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90 GOALS THROUGH THE YEARS | 61ST, 62ND AND 63RD MINUTES

90 GOALS THROUGH THE YEARS | 61ST, 62ND AND 63RD MINUTES

By: Hibernian Media on 21 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 goals from Pat Stanton, Kevin Thomson and Jock Weir, with Kilmarnock, Celtic and St Mirren on the receiving ends of the strikes.

61st minute, Pat Stanton vs Kilmarnock, 26 January 1974

This clash at a cold Easter Road in January 1974 had all the makings of a classic cup tie. Kilmarnock, fighting for promotion from the second tier, arrived in Leith determined to cause an upset against Eddie Turnbull’s high-flying Hibernian and stunned the home crowd inside the opening 20 minutes as they raced into a 2-0 lead.

However, the men in green and white were regarded as one of the best attacking sides in the old Division One and showed all of their forward prowess as they rampaged back to record a thrilling 5-2 victory.

Jimmy O’Rourke netted a double in the excellent comeback, but it was the performance of Pat Stanton in the midfield that stood out as the Hibernian captain turned in a man of the match display to swing the game in the Easter Road outfit’s favour.

Alex Edwards drove home Hibernian’s first, before O’Rourke drew the men in green and white level with a smart header from close range.

John Blackley thumped home our third from an Alex Cropley delivery to put us in front just before the interval.

But it was Stanton’s strike that quashed any hint of a Killie comeback as the Hibernian skipper led by example to crash in our fourth of the afternoon.

Stanton exchanged passes in the middle of the pitch before rolling the ball to O’Rourke on the edge of the box. He flicked back through to Stanton, who thumped a shot high beyond the grasp of Jim Stewart in the Kille goal to make it 4-2.

O’Rourke added his second in the closing minutes to seal an entertaining 5-2 win and ensure the Easter Road club progressed to fourth round of the Scottish Cup, setting up a tie with St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

62nd minute, Kevin Thomson vs Celtic, 26 November 2006

John Collins side welcomed Gordon Strachan’s Celtic to Easter Road on the back of an emphatic 6-1 win away at Motherwell and looked to be on the way to taking all three points from this hugely entertaining encounter.

Kevin Thomson’s second half strike had the hosts 2-0 in front with less than half an hour to go, but the visitors rallied late on to salvage a point.

Fresh from a huge win over English giants Manchester United in European action just a few days earlier, the Glasgow side found themselves a goal down inside 12 minutes in Leith when Ivan Sproule fired the home side into the lead.

The visitors struggled to get a foothold in the contest and the home side should have been out of sight by the break, but were profligate in front of goal.

Abdessalam Benjelloun and substitute Stephen Glass were both guilty of missing great chances to put the result beyond doubt.

However, Thomson doubled our advantage after 62 minutes when he seized on a poor headed clearance from Bobo Balde to put the home side 2-0 in front.

The Celtic defender could not clear his lines from a David Murphy cross and Thomson picked up the loose ball on the edge of the area before brushing off the challenge of Evander Sno and sliding the ball under the body of the advancing Artur Boruc.

It was Thomson’s first league goal in over two years and his second career strike against Celtic for the Easter Road outfit.

It looked like being the goal that sealed an impressive three points for the home side, but the visitors rallied late on to claim a point.

Sno and Aiden McGeady struck in the space of four minutes to ensure a share of the spoils headed back along the M8.

63rd minute, Jock Weir vs St Mirren, 2 June 1945

With wartime football splitting the Scottish leagues into regional divisions and shorter calendars, the Summer Cup was introduced as a way of bridging the time between seasons while ensuring clubs had a trophy to play for in the intervening period.

As one of the early pioneers of the competition, Hibernian had already been crowned champions once when the fifth edition of the tournament kicked off in June, however found themselves staring at an early exit following a 4-2 reverse against St Mirren in the first leg of their first round clash.

The return leg at Easter Road just days later sparked a complete turnaround as the men in green and white ran riot to record a 7-0 thumping, with Jock Weir grabbing the headlines with his hat-trick.

The striker put the home side a goal up before the break, but remarkably the hosts’ went in just a single goal up at the interval.

However, the floodgates opened in the second period as the men in green and white ran in four goals in the space of 11 minutes to turn the tie on its head.

Robert Baxter drove home a penalty to make it 2-2, before Weir clipped in our third and his second from close range.

Another Baxter penalty, this time given for hand ball inside the area, made it four.

And on 63 minutes, Weir completed his hat-trick with another close range finish, though the creation of the chance owed much to the work of William Peat’s surging run from midfield.

The St Mirren defence was powerless to stop Peat as he charged through their back line before drawing Buddies’ keeper McCalman from his goal and shifting the ball right to Weir, who drove low into the bottom far corner to make it five.

Smith headed in from a Jimmy Caskie corner with 20 minutes remaining to make it sox, before Caskie went from provider to goalscorer as he bundled home a seventh late on as the men in green and white recorded a 9-4 aggregate win.

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