Hibernian reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup after claiming victory over First Division side Ayr United.

Roy O'Donovan headed the visitors in front before team-mate Leigh Griffiths converted a 19th-minute penalty.

Paul Hanlon's header was cleared off the Ayr goal-line midway through the second half.

Ayr's Chris Smith and Andrew Geggan were denied by Graham Stack as Brian Reid's side were unable to repeat last season's cup win against Hibs.

The result means the semi-final will feature an all-Scottish Premier League line-up, with the three other quarter-final ties still to be decided.

Hibs, seeking to win the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1902, started the match on the front foot.

O'Donovan netted with a rebound shot after Ivan Sproule's low effort had been saved by Kevin Cuthbert but the offside flag cut short the visitors' celebrations.

However, O'Donovan was not to be denied in Hibs' next attack, the forward stooping to glance a header home via the post after being found by George Francomb's teasing free-kick.

Ayr began to threaten and Stack scrambled across his line to claim Chris Smith's backheel flick from Michael McGowan's free-kick.

Brian Reid and Steven McLean

Reid was unhappy with the award of Hibs' penalty

Referee Steven McLean pointed to the spot after Geggan was adjudged to have blocked Isaiah Osbourne at a Hibs corner, the defender picking up a booking for his challenge amid protests from the Ayr players.

Griffiths despatched the penalty high into Cuthbert's top left-hand corner.

Sproule continued to cause problems for Ayr and the winger's low centre was just behind O'Donovan, allowing Geggan to clear a couple of yards from the goal-line.

Griffiths then set up Pa Saikou Kujabi for a shot but Smith's blocking tackle averted the danger.

Ayr were opened up again when Griffiths got the break of the ball and his fierce drive from the left-hand edge of the box was clawed away by Cuthbert before another shot from the striker whizzed past the post just before the interval.

The foot of Cuthbert blocked O'Donovan's shot as Hibs began the second half as they had ended the first.

The home side pressed with McGowan crossing from the left and Smith's header was kept out by Stack's reflex save, the keeper smothering the ball as Keigan Parker tried to force it over the line.

Griffiths squandered another chance after running on to a long ball in the inside-left channel before Hanlon's header was cleared off the line by Jonathan Tiffoney.

Hibs survived penalty claims after the ball appeared to strike the arm of Matt Doherty in the box and fellow substitute David Wotherspoon picked up a booking for barging into Tiffoney after the visitors had moved upfield.

Wotherspoon was off target with a shot on the break and a late rally by Ayr failed to yield a score.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Ayr

  • 01 Cuthbert Booked
  • 04 Malone Booked
  • 05 Smith
  • 02 Tiffoney Booked
  • 03 Dodd
  • 06 Geggan Booked (McKernan - 79' )
  • 08 Tomsett
  • 11 McGowan (Robertson - 81' )
  • 07 Moffat
  • 09 Parker
  • 10 Roberts (Wardlaw - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 20 McWilliams
  • 15 Robertson
  • 14 McKernan
  • 12 Wardlaw
  • 16 Armstrong

Hibernian

  • 01 Stack
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 15 McPake
  • 19 Kujabi (Doherty - 63' )
  • 22 Francomb
  • 08 Claros
  • 16 Stevenson Booked
  • 17 Sproule (Wotherspoon - 69' Booked )
  • 24 Osbourne
  • 18 O'Donovan
  • 28 Griffiths (O'Connor - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 31 Brown
  • 02 Doherty
  • 07 Wotherspoon
  • 09 O'Connor
  • 10 Doyle
Ref: Mclean
Att: 5,991

Match Stats

Shots

9 13

On target

4 8

Corners

7 6

Fouls

12 17

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:22 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +2:54

Keigan Parker challenges David Wotherspoon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Garry O'Connor takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:47

Edward Malone gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McPake. Paul Hanlon takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +0:57

A cross is delivered by Liam Tomsett, clearance by James McPake. Corner taken by Keigan Parker from the right by-line to the near post, Header from close range by Edward Malone clears the bar.

