Aberdeen v Hibernian as it happened

Hibernian beat Aberdeen in the first Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.

14 April 2012 Last updated at 14:25

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As it happened

  1. 1423: 

    I'm going to sign off. Join us again tomorrow for live coverage of Celtic v Hearts.

  2.  
    Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon

    "I'm chuffed and I'm thrilled for everyone in the club. We showed a lot of character. It was a great goal to win it."

  3.  
    Aberdeen midfielder Gavin Rae on Sportsound

    "Congratulation to Hibs but we're obviously devastated."

  4. 1418: 

    So, Hibs have booked their place in the final on Saturday 19 May and they'll play the winner of Sunday's semi-final, Celtic v Hearts.

  5.  
    Hibernian goal hero Leigh Griffiths

    "It's magnificent. It's a great occasion and we're absolutley delighted to be in the final. I've scored the winning goal and got Hibs into the Scottish Cup final."

  6. 1411: 

    Leigh Griffiths' goal proved to be the winner after Aberdeen's Rory Fallon had cancelled out Garry O'Connor's opener.

  7. 1408: 
    FULL-TIME- Aberdeen 1-2 Hibernian

    Hibs hold on to claim the victory and progress to the final.

  8. 1407: 

    Aberdeen have a free-kick and the ball is shelled into the box. Mark Reynolds' shot is stopped near the line by team-mate Kari Arnason, who tries to turn the ball in but is flagged offside.

  9. 1406: 

    Aberdeen make their final change. Josh Magennis is on for Rory McArdle.

  10. 1406: 

    Darren Mackie chips the ball into the Hibs danger area but Scott Vernon's header poses few problems for Hibs keeper Mark Brown.

  11. 1404: 
    INJURY TIME

    There will be five minutes of added time, starting now.

  12. 1403: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Hibs make another alteration with George Francomb coming on for Garry O'Connor.

  13. 1402: 

    Kari Arnason fires the ball across the Hibs box and it's deflected away off a defender. The Aberdeen midfielder claims for a handball but referee Willie Collum allows play to continue.

  14. 1400: 

    Kari Arnason blasts a shot over as Aberdeen try and find a second equaliser.

  15. 1358: 
    GOAL- Aberdeen 1-2 Hibernian (Griffiths)

    Hibs are back in front and it's Leigh Griffiths who gets the goal. Garry O'Connor helped the ball onto the on-loan Wolves forward and he fired the ball across the goalkeeper into the net.

  16.  

    You'll see by now that we managed to get the video stream fixed. Apologies for the earlier inconvenience.

  17. 1355: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Darren Mackie is booked for his challenge on Ivan Sproule.

  18. 1353: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Leigh Griffiths presses on the right and fires a shot that nicks off the near post on its way out. It was always going to be difficult to score from that tight angle.

  19. 1350: 

    Darren Mackie speeds down the right to chase a long ball. He meanders into the box and drills a low shot into the hands of Hibs substitute goalkeeper Mark Brown.

  20. 1349: 

    We're into the final 15 minutes of regulation time now. If we don't get another goal soon, it'll be extra-time.

  21. 1348: 

    Chance for Hibs on the break as Garry O'Connor is found on the left by David Wotherspoon. The striker cuts in onto his right but he is crowded out.

  22. 1345: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    And Hibs make the change of goalkeeper. Graham Stack is off and on comes Mark Brown.

  23. 1344: 

    Hibs goalkeeper Graham Stack has an injury problem and substitute Mark Brown is getting ready to come on.

  24. 1342: 

    Hibs have also made a change with David Wotherspoon on for Jorge Claros.

  25.  
    BBC One pundit Billy Dodds

    "Aberdeen have their tails up. Darren Mackie has come on, so they are certainly going for the win. Hibs are looking tired and maybe Wotherspoon can bring that."

  26. 1340: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Chris Clark makes way for Darren Mackie in Aberdeen's second change.

  27. 1339: 

    Darren Mackie is preparing to come on for Aberdeen and Hibs are also ready to make a change with David Wotherspoon coming on.

  28. 1337: 

    But then Aberdeen break and Fraser Fyvie has a chance on the edge of the box and his curling shot bounces past the far post.

