A few weeks back I covered the Edinburgh derby as Hearts took on Hibs 1875 at Tranent but due to a late injury to my chosen Stewart First Aid Training Player of the Match, I couldn’t interview her.
We agreed on the alternative online interview which due to technical difficulties, also fell by the wayside.
Then on Sunday 7th of November, I caught up with her once more as she turned out for Hibs 2000 against hosts Kilwinning and I agreed to interview the lass after the match.
Guess who forgot? Yup – after chasing Sam for weeks I was leaving without my interview but thanks to the quick thinking keeper, I was offered the chat before I left but only after this girl dressed in pink and mud had chased me to the car park!
So it was a rushed interview, knowing that my victim had the long journey home to Edinburgh to undertake. This is how it went:
Name: Sam Eyeington
Home Town: Edinburgh
Favourite Food: Spaghetti Bolognaise
Favourite Drink: Tea
How did you become a goalkeeper: I began at primary school and I found that I loved diving around in the mud so I kept at it
Who is the team party animal: Has to be Shannon Todd
I noticed you have stepped up from 1875 to the Reserves this week. Any reason: Yeah the regular girl was injured and I was asked to step up from the third tier.
Good experience for you. Looking back at the Hearts game – you were on outstanding form, and made a number of excellent saves to keep Hearts at bay. What was your view of the game and your own performance: I was pleased with my own performance and delighted to be chosen as the Player of the Match. I thought we played very well in the first half but lost our way a bit in the second. They kept pressing us hard and in the last 20 minutes or so we collapsed defensively and they took advantage of it.
Of course you endured a painful injury when you clashed with one of the Hearts girls at the edge of the box. How long did that keep you out for: I was out for two weeks or so. It was very painful at the time but I was delighted there was no serious damage.
Yeah that was not the best ending you could have hoped for; leaving the field with tears streaming down your face and yours truly waiting and armed with the camera: Yes it was slightly embarrassing to say the least.
On the day, you were our Player of the Match but if it wasn’t you – who would you have voted for: The blonde girl who played on the right wing. Lynsay Anderson I think her name is. She is very good and played really well.
Looking at today’s match against Kilwinning. A 3 – 3 draw and a magnificent game of football. Was it a fair result or could Hibs have done better:
I think we struggled on the heavy pitch as we are not accustomed to playing on grass and the park was boggy in places. The team were desperate for a victory as they wanted to remain top of the league and maybe they pushed themselves too hard and as you know, form can suffer. We weren’t at our best in the first half in particular. We gave it our all and really went for it in the last 20 minutes or so but Kilwinning held on well.
Their keeper saved them on numerous occasions too – she had a really good second half.
Many thanks for running up to the car park to catch me and do this interview Sam – Appreciated. All the best for the future.