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In here they are hoping that when you have waited 114 years for
Scottish Cup success, maybe they come back to back. They can take a
step in that direction today. In the other dressing room they are looking
to reach their second cup final of the season. It is semifinal time, it
is Hibs against Aberdeen. Who will have the will to win? If you like to
win but think you can, it is almost certain you want. Brilliant!
win but think you can, it is almost Absolutely brilliant. Success begins
with Othello's will. Brilliant goal! It is all in the state of mind.
Think Vic, and your deeds will grow. Think that you can, and you will.
David Gray, 114 years of pain over! It is all in the state of mind. The
man who wins is the man who thinks he can. Aberdeen were here for the
League Cup final. They want to be back here for the Scottish Cup
version as well. But Hibs shape up as dangerous opposition, having won
the championship last weekend, to seal promotion back to the
Premiership. It continues in a matter of minutes. Hello from
Hamilton. All set for the first of the Scottish Cup semifinals, it is
Hibs against Aberdeen, live on the BBC for the right to play Celtic or
Rangers in the final stop with me at the National Stadium is former Hibs
midfielder Michael Stewart and former Aberdeen captain, manager and
director of the poll, Willie Miller is here as well. A couple of
interesting team selections, Michael, for Hibs in terms of the
team that beat Queen of the South last week. Yes, an important area of
the park, especially the way that Aberdeen play, to make sure that you
have that defensive midfielder in there. Obviously against Riverside,
Barkley did not start the game, and it is telling that Neil Lennon has
brought brought him in. He brings a solidity and presence to the middle
of the park and allows the guys in the front to support Jason Cummings
who will be up there on his own against Boyle and McGinn. It gives
the rest of those players licensed to link in with Jason Cummings and
crime caused problems for the Aberdeen defence. Willie has a tear
and as I did as he spends most weekends in BBC rid of Scotland.
Mark Reynolds is back in defence. Yes, I can only imagine there a
stone injury doubt over Niall McGinn, such an important player for
Aberdeen. Creating opportunities and scoring goals, magnificent at set
pieces as well. He will be missed. If I'm sitting on the bench, he will
have part to play in the semifinal. As far as Mark Reynolds is
concerned, you cannot be so bright that he comes back. He has loads of
ace, pace to burn, and has great experience as well. He a commanding
figure. They have gone for that experience instead of or corner. I
can understand why. Mark while Prince has a lot of pace. It will be
interesting to see where he started to drift into the park, it will be
clear that Derek Mick Innis has not be trying to neutralise that pays.
We have the team selections as the players limber up for the first of
the semifinals. It is Reynolds back in defence for or corner. As far as
Aberdeen is concerned, partly replacing Shinnie. Do managers who
know all about winning cups, as players and as managers. Let's hear
from them both now, speaking to Chris MacLachlan, first, Derek
McInnis. One change today, Reynolds for a corner. What is your thinking?
It is no slight on Anthony, it is just that we feel that the threat of
comments in behind, the one more adept at dealing with pace and Adam
Bogdan behind, Reynolds has the experience as well, he bike training
for two weeks, he will be absolutely fine. That is the reason for the
change, just different types of centre halves. And sent certain
opponents suit certain players. The team that Hibs have handed in
visiting we anticipated, and although they have gone formation a
lot of the time, when the club might we anticipated this team. We have to
deal with Cummings, he is a big player for them, we have to keep him
quiet and we just feel that the pace of Reynolds will be a factor. Niall
McGinn is on the bench, yesterday just a bit early for him? There was
a concern if he can play 90 minutes. He is fit to play, and then the
decision once we know that this with a restart him. Another player was
passed fit yesterday morning, so we did not want to take risks with
that. Nile will be a big player for did not want to take risks with
us today, I'm sure. But we also felt that Ryan Christie played extremely
well last week. I have to be real and authentic and see if you're
playing for semifinal places, I thought he did that. He was bright
as a button, he scored, carried the threat, so while we like Nile in the
team, and he is a big player for us, we felt that was a risk we didn't
need to take. Anyone apart to play from the bench. The one change, what
is your thinking today? I had a decision to make us there is no
doubt Martin is going to play. Given that the rest last week. Andy hadn't
played for a few weeks am a, I want to get my footballers on the pitch
today. I needed Marvin in their just to bring a discipline to the team.
