Gary Deegan's stunning strike and Ben Williams' late penalty save carried Hibernian past Aberdeen and into the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.

Neither goalkeeper was troubled in a first half lacking in fluency.

But Deegan's long-range effort broke the deadlock four minutes into the second half.

The Dons piled on the pressure in the last 15 minutes and were awarded a spot-kick but Scott Vernon's effort was kept out by Williams.

Last season's beaten finalists Hibs progress to meet Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in early March.

With strikers heavily restricted in terms of first-half openings, full-backs from both sides ventured forward but with little effect.

Alan Maybury's shot for Hibs swerved well wide of goal before Aberdeen's Clark Robertson volleyed high above the hosts' crossbar.

However, the second period got off to a much more enterprising start with Leigh Griffiths having the first shot on target.

The Hibs striker's swirling free-kick from wide on the right brought out the best in Jamie Langfield, who clawed the ball away from underneath the junction of post and bar.

From the following set piece, Robertson accidentally diverted the ball towards his own goal but Jonny Hayes spared the defender's blushes by hacking clear.

But Hibs remained forceful and Deegan's wonderful shot from 25 yards left Langfield helpless as it found the net via the underside of the bar.

Aberdeen almost found themselves two down when Griffiths cut in from the right to test Langfield, with Ryan McGivern's rebound effort rising over.

The visitors' future in the competition was looking more and more precarious and an acrobatic volley from Griffiths required Langfield to be alert.

However, Craig Brown's side began to turn the tide and Russell Anderson's terrific strike required an equally impressive save from Williams.

The keeper came to Hibs' rescue again moments later as substitute Vernon's header was clawed away.

Pressure continued to come on Williams' goal and the stopper used his feet to block Peter Pawlett's drive before he claimed Niall McGinn's close-range header in the aftermath.

Hibs skipper James McPake was then penalised for barging over Hayes, giving Vernon the chance to level.

But, as with McGinn's spot-kick in the league meeting between the two sides last week, Williams would not be beaten from 12 yards, with the keeper touching onto the post before gathering.

Deep into injury time, McGinn turned superbly to shoot from the edge of the box only for Williams to produce another fine block and secure Hibs' passage into the last eight in the competition.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 03 McGivern
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 06 McPake Booked
  • 18 Maybury
  • 07 Deegan (Robertson - 86' )
  • 08 Claros
  • 11 Cairney
  • 14 Wotherspoon (Done - 71' Booked )
  • 16 Stevenson
  • 09 Griffiths (Handling - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 31 Murdoch
  • 36 Donaldson
  • 17 Done
  • 28 Robertson
  • 24 Handling

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield
  • 03 Robertson
  • 04 Anderson
  • 22 Reynolds
  • 23 Shaughnessy
  • 05 Rae (Vernon - 75' )
  • 08 Milsom (Pawlett - 59' )
  • 10 McGinn
  • 11 Hayes
  • 16 Osbourne
  • 18 Hughes

Substitutes

  • 20 Twardzik
  • 15 Pawlett
  • 09 Vernon
  • 21 Magennis
  • 38 Smith
Ref: Brines
Att: 11,877

Match Stats

Shots

8 9

On target

5 7

Corners

4 7

Fouls

15 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +2:44

Peter Pawlett takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Hanlon.

90:00 +2:42

Corner taken left-footed by Johnny Hayes.

90:00 +2:16

Outswinging corner taken by Johnny Hayes from the left by-line played to the near post, James McPake manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:02

Niall McGinn takes a shot. Save made by Ben Williams.

90:00 +0:51

Joe Shaughnessy fouled by Danny Handling, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Langfield takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:25

Shot from just outside the area by Stephen Hughes misses to the right of the target.

88:15 Substitution

Substitution (Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Danny Handling coming on for Leigh Griffiths.

87:03

The referee blows for offside. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.

86:22

The ball is sent over by Clark Robertson, save made by Ben Williams.

85:28

Jamie Langfield restarts play with the free kick.

85:28 Substitution

Substitution Scott Robertson comes on in place of Gary Deegan.

85:28 Booking

Booking Matt Done is shown a yellow card.

85:22

Mark Reynolds fouled by Matt Done, the ref awards a free kick.

84:37

Foul by Gary Deegan on Johnny Hayes, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.

83:33

Russell Anderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leigh Griffiths. Leigh Griffiths delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance made by Joe Shaughnessy.

83:02 Penalty

Penalty taken by Scott Vernon saved by Ben Williams. Hibernian 1-0 Aberdeen.

82:07

Penalty awarded for a foul by James McPake on Johnny Hayes.

81:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Isaac Osbourne by Gary Deegan. Isaac Osbourne takes the direct free kick.

80:39

Niall McGinn takes a shot. Save by Ben Williams. Scott Vernon takes a shot. Save by Ben Williams.

78:56

Corner taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths from the right by-line, clearance made by Mark Reynolds.

78:40

Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Isaac Osbourne gets a block in.

77:07

Gary Deegan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clark Robertson. Direct free kick taken by Niall McGinn.

75:42

Scott Vernon takes a shot. Save by Ben Williams.

75:15

Johnny Hayes fouled by Leigh Griffiths, the ref awards a free kick. Isaac Osbourne takes the free kick.

74:15 Substitution

Substitution Gavin Rae goes off and Scott Vernon comes on.

73:41

Corner taken by Johnny Hayes from the right by-line.

73:30

Drilled right-footed shot by Russell Anderson. Save by Ben Williams.

