Hampden is within touching distance for Hearts once again!
If the boys in maroon can overcome St. Mirren at Tynecastle on Saturday night, the Jambos will secure a spot at the national stadium - with the Scottish Cup within tantalising reach from there.
The JTs have booked passage to the semi-final with a quarter-final triumph in Gorgie several times over the years. heartsfc.co.uk delved into the archives to find out some of the stories of previous tiumphs.
Heart of Midlothian 4-1 Ayr United, Saturday 7 March 1998
En-route to that sunny day at Celtic Park in May, Jim Jefferies’ men had already defeated Albion Rovers and Clydebank in previous rounds to set up a quarter final showdown at Tynecastle with the Honest Men. Jim Hamilton led the line that day, with Stephane Adam out injured.
This was only the third meeting between the two sides in the Scottish Cup, and proceedings got off to shaky start with Laurent D’Jaffo smacking the post early on to send Rousset scrambling.
Hearts quickly slammed into top gear, with Paul Ritchie rifling home a powerful effort after nine minutes to open the scoring. A teasing cross from Naysmith then found Thomas Flogel: the Austrian sending a diving header into the back of the net to extend the JTs’ lead with 17 minutes on the clock.
Former Hearts man Ian Ferguson pulled one back for Ayr within minutes with a close-range header, but the Ayrshiremen’s joy was short lived when Derek Anderson was shown a straight red card for an off the ball kick at Jim Hamilton’s face near the half hour mark.
It was going to be an uphill battle for ten-man Ayr from there and Hearts made the personnel difference count.
A second-half blitz saw Steve Fulton drill home a powerful effort before Jim Hamilton pounced on Ayr ‘keeper Kristjan Finnbogason’s error for a simple tap in that sent Hearts through to the semi-final.
The Hearts XI: Rousset, Naysmith, Ritchie, Weir, Locke, Salvatori, Cameron, Fulton, Flogel, McCann, Hamilton
Heart of Midlothian 2-1 Livingston, Sunday 27 February 2005
John Robertson’s Jambos welcomed Livingston to the capital in this quarter final clash from 2005.
Robbo’s side that day had a few familiar faces on the team sheet. Our own gaffer Robbie Neilson started in defence, alongside a 22-year-old Craig Gordon between the posts. It was a dream start for the Jambos with Lee Miller scoring inside the opening 60 seconds, heading over Colin Meldrum and into the net from a Jamie McAllister free kick.
Hearts were in the ascendency by this point, and McAllister went from supplier to scorer on the ten-minute mark to make it 2-0 to the JTs – Saulius Mikoliunas sprinted down the right, crossing to the back post where McAllister raced in to head past Meldrum.
The Livi Lions were thrown a lifeline with a controversial goal. Eric Deloumeaux sent Jason Dair away on the right and he tried to give the ball to James McPake, who looked to be in an offside position. The Livi striker ignored the pass, however, and Dair ran on to it and played Easton in at the back post, who promptly headed home from close range.
It wasn’t enough to derail Hearts, and the Jam Tarts held on to seal another semi-final appearance
The Hearts XI: Gordon, Neilson, Berra, Webster, Wallace, Simmons, Hartley, McAllister, Burchill, Miller, Mikoliunas
Heart of Midlothian 2-1 Partick Thistle, Saturday 25 February 2006
Another quarter final memory from early 2006, a crucial clash on the road to another legendary Scottish Cup triumph.
Indeed, when Hearts welcomed the Jags to Tynecastle few would have predicted the match would prove to be one of the club’s most gruelling encounters on the run to the eventual final against Gretna.
The Jambos finished the game with ten men; Roman Bednar was shown a second yellow, just ten minutes after coming off the bench, for simulation in the box. Hearts ran out 2-1 winners, but Dick Campbell’s Second Division Thistle made the boys in maroon work for it.
An early strike from Edgaras Jankauskas handed Hearts the lead after just six minutes, the Lithuanian deftly steering home a fine cross from Paul Hartley. Hearts weren’t at the sparkling best they had often displayed that season with Scott Boyd, Stephen McConalogue and Billy Gibson all going close for Thistle to get feet nervously tapping around Tynecastle.
It was a tense affair but a great goal from Deividas Cesnauskis proved to be decisive for Hearts. Not even Mark Roberts’ 75th minute goal could stop the Jambos from booking another trip to Hampden.
An Edinburgh derby awaited in the semi-final…
The Hearts XI: Gordon, Neilson, Pressley, Webster, Fyssas, Brellier, Hartley, Cesnauskis, Elliot, Skacel, Jankauskas
Heart of Midlothian 2-1 Partick Thistle, Tuesday 12 March 2019
We’re heading into recent memory now, and Partick Thistle were the opponents at Tynecastle once more with another trip to Mount Florida on the line.
It took a replay to eventually see off the Jags, Partick having thrown themselves a lifeline at Firhill when Christie Elliot’s second half equaliser cancelled out Christophe Berra’s 12th minute opener at 1-1.
To Tynecastle we went to finish the job, with over 10,000 Hearts fans watching as an Uche Ikpeazu strike and a Sean Clare penalty sent Hearts through.
Scott McDonald bagged another for the Jags, but Hearts saw it through.
The Hearts XI: Zlamal, Godinho, Berra, Souttar, Garuccio, Djoum, Clare, Lee, Mulraney, Wighton, Uche
Heart of Midlothian 1-0 Rangers, Saturday 29 February 2020
A memorable match from just two years ago: as Daniel Stendel’s Hearts put Rangers out of the cup.
Aussie midfielder Oliver Bozanic struck to defeat the Ibrox side, in what was the JTs second victory over Rangers at Tynecastle that season.
James Tavernier was under pressure at the clearance. Lewis Moore was relentless in his pursuit of the ball, cut it back back for Bozanic before he hammered it home beyond Allan McGregor from close range.
The Hearts XI: Zlamal, Clare, Halkett, Souttar, Hickey, Moore, Smith, Damour, Bozanic, Naismith, Washington
Join us at for the next chapter of the story at Tynecastle on Saturday night! Victory over St. Mirren would send Hearts to Hampden. Kick off in Gorgie is 7.45pm