07.08.2022 19:07 h

Hibs boss hails Boyle's 'Roy of the Rovers' Edinburgh derby equaliser

Hibernian manager Lee Johnson said Martin Boyle had scored a "Roy of the Rovers" goal after the Australia international's late equaliser in a 1-1 Edinburgh derby draw with Hearts

Hibs were losing at home to their arch rivals until substitute Boyle, making his second debut for the club just seven months after leaving to join Saudi Arabia's Al Faisaly, came off the bench to equalise in the fifth minute of stoppage time on Sunday.

The 29-year-old struck with the last kick of the game to cancel out Lawrence Shankland's first-half opener for Hearts and spark joyous scenes at a packed Easter Road.

"It's Roy of the Rovers stuff, isn't it?" said Johnson in a reference to the fictional hero of the long-running British comic.

"If you wrote a comic book strip and he (Boyle) was the star of the show, I'm not sure you could write it better than that."

This was the second match in a row where Hibs had scored in stoppage time following a 1-0 win at St Johnstone.

"It's two games unbeaten, two 90-plus minute goals, all of a sudden the boys are lifted during the week and we can go into the next important game with a nice vibe," said Johnson.

Hearts manager Robbie Neilson was left to rue his side's failure to score a second goal when they were dominating the game.

"We expect to come here and win," he said.

"We dominated the game, scored the goal and had chances to make it two, three or even four. We didn't do it and that let them back in again. Losing the goal right at the end is massively disappointing."

Sunday's other Premiership match saw Livingston secure their first win of the season, with Cristian Montano's goal -- his first for the club -- early in the second half enough for a 1-0 victory away to Dundee United.