Aaron Hickey made history for Hearts and sealed a vital 2-1 derby win for his manager all in one swift strike of a ball.
Cutting in from the left hand side, his shot took a slight deflection before dipping over Chris Maxwell in the Hibs goal. It handed the Jambos a massive victory, coming from behind to defeat their arch rivals.
After Uche Ikpeazu leveled things, it was the 17-year-old prodigy who wrote his name into Hearts folklore. He is now the club’s youngest scorer in an Edinburgh derby.
Hickey has discussed what has to be the best moment of his career. He told Sky Sports Football at 5pm (22/09): “It’s absolutely unbelievable.
“I’ve never imagined even playing in a derby, but scoring makes it so much better.
“I just took a touch and thought ‘have a crack, see if it goes in.’ Luckily it went in so I’m very happy with that.”
Hickey deserves his big Hearts moment
Breaking onto the scene against Celtic as a 16-year-old was pretty special. Starting the Scottish Cup final the next week topped that achievement.
This goal beats the previously mentioned milestones. His slightly deflected shot has sealed his place in Hearts history and how he deserves it.
Since breaking into the team the full-back has been nothing short of immense. Craig Levein deployed him in both full-back roles at Easter Road and he was brilliant wherever he was placed.
Big things are beckoning for the youngster. At Easter Road, the Gorgie faithful were introduced to a young man who can step up for the big occasions.
It slightly eases pressure on his boss too. The win is Hearts’ first since March and Hickey sure picked his moment to deliver that feat.
He was once a kid who looked upon the Hearts stars of yesterday with glee. Now Hickey is set to become the Hearts star supporters of tomorrow will look up to.