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90 GOALS THROUGH THE YEARS | 52ND, 53RD AND 54TH MINUTES

90 GOALS THROUGH THE YEARS | 52ND, 53RD AND 54TH MINUTES

By: Hibernian Media on 18 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 Jimmy O’Rourke, Dean Shiels and Anthony Stokes from 1972, 2008 and 2010.

52nd minute, Jimmy O’Rourke vs KS Besa, 25 October 1972

Hibernian have a rich history of thrashing European sides under the Easter Road floodlights, but the eviscerating performance Eddie Turnbull’s men turned in against Albanian outfit Besa Kavajë in October 1972 ranks as one of the great attacking displays ever put on by the men in green and white as they battered their opponents 7-1.

This was as one-sided as the score line suggests as goals from Alex Cropley and Jimmy O’Rourke put us two goals to the good at the interval in this second round Cup Winners’ Cup tie.

But if the men in green and white were dominant in the first half, they tore their Albanian opponents to shreds in the second, netting five times in the space of 12 second half minutes in a fearsome attacking display to essentially book their place in the quarter-final.

It was O’Rourke who kicked off the rout with a tidy finish from just inside the box after escaping his marker.

Good work on the wing saw Alex Cropley player in down the left and he got his head up to find O’Rourke ghosting into the area to clip the ball beyond the helpless Besa keeper.

It was a classic finish form the Hibernian forward, but the floodgates opened after that as the hosts took their lead from three to seven in a matter of minutes.

John Brownlie smashed home a fourth moments later, before Arthur Duncan made it five.

O’Rourke claimed his hat-trick on the hour mark to make it 6-0 and it was 7-0 in the 64th minute when Duncan scored with a long-range effort.

To Besa’s credit, they did keep going and were rewarded with a late consolation when Muharrem Kariqi stole in at the back post to make it 7-1.

But it did nothing to dampen the mood of the 22,000-strong crowd, who celebrated our biggest single leg win in European competition, a record that would only be beaten a few years later with the 9-1 thumping of Norwegian outfit Rosenborg.

53rd minute, Dean Shiels vs Inverness, 12 January 2008

The 2007/08 campaign was a season of transition for Hibernian, with changes both on and off the field disrupting any kind of momentum the side may have picked up.

By the time Mixu Paatelainen took over from John Collins in January, the bulk of the squad that had tasted League Cup glory ten months earlier had departed, but the former Hibernian striker got off to the perfect start as Dean Shiels took a starring role with a hat-trick to down Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Cup.

In a match also notable for being Paul Hanlon’s first team debut for the men in green and white, Shiels lit up a freezing Easter Road with a dazzling display.

The Northern Irish midfielder had already put the home side in front on 14 minutes with a neat finish from the edge of the area under pressure from the Inverness back line.

However, it was Shiels’ second of the afternoon that really turned heads as he skinned two Caley defenders before applying a superbly taken finish to give us a two goal advantage.

The tricky attacking midfielder found a pocket of space 30 yards from goal a drove forward, riding one challenge before nutmegging the helpless covering Phil McGuire and slotting under Michael Fraser in the Inverness goal to put Paatelainen’s men 2-0 up.

It was a tidy finish from Shiels, who ended the season as our second-top scorer with ten goals in all competitions.

Shiels completed his hat-trick late in the game, reacting quickly to tap the ball home from a few yards out after Filipe Morais’ deflected effort rebounded against the woodwork to seal his only treble in green and white.

McGuire and Morais were both dismissed late on after an off-the-ball fracas, but Hibernian had done more than enough to book their place in the fourth round and set up a clash with Rangers.

54th minute, Anthony Stokes vs Hamilton, 23 January 2010

Hibernian were four games without a win by the time Hamilton Academical arrived at Easter Road, but the men in green and white were clearly in no mood to see that record extended as they battered the Accies in a ruthless display.

Colin Nish and Derek Riordan both got on the scoresheet, but Anthony Stokes took a starring role, netting two quality strikes to claim a brace after two games without hitting the back of the net.

In John Hughes’ side of creative talent including the likes of Derek Riordan, David Wotherspoon and Merouane Zemmama, Stokes flourished, ending the season as one of the country’s leading marksmen.

The Irish striker hit home 23 goals in just over 40 appearances in his first full season at Easter Road and two-goal displays like this were a constant feature of a prolific campaign in front of goal.

Stokes already had one against the Accies in the first half, blasting home from the edge of the visitors’ box after Colin Nish had given us the lead.

Derek Riordan would also net twice, the second an absolute pearler of a free-kick from all of 30 yards.

But Stokes would claim his brace in the 54th minute as the men in green and white seized a five-goal advantage.

If his first effort was all about raw power, this was an exercise in patience and precision as the Irishman jinked his beyond three Accies defenders at the edge of the area, leaving two on their backsides, before coolly sliding the ball under Cerny to seal an emphatic victory.

It was a goal that showed all the qualities Stokes brought to the Easter Road side in his inaugural season and continued his fine campaign in Leith.

The Irishman’s goals helped the Easter Road side claim a European spot at the end of the league season.

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