Barr stunned by Cup final goal

Sat, 19 May 19:10:28 2012

Darren Barr admitted his main emotion was incredulity when he scored his first goal for Hearts to set them on the way to a 5-1 victory over Hibernian in the William Hill Scottish Cup final.

Barr has been converted from a defender to a midfielder by Paulo Sergio in recent months and forced the ball home after Danny Grainger's corner. His last goal came for Falkirk in a 3-1 win over Aberdeen in February 2010 and he was an unlikely first goalscorer in the first Edinburgh derby cup final since 1896.

"I can't even put it into words," the 27-year-old said. "It's my first goal for Hearts and it was an important goal as well, coming at a vital time. Nothing beats that. If I'm being honest I actually couldn't believe it myself. I would imagine my dad and brother had me on first goalscorer because I'm probably due one. It's just crazy."

"I scored against Dunfermline but that was classified as an own goal," he said.

Hearts added to their lead with Rudi Skacel's double, a Grainger penalty and Ryan McGowan's header sealing their biggest win over Hibs for almost 10 years.

Barr added: "I know I scored but it's the winners' medal that counts. It doesn't matter about myself, it's about the team and the team played excellent."

He played in an advanced central midfield role ahead of Ian Black and helped put Hibs under pressure.

Barr struggled to get into the Hearts team for the first 18 months of his Tynecastle career but has now written himself into club folklore.

"Maybe I didn't start so well at Hearts but you need to plug away and whatever position you put me in, I'm more than happy to play," he said.

"That's what I'm at the club for, I just want to play football and play for Hearts. It was a wee bit different today, but me and Blackie have formed a good partnership. He's a great player and it's easy to play with him in there."


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