Hearts exited the Scottish Cup this evening at the hands of Hibs, losing 3-1 at Easter Road.
The home side raced into a three-goal lead courtesy of Jason Cummings, Grant Holt and Andrew Shinnie, before Isma pulled one back.
Ian Cathro made two changes from the side that drew against Inverness CT last weekend. Malauary Martin and Jamie Walker replaced Choulay and Bjorn Johnsen, who moved to the bench.
The hosts were forced into an early change when Chris Humphrey limped off to be replaced by Shinnie.
Hibs broke the deadlock on 20 minutes. Shinnie’s deft through ball was latched onto by Cummings, who ran into the box and drilled low beyond Jack Hamilton and into the bottom corner of the net.
The home side passed up a good opportunity on the half-hour mark, when Cumming’s free-kick was floated to the back door but Darren McGregor could only head well wide of the target.
It should’ve been 2-0 four minutes later. A ball into the box found John McGinn but he was brilliantly denied by Hamilton, and Shinnie could only balloon the rebound over the bar.
That second goal did come, and it was for the hosts. Cummings gathered possession deep inside the Hearts half and was allowed space to run across the face of the box before stabbing the ball through to Holt, who hit a low first-time shot past Hamilton to make it 2-0.
Sam Nicholson and Rory Currie were introduced at the start of the second-half for Martin and Kitchen as Hearts looked for a way back into the game.
However it was Hibs who continued where they left off. McGinn showed great tenacity to win the ball inside the Hearts box to feed Shinnie, who’s shot on goal was saved point-blank by Hamilton.
Walker got Hearts’ first sight of goal just before the hour. Nicholson did well to cut inside and find the winger, whose snapshot from the edge of the box floated over the crossbar.
By 63 minutes it was 3-0. Slack passing in midfield allowed Shinnie to win possession and carry the ball forward before drilling low beyond Hamilton from outside of the box.
Hearts were handed a lifeline in the 68th minute when McGregor scythed down Isma when he was through on goal, and although the Portuguese striker saw his initial effort saved by Ofir Marciano, he was able to bundle the rebound over the line.
Hibs had the ball in the back of the net when McGregor nodded in from Cummings’ free-kick, but the defender was flagged for offside.
Djoum went close with a low effort from 20-yards, after being fed by substitute Choulay, but time was running out for the Jambos to remain in the competition.
Nicholson saw a powerful drive beaten away by Marciano late on, but no more meaningful chances could be created for the men in maroon, who exit the cup on a bitterly disappointing night.
Hibs: Marciano, Gray, Fontaine, Bartley, McGinn, Holt (Graham, 76'), Stevenson, Boyle, McGregor, Humphrey (Shinnie, 5'), Cummings (Fyvie, 88'). Subs: Laidlaw, Keatings, S. Martin, Donaldson.
Hearts: Hamilton, Tziolis, Hughes, Kitchen (Nicholson, 46'), Walker, Djoum, Avlonitis, Struna (Choulay, 76'), Sowah, Isma, Martin (Currie, 46'). Subs: Noring, Rherras, Nowak, Johnsen.
Referee: Steven McLean
Top Man: Rory Currie