72:15

Alan Maybury challenges Peter Pawlett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Johnny Hayes restarts play with the free kick.

72:02

Shot by Leigh Griffiths. Save by Jamie Langfield.

70:36 Substitution

Substitution Matt Done comes on in place of David Wotherspoon.

70:20

Unfair challenge on Russell Anderson by Jorge Claros results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Langfield.

67:34

Inswinging corner taken by David Wotherspoon, Clark Robertson makes a clearance.

66:42

Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

66:42 Booking

Booking James McPake is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

66:36

The assistant referee signals for offside against Niall McGinn.

65:55

Lewis Stevenson has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

64:52

The official flags Leigh Griffiths offside. Russell Anderson takes the direct free kick.

64:11

Russell Anderson challenges James McPake unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Williams takes the direct free kick.

63:48

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Johnny Hayes, James McPake makes a clearance.

61:21

Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Save by Jamie Langfield. Shot from just outside the box by Ryan McGivern goes over the target.

60:02

Johnny Hayes crosses the ball, James McPake manages to make a clearance.

59:31

Leigh Griffiths gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Reynolds. Free kick taken by Stephen Hughes.

59:00

Joe Shaughnessy delivers the ball, Ben Williams makes a save.

58:35 Substitution

Substitution Robert Milsom goes off and Peter Pawlett comes on.

55:57

The ball is crossed by Ryan McGivern, Clark Robertson manages to make a clearance. Ryan McGivern is caught offside. Jamie Langfield takes the direct free kick.

54:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Deegan on Isaac Osbourne. Stephen Hughes takes the direct free kick.

54:13

Unfair challenge on Paul Cairney by Gavin Rae results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Williams.

53:29

Paul Cairney is penalised for a handball. Russell Anderson restarts play with the free kick.

52:04

Gary Deegan fouled by Gavin Rae, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Williams.

48:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Deegan - Hibernian 1 - 0 Aberdeen A goal is scored by Gary Deegan from outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Hibernian 1-0 Aberdeen.

48:15

Robert Milsom challenges Alan Maybury unfairly and gives away a free kick. James McPake takes the free kick.

48:01

Jorge Claros delivers the ball, clearance by Russell Anderson.

46:32

Corner taken by David Wotherspoon from the left by-line.

45:35

Stephen Hughes concedes a free kick for a foul on David Wotherspoon. Free kick crossed left-footed by Leigh Griffiths from right wing, Jamie Langfield makes a save.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +0:12 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

41:30

Foul by Robert Milsom on Alan Maybury, free kick awarded. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

39:22

Inswinging corner taken by Johnny Hayes from the right by-line played to the near post, Lewis Stevenson makes a clearance.

39:08

Johnny Hayes delivers the ball, Alan Maybury manages to make a clearance.

36:41

Foul by Gavin Rae on Ryan McGivern, free kick awarded. Leigh Griffiths crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.

36:28

Lewis Stevenson takes a shot. Blocked by Russell Anderson.

34:31

Robert Milsom concedes a free kick for a foul on David Wotherspoon. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

34:15

The ball is crossed by Johnny Hayes, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance. A cross is delivered by Johnny Hayes, clearance made by Alan Maybury.

34:01

The ball is swung over by Clark Robertson, James McPake manages to make a clearance.

32:35

The referee blows for offside. Mark Reynolds takes the free kick.

30:52

The ball is delivered by Johnny Hayes.

28:47

Isaac Osbourne takes a shot. Save by Ben Williams.

26:49

Leigh Griffiths gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Reynolds. Russell Anderson takes the free kick.

26:13

The assistant referee flags for offside against Niall McGinn. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.

25:59

The ball is swung over by Niall McGinn, clearance by James McPake.

22:44

The assistant referee signals for offside against Niall McGinn. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.

21:44

David Wotherspoon produces a cross.

20:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Deegan by Joe Shaughnessy. Free kick crossed by Leigh Griffiths, clearance by Clark Robertson.

19:59

Leigh Griffiths fouled by Mark Reynolds, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Wotherspoon from right channel, Mark Reynolds manages to make a clearance.

17:28

Effort on goal by Clark Robertson from just inside the area clears the bar.

16:56

The ball is delivered by Isaac Osbourne, Jorge Claros manages to make a clearance.

16:17

The ball is crossed by Niall McGinn, clearance by Alan Maybury.

15:27

Foul by Ryan McGivern on Johnny Hayes, free kick awarded. Stephen Hughes crosses the ball in from the free kick, Alan Maybury makes a clearance.

10:59

The offside flag is raised against Clark Robertson. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

10:11

David Wotherspoon challenges Clark Robertson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Reynolds takes the free kick.

8:09

Alan Maybury has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.

7:38

Unfair challenge on Alan Maybury by Robert Milsom results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James McPake.

4:33

Corner taken by Johnny Hayes played to the near post, clearance made by Lewis Stevenson.

4:11

Inswinging corner taken by Johnny Hayes from the left by-line played to the near post, David Wotherspoon makes a clearance.

2:41

Leigh Griffiths takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Robert Milsom.

2:12

Centre by Clark Robertson, Jorge Claros makes a clearance.

1:26

Unfair challenge on Niall McGinn by Gary Deegan results in a free kick. Russell Anderson takes the direct free kick.

0:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Niall McGinn on Paul Hanlon. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

0:10

The referee blows for offside against Leigh Griffiths. Isaac Osbourne takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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