First Team

Speedy's dream comes true

31st March 2014

Dale Carrick lives out his boyhood dream as he puts Hibs to the sword, while Hearts stave off relegation for another day.

Dale Carrick hailed his goal in the derby victory over Hibs as a 'dream come true' as Hearts staved off relegation in a dramatic encounter at Tynecastle.

Knowing a defeat would send them into the SPFL Championship, the young Jambos fought like lions and earned a sensational 2-0 victory over their old rivals in front of a bouncing Tynecastle.

Speedy made a name for himself as a pacy and prolific striker coming up through the Riccarton ranks, and revealed to the media that to finally get his goal at Tynecastle against the Hibees was nothing short of a dream come true.

In addition, he disclosed that the goal was extra special due to the sheer number of family members sitting distraught in the Roseburn Stand when he scored!

"It's always been a thing for me all through the youth levels, when I was with the U12s at Hearts, to one day be in the first team and score against Hibs. It's a dream come true, basically. It was great, and it was even better to score at the Hibs end, too."

"My uncles, cousins and great-grandparents are Hibs supporters, there were plenty of them at the game today. We've got a bit of both - a Hearts side and a Hibs side in the family, so we have good banter, and they just always tell me not to score against Hibs, but then I thought to myself - I might as well just do it."

The popular young striker also illustrated just how little doubt he and his team were left in, as manager Gary Locke's team-talk inspired the young Hearts into refusing to bow over to expectation and living to fight another day.

"The gaffer told us before the match that this was a game we had to win, there was no other outcome, just go and do it", explained the Scotland U21 striker. "It was 'Go out and play. Work your socks off, fight for your team-mates and we'll get the result that we need'. And we got the right result, because we fight for each other.

"We knew that we were going to win, because it was against Hibs and we weren't going to get relegated off of them. It just wasn't an option. We were in the right mood anyway, because it's a derby. You always go into the derby thinking 'Today we're going to have it' and we knew we could do it."