Hearts fans retain Rivals4Charity trophy by beating Hibs

Hearts captain Andrew Kidd  receives the trophy from Farid El Alagui. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

Hearts captain Andrew Kidd receives the trophy from Farid El Alagui. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

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Hearts Fans XI retained their Rivals4Charity trophy at Easter Road on Sunday with a 1-0 win over their Hibs counterparts.

An estimated £7500 was raised for Big Hearts Community Trust and The Hibernian Community Foundation.

The only goal of a bruising derby encounter came on 64 minutes when James Reid headed in from a Graeme Mills corner, with Wayne McIntosh missing a late penalty for the Jambos.

Hibs threatened an equaliser in the closing minutes with Sean Burt and Ryan Pollock both going close, but Hearts held on for the win in a match played in front of around 250 spectators.

“We are delighted to have retained our trophy even although we found Hibs quite difficult to break down in the first half,” said Hearts manager David Aitchison as the Jam Tarts’ Andrew was Kidd named man-of-the match.

Hibs manager David Solway said: “I’m 100 per cent convinced Hearts should not have had that penalty, but although we were disappointed to lose, our players have raised just more than £3000 and that’s what it’s all about.”

Rivals4Charity organiser Scott Moncrieff said: “Luckily the rain managed to stay off and both teams put on a good show for everyone.”

Hibs striker Farid El Alagui presented the trophy.

Hibs: Walker, Douglas, Malone, Laing, Burt, Hay, Baxter, Kane, Solway, Pollock. Subs: Chambers, Milne, Warke, Manson, Karami, Black.

Hearts: Lennie, K Smith, Reid, C Smith, MacNamara, Moffat, Clarkson, Kidd, Mills, MacIntosh, Reilly. Subs: Macalonie, Park, Clee, Tucker, Wallace.

Donations for Hibs can be made at www.justgiving.com/teams/HibernianEdinburghRivals4charity; Hearts donations at http://mydonate.bt.com/charities/bigheartscommunitytrust