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90 GOALS THROUGH THE YEARS | 37TH, 38TH AND 39TH MINUTES

90 GOALS THROUGH THE YEARS | 37TH, 38TH AND 39TH MINUTES

By: Hibernian Media on 13 Jun, 2019 10:30

We continue our look at a goal scored in each minute a football match runs during our 125-season stay at Easter Road Stadium.

Written by James Delaney and published in The Hibee, our matchday programme, during the 2018/19 season we have been putting out three a day during the month of June.

Today we have a look at goals scored against Kilmarnock, Dinaburg and Livingston by Jimmy O’Rourke, Chris Killen and David Murphy.

37th minute, Jimmy O’Rourke vs Kilmarnock, 26 January 1974

A two-goal comeback, a red card, seven goals and some superb strikes - this game had all the hallmarks of a classic cup tie.

High-scoring matches were not uncommon during Eddie Turnbull’s reign as Hibernian manager and the visit of Kilmarnock in the third round of the Scottish Cup proved to be yet another thrilling encounter.

Jimmy O’Rourke was the hero for the men in green and white as he netted a brace to haul the home side back into the contest after a poor start. Eddie Morrison struck twice in the opening 18 minutes to give the Rugby Park outfit a two-goal cushion.

But the men in green and white were able to put Killie's quickfire double behind them and began growing into the game. Alex Edwards halving the deficit just moments after the visitors second.

The next 25 minutes of the first period were almost exclusively played in the Kilmarnock half of the field as the home side laid siege to the visitors goal, before O'Rourke finally drew them level eight minutes before the break.

Edwards finally found room on the right of the box after breaking free from his marker to clip the ball back in towards O'Rourke, who darted away from the attentions of two Kilmarnock defenders to bullet a header into the back of the net from a few yards out.

It was harsh on Killie, who had defended resolutely for much of the half, but fully deserved for Turnbull's men after a long period of constant pressure.

From there, Hibernian never looked back as they stormed on to claim a thrilling victory.

John Blackley’s low drive from 20 yards on the stroke of half-time put the hosts ahead at the break before Killie’s task was made even more difficult when Jim McSherry was shown a red card for a second bookable offence.

Pat Stanton added a fourth on the hour before O’Rourke claimed his brace from a Cropley through ball in the last minute to seal progress into the fourth round.

38th minute, Chris Killen vs Dinaburg, 2 July 2006

After the chastening experience of facing Ukrainian side FC Dnipro in the previous season’s Uefa Cup, Hibernian were hoping for a slightly easier task when Latvian outfit Dinaburg visited in the second round of the Intertoto Cup.

The Daugavpils-based side had never made it past the second stage of any European competition when they arrived at Easter Road in July 2006 and Tony Mowbray’s men were determined to see that record continue.

Set up to defend, the Latvians were proving to be a tough nut to crack as they absorbed much of Hibernian’s early pressure.

However, seven minutes before the break, Chris Killen provided the breakthrough for the men in green and white, opening the floodgates for a well-deserved European victory.

It was an instinctive finish from the big New Zealander after he met Michael Stewart’s deep cross. Dinaburg keeper’ Vadims Fjodorovs made a superb save from his initial effort, but was powerless to stop Killen from volleying beyond the grounded stopper on the rebound.

The Latvians’ containing game plan was in tatters and as they pushed forward in search of an away goal, the men in green and white made them pay.

Scott Brown rounded the goalkeeper to make it two five minutes into the second half, before Ivan Sproule made it three 20 minutes from time.

A fourth arrived shortly after when Sproule turned provider for David Murphy before Steven Fletcher curled home a spectacular free kick from 20 yards to seal a superb 5-0 victory.

The victory marked our largest win in European competition since the 9-1 thrashing of Norwegian side Rosenborg 32 years earlier.

Mowbray’s side sealed easy progress to the next round, setting up a tie with Danish side Odense courtesy of a 3-0 victory in Latvia, going through 8-0 on aggregate.

39th minute, David Murphy vs Livingston, 13 August 2005

In a three and a half year spell at Easter Road, David Murphy established himself as a vital part of one of the most exciting squads ever assembled in Leith.

His steady, consistent performances at left back allowed others to flourish higher up the pitch, but the flying full back was more than capable of cropping up with an important goal himself.

Tony Mowbray’s side were still searching for a first win of the campaign when Livingston visited Easter Road in August 2005 and were proving to be tricky opposition for the men in green and white as they struggled to break down the well-drilled Lions’ defence.

Dean Shiels and Guillaume Beuzelin had both gone close for the home side before the eventual breakthrough, but it was Murphy who opened the scoring with a superb strike from 20 yards for his second goal in a Hibernian shirt.

The left back showed he was equally capable of threatening the opposition goal with his right foot as he cut inside on the edge of the area, knocking the ball beyond a Livingston defender and curling a beautiful right footed shot high into the far corner to give us the lead.

It was a superb strike by Murphy and the first time he had found the net at Easter Road in 11 months after thumping home against Celtic in a 2-2 draw in September 2004.

Ironically, Murphy would have to wait another 11 months for his next goal for the club when he netted against Latvian side Dinaburg in the Intertoto Cup.

Hibernian were celebrating again within a minute, when Shiels exchanged a one-two with Scott Brown, before rounding the advancing Roddy McKenzie and slotting home.

Garry O'Connor lashed home the third on 53 minutes from Michael Stewart’s through ball to seal an impressive 3-0 victory and a first win of the league campaign.

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