Hibs staged one of the great Scottish Cup fightbacks to beat Falkirk and reach the final in a seven-goal epic.

The Bairns swept into a three-goal first-half lead thanks to Craig Sibbald's strike, Jay Fulton's stooping header and Blair Alston's finish.

But goals from Alex Harris, Leigh Griffiths, after his penalty was saved, and Eoin Doyle brought extra-time.

And Griffiths struck a beautiful 20-yard winner as time and Falkirk's energy and resistance ran out.

It took Hibs into their second Scottish Cup final in a row and keeps alive the Edinburgh side's hopes of ending that infamous 111-year wait to lift the trophy.

First Division Falkirk, in their first match under new manager Gary Holt, showed they have youthful promise but ultimately were unable to cope with the greater power and experience of their top-flight opponents.

Highlights - Leigh Griffiths scores cup semi winner

Early defensive naivety allowed Griffiths a sight of goal only for his powerful low effort to be parried clear by goalkeeper Michael McGovern.

Fresh from an escape that was especially lucky considering the Scotland striker's 23-goal record ahead of the semi-final, the Bairns sped up to the other end of Hampden to take the lead.

Lyle Taylor has more than matched Griffiths' scoring rate since arriving from Bournemouth in the summer, but the 27-goal striker showed he can set them up too with a precise cut back that Sibbald dispatched clinically low into the corner of the net.

Scott Robertson, the Scotland midfielder whose confidence appears to have been shot since an ill-fated spell with Blackpool, mis-cued in front of goal as another good Hibs chance was squandered.

Falkirk were ripping apart the Hibs rearguard almost at will and, when Conor McGrandles flicked on a Sibbald free-kick flighted to the back post, Fulton stooped to head the second from eight yards.

Blair Alston

Blair Alston's goal had put Falkirk 3-0 up at half-time

The closest Hibs came to a reply was thanks to a miscued slice of a volley from Harris that struck the roof of the bar with McGovern scrambling.

A trickle became a flood as unhappy Hibs fans streamed from the national stadium after Falkirk sped into a three-goal lead.

Alston set Taylor clear and, when the striker's shot came off the legs of goalkeeper Ben Williams, the midfielder followed up to fire into the empty net.

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon hauled off the troubled Robertson, bringing on Danny Handling, but there were few signs of a change in fortunes as Taylor again got in behind the defence only to once more find Williams' outstretched pin.

All that changed after a break during which Hibs introduced Doyle for Paul Cairney.

McGovern brilliantly turned a Harris drive on to a post and Hibs were denied a clearcut penalty when Stewart Murdoch felled Tim Clancy.

The pressure paid off when a Harris drive from 25 yards skimmed McGovern's fingertips and nestled in the top corner.

It was now a case of old-fashioned shootie-in on an increasingly crowded Falkirk goal, with Griffiths belying his reputation by heading over when unmarked six yards out.

Having tempted fate earlier, Murdoch did concede a penalty after clearly clipping Handling.

However, McGovern produced a superb double save, first from Griffiths' low spot kick and then from Doyle's follow up.

Griffiths was only to be momentarily denied as he swept home a low Harris cross from 12 yards.

The energy was visibly sapping from the Bairns' legs and nearly all resistance was drained by the low Doyle drive that fired into their hearts and the back of the net from 18 yards.

Falkirk held on bravely in extra-time until Griffiths' almost inevitable strike five minutes before the end.

Taylor had a great chance moments later, but Williams' point-blank save prevented the tie going to a penalty shoot-out.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 02 Clancy
  • 03 McGivern
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 06 McPake
  • 08 Claros
  • 11 Cairney (Doyle - 46' )
  • 28 Robertson (Handling - 32' )
  • 33 Harris
  • 38 Thomson Booked (Taiwo - 64' )
  • 09 Griffiths

Substitutes

  • 31 Murdoch
  • 16 Stevenson
  • 20 Taiwo
  • 10 Doyle
  • 24 Handling

Falkirk

  • 01 McGovern
  • 02 Duffy
  • 03 Kingsley
  • 04 Dods Booked
  • 05 Flynn
  • 06 Murdoch Booked
  • 08 McGrandles (Higgins - 79' )
  • 10 Fulton (Weatherston - 73' )
  • 11 Alston (Grant - 64' )
  • 07 Sibbald
  • 09 Taylor

Substitutes

  • 17 Bowman
  • 12 Grant
  • 15 Dick
  • 14 Higgins
  • 16 Weatherston
Ref: Brines
Att: 22,410

Match Stats

Shots

18 9

On target

10 4

Corners

11 3

Fouls

8 7

Live Text Commentary

120:00 +1:12

The referee signals the end of extra time.

120:00 +0:04

Defending throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

119:46

Defending throw-in by Stephen Kingsley (Falkirk).

119:21

Attacking throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

119:08

Attacking throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

118:40

Attacking throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

118:04

Shot by David Weatherston (Falkirk) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), brilliant save (caught) by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

117:52

Defending throw-in by Stephen Kingsley (Falkirk).

