Hearts and Hibs couldn’t be separated in the first Edinburgh derby of the Scottish Premiership season as both goalkeepers came out on top during a 0-0 draw.
Martin Boyle had a chance to put Hibs ahead well-saved by Hearts and Scotland keeper Craig Gordon while counterpart Matt Macey was busy at the other end. Gordon made an excellent stop from Kyle Magennis as Hibs looked likely to find a winner, head coach Jack Ross’ side sitting second while Hearts are behind them in third on goal difference.
With both sides able to go top with a victory, it was perhaps surprising that things played out cagey in nature. It appeared as both were focused on not losing but action soon livened up after an array of fouls and stoppages.
Hearts’ Liverpool loanee Ben Woodburn had a go as did Gary Mackay-Steven. Tynecastle’s sold-out allocation provided a raucous atmosphere for Hearts to play off and further chances for Stephen Kingsley and Mackay-Steven edged them ahead in confidence.
Hibs were far from out the game and Boyle – who was named Premiership Player of the Month for August this week – was always the catalyst. His drive past the Hearts defence forced Hearts captain Gordon into a fine save.
It was clear though that one goal was likely enough to settle this tight encounter. Derbies at Tynecastle have only been settled by more than a two-goal margin twice since 2014, and a similar narrative was playing out.
Mackay-Steven was Hearts’ livewire and only a strong hand from Hibs’ Macey prevented him from scoring with a low drive. His replacement from the bench, Josh Ginnelly, took the mantle from him as he forced Macey into another fine save.
A goal was proving elusive, despite the best efforts of Hibs’ Alex Gogic to beat Gordon with a shot from range and the veteran goalkeeper somehow denied Magennis with a fingertip save. One more big save was to come before the final whistle, Macey turning over a deflection from his own man, Paul Hanlon, excellently.
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