Monday, May 15, 2006

Glory, glory to the Jam Tarts!

Well it wasn't the rout we'd all hoped for (plucky little outsiders be damned - I was hoping for 5-0), but Hearts eventually triumphed in the Scottish Cup Final on Saturday, beating Second Division Gretna 4-2 on penalties after the score remained 1-1 after extra time.

Rudi Skacel, our one-time talisman turned ball-greedy spit monster, scored his first goal in fifteen matches to put us 1-0 up just before half-time but Gretna equalised with the world's softest penalty (even Charlie Nicholas, the biased, diamond ear-ring wearing little arse, said it was no penalty) fifteen minutes from time.

We hit the post a couple of times, should have had a genuine penalty ourselves five minutes before the end of extra time and, to cap it all, had our main penalty taker sent off 30 seconds before the end of the game and the penalty shoot out started.

Still - we won, they lost and, to be honest, I have a lot of time for Gretna now - they've got decent owner and friendly fans and they took defeat like gentlemen, unlike fans of the Bigot Brothers (or us, half the time).

Second in the league and winning the Cup is our most successful year for nearly half a century but maybe next year it could all be a little less stressful? Please...


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Blogger jenny said...

Stress is what being a Jambo is all about Stuart! Talk about doing it the hard way!

I agree it would be nice though to have a wee bit more stability next season but if winning the title means another season of up's, down's and wtf moments then bring 'em on!

4:52 pm  
Blogger Stuart Douglas said...

Good point - and at least this year the stress and tension ended up with us winning, unlike those semis against Airdrie in the 90s or that day in '86.

9:18 pm  

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