Scottish Cup - Fourth Round
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Alloa Athletic 1-2 Hibernian

By Colin MoffatBBC Scotland
Highlights - Alloa 1-2 Hibernian

Hibernian came from behind against Championship rivals Alloa to reach the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.

Hibs keeper Mark Oxley allowed a speculative shot from Daryll Meggatt to slip through his grasp on 15 minutes.

But Liam Craig curled in a free-kick to level and David Gray headed the visitors in front before the interval.

The visitors faded after a bright first half and were hanging on after Dominique Malonga's late red card for an off-the-ball incident.

Alloa beat Hibs 2-1 on league duty in late August but Alan Stubbs' men have improved since then, saving their best form for the road.

The Edinburgh side scored six at Dumbarton last week and popped first-time passes around with confidence on the artificial surface, with the hosts forced to defend deep in their own territory.

Jason Cummings sent a first-time strike wide, while Malonga and Lewis Stevenson lifted shots narrowly over the top as Hibs dictated play.

However, Alloa found themselves in front after a glaring error from Oxley, who should have made a routine save as Meggatt let fly from 25-yards.

The Wasps then had a great chance to double their lead when Mark Cawley was allowed to break clear through the middle but the home midfielder skewed his shot wide with just Oxley to beat.

Moments later, Gray clattered a header against the back post as the visitors rediscovered their poise.

Hibernian were beaten Scottish Cup finalists in 2012 and 2013
Hibernian were beaten Scottish Cup finalists in 2012 and 2013

The game was all-square when Cawley was penalised for stopping a Scott Robertson shot with his hands on the edge of the penalty area and Craig found the bottom corner with a precise free-kick.

Full-backs Stevenson and Gray were prominent in attack for Hibs and it was the latter who found the net next when he rose at the back post to meet Scott Allan's cross and looped a header over keeper Craig McDowall.

Hibs defender Paul Hanlon volleyed straight at McDowall soon after and the first half closed with a header from the same player deflected just wide.

The impressive Allan was doing his best to drive his team on with a sequence of strong runs from midfield but Hibs found openings harder to come by after the interval.

Alloa continued to defend in numbers but had a glimpse of goal when Ryan McCord sliced a shot off-target and Oxley's less than convincing handling from corners must have been a source of hope for home fans.

Hibs introduced the youthful attacking trio of Alex Harris, Sam Stanton and Matthew Kennedy but the changes failed to make any impact, with Alloa beginning to look the more dangerous side.

And the hosts had an advantage in personnel for the last few minutes as Malonga was dismissed following an altercation with Ben Gordon but they failed to test Oxley.

Line-ups

Alloa

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21McDowall
  • 17Doyle
  • 4Gordon
  • 14BenedictusBooked at 83mins
  • 5MeggattBooked at 43mins
  • 3Docherty
  • 18HetheringtonSubstituted forFernsat 76'minutes
  • 8McCord
  • 7Cawley
  • 9Spence
  • 19Buchanan

Substitutes

  • 1Gibson
  • 11Ferns
  • 20Asghar
  • 23Forsyth
  • 24Wilson

Hibernian

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Oxley
  • 2Gray
  • 4Hanlon
  • 5Fontaine
  • 16Stevenson
  • 8Robertson
  • 19Handling
  • 10CraigSubstituted forHarrisat 79'minutes
  • 20AllanSubstituted forKennedyat 84'minutes
  • 24MalongaBooked at 87mins
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forStantonat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Harris
  • 11Stanton
  • 14Heffernan
  • 18Sinclair
  • 22Booth
  • 30Kennedy
  • 31Perntreou
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
2,138

Match Stats

Home TeamAlloaAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home5
Away19
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Alloa Athletic 1, Hibernian 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Alloa Athletic 1, Hibernian 2.

  3. Dismissal

    Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) is shown the red card for fighting.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Matthew Kennedy replaces Scott Allan.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).

  6. Post update

    Ryan McCord (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Booking

    Kyle Benedictus (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Liam Fontaine (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Greig Spence (Alloa Athletic).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Alex Harris replaces Liam Craig because of an injury.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Samuel Stanton replaces Jason Cummings.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Edward Ferns replaces Steven Hetherington.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Kevin Cawley.

  16. Post update

    Liam Craig (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Greig Spence (Alloa Athletic).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Liam Craig (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jason Cummings (Hibernian).