Is it a day for the bombers? I would like to think so. We're not having
them at a position we are used to having, because Aberdeen are as good
as any team in the country. I need a holding midfield player in there,
and we have likes of McGinn, Cummings and Boyle, they can hurt
teams. And the pitches conducive to play good football. But we still
have to win the physical battle as well. Where do you see the game
being won and lost? It is hard to say. You can restrict them and wider
areas of organ was a chance. But our players are quietly confident. Off
the back of the championship, they have had a good week. There is a
coolness about them, they have been here before, and the majority of the
pressure is off. It is a day they will, not enjoy, you only enjoy it
when you win, but it will do what they can. A lot of uncertainties,
but one thing we do know, there will be Shinnie in the final, will it be
but one thing we do know, there will Graham Ford Aberdeen or Andrew of
the Hibs who starts on the bench? Neil Lennon hinting he will feature
at some stage. One thing is for sure, there will be no brotherly
love onshore today. Andrew Shinnie driving up defence. It is Shinnie...
Brilliant goal! Body think his strengths are? Doing the dishes with
one of them I was with him at Inverness. He is always fit, always
available, he gives 100%. Very competitive, and very good on the
ball. He's a player that has with want to get on ball as much as you
can. I witnessed that at Inverness, as a ball player he was not to
create spaces and try to link up play, he is a sort of player. I
don't know if he would mother 50-50 with myself, he is not that kind of
player. But if you need to sure he will. We argued when we rearmed,
that competitive side, without was footballer computer games.
Footballers in the garden, everywhere, every week. We both hate
losing, but I think he has matured more in his character. It is tough
for the parents, what are they saying? They will be gutted that one
of us will miss out on the final but on the other hand delighted that we
have a son in the final. I think they will try to buy the most
neutral seat in Hamdan. The cup has been won by Inverness Cally Thistle!
I get reminded and clips come the telephone stop he said' final so it
is his turn. I went into the changing room, had a bit of
celebration with them and my brother. Let's say he is running
through on goal and you are just behind him, what do you do, do you
take about? In my mind, nothing will be swayed by him being my brother.
If it is a in it are going to or a phone line to make. He's just
another player. Do not come into my mind that it is Graham, and it would
not come into his mind either, I would be six was up in the air from
him. If it was last minute I would probably take him out. Who knew that
Andrew Shinnie was a dab hand at doing the dishes? Michael, the
benches today could play an important part. We are focusing on
the line up, but both have influential players in reserve. No
doubt about it. He had both managers talking about that. Andrew Shinnie
for Hibs is undoubtedly a player that can unlock defences, and the
longer the game goes on, this is a good option. And from Aberdeen's
perspective, you have Niall McGinn. Also someone like James Scott, who
is physical. If the game demands that. And they have pace as well.
