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90 GOALS THROUGH THE YEARS | 49TH, 50TH AND 51ST MINUTES

90 GOALS THROUGH THE YEARS | 49TH, 50TH AND 51ST MINUTES

By: Hibernian Media on 17 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 Merouane Zemmama against Aberdeen, Ally Scott against St Johnstone and Ian Murray against Dundee United.

49th minute, Merouane Zemmama vs Aberdeen, 17 February 2008

It had been a rocky start to Mixu Paatelainen’s tenure in the Easter Road dugout when the former Leith favourite arrived as manager in January 2008.

Defeats to Hearts in his first Edinburgh Derby on the sidelines followed by draws against Dundee United and Rangers robbed him of any immediate impact, but our form had picked up by the time Aberdeen arrived in February.

This was a gritty performance from the Easter Road side who were forced to dig in after going behind early on.

It looked as if the Dons were going to run away with this match as the men in green and white started poorly, Zander Diamond capitalising on some unsure defending in the Hibernian area to fire the visitors in front after only ten minutes.

The hosts could count themselves a little fortunate they were not further behind by the interval as Aberdeen pressed and Chris Hogg headed against his own crossbar, but Paatelainen’s men would make Aberdeen pay for their wastefulness in front of goal with a rousing second half display.

Four minutes after the interval, Merouane Zemmama curled in a perfect set piece to start the Hibernian comeback as the Moroccan playmaker sent us on our way to a 3-1 victory.

Admittedly, it was a soft foul leading up to the set piece, Colin Nish going down somewhat theatrically under a challenge on the edge of the area, but with the opportunity handed to him, Zemmama made no mistake with his effort.

The Moroccan magician stepped up to curl an inch-perfect effort high into the goal beyond the grasp of the diving Jamie Langfield.

After that, there was little resistance from the Dons as Hibernian pushed on to claim all three points. Steven Fletcher played in Dean Shiels to put us ahead, before getting on the scoresheet himself when he fired home a John Rankin cross to seal the win.

50th minute, Ally Scott vs St Johnstone, 28 August 1976

Two years earlier, Hibernian had put nine past Norwegian side Rosenborg in the first round of the UEFA Cup at Easter Road to record our biggest ever European win.

St Johnstone’s visit to Leith for a League Cup group tie did not give any illusions that history was set to repeat itself, but Eddie Turbull’s side were absolutely unstoppable as they thrashed the Perth outfit 9-2 in a superb attacking display.

Less than 6,000 were inside Easter Road on a balmy August evening in Leith, understandable given the hosts’ chances of qualifying from their section had all but evaporated following a 3-0 defeat to Rangers at Ibrox three days earlier.

But the men in green and white were clearly in the mood to take out their frustrations on the unlucky Saints.

A blistering spell just after the interval saw the home side net three times in the space of six minutes, with midfielder Ally Scott netting the pick of the bunch with a superb volley from the edge of the area.

Ally Macleod and John Brownlie had given Turnbull’s side a two-goal lead at the break, before efforts from Des Bremner and a second for Brownlie doubled our advantage early in the second period.

St Johnstone were already well beaten by the time Scott added his name to the scoresheet, but it was a goal worth waiting for. The visitors failed to deal with a flick on in the box and could only scramble the ball to the edge of the area where Scott was lurking to thump a volley back towards goal and into the far corner.

It was a tremendous effort from Scott, who had joined the club earlier that summer from Rangers and the men in green and white were far from finished, adding four more before the final whistle.

Lindsay Muir scored twice in a minute just after the hour to take our tally to seven following a Saints’ consolation, before MacLeod and Arthur Duncan added the final two late on.

51st minute, Ian Murray vs Dundee United, 5 October 2002

Had circumstances been different, it is possible Ian Murray could have been lining up for Dundee United against Hibernian in this October 2002 clash, but the former Tannadice youth product would come back to haunt his previous employers with a superb effort to help seal a 2-1 win for the Leith club.

Murray spent a year on the books of the Terrors before joining boyhood heroes Hibernian in 1999 and had firmly established himself as a key part of Bobby Williamson’s young side by the time United visited Easter Road.

The men in green and white endured a horrendous start to the 2002/03 campaign, winning just one of their first seven matches, but had begun to pick up over the previous three games, racking up maximum points from home clashes with Kilmarnock and Livingston.

Garry O’Connor had already given Hibernian the lead in what was a scrappy contest between two sides already at the wrong end of the league table, but Murray would grab all the headlines after the final whistle following another commanding performance.

The naturally left-footed Murray showed plenty of ability with his right here with a superb run and finish to double our advantage.

Fighting to win the ball back on the halfway line, Murray advanced down the left on a powerful charge which took him past two United defenders before cutting inside on his weaker right.

The midfielder had O’Connor surging through the middle but Murray only had one idea in his head, ripping a low drive from 20 yards into the bottom corner past the helpless Paul Gallacher.

It was a tremendous effort from a player who had started to emerge as a real talent at Easter Road, as the future Club captain claimed his eighth goal in green and white.

United pulled a goal back late on through Steven Thompson’s close-range strike, but the hosts held on for a vital three points.

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