Hearts beat Hibs at Easter Road to reach next round of Scottish Cup

The draw for the fifth round of the Scottish Cup takes place on Sunday.

Hearts beat Hibs in Edinburgh Derby to qualify for next round of Scottish Cup SNS Group

Hearts are through to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup after a 3-0 win over their city rivals Hibernian at Easter Road.

Captain Lawrence Shankland hit the second to become the first player to score 20 goals in a single season at the Tynecastle club since John Robertson over 30 years ago before being sent off in injury time as they defended their lead.

Around 20,000 fans packed into Easter Road to see who would be representing the capital in the fifth round in this year’s competition.

And Hibs had the best of the possession and chances in both halves as he hit the woodwork twice but were unable to make it count as the Jambos took a three-goal victory from the second consecutive derby this month with goals from Ginnelly, Shankland and Sibbick.

No Edinburgh side has won the Scottish Cup since Alan Stubbs led his Hibs side to Hampden glory against Rangers in 2016.

But both have been close recently with Hearts defeated finalists in 2019, 2020 and 2022 and their city rivals falling at the last hurdle in 2020.

Josh Ginnelly put the visitors ahead after ten minutes when he fired a low strike past Hibs goalie David Marshall.

The Hibs defence had a couple of opportunities to clear a Snodgrass free-kick but the ball ping-ponged about the box before falling to Ginnelly who gave the former Scotland number 1 no chance.

Lee Johnson handed a debut to new signing James Jeggo who joined the club from Belgian side K.A.S Eupen just over 24 hours before kick-off.

And the Australian international was shown a yellow tackle for a late tackle 18 minutes into the game leaving him walking a tightrope in his defensive midfield role.

Hibs had the best of the first 45 with Aiden McGeady a standout as he looked like he was rolling back the years to his Celtic and Ireland heyday.

But they were unable to find the equaliser and were 1-0 down when the ref blew for half-time.

They started the second-half in much the same vain and they peppered the Hearts box with chances but were again unable to make any count before Hearts doubled their lead.

Top scorer Shankland made it 2-0 against the run of the play to hit his 20th of the season and write his name into the history books.

Eight minutes were added on to the 90 at the end but Hibs looked like they had run out of ideas by this time.

Hearts were reduced to ten-men a minute into the injury-time when Shankland was sent off for a second bookable offence.

But rather than defend what they had they killed the game off with a classic counter attack when Toby Sibbick charged forward from defence and chipped it over Marshall to rub salt into Hibs wounds.

The draw for the next round takes place later on Sunday and the fixtures will be played on the weekend of Saturday, February 11.

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