Edinburgh derby joy for Jambos

Templeton held off the challenge of three would-be tacklers as he

cut in off his left wing before tucking in the 19th-minute opener

for the visitors and Stephen Elliott netted a second from close

range after 67 minutes. Captain Derek Riordan was sent off after 88

minutes for a crude challenge on Rudi Skacel as Colin Calderwood’s

first home match in charge ended in defeat, leaving Hibs alongside

St Mirren at the foot of the SPL table. Referee Willie Collum was

in charge of a second high-profile derby in a matter of weeks, but

avoided controversy after being criticised for his officiating in

last month’s Old Firm derby by Celtic manager Neil Lennon. However,

there were two flares thrown on to the pitch and numerous coins in

incidents which may be brought to the Scottish Football

Association’s attention. Lennon was in attendance at Easter Road

and will be fully aware of the danger posed by Templeton when his

side travel to Tynecastle on Wednesday. After Hibs – unchanged from

the 1-0 loss at Dundee United – began on the attack without

threatening Marian Kello in the visitors’ goal, Templeton issued a

warning for what was to come. The 21-year-old winger – one of three

changes to the starting XI from last week’s 3-0 loss to Kilmarnock

– cut in off the left flank and fired a right-foot shot from 25

yards straight at Mark Brown in the Hibs goal as the visitors had

their first opportunity after 16 minutes. But three minutes later

he had put Hearts in front with a stunning solo goal. Templeton

picked up the ball in the left channel and shrugged off the

challenge of Danny Galbraith, Michael Hart and Sol Bamba as he cut

in on a diagonal run. His pace carried him into the area before he

tucked a right-foot finish low into Brown’s goal. The goal was

greeted with Hearts fans throwing two flares on to the pitch, with

proceedings delayed for around two minutes before they were

extinguished by stewards. Hearts looked the more likely to add to

their advantage, but as Templeton’s pace troubled Hibs once more,

his run was brought to an abrupt end by De Graaf, the Hibs

midfielder booked for the cynical foul. Elliott then raced on to

Kevin Kyle’s through ball, but could not get the decisive touch

under pressure from Jonathan Grounds and Paul Hanlon. John Rankin

spurned numerous free-kick opportunities, while Hibs striker

Riordan opted to take the final set piece of the first half and too

failed to find a team-mate. Rankin was replaced at the interval by

Lithuania striker Valdas Trakys, but still Hibs’ set-pieces were

poor, with Kello untroubled. Kyle and Trakys wrestled with each

other in the area following a Riordan free-kick with Hearts winning

possession and Collum adjudging the challenge to be fair. Skacel

then shot acrobatically off target from Black’s centre, with

Elliott also looking to play the ball as Hearts spurned the chance

of a second after 57 minutes. David Wotherspoon replaced Galbraith

as Calderwood looked for fresh attacking impetus after 66 minutes.

But immediately it was Hearts who scored as Kyle knocked down a

long ball forward, Templeton centred and Elliott netted into the

bottom corner. Ismael Bouzid headed wide from Eggert Jonsson’s

cross as Hearts continued to press forward. Kyle was booked for

throwing the ball into an advertising board after winning a

throw-in and Collum was handed what appeared to be a coin thrown

from the Hibs section of fans. Ryan Stevenson was introduced for

Templeton after 80 minutes, with Hibs fans also beginning to leave

the action, their side seemingly short of ideas. Ian Murray was

introduced for Lewis Stevenson as Calderwood made his third change

after 84 minutes. Elliot came on for goalscorer Elliott with four

minutes remaining before Hart was penalised for hand ball after

grappling with Ryan Stevenson on the left wing. Riordan was shown a

straight red card for a terrible challenge which pole-axed Skacel

two minutes from time. More coins were thrown as Skacel received

treatment as Hibs were left to contemplate a record of two wins

from 14 games this season.