Scottish Cup final: Agony for Hibees and ecstasy for Jambos
HEARTS fans are in dreamland following their comprehensive 5-1 win over their arch-rivals.
Jambos said they would enjoy bragging rights for the next century after the historic victory.
Three generations of the Goodall family took in the thrashing of Hibs.
Grandfather Douglas said: “I’ve been supporting Hearts since I was a young laddie - it’s a fantastic feeling.”
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His son, Alan, took his lad, Drew, to the game.
“This is my best day as a Hearts supporter,” Alan said.
Arthur Mitchell said: “That was unbelievable. It was so comprehensive, from beginning to end.
“I’ve seen Hearts win the cup three times now, but this was something special.
“The nerves went away as soon as they got on the park.”
Some accepted that the penalty award and subsequent sending off, at the start of the second half, had been harsh.
But Hearts fans were agreed that they would have comfortably won the game anyway, such was their dominance.
Malcolm Lunn said today was the best moment of his life as a football supporter.
“My best mate is a Hibs fan,” he said. “I’ll have this over him for life now.”
Danny Whelan added: “Even the biggest optimist could never have predicted this. I might as well stop supporting Hearts now. To humiliate your rivals like that - nothing can top that.”
Spent cup final tickets and the occasional Hibs scarf were seen abandoned along the streets of Hampden as the Easter Road faithful reacted to their cup final defeat.
Although a more sedate atmosphere prevailed on the Hibs supporters bus home there was a quiet resignation that key referee decisions didn’t go their way.
“You can do nothing about the result but there should be better refereeing from one of Scotland’s top officials,” said one fan.
On the road back to to awaiting coaches at least two green and white scarves were strewn atop domestic bins.
Mike Reilly, chairman of the Hibs supporters club, said: “I have been to five cup finals including replays and this is the hardest one to take. Undoubtedly this is the worst one.”
Hearts fan Steve Marr said: “This was the biggest derby ever. I never expected it to be this easy.
“The 7-0 doesn’t matter. This eclipses everything. It wasn’t even close.”
John McDonald said the win had delighted his 90-year-old mother, Rita, who gave up her season ticket at Tynecastle last year and saw the game on TV.
“This was the ultimate win,” he said. “A serious thrashing.”