Hibs fans beat Hearts fans 3-0 in charity match

Hibs fans win 2013 "derby" against Hearts fans
Hibs fans win 2013 "derby" against Hearts fans
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The annual Rivals4Charity match took place at Tynecastle Stadium on Saturday as a team of Hearts fans pitted their wits against a team of Hibs fans – with the Hibbies winning this seventh staging of the event 3-0.

The annual Rivals4Charity match took place at Tynecastle Stadium on Saturday as a team of Hearts fans pitted their wits against a team of Hibs fans – with the Hibbies winning this seventh staging of the event 3-0.

Two goals from Craig Rankin – one in each half – ensured that Hibs would retain the trophy they won at Easter Road last year. Jordan Bruce put the icing on the cake for the Hibs fans, scoring the third in the 77th minute.

Hibs captain Frankie Arthur was presented with the 
trophy by Palestinian internationalist Mahmoud Sarsak, who took part in a 
three-month hunger strike last year after being imprisoned in Israel without charge in 2009.

After three months of training, the two squads of amateur footballers were ready to play at the home of Hearts. The Hibs team attacked from the opening whistle and Kev Milne put his free kick over the bar in the second minute.

In the 25th minute, Hibs’ Sean Lothian directed a free kick over the defensive wall, but Graham Torrance dived onto the ball to keep the scores level.

The deadlock was broken in the 32nd minute. Darren 
Walker played the ball to Bruce inside the penalty area; the tricky winger tried to round Torrance, but the ball was deflected into the path of Rankin, who lashed the ball into the net from six yards.

In a rare first-half attack, Hearts won a free kick on the left byline. Ross Gunn directed the ball towards goal, but 
Graham O’Brien was equal to it.

The second half started tentatively but Rankin added his second goal in the 62nd minute. 
A superb through ball from 
Steven Philp found Rankin inside the penalty area, whose first-time shot found the 
bottom left corner of the net.

Robbie Laird nearly pulled a goal back in the 73rd minute, but his long range piledriver was deflected wide by 
Hibs substitute goalkeeper Christopher Robertson.

Bruce wrapped up the win in the 77th minute, powerfully heading into the roof of the net from a Jon Manson corner.

Rankin looked dangerous once more. With ten minutes remaining, his shot from the edge of the area was well saved by Hearts substitute goalkeeper Graeme Ronald. Kenny Park 
almost got Hearts a goal in the final five minutes, but his shot from the right side of the area was tipped wide by O’Brien.

Hearts manager Andy Enwood was disappointed with the end result, but reflected 
on the memories that the 
Rivals4Charity event had created. He said: “Hibs fully deserved their victory. They looked comfortable in the surroundings at Tynecastle and utilised the ball well in lots of areas. The players are obviously disappointed with the result. These players are true Hearts fans who, over numerous hours and weeks in the build-up and on the day, have given an extremely high level of effort, standard and engagement.

“The guys that played have now created a special memory for themselves and their families by playing at the stadium of their boyhood heroes. We wanted to win, however that is not what the Rivals4Charity event is solely about. Now the game is over we can all reflect on the day and hopefully be informed of a large amount that was raised for charity. For some of the guys it was their last game, others their first, for me – perhaps one final attempt next year at Easter Road to stop the run of success Hibs are on.”

Hibs manager Dean Philp was delighted to lead the team to victory. He said: “I think we dominated the match from start to end. I don’t think they gave our back four many problems. Hearts were a fit team and they have done well. It’s a shame that they’ll be leaving upset, but we deserved to win overall.

“The whole event is brilliant. Scott Moncrieff does a lot of work behind the scenes, as do both of the coaches. We have arranged training sessions and it is hard work, but we enjoy it.”

Event organiser Moncrieff was delighted with the success of the day. He said: “Today has gone really well. About 400 people have turned up and it was a good game too. It is a fantastic experience for anyone who is involved with the match. It gives them the experience of being a professional footballer for a day. You see the guys 
lifting the trophy with their kids and it is absolutely great.

“Potentially Rivals could be huge. No matter what club you go to, they have their rivals. And no matter what club you go to, you will have 16 players who want to play against their rival team.”

Hearts Fans: Graham Torrance, Davie Knox, Andy Morris, Dean Clark, James McInroy, Jamie Knox, Ross Gunn, Robbie Laird, Colin Lawson, Kenny Park, Lewis Muir, Graeme Ronald, Derek McCabe, Ryan Kecheran, Barry Watson

Hibernian Fans: Graham O’Brien, Kev Milne, Alex Cameron, Jon Manson, Steven Philp, Sean Lothian, Jordan Bruce, Grant Robertson, Frankie Arthur, Darren Walker, Craig Rankin, Christopher Robertson, Ryan Taylor, Darren Nicol, Liam Todd, Danny Burns