By: Hibernian Media on 19 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 two goals scored against Hearts, one by Gordon Rae and the other Barry Lavety, and a strike from Gordon Durie against Motherwell.
55th minute, Gordon Rae vs Hearts, 10 March 1979
Make no mistake about the quality of this Gordon Rae goal, it was a rare highlight in a match that solidified the Edinburgh Derby as one of the most blood and thunder matches in the Scottish game.
Played on an Easter Road pitch that better resembled a public park, the conditions on a chilly March afternoon in Leith were hardly ideal for any sort of attractive football, but Rae’s neat finish defied the quality of the surface to send the men in green and white into the Scottish Cup semi-final.
Fresh from battering Meadowbank Thistle 6-0 in the previous round, rivals Hearts were all that stood between Hibernian and a first semi-final appearance in seven years.
The home side got off to the perfect start when skipper George Stewart headed in the opener in the first half, but it was Rae’s contribution ten minutes after the restart that really caught the eye in what was a scrappy contest.
While Rae would later find his true niche at the heart of the Easter Road defence, he initially joined Eddie Turnbull’s squad as a forward and showed all the instincts of a top level striker here to blast the home side into a two-goal advantage.
Bobby Hutchinson spotted the run of the young forward through the centre and clipped the ball into Rae’s path, before the teenager cleverly shifted the ball on to his left and unleashed a rasping drive beyond John Brough in the Hearts goal to seal the win.
The visitors had offered little in the way of attacking threat in what was a toothless performance and despite but Derek O’Connor grabbing a late consolation for the Tynecastle side, it was the men in green and white who marched on to face Aberdeen in at Hampden.
56th minute, Barry Lavety vs Hearts, 11 April 1998
Both sides of the Capital divide went into this clash at a sunny Easter Road with wildly different goals as the season moved into its final weeks.
As the Scottish Premier Division’s basement club, Hibernian were desperate to avoid dropping out of the top flight for the first time in almost 20 years, while their city rivals arrived in Leith still in with a chance of ending the campaign as league champions.
The Jambos had not lost a match in any competition since before Christmas but as is often the case in derbies, all form went out the window here as the men in green and white conjured up a superb performance to give themselves a glimmer of hope in their relegation battle.
An end-to-end first half, played out in a vociferous atmosphere, produced opportunities if not goals for both sides, but eleven minutes after the interval, Hibernian took the lead thanks to a sublime solo effort from Barry Lavety.
The forward ended the season as joint top scorer alongside Stevie Crawford, but this was perhaps his best effort in green and white as he ghosted beyond three Hearts players before bending the ball in off the post.
Collecting a pass wide on the right, Lavety skilfully evaded the challenge of Neil McCann, before dancing away from Paul Ritchie and curling a brilliant low effort into the bottom left corner via the woodwork, leaving Gilles Rousset in the Hearts goal rooted to the spot.
It would have been a goal fit to win any derby, but John Roberston’s second half equaliser for Hearts drew the Tynecastle level and looked set to deny Alex McLeish’s side a vital three points.
However, Kevin Harper’s magnificent strike ten minutes from time sealed a famous win to all but end Hearts title aspirations.
57th minute, Gordon Durie vs Motherwell, 28 August 1985
Having already battered six past Cowdenbeath in the previous round, John Blackley’s Hibernian welcomed Motherwell to Easter Road for what would be another thrashing to seal progress into the Third Round of the League Cup.
The competition had provided a welcome respite for the men in green and white after a dismal start to the league campaign which brought six straight defeats.
Newly promoted Motherwell looked likely to provide a much stiffer challenge than then-third tier Cowden, but despite taking an early lead, they were decimated by a rampant Hibernian attack as the hosts scored six times in 29 minutes to record a thumping win.
Joe McBride hauled the men in green and white level after Andy Harrow’s opener before Steve Cowan and Gordon Durie both struck before the interval to give the hosts a commanding lead.
Cowan added a fourth seven minutes after the restart, reacting quickly to a deflected McBride effort to stab the ball home from close range.
Durie would go on to claim a hattrick in this impressive victory, but his second effort - a perfectly executed diving header - stood out as the pick of the goals on a superb night for the men in green and white.
Ally Brazil made steady progress down the right hand side and sent a looping cross towards the back post and Durie threw himself in low to head the ball into the far corner to hand the Easter Road outfit their fifth.
He would complete his hattrick late on with a well timed finish from inside the area as the home side set up a Fourth Round tie with Celtic.
Well proved to be lucky opposition for Blackley’s men during the season. On their next visit to Leith in late September, Ally Brazil scored the only goal as the men in green and white finally claimed their first win of the league season.