REPORT: Hearts 0-2 Hibs - Martin Boyle scores twice as jubilant Hibees pile on agony for Daniel Stendel's men

Australian bags double as Hibs clam second Tynecastle win of 2019

Thursday, 26th December 2019, 2:34 pm
Updated Thursday, 26th December 2019, 2:35 pm
Martin Boyle wheels away to celebrate after scoring Hibs' second goal in the 2-0 win over Hearts. Pic: SNS

Martin Boyle scored a first-half double as Hibs triumphed 2-0 in the Boxing Day Edinburgh derby against Hearts.

The Australian internationalist netted on six and 31 minutes to earn the Ladbrokes Premiership spoils for Jack Ross' men, while new Hearts manager Daniel Stendel is still searching for his first win after four successive defeats since his arrival earlier this month. His team remained marooned at the bottom of the league.

Hearts made three changes for the visit of their neighbours, with Christophe Berra, Jake Mulraney and Ryotaro Meshino coming in for Steven MacLean, Ollie Bozanic and the injured Steven Naismith.

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Hibs, meanwhile, brought in Daryl Horgan, Darren McGregor and Vykintas Slivka for the suspended Ryan Porteous, the injured Florian Kamberi and Stevie Mallan.

It only took six minutes for Hibs to take the lead. After Hearts failed to clear a long ball, Scott Allan hooked it back into the penalty box, where Boyle stole a march on Christophe Berra to volley past Joel Pereira in the Hearts goal.

The hosts had a half-hearted appeal for a penalty when Uche Ikpeazu fell to the ground after a grapple with Darren McGregor. Referee Don Robertson was unmoved.

Hearts huffed and puffed without creating anything of substance and were further punished on 31 minutes. Loic Damour was too slow on possession and had his pocket picked by Allan. The ball fell to Boyle, who raced in on goal and calmly slotted past Pereira.

Meshino came close to pulling one back before the break, but his long-range effort was spectacularly turned over the bar by Hibs keeper Ofir Marciano.

Hearts gave a much better account of themselves after half-time, taking the game to Hibs and fashioning some good opportunities. However, Meshino and Uche Ikpeazu both spurned the best of them, while Marciano made a smart double-save from Henderson.

Particular mention must go to Hibs' centre-defensive partnership of Paul Hanlon and McGregor, who dominated Ikpeazu in the air and make numerous blocks and interceptions.

Hearts ran out of steam as it became increasingly apparent that they could not break their city rivals down, with chants of "Hearts are going down" emanating from the Roseburn End housing nearly 3,000 jubilant Hibs fans celebrating a second Tynecastle derby win of 2019.

Hearts (4-2-3-1): Pereira; Clare, Halkett, Berra, Hickey; M Smith, Damour (Bozanic 46): Mulraney (Keena 77), Meshino, White (Henderson 46); Ikpeazu. Subs: Zlamal, Dikamona, Wighton, MacLean

Hibs (4-1-3-2): Marciano: J Naismith, McGregor, Hanlon, Stevenson; Hallberg; Slivka, Allan (Mallan 64), Horgan (Newell 72); Doidge. Subs: Bogdan, Jackson, James, F Murray, Shaw.

Referee: Don Robertson

Attendance: 19,313 (2996 Hibs fans)