Simpson shines but Hearts thrashed 3-0

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Jamaica Gleaner

Good game for Latapy


TRINIDADIAN midfield star Russell Latapy helped Hibernian Hearts 3-0 in the Scottish premier league yesterday.

Latapy had a good game, while Dirk Lehmann, Frank Sauzee, Kenny Miller got the goals against Hearts, who had Jamaica international Fitzroy Simpson on debut for them.

Simpson, who appeared for the "Reggae Boyz" at the World Cup Finals in France last year, had an impressive debut for Hearts. In his first positive contribution after 16 minutes, his fine deep cross to the far post found Stephane Adam, who took on the volley forcing Nick Colgan into an alert low save.

But two minutes later it was Hibernian who moved ahead after Latapy played the ball into the feet of Lehmann whose fierce low drive surprised Niemi.

Hibernian went further ahead in the 26th minute when Sauzee rifled the ball in from distance with a stunning strike to make it 2-0.

Hearts pressed forward ahead of the break, Simpson blasting a free kick which Colgan needed two attempts to gather - but Hibs held firm without further scares.

The home team made a double switch at the break, Kevin James replacing the injured Pressley and Simpson surprisingly withdrawn for an extra forward in Gary Wales.

In injury-time a break of the ball favoured Miller and the youngster raced through to finish matters with some composure for a resounding final scoreline.