Hearts gets better Hibs for the second time in a week with Scottish Cup final victory at Hampden.
They took a two-goal lead within 21 minutes thanks to goals from Ellis Simms and Stephen Kingsley before Chris Cadden equalized for him. Shaun Maloney minutes later.
The Gorgie side caused a storm in parts of the second half but sent it to Hibs ‘Joe Newell finished all but the result of the game with 25 minutes of play.
Robbie Neilson put his faith in the team that beat Hibs 3-1 at Tynecastle last week and they did not let him down.
This is the way Heart The players appreciated today when they once again got the bragging rights to the Edinburgh Derby.
CRAIG GORDON : Make a save as impressive – and as important – as the goals. The goalkeeper excellently redirected Ryan Porteous’s header to the post to make it 2-1 and hold steady at the last minute. You expect no less. 8
TOBY SIBBICK : It never seemed comfortable and Hibs could feel it. They targeted the defender and he rammed the ball up the road for Cadden to get the lifeline.
HAPPY HAPPY : A class performance. The centre-back often reads danger before it materializes and possesses a cool shot to allow Jambos to come out from behind. Injury is cruel. 7
STEPHEN KINGSLEY : Hampden witnessed some magical moments but the defender’s shot in the second minute went right there. A brilliant display is limited by a great effort. 8
NATHANIAL ATKINSON : Involved heavily in the opening phase when his frustration forced Hibs to withdraw. Assigned to a more disciplined role after a while because Hearts is the one who has to exploit it. 6
ALEX COCHRANE: Paul McGinn’s heel strike opened the scoring and delivered energy in the middle of the park. 6
PETER HARING : A really steady influence in the Hearts engine room. Control in an impressive first half but had to dig deep to protect his back four after the break. 6
ANDY HALLIDAY : Helped Hearts take control of the midfield as he repeatedly harassed Hibs when he lost the ball. Obviously hampered by injury but kept fighting until being substituted just before the break. 6
BARRIE MCKAY : Shows some neat dribbles and touches but is influenced by active activity in the busiest areas of the field. Not much space to operate but always potential danger. 7
ELLIS SIMMS : This goalkeeper was an excellent player even before he headed home with a great opener. Put yourself in and cause a lot of problems. 7
LIAM BOYCE : One of those days where the ball doesn’t go his way but he still takes the lead and drags defenders everywhere. Played the opening role and should have scored before the break. 6
AARON MCENEF (for Halliday, 40 years old): Can’t participate as much as desired in attack capacity because traffic is mostly going in the opposite direction. 5
TAYLOR MOORE (for Halkett, 51): Took a moment to settle in as he walked in as Hibs was banging on the door. There have been a few moments of anxiety and luck not getting a second yellow. 5
CAMMY DEVLIN (for Kingsley, 86): Provides some extra legs for the late mission to cling to victory. 4