Fan favorite Martin Boyle enjoyed a fairytale return to Hibernian as he came off the bench to score a late equalizer against rivals Hearts in front of a packed house on Easter Road.
Lawrence Shankland scored Hearts’ first official goal in the 21st minute and looked as though it would be enough to secure the visitors a third Edinburgh Derby victory.
But returning just seven months after moving to Saudi Arabia’s Al Faisaly, Sakkar Boyle scored with the final kick of the match, sparking a mini-pitch invasion from jubilant home support.
Manager Lee Johnson welcomed the return of Boyle’s ‘Roy of the Rovers’.
The 29-year-old Australia international has only signed with Hibs on Saturday.
And after being introduced as a sub in the 62nd minute, Boyle caused a stir with the final kick of the match inside a packed Easter Road.
“If you wrote a comic book and he was the star of the show, I’m not sure you could write better than that.
“He’s growling, but when I told them[he signed]yesterday, the boys were nodding as well.”
Boyle hasn’t played in six weeks before returning to Easter Road, and Johnson admits he had to consider whether to include him in the team.
“It was about 9 p.m. last night,” he said after being asked when he knew Boyle would qualify.
“There was some consideration as to whether I should play him. A certain key person at the club thought I shouldn’t.
Livingston earned their first premiership win of the season with a 1–0 win over Dundee United at Tannadice.
Cristian Montano scored his first goal for the club, the only goal of the game, early in the second half.
Australian goalkeeper Mark Virigitti successfully blocked Joel Nouble’s shot, but when the ball fell to Montano, he fired a thunderous 20-yard shot past the keeper.
It was a disappointing loss for Dundee United as they focus on the second leg of their European Conference League third qualifying match against AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands on Thursday.
The Scottish side are leading 1-0 after the first leg.
Soccer striker Martin Boyle returns to Hibernian to score Edinburgh derby equalizer with final kick in match against Hearts
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