117:20

Foul by David Weatherston (Falkirk) on Jorge Claros (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Williams (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

117:04

Defending throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

116:31

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Thomas Grant (Falkirk) to far post, resulting in open play.

114:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Leigh Griffiths - Hibernian 4 - 3 Falkirk Goal by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) left-footed (top-right of goal) from left channel (20 yards).Hibernian 4-3 Falkirk.

114:34

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) to centre, clearance by Darren Dods (Falkirk).

112:35

Foul by Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) on Jorge Claros (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Williams (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

111:49

Goal kick taken long by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

111:23

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) to centre, clearance by Stewart Murdoch (Falkirk).

110:37

Shot by Sean Higgins (Falkirk) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

109:54

Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

107:59

Attacking throw-in by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).

107:45

Attacking throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

107:13

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) to far post, clearance by Craig Sibbald (Falkirk).

106:59

Attacking throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

106:43

Cross by Alex Harris (Hibernian), clearance by Sean Higgins (Falkirk).

106:05

Lyle Taylor (Falkirk) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Williams (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

105:42

Goal kick taken long by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

105:26

Header by Tom Taiwo (Hibernian) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed left.

105:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half of extra time.

104:13

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) to far post, resulting in open play.

102:34

Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Michael McGovern (Falkirk) from own half, resulting in open play.

102:05

Goal kick taken long by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

101:45

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) to far post, resulting in ball out of play.

100:54

Foul by Sean Higgins (Falkirk) on Tom Taiwo (Hibernian). Free kick taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) from right channel, resulting in open play.

100:28

Attacking throw-in by Stephen Kingsley (Falkirk).

100:06

Defending throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

99:28

Attacking throw-in by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).

99:00

Defending throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

98:25

David Weatherston (Falkirk) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Williams (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

97:43

Shot by Tom Taiwo (Hibernian) volleyed right-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

97:02

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) to centre, clearance by Lyle Taylor (Falkirk).

96:11

Attacking throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

95:19

Defending throw-in by Stephen Kingsley (Falkirk).

94:28

Defending throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

94:01

Defending throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

92:22

Attacking throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

91:47

Weak header by Sean Higgins (Falkirk) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

90:46

Shot by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

90:00 +2:07

The match has reached the end of normal time.

90:00 +0:10

Free kick crossed left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) from left wing, resulting in ball out of play.

90:00 +0:10 Booking

Booking Darren Dods (Falkirk) booked for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +0:05

Foul by Darren Dods (Falkirk) on Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian).

89:31

Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

88:28

Goal kick taken long by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

87:06

Goal kick taken long by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

86:01

Goal kick taken long by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

84:40

Defending throw-in by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).

84:31

Cross by Alex Harris (Hibernian), clearance by Darren Dods (Falkirk).

82:15

Assist (cross) by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) from right channel.

82:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Eoin Doyle - Hibernian 3 - 3 Falkirk Goal by Eoin Doyle (Hibernian) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from left channel (30 yards).Hibernian 3-3 Falkirk.

79:50

Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) to centre, clearance by Lyle Taylor (Falkirk).

78:04 Substitution

Substitution Falkirk substitution: Conor McGrandles replaced by Sean Higgins (tactical).

77:25

Assist (cross) by Alex Harris (Hibernian) from left side of penalty area.

77:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Leigh Griffiths - Hibernian 2 - 3 Falkirk Goal by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) volleyed left-footed (low centre of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Hibernian 2-3 Falkirk.

74:59

Defending throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

74:41

Attacking throw-in by Danny Handling (Hibernian).

73:17

Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

72:28 Substitution

Substitution Falkirk substitution: Jay Fulton replaced by David Weatherston (tactical).

72:06 Penalty

Placed penalty taken right-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) (bottom-right of goal), save (parried) by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

71:26 Booking

Booking Stewart Murdoch (Falkirk) booked for unsporting behaviour.

71:09

Foul by Stewart Murdoch (Falkirk) on Danny Handling (Hibernian).

69:16

Shot by Thomas Grant (Falkirk) left-footed from left channel (12 yards), blocked by Alex Harris (Hibernian). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Lyle Taylor (Falkirk) to centre, resulting in open play.

67:47

Thomas Grant (Falkirk) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Ben Williams (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

67:26

Goal kick taken long by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

66:08

Foul by Tom Taiwo (Hibernian) on Craig Sibbald (Falkirk). Darren Dods (Falkirk) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Williams (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.

65:21

Header by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

64:48

Attacking throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

63:58 Substitution

Substitution Falkirk substitution: Blair Alston replaced by Thomas Grant (tactical).

63:35 Substitution

Substitution Hibernian substitution: Kevin Thomson replaced by Tom Taiwo (tactical).

62:32

Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

60:15

Shot by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

58:21

Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

58:00

Defending throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

56:31

Shot by Eoin Doyle (Hibernian) volleyed right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.

55:32

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Falkirk) on James McPake (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Danny Handling (Hibernian) from own half (18 yards), save (caught) by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

55:06

Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

54:12

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) to centre, clearance by Jonathan Flynn (Falkirk).

