Scottish League Cup - Quarter-final
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Alloa Athletic 1-2 Hibernian: Jack Ross' side hit back to reach League Cup semis

By Martin WattBBC Scotland
Alloa v Hibernian
Christian Doidge forced in a leveller to avert a shock, then came up with a winner for Hibs

Hibernian staved off an upset against second-tier strugglers Alloa Athletic to squeeze through to the Scottish League Cup semi-finals.

Paul Hanlon's own goal had the hosts dreaming of an Edinburgh double after stunning Hearts in the previous round.

But Christian Doidge bundled home just after the hour, then his late header diverted in off Nicky Jamieson.

Having reached the semi-final for the third time in four seasons, Hibs join St Johnstone in Wednesday's draw.

The absence of injured top scorer Kevin Nisbet was acutely felt as top-flight Hibs failed to seriously trouble the part-time side in the first half.

Martin Boyle curled narrowly over and home goalkeeper Neil Parry's only save was to deal with a rasping Jamie Gullan effort.

Hanlon, having twice missed the target from close range, was unwittingly accurate at the other end as Alloa grabbed a shock lead.

Stefan Scougall - a little livewire down the right - skinned Lewis Stevenson to deliver a cross that fell to Kevin Cawley. The midfielder's shot was blocked by Ofir Marciano's leg, but the ball rattled off Hanlon's shin and flew into his own net.

It was the first goal conceded by Hibs in four games, but they hit back to equalise just after the hour. Substitute Stevie Mallan's corner was whipped in with menace and Hanlon had a header blocked before Doidge followed up to force the ball home.

Mallan's passing range had given Hibs a new dimension and he played in fellow substitute Kyle Magennis for an effort cleared off the line by Jamieson.

Hibs' slow start had given way to a commanding finish and Alloa survived two close-range Doidge misses before the Welshman met another delicious Mallan delivery with a header that crashed beyond Parry off Jamieson's face.

Having repaired the damage, Jack Ross' side almost conceded a farcical equaliser when Marciano was too casual with a clearance that smashed into in-rushing Alloa substitute Cameron O'Donnell and flew inches over.

Alloa manager Peter Grant: "It was a missed opportunity and that is not being disrespectful to Hibs.

"The only disappointment was our final ball at times. It says a lot that we are disappointed and not just content with the performance."

Hibs head coach Jack Ross: "We started well but then lost our way and when you go behind it makes it a challenge - we've seen that with other teams going out the competition at this ground.

"It's about progression and we've done that. That's four consecutive semi-finals for the club, now it's about going that next step to the final and winning the competition."

Line-ups

Alloa

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Parry
  • 8Robertson
  • 5Graham
  • 15Jamieson
  • 3DickBooked at 90mins
  • 17Connelly
  • 6HetheringtonBooked at 69mins
  • 7Cawley
  • 10TroutenSubstituted forEvansat 86'minutes
  • 12ScougallSubstituted forO'Donnellat 67'minutes
  • 9BuchananSubstituted forThomsonat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 18Malcolm
  • 19Thomson
  • 20O'Donnell
  • 25Lynch
  • 26Evans
  • 31Willison

Hibernian

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Marciano
  • 6McGinn
  • 5Porteous
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 10BoyleBooked at 44mins
  • 20HallbergSubstituted forMagennisat 52'minutes
  • 11Newell
  • 8WrightSubstituted forMallanat 52'minutes
  • 19Gullan
  • 9Doidge

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 7Magennis
  • 14Mallan
  • 22McGinn
  • 24McGregor
  • 25Doig
  • 33Barnes
  • 43Elder
Referee:
David Munro

Match Stats

Home TeamAlloaAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home2
Away15
Shots on Target
Home0
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Alloa Athletic 1, Hibernian 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Alloa Athletic 1, Hibernian 2.

  3. Post update

    Jon Robertson (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Christian Doidge (Hibernian).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cameron O'Donnell (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  6. Booking

    Liam Dick (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Liam Dick (Alloa Athletic).

  8. Post update

    Christian Doidge (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Liam Evans replaces Alan Trouten.

  10. Goal!

    Own Goal by Nicky Jamieson, Alloa Athletic. Alloa Athletic 1, Hibernian 2.

  11. Post update

    Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by James Gullan (Hibernian).

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Gullan (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christian Doidge (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  15. Post update

    Cameron O'Donnell (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Magennis (Hibernian).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christian Doidge (Hibernian) right footed shot from very close range is too high.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Stephen Mallan (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Lee Connelly (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Christian Doidge (Hibernian).

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts440083512
2Raith Rovers42117708
3Inverness CT41214406
4East Fife410356-13
5Cowdenbeath401304-41

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian4400103712
2Dundee43019459
3Cove Rangers411247-35
4Brora Rangers4022610-42
5Forfar401338-52

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Johnstone43101221010
2Dundee Utd42117348
3Peterhead42116518
4Kelty Hearts41124404
5Brechin4004318-150

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County4310125711
2Arbroath43019459
3Elgin420257-26
4Stirling410338-53
5Montrose4013510-51

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dunfermline440092712
2Falkirk43019369
3Kilmarnock420246-26
4Clyde410369-33
5Dumbarton4004210-80

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ayr42118538
2Annan Athletic42119457
3Stranraer41306517
4Hamilton42027616
5Albion4013515-102

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Mirren422084410
2Queen of Sth41307527
3Partick Thistle412134-17
4Morton41304316
5Queen's Park400417-60

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Livingston44001531212
2Alloa43019549
3Edinburgh City411259-44
4Airdrieonians410337-43
5Stenhousemuir4013412-82
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