On this day in 1970 Liverpool beat Hibernian 2-0 in the European Fairs Cup 3rd round – second leg.
Following a 1-0 win in Edinburgh, Liverpool went into the return fixture at Anfield confident of progressing to the quarter finals of the competition. Shankly fielded a strong side featuring the likes of Evans, Smith, Hughes, Heighway and Callaghan who returned to the side following a three month absence due to a cartilage injury.
It was Steve Heighway who opened the scoring for the Reds with a goal of sheer magic. He ran 50 yards, blistering past the Hibs ranks to score as goalkeeper Roy Baines was left helpless after his attempted save cannoned back off Heighway’s shin and over the line.
It would be reserve forward Phil Boersma who would grab the second in the match and Liverpool’s third of the tie to leave Hibs with an insurmountable task of coming back. With the ball on the right wing, Boersma floated a cross in, catching the Hibs keeper by surprise as the ball found its way into the far corner of the goal to all but seal Liverpool’s passage into the quarter finals.