Saturday April 14, 2012 Semi-finals Finished Hampden Park

Aberdeen 1 - 2 Hibernian

  • Fallon 59’
  • O'Connor 3’
  • Griffiths 85’

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  1. Griffiths fires Hibs into final

    Griffiths fires Hibs into final

    Hibernian reached the Scottish Cup final after Leigh Griffiths' late strike secured a 2-1 win over Aberdeen at Hampden Park. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Aberdeen
    • Hibernian
    • - Thanks for joining us and follow live coverage of Celtic and Hearts in the other semi-final later this afternoon.
    • 90+5' That's it! Hibs move through to the Scottish Cup final with a 2-1 win over Aberdeen that they just about deserve.
    • 90+3' The offside flag goes up to save Hibs as they struggle to clear an Aberdeen ball into the box.
    • 90+2' McArdle is replaced by Josh Magennis in Aberdeen's final throw of the dice.
    • 90+1' Anywhere will do for Hibs right now. Aberdeen pressuring without looking like scoring.
    • 90' There will be five minutes of added time.
    • 89' O'Connor is replaced by George Francomb for Hibs.
    • 87' Hibs have gone 4-5-1 here as they look to play out time.
    • 86' Is that the goal that puts Hibs through to the final?
    • 85' GOAL! ABERDEEN 1-2 HIBERNIAN. McPake wins a header at the back for Hibs, the ball is steered on by O'Connor to his strike partner Giffiths who escapes his marker and fires clinically into the bottom left corner.
    • 82' Wotherspoon's free-kick into the box is poor and Aberdeen clear comfortably.
    • 81' Mackie is booked for a foul from behind on Sproule. He is a bit unlucky after appearing to get a foot on the ball.
    • 80' There will be extra-time if this match cannot be settled in the next 10 minutes or so.
    • 79' Griffiths runs onto a pass from O'Connor down the right and his shot hits the outside of the post.
    • 78' McArdle's ball over the top for Vernon is too high and McPake heads back to the goalkeeper.
    • 77' McPake makes a mess of a pass in defence but Fallon does not have the pace to take advantage and the goalkeeper gathers.
    • 76' Mackie tests Brown with a low effort that the substitute goalkeeper deals with well.
    • 75' Hibs are showing stome steal once again. Wotherspoon has added some pace to the side since coming on.
    • 74' Griffiths wins a throw for Hibs on the right, as Osbourne looks to galvanise his team into action.
    • 71' This is a blow for Hibs, as Mark Brown replaces the injured Stack.
    • 70' Stack is down injured for Hibs. He's pulled something and is about to be substituted.
    • 69' O'Connor is caught in an offside position for Hibs.
    • 68' McPake wins another free-kick in his own half for Hibs, but Aberdeen are well on top at present.
    • 67' Vernon fouls McPake on the edge of the area and Stack will take the free-kick for Hibs.
    • 66' Clarke is replaced by Darren Mackie for Aberdeen, while Claros goes off and David Wotherspoon comes on for Hibs.
    • 65' A couple of substitutes are being readied.
    • 64' Arnason's long throw into the box is headed away by McPake.
    • 63' Fyvie attempts to curl an effort inside the far post but his shot goes wide.
    • 62' Aberdeen had started the second-half the stronger and have got their reward.
    • 60' It really was a stunning goal from Fallon. Perhaps not quite as good as Zinedine Zidane's goal for Real Madrid against Bayer Leverkusen at this ground but not a million miles off.
    • 58' GOAL! ABERDEEN 1-1 HIBERNIAN. A stunning goal from Fallon levels it up! Doherty attempts to head away a long ball, but it falls to Fallon who controls and volleys sublimely over Stack from well outside the area.
    • 57' Clark's ball into the Hibs area is headed away for a corner by Doherty.
    • 56' Sproule looks to take on Reynolds but just as he looks to be getting the better of him the Aberdeen man wins the tackle.
    • 55' Hibs have started this second-half a little sloppily as Aberdeen push forward.
    • 54' Fyvie's cross is gathered by Jack after Kujabi is caught dwelling on the ball.
    • 53' Excellent work from Sproule who plays in O'Connor. O'Connor's shot is blocked and the ball falls to Kujabi who shoots wide.
    • 52' Griffiths is flagged offside for Hibs.
    • 50' Stack holds onto a Considine header as Aberdeen show some intent. That is the first real save that Stack has had to make.
    • 48' Osbourne's cross is cleared away by the Aderbeen defence.
    • 47' Doherty is down receiving treatment again. He has been in the wars today.
    • 46' Fraser Fyvie has come on for Aberdeen in place of Jack.
    • 46' We are back underway at Hampden.
    • 45+1' That's half-time. A strong half from Hibernian and they deserve their 1-0 lead.
    • 45' There will be one minute of added time.
    • 44' Poor ball from McArdle and Stack has possession as the seconds tick down to half-time.
    • 43' Vervon tries to play the ball through to Hughes but again it is too long. The service to the attackers needs to be far better from Aberdeen.
