Aussies Abroad: Boyle hits derby double for Hibs, Souttar’s Fleetwood climb

Martin Boyle struck twice as Hibernian claimed Edinburgh derby bragging rights with a 2-0 win against Heart of Midlothian.

The Caltex Socceroos attacker slammed in a pair of first-half strikes at Tynecastle Stadium as Jack Ross’ side made it back-to-back derby wins for the first time since the 1970s.

The Scottish Premier League’s bottom club fell behind in the sixth-minute when the 26-year-old struck a well-executed volley from to put Hibs ahead. 

The visitors dominated the rest of the half and Boyle extended the lead on 31 minutes after collecting Allan’s pass and racing through on the home goal to finish in style.

New box Daniel Stendel was condemned to his fourth straight defeat since his appointment, leaving Hearts three points adrift at the bottom, while Hibs climb to fifth place.

Boyle has netted five goals in five Scottish Premier League goals starts, making 10 appearances in total, since his return from injury in October. Tom Rogic remained on the bench in Celtic's 2-1 win at St Mirren as the Hoops went five points clear at the top.

Feature image courtesy of Hibernian FC on Twitter

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Souttar's Fleetwood raise festive cheer

Harry Souttar helped Fleetwood Town claim a Christmas present as the League One high flyers claimed a 3-2 win at Rochdale.

The Cody Army have climbed to the brink of the playoff places in England’s League One, sitting only one point outside of the top six and three off the automatic promotion places.   

Strugglers Rochdale seized the initiative at half-time through Aaron Wilbraham’s 41st-minute goal, before Patrick Madden fired the visitors level eight minutes after the interval.

Wilbraham restored the home side’s advantage at Crown Oil Arena on the hour mark but he completed an unwanted hat-trick five minutes later, putting through his own net to make it 2-2. 

With the clock ticking down, Wes Burns makes the decisive play a minute from time, netting to make it 3-2 and claim all three points for Joey Barton’s side in their chase for Championship promotion. 

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Mooy denied as Brighton fall to Spurs

Aaron Mooy came close to rescuing a point for Brighton & Hove Albion but Tottenham Hotspur held on to record a 2-1 win in north London.

The Caltex Socceroos playmaker struck a stinging drive narrowly wide on 22 minutes as the Seagulls stated their intentions at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Harry Kane was denied a goal for offside two minutes later and Adam Webster gave the visitors an upset lead when he headed in Pascal Gross’ corner kick on 37 minutes.

Caltex Socceroos number one Mat Ryan made a terrific save to stop Kane’s close-range effort but he England captain lashed in the rebound to make it 1-1 on 53 minutes.

Dele Ali grabbed Spurs’ second on 72 minutes after Serge Aurier touched back Christian Eriksen’s pass and Mooy rifled another strike narrowly over the home side’s crossbar as Brighton pushed forward.

Ryan made another outstanding save at the death, tipping Alli’s fizzing strike over the crossbar as Graham Potter’s side slipped to 15th place. 

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In the Championship, Massimo Luongo played 57 minutes of Sheffield Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat at Stoke City. 

The Owls bell behind to James McClean’s 11th-minute strike but goals from Morgan Fox and Tom Lees put the away side ahead at the Britannia Stadium.

The Potters rallied late with two goals in stoppage time to flip the score with Sam Vokes notching the dramatic late winner after Tyrese Campbell’s leveller.

Jackson Irvine was also on the losing team as Hull City went down 2-0 at home against Nottingham Forest. Lewis Grabban's double won it for the playoff-chasing Reds at KC Stadium.

Kenny Dougall was an unused substitute as Barnsley grabbed a last-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Championship leaders West Bromwhich Albion, while Bailey Wright remained on the bench as Bristol City lost 3-2 against Charlton Athletic.

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