DON COWIE’S late objective secured a dramatic win for Hearts within the William Hill Scottish Cup fourth-round Edinburgh derby.
With the sport seemingly heading for a draw, Christophe Berra headed a nook again throughout objective and Cowie received a contact which the Hibs defence couldn’t hold out.
For the second time in a row, the perimeters regarded set to share a goalless draw regardless of the house facet having fun with one of the best of the play at Tynecastle.
It was not a basic, however each had gilt-edged probabilities to win the sport earlier than Cowie’s late strike secured a primary win for the Jambos over their rivals since 2014.
Regardless of heavy snow previous to kick-off, the hosts have been eager to get the ball down and play and debutant Steven Naismith practically made a surprising begin to his Tynecastle profession contained in the opening 4 minutes.
The Scotland worldwide was cutely performed by by David Milinkovic and skipped previous Ofir Marciano however his off-balance effort bobbled simply large.
The sport settled down from there, with neither capable of achieve any fluency in assault with tackles flying in and the Tynecastle floor doing neither any favours.
After a 20-minute lull which noticed loads of motion in the midst of the park however little in both space, Martin Boyle had a golden likelihood to interrupt the impasse
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Oli Shaw swung a low ball in from the precise which evaded Vykintas Slivka and located an unmarked Boyle on the far publish, however the ahead received his ft horribly mistaken and missed a easy likelihood from contained in the six-yard field.
As the sport turned increasingly more scrappy, Milinkovic was once more liable for a uncommon second of high quality with a ball excessive for Isma Goncalves, however the striker was pressured large earlier than firing straight on the keeper as the 2 went into the break stage.
Hearts got here out firing within the second interval, with the spectacular Demetri Mitchell a continuing menace on debut down the left.
The wing-back sliced large after a well-worked free-kick, earlier than Marciano produced a superb save low down after his volley from a Goncalves cross regarded sure to hit the online.
A tactical change from Neil Lennon slowed the Hearts onslaught a bit, however there was little going ahead from the boys in inexperienced.
Boyle volleyed a uncommon likelihood straight at Jon McLaughlin from a free-kick earlier than the successful second got here with lower than 5 minutes to go.
Berra’s header was poked in by Cowie, sparking wild celebrations and confusion as each side waited for the objective to be awarded.
Issues heated up as Boyle was concerned in an offended confrontation with Craig Levein within the closing moments, however it was Hearts who claimed a deserved win.
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