By: Hibernian Media on 03 Jan, 2015 16:06
It was honours even in the New Year’s Derby as Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian shared the spoils at Tynecastle with a 1-1 draw.
Jason Cummings struck midway through the first half to give Hibs a thoroughly well-deserved lead only for Jamie Walker to level shortly before half-time against the run of play.
The home side were better after the break, enjoying a lot of possession down the flanks, but chances were few and far between.
Boss Alan Stubbs kept faith with the same starting line-up that thumped Rangers 4-0 last weekend; new signing Martin Boyle was listed amongst the substitutes, alongside Dylan McGeouch, who returned following time on the sidelines after an operation on his ankle.
Hearts defender Alim Ozturk, who was the Jambos' hero in the last Edinburgh Derby, almost gifted Hibs an early opener when his mistake allowed Cummings a shot at goal inside the first minute, however Neil Alexander saved the defender's blushes by gathering.
Hibs were making most of the early running, not giving the Hearts players a moment on the ball and forcing them into errors.
When Scott Allan robbed Morgamo Gomis of possession on 10 minutes, he was subsequently fouled allowing Liam Craig the opportunity to shot for goal from the free kick which took a deflection from Prince Buaben and spun up into the arms of Alexander.
Hibs brave play was rewarded on 23 minutes when Allan's exquisite delivery was turned in at the back post by Cummings who brushed aside Ozturk before slotting away.
The young striker had a chance to score again soon after when he was picked out by a terrific Lewis Stevenson cross; this time the forward was just off target with a header as Alexander stood grateful and rooted to the spot.
Little had been seen of the hosts in an attacking sense however they soon began to find room down the Hibs flanks which led to opportunities for both Walker and Callum Paterson, although neither effort was on target.
Five minutes from the interval the hosts levelled when Adam Eckersley came in off the left wing and fed Walker, he took a touch before letting fly with a powerful drive that gave Mark Oxley no chance as it flew into the bottom corner of the net.
The home side buoyed by their late first half leveller went on the offensive after the interval with Sam Nicholson picking out the late run of Eckersley at the back post, the full-back got above substitutes Callum Booth however his header back across goal was wide of the far post.
Winger Nicholson was proving instrumental in Hearts attacking threat and from his corner Paterson headed onto the roof of the net before Nicholson himself headed over from an Eckersley delivery.
In the closing stages Hibs looked the stronger with substitutes McGeouch and Boyle proving a handful for the Hearts defence.
Hibs' best chance came with just five minutes remaining when Callum Booth's low cross was met by Boyle only for Ozturk to thwart him with a last-gasp block and ensure the points were shared.
Heart of Midlothian: Alexander, Paterson, Wilson, Ozturk, Gomis, Walker (King 73'), Nicholson, Pallardo, Buaben (Robinson 89'), Keatings (Oliver 92'), Eckersley. Substitutes not used: Gallagher, Holt, McKay, McGhee.
Hibernian: Oxley, Gray (Booth 46'), Hanlon, Fontaine, Stevenson, Robertson, Craig, Handling (McGeouch 67'), Allan, Malonga, Cummings (Boyle 84'). Substitutes not used: Perntreou, Heffernan, Kennedy.
Referee: Steven McLean.