Hearts hosted Hibernian in the Scottish Cup Fifth Round earlier this afternoon at Tynecastle and will do it once again a week on Tuesday at Easter Road.
It looked as though the Jam Tarts were going to progress into the quarter-final draw tomorrow with two first half goals courtesy of Arnaud Dujom and Sam Nicholson but Jason Cummings and Paul Hanon replied late on to force a replay.
Robbie Neilson made three changes from the scoreless draw at Hamilton two weeks ago. New signing Abiola Dauda, on loan from Vitesse, started up front alongside Gavin Reilly as Osman Sow waved goodbye to the Hearts fans before his seven-figure move to the Chinese Premier League. Nicholson started on the left wing as Billy King departed to Rangers until the end of the season while Jordan McGhee started at left back as Igor Rossi was suspended.
Alan Stubbs made four changes as Cummings, David Gray, Hanlon and Marvin Bartley all started after the 1-0 win in Greenock on Tuesday night. Liam Fountaine, James Keatings, Niklas Gunnarsson all dropped to the bench while Fraser Fyvie missed the game through injury.
Five minutes in and Cummings had the ball in the back of the net. However, it was correctly disallowed as the former Jambo was offside.
As the game clock hit double digits, Prince Bauben went down with a hamstring injury and made way for Don Cowie, who signed on the last day of the Winter transfer window.
Anthony Stokes just headed over on the 20-minute mark as John McGinn flighted in a corner from the left and the loanee did well to get his shot off after tussling with Djoum.
With 15 left to play in the opening half, it was the turn of the cabbage to replace an injured midfielder as Dylan McGeouch sat on the pitch, Kevin Thomson made his way onto the field of play for his 17th Edinburgh Derby and third debut.
Less than 120 seconds later, the away defense switched off from an innocuous free-kick that was switched across to Callum Paterson that knocked into the box. Djoum picked the ball up some 25-yards out from Lewis Stevenson’s poor and unorthodox clearance, the Belgian took a touch and struck the ball across Mark Oxley and in off his right-hand post.
Two minutes left of the half and the Jam Tarts near enough put the game out of sight. Nicholson took advantage of Gray’s positioning and coasted into the box, Paterson played a superb ball right over the top for Nicholson, who took it from his chest and dispatched it through the Hibs captain’s legs and past Oxley with ease.
The first 45 was full of fouls from the home side – Neilson’s men outnumbered their opponents 12 to four in that department – and as a result, Alim Öztürk, Jordan McGhee, and Nicholson were all booked, with the former missing his next match of the competition. The Easter Road outfit edged the stats in terms of possession, shots and in the corner count.
It took less than 20 seconds of the second half for Bartley to pick up a booking. The defensive midfielder who was keen to make a challenge all day was lucky that he did no make contact with Djoum or it may have been more than just a caution.
Öztürk, who had been struggling at the tail end of the first 45, only lasted another five before he was replaced by Juwon Oshaniwa, who took up a position at left back and McGhee slotted into the center.
Everything that the Maroons did, the Hibees matched in terms of substitutes as their struggling captain also went off with a knock, much like his Turkish counterpart did moments earlier.
On the hour, stand in captain Darren McGregor left his foot in on Nicholson and a melee ensued, As a result, Blazej Augustyn and Anthony Stokes also went into Craig Thomson’s book.
Sub Gunnarsson had not been on the pitch long but forced Neil Alexander into his first save of the match 63 minutes in as the side hailing from Leith turned up the intensity and forced the Gorgie boys to defend deep into their own half.
With 10 minutes left and after having 62% of possession in the last 35, Cummings scored a little something from nothing as he flicked on a dig out from Liam Henderson on the left and it dropped in over the top of a stranded Alexander.
Shortly after, Jamie Walker made his return from a three and a half month layoff to try and counter the wave of green that was bombarding the wall of Maroon. However, the change did not work as Hibs youth product, Paul Hanlon powered a header in front of the jubilant Roseburn Stand, in stoppage time to make sure these teams duke it once again to see who will get one step closer to a cup final day in May. Both teams will find out who they may face at half six tomorrow.
Man of the Match: Callum Paterson.
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