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Scottish Cup Final: Hibernian v Heart of Midlothian

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#1   Obar Dheathain

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Posted 18 May 2012 - 07:56 PM

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It certainly has been a dramatic season in Scottish football and the fall out and drama from the events that have unfolded over the last few months will likely continue to effect the game for possibly seasons ahead.


What a season like this needs is something historic and intriguing to bring the season to an end. Hearts and Hibs have duly delivered this request by contesting the first all Edinburgh Scottish Cup final since 1896. Hearts prevailed that day with a 3-1 win at Logie Green in Edinburgh itself. The most recent Scottish Cup match between these sides was the 2006 semi-final which was held at Hampden. A rampant Hearts destroyed their city rivals 4-0 and set up a final against "fairytale" side Gretna. That was the last time Hearts lifted the cup thanks to a penalty shoot out against the Second Division side.


If you asked a Hearts fan about their last victory in the Scottish Cup final the overwhelming majority will be able to tell you all about it and a sizeable majority will also remember the time before that, 1998 when Hearts were victorious against Rangers at Celtic Park as the Rangers 9 in a row era came to an end.


That takes us onto one of the main plot-lines of this final. Ask a Hibs fan that same question and I guarantee you will not find a single fan who can actually tell you what it was like to see Hibs win the cup. Hibs are among the biggest clubs in Scottish football outside of the Old Firm but they haven't won the cup since 1902. A remarkable fact when you consider my own club, Aberdeen weren't formed until 1903 and have won it seven times.


Hibs have a chance to end their 110 year wait for the trophy while Hearts have the equally tantalising goal of lengthening that wait. Big matches often fail to live up to the build up and hype but here is hoping that this final is one remembered for an exciting and memorable match.


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#2   Kei

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 01:47 PM

Hibs
Brown; Doherty McPake Hanlon Kujabi; Claros Osbourne Stevenson Soares; O'Connor Griffiths

Hearts
McDonald; McGowan Webster Zaliukas Grainger; Black Barr Suso Skacel; Driver Elliott

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 01:55 PM

Is that Issiah Osbourne in the Hibs team?

#4   Kei

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 02:16 PM

Is that Issiah Osbourne in the Hibs team?

Yup.

Hearts goal! Darren Barr smashes one in from close range after a goalmouth scramble.

2-0!! Skacel's deflected shot goes into the net past Brown. A bit fortunate, but Hearts have been the better side by some margin so far.


Hibs get one back! McPake taps it in from a teasing ball by Stevenson.

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#5   Obar Dheathain

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 02:57 PM

A very entertaining first half. It looked like Hearts were going to run away with this final but that goal from McPake have pulled Hibs back into it. McPake has certainly been at the centre of a lot of the action - deflected the second Hearts goal, cleared the ball off the line as it looked like Suso had made it 3 and then scoring himself.

Hopefully the second half continues in a similar vein to the first.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 03:06 PM

3-1 Hearts, under controversial circumstances. Foul by Kujabi seemed to be outside the box, but the ref points to the spot. Grainger converts from the spot to restore the two-goal lead. For good measure, that was a second yellow on Kujabi.

4-1!! McGowan all but ends the cup final as a contest with a point-blank header.

Skacel just rubbing it in now. 5-1 to Hearts!!

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#7   Obar Dheathain

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 08:02 PM

3-1 Hearts, under controversial circumstances. Foul by Kujabi seemed to be outside the box, but the ref points to the spot. Grainger converts from the spot to restore the two-goal lead. For good measure, that was a second yellow on Kujabi.

4-1!! McGowan all but ends the cup final as a contest with a point-blank header.

Skacel just rubbing it in now. 5-1 to Hearts!!


That result will probably haunt Hibs for the rest of their existance. Apart from the eventful first 5 minutes or so the second half was pretty predistrian compared to the first.

No one can deny Hearts deserved to win that game, even before the dubious penalty. For Hibs though that wait for the Scottish Cup now streches into its 111th year.

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