Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Hibs fans left heartbroken over Scottish Cup Final defeat

Hibs v Hearts
Image caption Hearts took control of the game in the early stages and powered on to score five goals

Hibs have failed to secure their first Scottish Cup Final win in 110 years after losing 5-1 to their Edinburgh rivals Hearts.

Hearts scored twice before Hibs pulled a goal back just on half time. But a penalty and two other second half goals put Hearts on course for victory.

Hibernian have not won the cup since 1902, while Hearts beat Gretna on penalties in the 2006 final.

A victory parade through the capital to Tynecastle will take place on Sunday.

Road and rail routes between Edinburgh and Glasgow were busy as supporters headed for the 15:00 kick-off.

ScotRail provided 11,000 extra train seats to ensure fans could travel to the tie and some Hibs fans began to leave the ground before the hour mark.

After the game, police praised the behaviour of the supporters.

Strathclyde Police said there were 22 arrests in and around the stadium, including six sectarian offences, six drink-related offences, nine breaches of the peace and a racially aggravated offence.

Match Commander Andy Bates said: "It was a great event and the police operation went very well. On the whole, I'm delighted with the behaviour of Hibs and Hearts fans at the ground."

Image caption The open-top bus is ready to be painted maroon for the victory parade

First Minister Alex Salmond, a Hearts fan who was at the game, said: "Congratulations to Hearts for a great win which means a huge amount to everyone associated with the club.

"My commiserations go to Hibs. Things didn't go their way, but they contributed hugely to the occasion, and I'm sure they will get another chance at Hampden glory soon."

It is 116 years since the last all-Edinburgh final. Hearts won the 1896 encounter and Hibs wait for a trophy has been the subject of taunts from their city rivals.

The open-top bus parade is planned on Sunday, with a route set from Edinburgh City Chambers to the Hearts home ground.

The only issue to be resolved was the colour of the bus, which will now be decked out in maroon.

Meanwhile football fans looking for an alternative bit of history are being given the chance to handle what is believed to be the world's oldest football at the Smith Museum in Stirling.

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