. Free kick awarded for a foul by David Templeton on Tim Clancy. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.36:02
Unfair challenge on David Templeton by Gary Deegan results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Robinson by Leigh Griffiths. Direct free kick taken by Marius Zaliukas.34:35
Free kick taken by Ben Williams.34:35 Booking
Booking The referee shows Darren Barr a yellow card.34:24
Darren Barr concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Maybury.33:19
Alan Maybury produces a cross, David Wotherspoon produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.32:51
Centre by Leigh Griffiths, Andy Webster manages to make a clearance.31:39
Andrew Driver concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Maybury. The free kick is swung in right-footed by David Wotherspoon, Marius Zaliukas makes a clearance.29:38
Marius Zaliukas has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.29:21
Unfair challenge on Darren Barr by Tim Clancy results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Robinson.28:15 Goal scored
Goal! - Andrew Driver - Hibernian 0 - 1 Hearts Andrew Driver fires in a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hibernian 0-1 Hearts.27:12
Foul by Andrew Driver on Gary Deegan, free kick awarded. The ball is sent over by Gary Deegan, Tim Clancy takes a shot. Save by Jamie MacDonald.26:24
Alan Maybury produces a cross, clearance by Andy Webster.24:09
Scott Robinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Deegan. Tim Clancy takes the direct free kick.22:43
Callum Paterson concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Cairney. Free kick crossed by David Wotherspoon, clearance made by John Sutton.22:06
David Wotherspoon crosses the ball, blocked by Andy Webster.19:57
James McPake concedes a free kick for a foul on David Templeton. Shot comes in from David Templeton from the free kick, save by Ben Williams.18:10
Marius Zaliukas takes the direct free kick.18:10 Booking
Booking Gary Deegan booked.18:01
Gary Deegan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Templeton.17:39
John Sutton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McPake. Direct free kick taken by Tim Clancy.14:02
The ball is delivered by Eoin Doyle, clearance made by Andy Webster.12:13
Unfair challenge on Paul Hanlon by John Sutton results in a free kick. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.10:54
Corner taken right-footed by David Templeton from the left by-line, clearance made by Paul Hanlon.10:32
Darren Barr takes a shot. Ben Williams makes a save.9:44
Unfair challenge on Gary Deegan by Darren Barr results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Lewis Stevenson.8:44
Foul by Kevin McHattie on David Wotherspoon, free kick awarded. The ball is sent over by Leigh Griffiths, David Wotherspoon takes a shot. Jamie MacDonald makes a save.5:35
Inswinging corner taken by David Templeton from the left by-line.4:22
David Templeton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tim Clancy. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Leigh Griffiths from right wing.4:05
Tim Clancy delivers the ball, clearance made by Andy Webster.2:35
Unfair challenge on David Templeton by Tim Clancy results in a free kick. David Templeton crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Jamie MacDonald.1:44
Corner taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by John Sutton.1:05
Callum Paterson challenges Eoin Doyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.0:00
The match begins.
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