There is a good number of options were both sides, and there is no
doubt from my mind that this will be a tight game that will go the
distance. Is there a a tight game that will go the
Aberdeen on the big occasion getting it right when it matters? They have
two. This gives the opportunity of Hamdan. They have not pay particular
well in the past in the League Cup semifinal, very disappointing
against Celtic. Now they get the opportunity in this final to go one
better and get to the big cup final at the end of the season, but they
have two handle the atmosphere and the occasion. That is a big? Over
Aberdeen. Can the handle the occasion they have not handled in
the past. You can save yourselves, the team is about to emerge at the
National Stadium, the first of the William Hill Scottish Cup
semifinals, Hibs against Aberdeen, it is live here on the BBC and your
commentators are Stephen Thompson and Liam McLeod. COMMENTATOR: Many
thanks. Expectation, pressure, anxiety. The Scottish Cup holders
against a club that wants to not only in what has been a dream year
for them, but end a long wait for the trophy themselves. 1990 was
Aberdeen's la success in the two met after a decade of getting used to
doing it. As had surely 11 months ago, it is doable, and they
themselves are determined to go back to back having ended that more than
a century wait to lift it. It is a Hibs team that we buy in large
expected. John McGinn is one booking away from
missing the final. Mark Reynolds replaces O'Connor, and Niall McGinn
estate but on the bench. Ryan Christie on loan from Celtic retains
his place. Graeme Shinnie was also in the Cally Thistle team so
successful here two years ago as the Dons look to reach their first
Scottish Cup final since 2000. The captain Ryan Jack is walking a
yellow card tight rope and would miss the final if cooked and
Aberdeen get there. Loads of options were both managers
on the bench should they require them. It could be a particularly
long afternoon. About 21,000 Hibs fans coming through today. Aberdeen
at the other end. David Gray 11 months ago and should he would go
down in Easter Road folklore. He will forever be remembered as a
Hebburn in legend, and rightly so with that header right at the end of
last year's final against Rangers. Can they reach another final? If
they do it will be the fifth major final in five years. They haven't
lost in the Scottish Cup in two final in five years. They haven't
years since Falkirk beat them in the 2015 semifinals. Mark Reynolds
returns to the Aberdeen side for the first time in a couple of months.
His last appearance was in inexplicable defeat at Hamilton. The
lost 1-0, and Jason Cummings, Abbot of redemption having missed the
penalty after missing a penalty in the shoot out couple years ago.
The first of the season's Scottish Cup finalist will be named this
afternoon. Hibs against Aberdeen, two of Scottish people's
heavyweights going head-to-head, as two of Scottish people's
Adam Rooney from Zen and the opening minute, and that is an unbelievable
start for the Dons, Aberdeen get the lead with just 12 seconds on the
clock! Sensational start for the men in red. What a start! It comes from
the Hebburn Ian Centre, John" it in court on the ball, and Aberdeen
counter at Hayes. It is a fantastic through ball here, another mistake
by Marvin Barclay, the defence all over the place, and what a composed
finish so early in the match from Adam Rooney. Unbelievable.
Rebellion, they had barely take a message, the players were barely on
the pitch, and they are behind to Adam Rooney's 19th goal of the
season. He is so deadly from there, and that is the start that dreams
are made on. 12 seconds on the clock. And Rooney does what he does
so often for Aberdeen. He gives the men from the Granite city a perfect
opening to the semifinal. They have not been to the Scottish Cup final
in 17 years. It was quick, it wasn't quite as quick as the faster
Scottish Cup goal of all time, which was also scored by and Aberdeen
striker against Motherwell. But that is sensational stuff from Adam
Rooney. From a Hibs point of view, horrendous. Really bad. You talk
about like to start the game well, it was a mistake from Jim, another
mistake from Berkeley, Hibs looked nervous, and Adam Rooney pounced
upon it. He still had a lot to do from 18 yards out, but give the
keeper the eyes and made the finish. Dream start for Aberdeen. Hibs will
be punch-drunk after that. Ryan Jack involved there, out of contract at
the end of the season. McGregor has had another fine campaign. Seven of
that Hibs starting line-up started the cup final last year. Ambrose on
the ball just now. Another who has a Scottish Cup winners' medal. For
Neil Lennon's Celtic against Hibs. Important times for a Neil Lennon's
side. Certainly. All the talk before about settling into the game, not
showing nerves, getting a foothold in the game, getting the better of
your opponent early on, in the game, that has gone out the window for
Hibernian. Barely time to draw breath before Adam Rooney gave
Aberdeen the lead. The seventh in the Met in the semifinals. Hibs won
the last one, in 2012. Aberdeen's last appearance in the final between
it can virtue of a win over Hebburn Ian.
Logan for Christie, he has kept it in, Marciano holds on for dear life.
Excellent play for Christie. Mark Reynolds brought back in
his pace, up against Cummings. The one thing we could say about
Hibs this season and the last couple of years, they have turned up for
the big games, the big occasion. Neil Lennon leads his men to stand
firm, stand tall. Began his career at Aberdeen, indeed, their youngest
ever scorer. John Beaton, the at Aberdeen, indeed, their youngest
referee, 35 years of age. The League Cup final at Celtic won against
Aberdeen, and they have not taken long to try to exercise the ghosts
of that afternoon, because they did not really turn up.