  29. 1336: 

    Hibs have had a bit of pressure since losing that goal and now they are the team in the ascendancy.

  30.  
    BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg

    "Now we might have the classic we're looking for."

  31. 1332: 
    GOAL- Aberdeen 1-1 Hibernian (Fallon)

    Aberdeen are level and what a goal it is! The ball drops out the sky to Rory Fallon, who chests it down and volleys it over Graham Stack from 20 yards.

  32.  
    Aberdeen midfielder Gavin Rae on Sportsound

    "The game's more open now and that'll certainly suit us."

  33.  
    BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg

    "It's game on now."

  34. 1328: 

    Pa Saikou Kujabi concedes possession deep inside his own half and suddenly Aberdeen have a chance. Scott Vernon works his way into the box, cuts across and cuts across but there are two many Hibs bodies in front of him. The ball deflects into the path of Fraser Fyvie but his shot from the narrow angle is collected by Graham Stack.

  35. 1327: 

    Fraser Fyvie volleys over after being found at the back post. The Dons have done more in the opening 10 minutes of the second half than they did in the whole of the first.

  36. 1326: 

    Hibs press for a second. Ivan Sproule finds Garry O'Connor on the right and his shot is blocked. The ball is laid back to Pa Saikou Kujabi on the opposite side and the left-back's effort whizzes past the near post.

  37. 1324: 

    Aberdeen win a free-kick on the right and Stephen Hughes sends the ball across for Andrew Considine to head but Graham Stack claims comfortably. Best effort so far from the Dons.

  38. 1323: 

    No real pattern to the second half yet and we're still seeing a degree of nervousness in possession from both sides.

  39. 1319: 
    KICK-OFF

    The second half is underway but play is quickly stopped when Matt Doherty is caught by Fraser Fyvie's hand and the Hibs full-back needs treatment.

  40. 1318: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Aberdeen make a change for the second half. Ryan Jack is off and on comes Fraser Fyvie.

  41. 1315: 

    Quick recap on that first half: Garry O'Connor tapped home the opening goal to give Hibs the lead after three minutes and since then his team-mate Leigh Griffiths has flashed a couple of shots wide. Aberdeen have offered little in attack so far and they'll need to improve in the second half if they are to reach the final.

  42.   
    Pat Nevin, BBC pundit

    "If Craig Brown doesn't make a change at half-time, he'll have to do it early on in the second half if the score doesn't change."

  43.  
    Former Aberdeen and Hibs striker Mixu Paatelainen

    "Hibs have been very active while Aberdeen have been very one-dimensional."

  44. 1303: 
    HALF-TIME- Aberdeen 0-1 Hibernian

    Hibs goalkeeper Graham Stack clutches the ball to take the sting out of an Aberdeen attack and referee Willie Collum blows the whistle to signal half-time. Garry O'Connor's third-minute goal still separates the sides.

  45. 1302: 
    INJURY TIME

    The first half enters one minute of stoppage time.

  46. 1259: 

    Around three minutes till the break, plus any stoppage time of course. Scott Vernon progresses towards the Hibs danger area and attempts an ambitious chip that is well over the bar.

  47.  
    BBC One pundit Billy Dodds

    "Craig Brown will be a worried man. Once again, they have frozen at the semi-final stage."

  48.  
    BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg

    "Aberdeen look like a side without real belief just at the moment."

  49.  
    Callum Grant has tweeted using #bbcsportsound

    "Aberdeen fc were not around when hibs won the Scottish cup"

  50. 1254: 

    Leigh Griffiths tries his luck again with a shot from the edge of the box but the Hibs striker is again off target. However, Aberdeen cannot afford to keep giving him so much space.

  51. 1253: 

    Jorge Claros wins the ball deep inside the Aberdeen half and finds Garry O'Connor and the Hibs striker tries an ambitious shot that is blocked and the move breaks down.

  52.  
    BBC One pundit Billy Dodds

    "The pressing all over the pitch and the work ethic running through the whole Hibs team is impressive."

  53. 1251: 

    Ryan Jack's delivery is cleared but quickly returned into the box and Hibs make a bit of a meal of getting it clear but the pressure soon subsides.