87:37

Effort on goal by David Wotherspoon from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

86:39

Foul by Ross Robertson on Jorge Claros, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Graham Stack.

84:43

Centre by Keigan Parker, Close range header by Ross Robertson goes over the crossbar.

83:14

Edward Malone gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Roy O'Donovan. Free kick crossed left-footed by Paul Hanlon from left channel, Edward Malone makes a clearance.

82:27 Booking

Booking David Wotherspoon booked for unsporting behaviour.

81:31

Inswinging corner taken by Jamie McKernon from the left by-line, clearance by Roy O'Donovan.

80:11

Free kick crossed by Liam Tomsett, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.

80:11 Substitution

Substitution Ross Robertson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Micheal McGowan.

80:11 Substitution

Substitution Gareth Wardlaw is brought on as a substitute for Mark Roberts.

80:11

Micheal McGowan fouled by George Francomb, the ref awards a free kick.

78:50

Centre by George Francomb, Garry O'Connor takes a shot. Save by Kevin Cuthbert. Unfair challenge on Keigan Parker by Matt Doherty results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Edward Malone, clearance made by James McPake.

78:50 Booking

Booking Edward Malone goes into the referee's book.

78:46

Foul by Edward Malone on Garry O'Connor, free kick awarded.

78:06 Substitution

Substitution Jamie McKernon replaces Andrew Geggan.

77:41

George Francomb delivers the ball, Isaiah Osbourne takes a shot. Save by Kevin Cuthbert.

76:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roy O'Donovan by Christopher Smith. The free kick is swung in right-footed by George Francomb, clearance made by Christopher Smith.

76:11

Garry O'Connor sends in a cross, Christopher Smith gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by George Francomb, Andrew Geggan makes a clearance.

75:15

The ball is crossed by Roy O'Donovan, clearance made by Adam Dodd. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by George Francomb from the right by-line, Paul Hanlon takes a shot. Jonathan Tiffoney makes a clearance.

74:24 Substitution

Substitution (Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Garry O'Connor coming on for Leigh Griffiths.

72:32

The ball is delivered by Micheal McGowan, save by Graham Stack.

70:06

George Francomb takes the outswinging corner, Matt Doherty has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

68:37 Substitution

Substitution David Wotherspoon replaces Ivan Sproule.

67:17

Micheal McGowan crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Paul Hanlon.

67:17 Booking

Booking Lewis Stevenson is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

67:11

Lewis Stevenson challenges Micheal McGowan unfairly and gives away a free kick.

66:40

Michael Moffat crosses the ball, James McPake makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Micheal McGowan, George Francomb makes a clearance.

65:51

Shot from just outside the area by Michael Moffat goes over the bar.

63:37

Shot by Leigh Griffiths from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

62:19 Substitution

Substitution Matt Doherty joins the action as a substitute, replacing Pa Saikou Kujabi.

61:16

Micheal McGowan takes a shot. Graham Stack makes a save.

58:41

Adam Dodd challenges George Francomb unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Leigh Griffiths, Christopher Smith manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by George Francomb, Paul Hanlon produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

58:18

The ball is swung over by George Francomb, clearance made by Christopher Smith.

56:04

The assistant referee signals for offside against Roy O'Donovan. Free kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert.

55:21

Micheal McGowan sends in a cross, Andrew Geggan takes a shot. Graham Stack makes a save.

54:17

The ball is swung over by Micheal McGowan, clearance by James McPake. Corner taken by Micheal McGowan from the right by-line, clearance made by Roy O'Donovan. Inswinging corner taken by Micheal McGowan, clearance by Roy O'Donovan.

52:48

The free kick is swung in right-footed by George Francomb, Michael Moffat manages to make a clearance.

52:48 Booking

Booking Booking for Jonathan Tiffoney for unsporting behaviour.

52:38

Jonathan Tiffoney concedes a free kick for a foul on Ivan Sproule.

