Hibernian 0 – 3 Hearts
Lawrence Shankland scored his 20th goal of the season – before being sent off in stoppage time – as a frenetic Hearts went into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup with their second 3-0 victory over rivals Edinburgh Hibernian this month.
Three weeks after clinching victory over the Hibees at Tynecastle, Robbie Neilson’s side did it again across town at Easter Road thanks to goals from Josh Ginnelly, Shankland and Toby Sibbick.
Shankland’s 72nd-minute strike – which ended a spirited Hibs side – made him the first Hearts player to score 20 goals in a campaign since John Robertson in 1991/92. However, the Jambos captain’s day took a turn for the worse when a foul on Rocky Bushiri earned him a second yellow card.
Hibs made three changes to the squad that started last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Dundee United as newcomers James Jeggo, Marijan Cabraja and Chris Cadden took over from suspended Will Fish, Kyle Magennis and Joe Newell.
Hearts manager Neilson dispatched the same side that kicked off Wednesday’s 5-0 win over Aberdeen.
Hibs started strongly and threatened in the fourth minute when Ryan Porteous’ through ball sent Elie Youan towards goal and Hearts winger Michael Smith nearly turned the ball into his own net when he slipped and fell behind.
The Hibees were desperately unhappy not to go through in the sixth minute when Josh Campbell fired an Aiden McGeady cross at the post from close range.
Two minutes later, Shankland hit his side’s first try on a spin on Alex Cochrane’s throw-in, but his 25-yard strike went harmless.
The Jambos took the lead in the 10th minute when Ginnelly landed a savage low blow from 12 yards out after Robert Snodgrass’s free-kick from the right was only partially cleared by the Hibs defence.
Despite falling behind, the hosts continued to look to the more menacing side and McGeady nearly forced an equalizer in the 21st minute as he entered the Hearts penalty area and his angled shot was knocked down by Clark.
McGeady then cut from the left and drove through the back post, where Campbell headed horribly wide.
Hearts had a good chance to double their lead in the 35th minute when Cochrane sent the ball through the penalty area to compatriot Smith, but the Northern Irishman’s low left footed shot was well saved by David Marshall.
At the other end, Chris Cadden saw a powerful linked shot from inside the box, attacked by James Hill, as Hibs tried to find the equalizer their play would have earned in the first half.
Shankland then launched a speculative effort just wide of 25 yards per minute before half-time.
The Hearts skipper threatened with a few shots from outside the box early in the second half.
However, Hibs remained a threat and Cadden got a savage drive in the 61st minute from the edge of the 18-yard box which was pushed back by Clark.
Hearts finally brought the daylight between the teams in the 72nd minute as Shankland struck with an emphatic low finish just inside the box after playing a one-two with substitute Stephen Humphrys.
Shankland’s afternoon ended on a sour note when he was shown a second yellow card for a time-out foul on Bushiri, but Hearts on 10 still managed to add a third when centre-back Sibbick over a through ball from Humphrys ran and the ball broke off. beyond Marshall.
Scottish Cup Fifth Round Draw
- Celtic v Saint Mirren
- Rangers vs Partick Thistle
- Linlithgow Rose of Raith Rovers v Motherwell
- Livingston vs Inverness CT or Queen’s Park
- Dundee United v Kilmarnock
- Hamilton Academical vs Hearts
- Cove Rangers of Ayr United vs Elgin City of Drumchapel United
- Darvel of Aberdeen v Falkirk
Matches will be played on the weekend of February 11
What’s next for Hibs and Hearts?
Hibernian will return to the Scottish Premiership at home in Aberdeen on January 28. Kick-off at 3 p.m
Hearts travel to Livingston on January 29 Live on Sky Sports. Starts at 1.30 pm
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