Edinburgh derby ends in goalless draw

Edinburgh derby ends in goalless draw

Edinburgh derby ends in goalless draw

Edinburgh derby ends in goalless draw

Edinburgh derby ends in goalless draw

Hearts and Hibernian failed in their bids to reclaim top spot in the Scottish Premiership after

a fierce Edinburgh derby ended in a stalemate.

Both goalkeepers pulled off fine stops in a closely-matched contest at Tynecastle to keep the scores level and

maintain both sides’ unbeaten starts to the league season.

Hearts’ Craig Gordon denied Martin Boyle twice before thwarting Kyle Magennis with a stunning stop, and

Gary Mackay-Steven was rebuffed three times by Hibs’ Matt Macey.

The draw leaves both capital clubs on 11 points, one behind leaders Rangers, and it means Hibs are unbeaten

in their past four visits to Tynecastle.

Not since May 2018 had Hearts beaten Hibs at Tynecastle. Yet, despite their struggles to get the better of them

on home turf, they had chalked up victories at Easter Road, and even at Hampden while a division below their rivals.

And early on, the main threats were coming from Robbie Neilson’s side as they looked to leapfrog their rivals in the league.

Ben Woodburn ignored the attention of five white shirts to send a pot-shot just over. Liam Boyce’s header missed the target.

Stephen Kingsley met a corner before his goal-bound effort was cleared. And a rasping Mackay-Steven shot was pushed away.

Hibs were having most of the ball, but Joe Newell’s cross which unexpectedly hit the top of the bar was their only real opportunity

of the opening exchanges.

However, when they began to look after the ball better, the chances arrived. Boyle thumped in a long-range effort which Gordon

palmed away, before the goalkeeper tipped around a post after the forward’s frightening pace had stretched the defence.

The game was finely poised, and within a minute both sides had huge chances at that time.

 

 

 

 

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