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Hearts Hold on to Overcome Hibs in Pulsating Derby

Heart of Midlothian 3

Smith 35, Makorova 55, Logan 70

Hibernian 2

Yeats 79, O'Connor 90
  • Friday, 08 March 2019
  • Oriam Performance Centre, Edinburgh
  • Under 18´s
  • SPFL U18 League

It was Hearts who prevailed in an entertaining Edinburgh derby on Friday night, edging local rivals Hibs in a 3-2 thriller. The home team saw more of the ball throughout the game, and ensured their superior possession did not go to waste as they seized a three goal lead, thanks to goals from Connor Smith, Leeory Makaovora and Cameron Logan.

Hibs were determined not to go down without a fight however; Callum Yeats pulled one back for the visitors, but Josh O’Connor’s late tap in proved too late as Hearts claimed bragging rights on Derby Day.

Hibs made their attacking intent clear in the opening seconds of the game when centre half Jayden Fairley released pacey striker Yrik Galantes, but a timely tackle from Arron Darge, who was imperious throughout, quelled the danger to the Hearts goal. Hearts’ first chance came from a Makovora cross that found Ryan Schiavone, but the target man headed wide of Jay Cantley’s goal.

The deadlock was broken after 35 minutes when Smith fired Hearts into the lead. A throw in resulted in the Hearts captain collecting the ball on the right hand side of the box, with options in front of him, Smith elected to float into the box, whilst skilfully evading multiple Hibs tackles. He then picked his moment perfectly, unleashing a ferocious strike that flew across goal into the bottom right corner to give Hearts the advantage heading into the break.

Hearts may have doubled their lead before half time had it not been for an excellent save from Cantley. Schiavone used his strength to fend off the Hibs defence, but was denied by Cantley’s quick reflexes, as Hibs’ number one tipped the volley over the bar.

  • Half Time:
  • Heart of Midlothian
  • 1-0
  • Hibernian

Sean Ward’s excellent delivery from set pieces was a key feature of the game, and the winger’s pinpoint accuracy paid dividends just ten minutes into the second half. His lofted corner was met by the head of Makorova, who rose high above the rest to head home for the Jambos.

Hearts’ third goal once again came from a Ward corner, but this time, they turned the style on. Smith came short to collect the ball and subsequently knocked it back to Dean Ritchie, who was waiting just inside the Hibs half. The centre half then floated a beautiful ball into the box, which was played across goal by Aidan Denholm and tapped in by the grateful Logan to seemingly put the game to bed for Hearts.

Schiavone once again caused problems for the Hibs defence, displaying his physicality and clever movement. He pushed his way past the backline to leave himself one-on-one with Cantley, who got down quickly to get the slightest of touches on the striker’s low driven shot.

Hope was reignited for Hibs in the 79th minute when marauding full back Yeats got them on the scoresheet. After some cute build up play from Hibs, Yeats took it upon himself to fire a shot at goal. Stone managed to get a hand to the strike, but there was too much on it for the Hearts stopper to keep his side’s clean sheet.

Nerves were rattled further when Jack Furness managed to nick the ball for Hibs in the box and square it to O’Connor, who made no mistake in front of an open goal to grab his side a second. A resolute Hearts side denied Hibs of what would have been a stunning comeback by seeing the game out, with the Jambos claiming all three points and all the glory in this exhilarating derby.

  • Full Time:
  • Heart of Midlothian
  • 3-2
  • Hibernian


Heart of Midlothian
1. Harry Stone
2. Jay Sandison
3. Dino Leddie
4. Dean Ritchie
5. Arron Darge
6. Cameron Logan
7. Ryan Schiavone
8. Connor Smith
10. Leeory Makorova
11. Sean Ward
14. Josh Doig
15. Harry Gordon
16. Kyle Somers
17. Brodie Strang
18. Mackenzie Ramos
19. Aidan Denholm
25. Kieran Mitchell
1. Jay Cantley
2. Jacob Blaney
3. Callum Yeats
4. Jayden Fairley
5. Jack Brydon
6. Gregor Woods
7. Joseph Moore
8. Andrew Muir
9. Yrik Galantes
10. Calum Wilson
11. Jack Furness
12. Jack Duncan
14. Josh O'Connor
15. Ben Weekes
16. Patrick Heron
17. Aiden Mclaughlin
31. Mackenzie Watson
Star Player
Heart of Midlothian
Connor Smith did an excellent job in the engine room of a mightily impressive Hearts team. Whether it was driving at the Hibs defence, breaking up counter attacks, or opening the scoring, the midfielder put on a true captain's performance on Friday night.
Not only did his venomous strike give Hibs a hope of salvaging something from the game, but Callum Yeats also proved to be his team's biggest goal threat throughout the derby. The left back bombed forward on numerous occasions whilst marshalling his flank well, displaying energy and discipline in equal measure.
Magic Moment
Heart of Midlothian
Hearts' third and final goal was straight off the training ground as a short corner led to a fantastic deep cross from Dean Ritchie. The unselfish Aidan Denholm then knocked the ball across goal to tee up Cameron Logan, who scored what proved to be the crucial goal in the Edinburgh Derby.
Hibs had been able to truly trouble Harry Stone in the Hearts goal before Callum Yeats got Hibs on the scoresheet with a driving shot that was simply too powerful for the Hearts keeper to deal with.
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