  54. 1250: 

    Bit of head tennis on the edge of the Hibs box as Aberdeen try to force the ball forward. The Dons eventually get a free-kick wide on the right. Can they make it count?

  55. 1245: 

    The game has lost its fluency at the moment with both sides struggling to keep possession for any length of time.

  56. 1240: 

    Bit of Aberdeen pressure on the left but Kari Arnason's deliveries are cleared at the near post.

  57.  
    BBC One pundit Billy Dodds

    "Aberdeen have been really poor defensively and Hibs will be delighted with their start."

  58. 1237: 

    Hibs sweep forward from deep and Leigh Griffiths cuts in to ping in a shot but he catches it with the outside of his left foot and it spins wide.

  59. 1232: 

    Temporarily lull in play as Hibernian full-back Matt Doherty receives treatment on a head knock.

  60. 1231: 

    It appears we are having some technical problems with our video stream of Aberdeen v Hibernian. Apologies, we are working on a fix.

  61. 1227: 

    The Dons have shelled crosses into the Hibs box but so far the Leith side are winning the big headers.

  62. 1226: 

    The winner of today's match, which will be settled by extra-time and penalties if necessary, will play the winner of tomorrow's semi-final, Celtic v Hearts.

  63. 1223: 

    The match so far has been pretty end-to-end. Both sides had the ball in dangerous areas in the run up to O'Connor's goal and Aberdeen have been determined since falling behind.

  64. 1221: 

    Aberdeen try to respond and Scott Vernon gets in behind the Hibs defence to the byeline. He elects to shoot and Graham Stack collects. The better option for the Dons striker would have been to cut the ball back to a team-mate instead.

  65.  
    BBC Radio Scotland commentator David Begg

    "What a start it's been from Hibernian."

  66. 1219: 
    GOAL- Aberdeen 0-1 Hibernian

    Hibs in front already! Pa Saikou Kujabi dinks a cross into the near post where Garry O'Connor is relatively unmarked and the big striker just sidefoots the ball into the net.

  67. 1217: 
    KICK-OFF

    The match is underway.

  68. 1215: 

    Both sets of players make their way onto the pitch to a warm welcome. The Aberdeen fans are holding up red and white cards and the Hibernian faithful have got green and white cards displayed. The sun is shining too on the south side of Glasgow making for quite an atmosphere.

  69.   
    Pat Nevin, BBC pundit

    "I look at the players on the bench and there might be a role for the likes of Wotherspoon, Doyle and Mackie on the bench. So what the managers do when the players tire will be very important."

  70. 1212: 

    Aberdeen's last appearance in the Scottish Cup final was in 2000, Hibernian's the year after that.

  71.  
    Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon

    "We have just to go out and enjoy the occasion. Our message is to give everything on the day and enjoy it. The goal has always been to stay in the league, but if we managed to get to a cup final it would be fantastic for the fans."

  72.  
    Aberdeen manager Craig Brown.

    "Both teams are in good form, so I'm looking forward to a great Cup semi-final. I think at this stage of the season to ask Russell Anderson to play without much match practice is too much. But he is on the bench and he is there if we need him. There is that great anticipation but we have got to play it like a normal league game and not get caught up in the occasion."

  73. 1207: 

    I've literally just arrived in the office and just drove past a huge queue of buses carrying Dons and Hibs fans to the national stadium. A big turnout's expected and no wonder, there's a lot at stake.

  74. 1205: 

    Today's referee is Willie Collum.

  75. 1204: 
    LINE-UPS- Team news from Hampden

    Aberdeen: Brown, McArdle, Reynolds, Considine, Robertson, Hughes, Arnason, Clark, Jack, Vernon, Fallon. Subs: Langfield, Mackie, Fyvie, Magennis, Anderson.

    Hibernian: Stack, Doherty, Hanlon, McPake, Kujabi, Soares, Osbourne, Claros, Sproule, O'Connor, Griffiths. Subs: Brown, Wotherspoon, Doyle, O'Donovan, Francomb.

  76. 1202: 

    Today's match is the first semi-final, Aberdeen v Hibernian.

  77. 1200: 

    Good afternoon and welcome to today's live Scottish Cup coverage.

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