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Hearts edge Hibernian in derby thriller

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Hearts edged out a 1-0 victory against rivals Hibernian after Callum Davidson’s 72nd minute goal gave them their victory in the all-important Edinburgh derby.

Hibernian, missing last season’s 23-goal striker Leigh Griffiths, looked the most threatening team throughout the first half, although failed to take any lead.

New signing James Collins who signed from Swindon Town missed a great chance with defender Tom Taiwo also missing from close range. Throughout the 45 minutes chances were very hard to come by.

The first half was poor, with both teams’ recent problems still in the back of their mind. Hearts had gone into administration, incurring a 15-point penalty, whereas rivals Hibernian were still getting over their European drubbing from Swedish side Malmo, who have recently been knocked out after losing to Swansea City.

The second half brought a new look to the game, with chances coming thick and fast for both teams. James Collins fired wide whilst at the other end Jamie Hamill tried his luck.

It looked like Hibernian were starting to gain a foothold in the game, although this wasn’t to be. Hearts found the net, a beautiful piece of play from Dylan McGowan led to a header from Callum Paterson sending the Jambos fans into deafening raptures.

Hibernian did their best to find a quick equaliser, Rowan Vine and Paul Henlon both came close to finding the net. Although Gary Locke’s men held on for a vital victory, ending Hibernians five-game unbeaten run against their rivals.

The result comes crucial for Hearts, as they try to bounce back from their 15-point administration penalty, which is now at minus 12 for the Edinburgh club.

 

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