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90 GOALS THROUGH THE YEARS | 46TH, 47TH AND 48TH MINUTES

90 GOALS THROUGH THE YEARS | 46TH, 47TH AND 48TH MINUTES

By: Hibernian Media on 16 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 Eric Stevenson against FC Porto, Gary Smith against Stranraer and Gary Deegan against Aberdeen.

46th minute, Eric Stevenson vs FC Porto, 20 September 1967

Portuguese giants FC Porto arrived in Edinburgh having not conceded a goal in their previous three matches, but within 46 minutes, Hibernian had blown their iron defence to pieces in a mesmerising attacking display.

Porto goalkeeper Americo had firmly established himself as one of the country’s best but he was found wanting here as Hibernian raced into a three goal lead.

Peter Cormack put the men in green and white ahead after 27 minutes with a trademark header, before adding the second from an Alex Scott pass eight minutes before the interval.

The 14,000-strong crowd at a damp Easter Road were in good spirits as the sides left the field at half-time and the hosts made a flying start to the second period to quell any worries of a Porto revival.

Another teasing delivery from Scott provided the men in green and white with a third goal on the night as Eric Stevenson headed in from close range.

The left winger was more adept at creating chances for teammates than taking them himself, but he showed all the instincts of a top striker here with an instinctive penalty box finish.

Scott picked out Stein in the area and the striker flicked into the path of Stevenson, who nodded beyond Americo from six yards to make it 3-0.

Had we taken the multitude of chances carved out in the second period, it could have been a historic result, but with Hibernian profligate in front of goal and Americo pulling off a number of good reaction saves, the men in green and white took a 3-0 first leg victory to Portugal.

It proved to be a vital goal as the Leith club slipped to a 3-1 defeat in front of a fearsome crowd at the Estadio Dragao, the margin of victory from the first leg proving just enough to take the Capital club through.

47th minute, Gary Smith vs Stranraer, 15 January 2002

In almost 200 appearances in green and white, Gary Smith established himself as a solid, dependable member of the Hibernian back line.

The underrated full back frequently covered at centre-half, but his goalscoring record was hardly prolific even for his position on the field, netting just twice for the club in a five year spell.

Smith had played more than 60 times for the Leith side before claiming his first goal and the visit of Stranraer in a Scottish Cup replay on a freezing January evening at Easter Road provided the stage for Smith to open his Hibernian account.

A disappointing goalless draw at Stair Park in the first meeting between the sides meant it was all back to Easter Road ten days later where the men in green and white displayed their Premier League credentials to run out 4-0 victors.

While the match showcased the huge gulf in class between Hibernian and their second division opponents, it was also notable for being Franck Sauzee’s only win as manager of the Leith club.

The game was already gone by the time Smith headed in Hibernian’s third of the evening as we eased into the fourth round.

Stranraer failed to properly clear a corner and when the ball dropped to Ecuadorian full back Ulises De La Cruz wide on the right, he picked out the unmarked Smith in the middle to head home from 12 yards.

The hosts had already surged into a two-goal lead inside the opening 15 minutes courtesy of a Paco Luna header and a David Zitelli penalty and Smith’s header effectively killed any hope the visitors may have had of reigning in their top tier opponents.

There was even time for Eduardo Hurtado to notch his first goal in Scottish football as ‘El Tanque’ bundled home a Garry O’Connor cross two minutes from time to put a shine on an improved performance from the home side.

48th minute, Gary Deegan vs Aberdeen, 3 February 2013

After eliminating city rivals Hearts in the previous round, Hibernian faced Aberdeen with a place in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup on the line at a chilly Easter Road.

The men in green and white had tasted victory over the Dons at Hampden the previous year when the two sides met in the semi-final, but this was an entirely different prospect in front of a buzzing crowd in Leith.

This was a classic cup tie played on a poor Easter Road surface as both sides, despite a poor first half offering little in the way of goalmouth action.

It was far better in the second period as both sides went for it in a thrilling end to end contest. The men in green and white were first to force the issue as they took the lead in some style through an unlikely source.

Gary Deegan had never found the net in a green and white shirt, but opened his account in spectacular fashion as he crashed in off the underside of the bar from range to put Fenlon’s side in front.

The combative midfielder collected the ball from Paul Cairney in the middle of the field before advancing on goal and unleashing an unstoppable dipping drive that looped over the grasp of Jamie Langfield an into the back of the net.

Hibernian goalkeeper Ben Williams had saved a penalty when the two sides clashed in league action at Pittodrie just weeks earlier and the big English stopper was called into action again ten minutes from time.

Scott Vernon stepped up for the Dons after Johnny Hayes was barged over in the area, but Williams would not be beaten and threw himself into the corner to push to striker’s penalty onto the post before gathering as Hibernian held on to progress.

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