53:16

Cross by Tim Clancy (Hibernian), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

52:31

Defending throw-in by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).

50:53

Assist (pass) by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) from left channel.

50:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Alex Harris - Hibernian 1 - 3 Falkirk Goal by Alex Harris (Hibernian) right-footed (top-right of goal) from left channel (12 yards).Hibernian 1-3 Falkirk.

50:18

Defending throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

49:17

Shot by Alex Harris (Hibernian) right-footed from left channel (18 yards), inswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) to far post, resulting in open play. Save (tipped over) by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

47:01

Shot by Blair Alston (Falkirk) left-footed from left channel (18 yards), blocked by Jay Fulton (Falkirk). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) to centre, resulting in open play.

45:39

Shot by Lyle Taylor (Falkirk) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

45:01

The second half begins.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Hibernian substitution: Paul Cairney replaced by Eoin Doyle (tactical).

45:00 +1:13 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:56

Cross by Tim Clancy (Hibernian), clearance by Jay Fulton (Falkirk).

44:17

Shot by Alex Harris (Hibernian) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

42:07

Shot by Lyle Taylor (Falkirk) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), fantastic save (parried) by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

41:33

Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

40:55

Goal kick taken long by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

40:34

Cross by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian), resulting in ball out of play. Attacking throw-in by Stephen Kingsley (Falkirk).

38:36

Goal kick taken long by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

36:53

Goal kick taken long by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

36:12

Shot by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

35:00

Goal kick taken long by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

34:31

Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

34:02

Attacking throw-in by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).

32:56

Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) on Lyle Taylor (Falkirk). Free kick crossed left-footed by Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) from right channel, clearance by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

32:29

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Paul Cairney (Hibernian) to short, resulting in open play.

31:59

Defending throw-in by Stephen Kingsley (Falkirk).

31:19 Substitution

Substitution Hibernian substitution: Scott Robertson replaced by Danny Handling (tactical).

29:10

Assist (pass) by Lyle Taylor (Falkirk) from right channel.

29:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Blair Alston - Hibernian 0 - 3 Falkirk Goal by Blair Alston (Falkirk) right-footed (low centre of goal) from right channel (18 yards).Hibernian 0-3 Falkirk.

28:12

Shot by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) volleyed right-footed from right channel (18 yards), inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) to centre, save (tipped over) by Michael McGovern (Falkirk). Save (caught) by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

25:42

Goal kick taken long by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

24:53

Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

23:59

Foul by Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) on Conor McGrandles (Falkirk). Free kick taken right-footed by Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) from right channel, passed.

23:43

Attacking throw-in by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk).

23:16

Foul by Alex Harris (Hibernian) on Stephen Kingsley (Falkirk). Free kick taken right-footed by Michael McGovern (Falkirk) from own half, resulting in open play.

20:37

Foul by Jorge Claros (Hibernian) on Stewart Murdoch (Falkirk). Free kick taken left-footed by Stephen Kingsley (Falkirk) from own half, passed.

20:19

Attacking throw-in by Jay Fulton (Falkirk).

19:39

Goal kick taken long by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

19:06

Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

17:38

Assist (cross) by Jonathan Flynn (Falkirk) from left channel.

17:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Jay Fulton - Hibernian 0 - 2 Falkirk headed goal by Jay Fulton (Falkirk) (low centre of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Hibernian 0-2 Falkirk.

16:44

Free kick crossed left-footed by Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) from right channel,

16:44 Booking

Booking Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) booked for unsporting behaviour.

16:40

Foul by Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) on Blair Alston (Falkirk).

16:20

Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

15:24

Goal kick taken long by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

15:04

Shot by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) left-footed from right channel (30 yards), over the bar.

14:10

Foul by Kieran Duffie (Falkirk) on Paul Cairney (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) from left wing, resulting in open play.

13:28

Shot by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) volleyed right-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

13:11

Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

11:10

Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

10:41

Attacking throw-in by Jay Fulton (Falkirk).

9:56

Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

9:33

Cross by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian), clearance by Darren Dods (Falkirk).

9:06

Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

8:00

Lyle Taylor (Falkirk) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) from own half, passed.

5:48

Assist (cross) by Lyle Taylor (Falkirk) from right channel.

5:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Craig Sibbald - Hibernian 0 - 1 Falkirk Goal by Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from right channel (12 yards).Hibernian 0-1 Falkirk.

5:28

Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

4:34

Attacking throw-in by Tim Clancy (Hibernian).

3:37

Foul by Jorge Claros (Hibernian) on Conor McGrandles (Falkirk). Free kick taken right-footed by Jay Fulton (Falkirk) from right channel, passed.

3:09

Shot by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) right-footed from right side of penalty area (6 yards), save (parried) by Michael McGovern (Falkirk).

2:26

Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

1:59

Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

0:18

Foul by Paul Cairney (Hibernian) on Jay Fulton (Falkirk). Free kick crossed left-footed by Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) from right wing, save (caught) by Ben Williams (Hibernian).

0:00

The game begins.

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