Monday, 25 April 2011

Hibernian - Easter Road

29th January 2000

Hibernian 4-1 Dunfermline Athletic

With Dunfermline going great guns in the First Division and Hibernian having a rather mediocre season in the Premier League, this Scottish Cup tie looked as good a bet as any for a wee upset.  

Regretfully not; as the Hibbys almost contemptuously swatted aside the Fifers' effete challenge.  Parity (pun intended) lasted a mere 73 seconds before Kenny MILLER headed Hibernian in front, and for the following half-hour the hosts kept their visitors at bay rather in the manner of a big lad keeping out of the way of a smaller lad’s flailing fists by the simple expedient of placing a straightened arm on his head.

Even when Pars’ David GRAHAM equalized in the 32nd minute following a blunder by Hibs’ German defender Matthias Jack, the home side looked unfazed.  They just upped a gear, and Grant BREBNER neatly back-heeled a pass from Russell Latapy past a bemused Kris Mampaey in the visitors’ goal.  The second-half was as one-sided as the first; Ian MURRAY (66) and Derek COLLINS (87) rounding off a rubbish day for the day-trippers from the Kingdom.

The green ants attacking the black & white ants,
as seen from the top of the Whyte & Mackay stand.

Easter Road's Famous Five stand, constructed in 1995.

Outside Easter Road from Albion Road, as it looked in 2000.

Panorama of Hibernian's Easter Road, Edinburgh in 2000.

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