Match Reports

Hearts 2-1 Hibs

17th August 2014

Jambos come out on top in derby clash.

Hearts came out on top in the Edinburgh derby with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Hibs.

Sam Nicholson and Prince Buaben were the maroon heroes with second-half goals, with Farid El Alagui pulling one back in stoppage time, as the Jam Tarts came out on top in the opening home match of the Championship season.

The Jambos lined-up with 20-year-old Jack Hamilton in goals, making his competitive debut following injuries to both of his goalkeeping peers. Jason Holt took his place in midfield, replacing Dale Carrick from the side that went to Ibrox and won last week.

The opening period was a scrappy affair with neither side having any real shots on goal. Michael Nelson headed over for Hibs while a Holt ball across the face of goal found no takers at the other end.

The game exploded into life on the half hour mark when the visitors were awarded a penalty. Hamilton was judged to have brought down Daniel Handling inside the box, and Liam Craig dragged his spot kick horribly wide to rapturous cheers from the home support.

Hibs 'keeper Mark Oxley produced a great save in 37th minute to deny Nicholson, who volleyed on target after connecting with a long diagonal ball into the corner of the box. Osman Sow was ready to pounce, but Oxley scrambled to smother the loose ball.

Hearts almost grabbed the lead right on half-time when Jordan McGhee spectacularly let fly from 25-yards, but his right-foot half-volley flew inches wide of Oxley's right-hand post.

Battle recommenced in the second half in much the same fashion as the first; lots of bluster on both sides but no real end product. The Jam Tarts enjoyed more possession as they looked more likely to make the breakthrough.

That breakthrough did come with 14 minutes remaining and it was courtesy of some absolute Sam Nicholson magic. The dynamite winger skinned his man in the middle of the park before venturing forward and slamming the ball into the top corner from all of 25-yards.

Minutes later a penalty was awarded, this time in Hearts' favour when Scott Robertson hauled down Prince Buaben. That man Buaben dusted himself off to fire his penalty high into the roof of the net, leaving Oxley no chance.

Hearts had to be alert at the other end as the ten men of Hibs continued to press. El Alagui got on the end of a ball in from the left, but Hamilton produced a stunning point-blank block to deny the Hibs hit-man.

Referee Willie Collum found time to send Sow off for an apparent flying elbow before El Alagui pulled one back for the visitors, but the men in maroon held on to record another derby victory.

Another brilliant win for Robbie Neilsons lads as they pick up maximum points from the opening two games.