    • 41' Craig Brown has a big half-time teamtalk ahead of him because Aberdeen have been disappointing so far. Predictable in attack and slack in defence.
    • 40' Hibs are finishing the half on the front foot as Doherty tries to take on Clark but concedes the throw.
    • 39' Griffiths' cross into the Aberdeen area drifts out of play for a goal kick.
    • 37' Considine fails to get close enough to Giffiths who unleashes another powerful shot which flies just wide.
    • 35' Considine beats Griffiths to a pass from O'Connor and mops up the danger.
    • 34' McArdle wins the ball for Aberdeen and tries to launch another attack.
    • 33' Jack curls in a free-kick that mcPake gets his head to as Aberdeen try to up the ante.
    • 31' There has been a bit of needle in the game in the last couple of minutes.
    • 30' Foul by McPake on Vernon and Aberdeen win a free-kick in the centre circle.
    • 29' McPake hoofs the ball forward for Hibs and Reynolds is forced into a high clearance.
    • 28' There have been few chances of note since the goal, with Hibs keeping things tight and Aberdeen struggling with their final ball.
    • 27' Hibs are very comfortable at the moment, as Jack is caught in an offside position for Aberdeen.
    • 26' Jason Brown has the ball as Aberdeen try to build again, but Hibs are standing up well what pressure they are able to exert.
    • 24' McPake outmuscles Vervon and wins another tackle for Hibs.
    • 22' McPake has won everything for Hibs in the air so far today, as he outjumps Fallon.
    • 21' Griffiths takes on Mark Reynolds before firing a low shot wide of Jason's Brown's left-hand post.
    • 20' The final ball has been poor from Aberdeen so far, but their reaction to going a goal down has been good.
    • 19' O'Connor's pass back to Doherty is far too heavy and the defender can't control.
    • 18' The offside flag goes up against Vervon and Hibs have a free-kick.
    • 17' Good skill down the right from Griffiths but he was outnumbered and Hibs are able to clear.
    • 16' Scott Vernon gives away a free-kick for a foul on McPake.
    • 14' Matt Doherty is down after being caught in the face by a stray arm from Rory Fallon. Nothing intentional but a painful one for the Hibs defender.
    • 13' Arnason tries to play in Jack down the right but again there is too much weight on the pass from the midfielder.
    • 12' Kujabi gets the ball out for an Aberdeen throw.
    • 10' Kari Arnason tries to slip the ball through to Stephen Hughes but there is a bit too much weight on the pass.
    • 9' Aberdeen enjoying more possession now as they look to recover from that early set-back.
    • 7' Chris Clark crosses for Ryan Jack but James McPake makes the clearance.
    • 6' Aberdeen have a corner as they look for an instant response. But it's too close to Graham Stack who catches comfortably.
    • 5' O'Connor was always going to be the dangerman for Aberdeen. Now they are playing catch-up.
    • 4' It was poor defending from Aberdeen who left O'Connor completely free.
    • 3' GOAL! ABERDEEN 0-1 HIBERNIAN. Garry O'Connor stabs a Pa Saikou Kujabi cross home at the near post as Hibs' early superiority pays off!
    • 2' Leigh Friffiths tries to make his way into the area but Aberdeen clear and try to counterattack.
    • 1' We are off and underway at Hampden Park!
    • 12:12 Lewis Stevenson misses the match for Hibs due to suspension, as Paul Fenlon opts for a 4-4-2 formation, with Garry O'Connor and Leigh Griffiths leading the line.
    • 12:11 Aberdeen manager Craig Brown makes two changes from the side which defeated Dundee United last weekend, with the cup-tied Gavin Rae missing out and Darren Mackie dropping to the bench. Kari Arnason and Rory Fallon come in. Russell Anderson has to settle for a place on the bench, with Andrew Considine and Mark Reynolds continuing in central defence.
    • 12:10 Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon: "It's important we don't get too focused on winning the Scottish Cup; it's about winning the semi-final. It's really important we focus on the job in hand. It's a massive game for us and there are a lot of prizes at stake."
    • 12:05 Aberdeen manager Craig Brown: "I've been very fortunate and have had a lot of great moments at Hampden.To get a club to the Scottish Cup final would be excellent for me. I've got a great desire to see the players get to the final."
    • 12:00 Hibernian qualified after a 2-0 win at Ayr. Roy O'Donovan headed the visitors in front before Leigh Griffiths converted a 19th-minute penalty.
    • 11:55 ABERDEEN: Brown, McArdle, Reynolds, Considine, Robertson, Jack, Hughes, Arnason, Clark, Vernon, Fallon. Subs: Langfield, Mackie, Fyvie, Magennis, Anderson. /// HIBERNIAN: Stack, Doherty, Hanlon, McPake, Kujabi, Claros, Osbourne, Soares, Sproule, O'Connor, Griffiths. Subs: Brown, Wotherspoon, Doyle, O'Donovan, Francomb.
    • 11:50 Aberdeen defeated Motherwell 2-1 to reach the semi-finals thanks to a superb Rory Fallon double.
    • 11:45 Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Scottish Cup semi-final between Aberdeen and Hibernian.
  • Summary

