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Easter Road (ATT 20,106) 2nd January 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Hibernian Hibernian vs Hearts Hearts

Hibernian 2

J Collins (61)
L Craig (pen 83)

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Hearts 1

D Smith (72)

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Scottish Premiership: Hibs move into top six with 2-1 victory over Hearts

Last Updated: 03/01/14 6:50am

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James Collins: Turns away after opening the scoring in the Edinburgh derby

James Collins: Turns away after opening the scoring in the Edinburgh derby

A moment of madness from Jordan McGhee cost Hearts dear in the Edinburgh derby as Hibs moved into the Scottish Premiership top six with a 2-1 victory.

After a goalless first half in front of an Easter Road full-house, David Smith had cancelled out James Collins' opening goal and Hearts - battling for their Premiership lives - seemed on course for a point.

But McGhee inexplicably lunged in on Lewis Stevenson as he tried to shepherd the ball out for a goal-kick and Liam Craig slotted home the resulting penalty.

Callum Tapping had had the first sight of goal, forcing home keeper Ben Williams into an instinctive save from a close-range flick.

Craig's lofted free-kick was headed against the bar by Jordon Forster as Hibs responded before Paul Cairney's flick sprung Jason Cummings but he sclaffed his shot horribly across the face.

Stevenson screwed a shot over the top while Scott Robertson sent a diving header skidding wide of the target as Hibs began the second-half with purpose.

The pressure told when Collins (61) reacted quickest as Paul Hanlon's knockdown fell kindly, lashing the ball into the roof of the net on the swivel.

Brad McKay had a glorious chance to level when he got first run at the near post to meet a corner, but his bullet header flew past the post.

Butcher reaction

Paul Heffernan was not far away with a flicked header but Hearts - under the cosh for so long - were soon level out of nothing, thanks to a dramatic intervention by Smith (72).

The Hearts substitute slalomed through the Hibs rearguard and although Williams parried his initial effort, Smith's second attempt found the back of the net off Ryan McGivern.

But all battling Hearts' good work was undone by 17-year-old McGhee's rash intervention (83) and the home side held out with few alarms, Kevin McHattie's stinging drive notwithstanding.

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Table

Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 33 88
2 Aberdeen 33 63
3 Motherwell 33 60
4 Dundee United 33 54
5 Inverness CT 33 52
6 St Johnstone 33 48
7 Hibernian 33 34
8 Kilmarnock 33 33
9 Ross County 33 31
10 St Mirren 33 31
11 Partick Thistle 33 30
12 Hearts 33 13

Match Reaction

Butcher savours derby delight

Butcher savours derby delight

Hibernian manager Terry Butcher was delighted to have come through his first Edinburgh derby with a victory.