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Sunday, May 17, 1998 Published at 07:15 GMT 08:15 UK



Sport: Football

Hearts grab glory after 36 years
image: [ Steve Fulton (eight) shows the cup to fans at a packed Celtic Park ]
Steve Fulton (eight) shows the cup to fans at a packed Celtic Park

Hearts 2 Rangers 1


Roddy Forsyth at Celtic Park: Steve Fulton lifts the cup' (3'39")
Hearts battled bravely against a Rangers side that outplayed them to defy the odds and pick up their first major trophy in 36 years at the Scottish Cup final.

The Edinburgh side barely had a sight of goal apart from the two they put away while Rangers missed chance after chance. Ally McCoist gave them hope with 10 minutes left but Jim Jefferies' men held on.


[ image: Cameron celebrates his penalty]
Cameron celebrates his penalty
In the fifth minute of injury time referee Willie Young finally ended the Rangers onslaught and Hearts could celebrate.

Hearts won with two goals early in each half.

They went 1-0 up when Young blew for a penalty after just 38 seconds.

Steve Fulton was upended right on the edge of the area as he went between two Rangers defenders.


Hearts go one up (0'48")
Cool Colin Cameron struck the ball into the corner as Andy Goram dived the wrong way.

Five minutes into the second half Hearts keeper Gilles Rousset took a long free kick mid-way in his own half.

Stephane Adam controlled the bouncing ball on his chest and passed to Lorenzo Amoruso to shoot across Goram's diving body for a goal against the run of play.


Hearts 2 Rangers 0 (0'15")
But they still had to concentrate in defence as Rangers looked for a way back that would give manager Walter Smith a winning last match.

The goals apart, Rangers dominated. Ally McCoist was brought on at half-time and had two chances before Adam struck.

He had also created another two chances for his strike partners.


[ image: McCoist: consolation goal]
McCoist: consolation goal
McCoist's introduction gave Rangers more attacking options and supplemented Brian Laudrup's wizardry on the wing.

At times Hearts were desperate in defence with bodies diving in front of Rangers' never-ending attacking waves.

McCoist eventually found the net, latching onto a forward pass on the edge of the 18-yard box with 10 minutes left.


McCoist pulls one back (0'15")
The goal prompted Rangers to move up yet another gear as they started believing they could grab an equaliser.

With four minutes remaining McCoist went down on the edge of the area. This time the referee decided it was just outside the box.

In the first half Laudrup hit a post after collecting the ball during a goalmouth scramble from the corner.
 





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