By: Hibernian Media on 22 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 Steven Fletcher, Garry O’Connor and Johnny MacLeod, which were scored against Inverness, St Johnstone and Bayern Munich.
64th minute, Steven Fletcher vs Inverness Caledonian Thistle, 11 November 2006
The appointment of John Collins as Hibernian manager sparked a mini-revival in the Easter Road club’s fortunes after a shaky run of form following the departure of previous boss Tony Mowbray.
The men in green and white had won just once in four matches - a 4-0 win away at bottom of the league Dunfermline - since Mowbray left to take the reins at West Bromwich Albion.
But the return of the former Hibernian defender saw the Leith outfit embark on a six-game unbeaten run, including the brilliant 1-0 win over city rivals Hearts in the quarter-final of the League Cup.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle threatened to test that run of form when they arrived in the Capital in November, frustrating the men in green and white for the first 45 minutes in a stingy defensive performance.
But the men in green and white continued to up the pressure on the Caley back line and it finally told on 64 minutes when Steven Fletcher finally broke the deadlock with a fine effort from the edge of the box.
David Murphy did well to keep the ball in play as he raced forward from left back and nodded the ball into the path of Fletcher, who let it run across his body before driving his strike high beyond Mark Brown in the visitors’ goal to give us the lead.
It was Fletcher’s second goal in as many matches and set us on our way to a first three points under Collins.
Top scorer Chris Killen sealed the win with ten minutes remaining after being hauled down in the box by Brown. The Caley keeper was sent off for his part in the incident and Killen duly dispatched the resulting spot kick to ensure the points remained in Leith.
65th minute, Garry O’Connor vs St Johnstone, 2 March 2002
Bobby Williamson got his tenure in the Easter Road dugout off to a perfect start as his young side recorded their first win in 18 league games with an impressive 3-0 win over fellow strugglers St Johnstone.
The men in green and white had not tasted victory in the Scottish Premier League since the Edinburgh Derby win over city rivals Hearts in October - a run which had cost Franck Sauzee his job.
However, this was a much improved performance against a beleaguered Saints side adrift at the bottom of the league table.
Ian Murray’s first half double had given Williamson’s men a two-goal lead at the interval, before Garry O’Connor’s excellent solo effort wrapped up the three points on 65 minutes.
The new Hibernian boss became notable during his time in the Easter Road hotseat for handing the talented band of youngsters later known as the ‘golden generation’ their first team debuts and the likes of Murray, O’Connor and Gary Caldwell all showed maturity beyond their years as the home side dug in for a vital three points.
O’Connor had cut a frustrated figure in front of goal for much of the afternoon, but his thunderous effort 25 minutes from time that sealed an impressive 3-0 win was the perfect display of all the youngster’s raw talent.
Beating veteran defender Darren Dods in the air on the halfway line, O’Connor showed a rapid turn of pace to power away from three Saints defenders before cutting inside on his right and firing an angled effort into the roof of the net from just inside the 18-yard box.
It kicked off an impressive run of form by the then-teenage striker as he scored eight times in our final nine matches of the season to help the men in green and white retain their place in the Scottish Premier League.
66th minute, Johnny MacLeod vs Bayern Munich, 23 November 1960
Four years before the legendary floodlit friendly match that saw Hibernian cast aside the mighty Real Madrid, another giant of the European game also felt the full force of the men in green and white under the lights in Leith.
Bayern Munich may have only acquired one of their 28 league championships by 1960, but still had a quality squad that included members of the 1954 World Cup winning team and players that would play a major part in the embryonic stages of dominance in their country.
The Bavarian side were invited to play at Easter Road Stadium under the floodlights in November for their fourth meeting against Hibernian, with Hugh Shaw’s side previously going three matches unbeaten against the Germans. That was to become four by the end of the evening.
The home side laid siege to the Bayern goal almost from kick off and only some acrobatic goalkeeping from Fitz Kosar between the sticks prevented the hosts from racing into the lead.
Joe Baker did eventually give Shaw’s men the advantage after 30 minutes, but the men in green and white stepped up their efforts in the second period when Johnny MacLeod double our lead with a thumping finish from the angle.
Bayern lost the ball high up the field on a rare foray forward, with Joe Baker throwing off the challenges of several Bayern defenders before laying the ball into MacLeod on the right side of the area.
Without breaking stride, MacLeod blasted towards goal from an acute angle, the power on the shot taking it past the helpless Kosar and high into the net to give us a two-goal lead.
The points were sealed late on when Tommy Preston played a neat one-two with Baker before slamming the ball beyond the German goalkeeper to secure a famous win and another memorable night under the lights at Easter Road.