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90 GOALS THROUGH THE YEARS | 43RD, 44TH AND 45TH MINUTES

90 GOALS THROUGH THE YEARS | 43RD, 44TH AND 45TH MINUTES

By: Hibernian Media on 15 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 from Pat Quinn, Ivan Sproule and Franck Sauzee, in wins for the club over Napoli, Arbroath and Falkirk.

43rd minute, Pat Quinn vs Napoli, 29 November 1967

Little more can be said about the scale of Hibernian’s achievement in thrashing Italian giants Napoli 5-0 in Leith following a 4-1 first leg defeat to record one of the great European comebacks.

This was a Napoli side featuring some of the best Italian players of all time, including future World Cup-winning captain Dino Zoff in goal, yet they were powerless to stop Bob Shankly’s men from running away with the tie in the second leg in front of a rammed Easter Road.

Bobby Duncan dragged Hibernian back into the tie early on, but try as they might, the Leith side were just unable to get past Zoff to give themselves hope of completing an unthinkable turnaround.

With a fragile one goal lead and Easter Road roaring them on, the men in green and white struck again just two minutes before the interval to go in on a high when Pat Quinn displayed superb striking instincts to finish from inside the six yard box after a Stein header rebounded back against the woodwork.

The midfielder only netted 26 times in over 200 appearances for the Club, but few were more important than this as he prodded the ball beyond a prostrate and overwhelmed Zoff in the Napoli goal to double our advantage on the night.

The rest, as old cliché goes, is history. Shankly’s Hibernian were absolutely rampant after the break as they blew the Italian side away with wave after wave of devastating attack to complete one of the great European comebacks.

Peter Cormack headed in an Alex Scott corner to make it 3-0 and level the score on aggregate before Pat Stanton sent Easter Road berserk with the fourth.

Stein scored the fifth with 13 minutes remaining to dump a stunned Napoli side out of the Fairs Cup and set up a tie with English champions-in-waiting Leeds United in the third round.

44th minute, Ivan Sproule vs Arbroath, 7 January 2006

Hibernian’s form had somewhat stagnated by December 2005 after an encouraging run of results heading into the winter period.

Five straight wins between October and November had been replaced with a brutal run of just two victories in seven matches leading into the new year.

The run encompassed disappointing defeats at the hands of Dundee United, Falkirk and Inverness Caledonian Thistle, but the visit of Arbroath to Easter Road in the third round of the Scottish Cup provided a welcome break from league action for Tony Mowbray’s men.

The Red Lichties ended their own league campaign playing for a place in Scotland’s third tier, but there was little hint of any upset here as the Easter Road side blew them away in a 6-0 thrashing.

Arbroath keeper Mark Peat would quickly become accustomed to picking the ball out his own net as the men in green and white took out their frustrations on the unfortunate Third Division side.

Scott Brown had already given the home side the lead, but it was Ivan Sproule who earned most of the post-match plaudits as he notched a goal and two assists to ease us into the fourth round.

The Northern-Irish winger accelerated onto a Sam Morrow pass with three Arbroath defenders in his wake and casually rolled the ball under the body of the unlucky Peat to double our lead just before half-time.

It didn’t get much easier for the Gayfield Park outfit after the break as the home side went into maximum attack, Michael Stewart adding the third just after the hour to end the tie as a contest.

Garry O’Connor made it four 16 minutes from time, before Scott Brown grabbed his second of the game five minutes later.

Substitute Steven Fletcher added the sixth late on to confirm Hibernian’s superiority as the men in green and white got back to winning ways in emphatic style.

45th minute, Franck Sauzee vs Falkirk, 8 May 1999

Screamer. Thunderbolt. Absolute piledriver. There are many ways to describe this goal, but none could properly do Franck Sauzee’s unbelievable free kick on the final day of the 1998/99 season justice.

It was party time for the green and white faithful by the time the Bairns’ arrived in Leith. The First Division title had been sown up over a month earlier and all that remained was to present the league trophy and officially crown the Easter Road side champions as they booked a return to the top flight of Scottish football after just a year away.

A sell-out crowd had already created a carnival atmosphere before kick off, one that was turned up a few notches when Olly Gottskálksson saved Scot Crabbe’s controversial spot kick for Falkirk after only 20 minutes.

It looked the sides were heading in level at half time, but Sauzee clearly had other ideas and when presented with a shooting opportunity 35 yards from goal seconds before the whistle, he seized it with characteristic assurance.

Teed-up by Russell Latapy, Sauzee strode up to the ball and unleashed a terrifying drive that whistled into the goal at frightening speed.

This was a set piece thwacked so astoundingly hard, Falkirk ‘keeper Myles Hogarth barely had time to dive before it was past him and into the top corner.

Thankfully, the net in between the goalposts was there to stop the ball continuing through the sticks and punching a Mitre Ultimax-sized hole in the Famous Five stand, such was the ferocity of the Frenchman’s strike.

It was a goal fitting of the occasion and Sauzee ran to the dugout to celebrate with McLeish moments before the whistle went to end the first half.

The party atmosphere continued in the second period when Paul Hartley doubled our advantage and despite a late Crabbe consolation for Falkirk, the men in green and white held on to round off their promotion campaign in some style.

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