    • 85' GOAL! ABERDEEN 1-2 HIBERNIAN. McPake wins a header at the back for Hibs, the ball is steered on by O'Connor to his strike partner Giffiths who escapes his marker and fires clinically into the bottom left corner.
    • 79' Griffiths runs onto a pass from O'Connor down the right and his shot hits the outside of the post.
    • 77' McPake makes a mess of a pass in defence but Fallon does not have the pace to take advantage and the goalkeeper gathers.
    • 76' Mackie tests Brown with a low effort that the substitute goalkeeper deals with well.
    • 63' Fyvie attempts to curl an effort inside the far post but his shot goes wide.
    • 58' GOAL! ABERDEEN 1-1 HIBERNIAN. A stunning goal from Fallon levels it up! Doherty attempts to head away a long ball, but it falls to Fallon who controls and volleys sublimely over Stack from well outside the area.
    • 54' Fyvie's cross is gathered by Jack after Kujabi is caught dwelling on the ball.
    • 53' Excellent work from Sproule who plays in O'Connor. O'Connor's shot is blocked and the ball falls to Kujabi who shoots wide.
    • 50' Stack holds onto a Considine header as Aberdeen show some intent. That is the first real save that Stack has had to make.
    • 37' Considine fails to get close enough to Giffiths who unleashes another powerful shot which flies just wide.
    • 21' Griffiths takes on Mark Reynolds before firing a low shot wide of Jason's Brown's left-hand post.
    • 3' GOAL! ABERDEEN 0-1 HIBERNIAN. Garry O'Connor stabs a Pa Saikou Kujabi cross home at the near post as Hibs' early superiority pays off!
    • 11:55 ABERDEEN: Brown, McArdle, Reynolds, Considine, Robertson, Jack, Hughes, Arnason, Clark, Vernon, Fallon. Subs: Langfield, Mackie, Fyvie, Magennis, Anderson. /// HIBERNIAN: Stack, Doherty, Hanlon, McPake, Kujabi, Claros, Osbourne, Soares, Sproule, O'Connor, Griffiths. Subs: Brown, Wotherspoon, Doyle, O'Donovan, Francomb.

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