52:26

Christopher Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Roy O'Donovan. Free kick taken by Isaiah Osbourne.

51:00

Ivan Sproule concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Tiffoney. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert.

50:20

Adam Dodd fouled by Leigh Griffiths, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin Cuthbert takes the direct free kick.

48:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Roberts by Pa Saikou Kujabi. Keigan Parker has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Graham Stack.

48:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Roberts on James McPake. George Francomb sends in a cross, Roy O'Donovan takes a shot. Kevin Cuthbert makes a save.

46:15

Leigh Griffiths is caught offside. Free kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +4:10 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +4:08 Booking

Booking The referee shows Kevin Cuthbert a yellow card for dissent.

45:00 +2:21

Shot from just outside the box by Leigh Griffiths misses to the right of the target.

45:00 +0:08

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Micheal McGowan, Effort from deep inside the area by Liam Tomsett clears the bar.

42:36

George Francomb crosses the ball, Jonathan Tiffoney manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by George Francomb, Mark Roberts makes a clearance.

41:57

The ball is delivered by Pa Saikou Kujabi, clearance by Adam Dodd.

40:58

Liam Tomsett delivers the ball.

39:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Hanlon on Mark Roberts. Free kick taken by Andrew Geggan.

38:55

Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Save by Kevin Cuthbert.

36:50

The ball is sent over by Keigan Parker, James McPake gets a block in. Corner taken by Micheal McGowan from the right by-line.

35:49

Centre by Leigh Griffiths, Pa Saikou Kujabi takes a shot. Christopher Smith gets a block in.

35:07

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne on Liam Tomsett, free kick awarded. Adam Dodd restarts play with the free kick.

33:30

Foul by Roy O'Donovan on Mark Roberts, free kick awarded. Mark Roberts takes the free kick.

29:24

Ivan Sproule crosses the ball, Christopher Smith manages to make a clearance.

28:30

Unfair challenge on Andrew Geggan by Jorge Claros results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Christopher Smith.

26:42

Pa Saikou Kujabi challenges Liam Tomsett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Dodd produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

25:59

The offside flag is raised against Keigan Parker. Graham Stack restarts play with the free kick.

25:01

Leigh Griffiths gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Edward Malone. Kevin Cuthbert restarts play with the free kick.

24:18

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Graham Stack.

18:51 Goal scored

Goal! - Leigh Griffiths - Ayr 0 - 2 Hibernian Penalty taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths and scored. Ayr 0-2 Hibernian.

18:45 Booking

Booking The referee shows Andrew Geggan a yellow card.

17:23

Corner taken right-footed by George Francomb, Unfair challenge on Isaiah Osbourne by Andrew Geggan results in a Penalty.

16:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Pa Saikou Kujabi on Micheal McGowan. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert.

14:27

Keigan Parker fouled by Paul Hanlon, the ref awards a free kick. Micheal McGowan produces a cross, Andrew Geggan takes a shot. Save by Graham Stack.

13:41

The ball is swung over by Leigh Griffiths. Ivan Sproule is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert.

10:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christopher Smith by Leigh Griffiths. Liam Tomsett takes the free kick.

9:23

Ivan Sproule gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Tiffoney. Kevin Cuthbert restarts play with the free kick.

5:33

Assist on the goal came from George Francomb.

5:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Roy O'Donovan - Ayr 0 - 1 Hibernian Roy O'Donovan finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Ayr 0-1 Hibernian.

4:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Tiffoney on Roy O'Donovan. The ball is swung over by George Francomb,

3:05

Ivan Sproule takes a shot. Save by Kevin Cuthbert. The referee blows for offside against Roy O'Donovan. Free kick taken by Kevin Cuthbert.

2:02

Foul by Roy O'Donovan on Jonathan Tiffoney, free kick awarded. Kevin Cuthbert restarts play with the free kick.

1:39

Micheal McGowan sends in a cross, Graham Stack makes a save.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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