Former Dundee forward Martin Boyle was delighted to finally give Dark Blues fans something to cheer after playing his part in dumping rivals Dundee United out of the Scottish Cup.
In his own words, Boyle, signed by Barry Smith from bottom division Montrose in 2012, didn’t fare too well in derby games against United while at Dens Park.
He was even dismissed in last season’s Tannadice League Cup clash, a match, which despite a resilient rearguard action, the Dark Blues ultimately lost late on.
So, having scored one of the penalties that ditched Mixu Paatelainen & Co out of the cup at the last-four stage, Boyle was over the moon that not only had the win put smiles on Hibs fans’ faces but also those back at his old club.
“I’m sure the Dundee fans will be happy with my, and the rest of the Hibs lads’ efforts,” said speedster Boyle.
“It will be a good feeling for them, especially with United looking like they will go down.
“My Dundee United record speaks for itself — I have an awful one against them.
“It was just brilliant to get the win and also go some way to putting my own personal record against my old club’s rivals straight.”
While Boyle is happy to be in line for another Hampden Park date against Rangers on May 21, his main focus is on securing promotion.
The 22-year-old is determined to get his club back to the Premiership promised land, after what has been an up-and-down campaign for Alan Stubbs’ men.
“I hope I will be going back to Dens Park as a Premiership player next season,” said Boyle.
“I have another year at Hibs and I want that to be in the top flight.
“That is where this club belongs, everyone can see that.
“It would be something special to walk out at Dens again, this time in green and white.
“I still know most of the boys there, so fingers crossed we can pull it off.”
He continued: “The No 1 focus was always promotion for us.
“The cup games along the way have always just been a bonus to us in the grand scheme of things. The league and getting up is still our main aim.
“We have a tough job on our hands to do it but we are confident we can see the job through.
“This win over United, who we might pass on the way up, could be the start of something for us.”
Reflecting on the day itself, Boyle says the Hibees have roly-poly goalie Conrad Logan to thank for their progression to next month’s showpiece.
“It was a special day for all of us,” he said.
“Big Conrad came through for us and saved the day in more ways than one. What a debut he had.
“I would say we were the better team in the first half but, after that, they may feel they had the best of things.
“Maybe Conrad has pulled us out of it a bit but it matters little now. We are through and they are out.”
And looking forward to next month’s clash, it’s the type of thing Boyle has always dreamed of.
It’s certainly a long way from where he started out on his footballing journey. He said: “I’ve come a long way in quite a short time since my days at Montrose.
“It was a special day when we were at the League Cup Final but we didn’t get the result we wanted. It will be even more of an occasion at the Scottish Cup Final.
“It is the game you dream of being involved in. Hopefully, we can prove a few people wrong by stepping up to the plate and taking home the winners medals.”
Forward Martin Boyle makes sure of his spot-kick to send Hibs into the Scottish Cup Final after a dramatic penalty shoot-out against Dundee United. Inset: the former Dark Blue celebrates his strike.