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OPENING DAYS | HIBERNIAN 5-0 DUNDEE UNITED (1994)

OPENING DAYS | HIBERNIAN 5-0 DUNDEE UNITED (1994)

By: Hibernian Media on 14 Jun, 2018 14:00

Our opening day fixture will be announced on the morning of Friday 15 June, so we are taking a look at some of our first matches of the league campaign from years gone by.

We have looked at the 3-1 home win against Partick Thistle in 2017 and the 2-2 draws against Kilmarnock and Motherwell from 2001 and 1999 respectively.

Today’s game is the classic 5-0 thrashing of Dundee United at Easter Road Stadium from the opening day of the 1994/95 season.

Going into the game the Hibernian fans could have only dreamt of such a score after seeing Alex Miller’s side score just twice in the final eight games of the 93/94 campaign.

After just seven minutes Billy Findlay had sent Hibs en route to victory as he crashed an unstoppable effort beyond Henrik Jorgensen in the Dundee United goal.

The hosts were in full flow with Dundee United struggling to get to grips with Hibs and Alex Cleland was sent for an early bath as he received his second booking in the 26th minute.

It did not take too long for Hibernian to capitalise on the numerical advantage as Darren Jackson made it 3-0 with two goals in two minutes.

His first was a beautiful chip in the 33rd minute, leaving Jorgensen unable to do anything other than watch the ball sail into the net.

35 minutes were on the clock when he made it 3-0 from the penalty spot after Gareth Evans was fouled, before flashing Michael O’Neill’s cross just wide of the goal before the break as he hunted for his hat-trick.

The attacking intensity from Hibernian did not let up in the second period as Miller’s men looked to rack up a big score against the Scottish Cup holders.

Jackson and Findlay both went close before the former was replaced by Kevin Harper in the early stages of the half.

The youngster scored his first goal for Hibernian within 14 minutes of coming on the pitch to make it 4-0 as he slid the ball beyond Jorgensen from Evans’ wonderful throughball, but a coruscating home side were not done there.

Former Tannadice favourite O’Neill rounded off the scoring in fine fashion with a delicate dink over the United goalkeeper which ensured Hibernian’s season kicked off with a bang.

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