By: Hibernian Media on 20 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 a David Zitelli’s cool finish against St Mirren, Joe McBride senior’s third against Malmo and Franck Sauzee losing some teeth to head home against Hearts.
58th minute, David Zitelli vs St Mirren, 10 February 2001
St Mirren were in with a real chance of causing an upset against Alex McLeish’s on form Hibernian when they arrived at Easter Road in February.
The men in green and white were unbeaten in six matches, scoring 15 times in the process, while the Buddies were rooted to the bottom of the Scottish Premier League having won just three times all season.
Franck Sauzee’s free kick had given Hibernian a first half lead, however a Ricky Gillies double either side of half time swung the match in St Mirren’s favour, leaving the home side staring at the prospect of a first home loss since November.
But the hosts were in no mood to be on the end of a surprise defeat and hit back with a quickfire double as David Zitelli netted twice in the space of two minutes to turn the match on its head.
The French striker had made an instant impact after joining the club in September, quickly becoming a fans favourite and he cemented that reputation here by drawing us level after 58 minutes.
The Paisley side failed to clear their lines after another wave of Hibernian attacking and Gary Smith’s driving run had the Saints’ back line under pressure. He picked out Russell Latapy and the Trinidadian magician slipped the ball into the path of Zitelli to coolly slot the ball past Ludovic Roy off the inside of the far post.
It was no less than the men in green and white deserved, but Zitelli was far from finished for the afternoon and capitalised on some slack defending on the edge of the St Mirren box less than two minutes later to drive the ball beyond Roy and restore our one-goal advantage. Russell Latapy added our fourth ten minutes from time to seal a well-earned victory.
59th minute, Joe McBride vs Malmo, 16 September 1970
While the name ‘Malmo’ may bring back painful memories for many Hibernian fans, the first meeting between the two sides saw the men in green and white record a thrashing of the Swedish outfit to ease us into the next round of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.
A year earlier, Joe McBride had written himself into the Hibernian history books by netting our first ever hat-trick in European competition against German side Lokomotive Leipzig and he repeated the feat here with a superb treble on a sodden night at Easter Road.
The striker netted his first shortly before the interval from an Alex Cropley cross after Jim Blair had already given us the lead.
It got even better for McBride in the second half as he hit twice in the space of sixty seconds to put the game beyond doubt.
First, he got his head to another Cropley cross to turn the ball home from six yards after evading his marker.
But it was McBride’s thumping third which really caught the eye as he netted a spectacular effort to complete his hat-trick and kill the tie as a contest.
A cross from the right was headed out to the edge of the box and the forward took a step back before launching an unstoppable right-footed volley which crashed in off the underside of the crossbar.
It was a thunderous effort which left Swedish international Nils Hult in the Malmo goal absolutely rooted to the spot as McBride made it 4-0 in the pouring rain in Leith.
He then turned provider for Hibernian’s fifth, clipping the ball to the back post for Arthur Duncan to head home, before Duncan added his second late on to seal a 6-0 win.
The men in green and white finished the job in Sweden two weeks later, returning to the Capital after a 3-2 win in Scandinavia.
60th minute, Franck Sauzee vs Hearts, 18 March 2000
It’s an old footballing cliché that players leave everything on the pitch in derby matches, but in the case of Franck Sauzee’s header against Hearts in March 2000, it was certainly close to the truth as the Frenchman gave his two front teeth to ensure the Capital bragging rights stayed in Leith.
‘Le God’ was never on the losing side against the Tynecastle club as a player and colossal performances like this went some way to explaining why, despite the men in green and white getting off to the worst possible start.
Darren Jackson’s first half opener for Hearts stunned Easter Road into silence as the Gorgie side sought revenge for the 3-0 drubbing handed out by Alex McLeish’s men at Tynecastle in December.
But Russell Latapy hauled Hibernian level with a stunning strike of his own nine minutes before the break, setting the stage for Sauzee to write himself into Easter Road folklore on the hour.
Mixu Paatelainen fed Tom Smith down the left and the full back’s deep cross found Sauzee rising above the Hearts defender at the far post to loop a header over the stranded Antti Niemi and into the corner.
Delirious celebration quickly turned to concern as Sauzee lay prostrate on the turf having clashed heads while challenging for the ball.
With club medical staff tending to him and anxious teammates watching on, it appeared as if Sauzee’s afternoon was set to come to a premature end, but the Frenchman refused to let a few missing teeth get in the way of the derby celebrations and returned to the action with a fist pump to the crowd, while holding cotton wool to his face in one of the most iconic images in Edinburgh derby history.
Paatelainen added the third late on as the Easter Road side continued their unbeaten run against their city rivals.