Derby delight for Hearts

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Hearts claimed the Edinburgh derby honours as two goals in the final seven minutes sealed a 3-1 victory over Hibernian at Easter Road.

Hibs goalkeeper Graham Stack saved Hearts midfielder Ian Black's penalty after 43 minutes before the visitors took the lead after 58 minutes through Ryan McGowan.

Hearts captain Marius Zaliukas turned the ball into his own net from Danny Galbraith's cross as Hibs equalised immediately but Webster restored the visitors' lead after 83 minutes and substitute Rudi Skacel netted a third in the dying moments.

Hearts now have four wins from 11 matches since their first-team squad first suffered delayed payment of wages, but Hibs have now failed to taste victory in nine matches, have not won the capital clash in nine attempts and remain in danger of relegation from the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

The visitors were on top for much of the opening half and winger David Templeton hit the outside of the post and Mehdi Taouil fired a good opportunity wide before limping off.

Hibs received a lifeline when goalkeeper Stack denied Black from the spot after the goalkeeper had brought down Stephen Elliott following Callum Booth's short back-pass.

Hearts' pressure told when McGowan headed in after Webster's effort had been saved, but the visitors conceded from the restart, Zaliukas diverting Galbraith's cross into his own net.

Substitute John Sutton was instrumental as Hearts took the lead for the second time with seven minutes remaining. The striker laid off McGowan's long throw for Webster to fire low into the bottom corner.

Strikers Garry O'Connor and Eoin Doyle, on for his debut, came on with four minutes remaining in place of Galbraith and Martin Scott as Hibs attempted to find a reply for a second time.

Andrew Driver was then denied by a combination of Stack and Sean O'Hanlon after breaking clear before Skacel struck with a fabulous finish following Sutton's pass to seal victory.

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