Andrew Shinnie would have loved to have started this game against his
brother. Team-mate at Inverness, as have started this game against his
you saw beforehand. It will be interesting to see where Andy
Shinnie's next move is. The last few weeks began playing on the left-hand
side. He is a top player. I liked him before he went down south, since
he has come back to Hibs he has struggled, but in recent weeks have
shown more of the form expected, he is a talented player. Andrew
Considine, sport at Pittodrie. Scored a hat-trick a few weeks back
against Dundee. Turned 30 the following day. Not a bad birthday.
Surprising thing for me early in this match is how nervous Hibs
started the game. They're one of the best defensive records in the
country, only 22 goals conceded in the league this season. The defence
has been one of the reasons they have had so much success. To lose a
nervous goal like that was uncharacteristic. John McCain steals
it. That's why Reynolds was brought into the team, for his pace, to
sniff out the danger, and he did it on that occasion. There is danger
when John McCain gets on the ball. Taylor wants handball against the
Hibs striker. Hibs looking for a foothold. There is nothing better
than a high-pressure game, such an important fixture, than an early
goal. It just settles the nerves. Foul-mac. I thought he was a foul
before that, in the lead up. How to rally the troops, the
skipper. They are the holders, he just felt beginning to this game
very confidently having one believe, but it has been a shaky old start.
That was Neil Lennon's main goal of the start of the season, they went
all in, winning a championship title, which the duly did last week,
that has been delivered. Back in the title, which the duly did last week,
big league. We're Hibs should be. Another cup win would be a bonus. It
was not a priority, the leak was a priority. They have won that, I
thought they would be more relaxed coming into this game than Aberdeen
because they had that championship win, and they could relax in this
game, but they certainly do not look relaxed in the opening minutes.
Aberdeen are good frontrunners. When they get in front there pretty good
at managing the game. They can play the counterattack as well. Almost
invite Hibs on to them and did more. Couldn't quite remember how quickly
that other early goal was scored, 9.6 seconds. Rooney was a couple of
seconds slower than that. Aberdeen to the semifinal earlier
this season in the League Cup against Greenock Morton, and it was
a stodgy affair. They won the game 2-0. Kenny McLean goal. That sealed
their place in that final. But what semifinals are all about.
Performance is a bonus. It is about the result.
Ambrose, on loan from Celtic. Out of contract at the end of the season.
Neil Lennon would fancy for the top-flight campaign which is
up-and-coming. The referee happy with that. That is why Berkeley has
been brought into the side committee as a result strong. He protects that
back four well. Rooney just barging in there, that is a foul. Aberdeen
have fallen at this stage four times since they last won a Scottish Cup
semifinal. The most galling would be that defeat to Queen of the South in
2008. Hibs have been a fabulous cup team. Haven't those been a good
league side in the last year too. But in the cup they have found real
consistency. Graeme Shinnie limping a little, the
Aberdeen number three. Stevenson, Man of the Match here in
the League Cup final hammering of common. Not too many one clubmen
these days, but Considine, for Aberdeen, Stevenson for Hibs, to
modern-day examples of it. He has kept it in, but gave it
straight to Cummings. This is Martin Boyle, who we really mention, if at
all. Fyvie, up against his good friend Ryan Jack. Slightly better
from Hibs. They have struggled to string passes together, get any
effort on goal. It is quite tight out there, David
Grace struggling to find an option in green and white. Swung the ball
in, but too close to Joe Louis. It was always going to be the keeper's
poll. Set-mac three has been a fabulous
signing for Aberdeen this year. -- Lewis has been a fabulous signing.
Adam Rooney's injury early in the season did harm them. Great pressure
from Aberdeen. Ryan Christie pressurising the Hibs defence into
making errors. That has been three or four long balls, couple from the
goalkeeper, a couple from the defenders, up to the head of Jason
Cummings. That is not really wants the ball, Taylor will win that every
day. Another is ample of the pressure there from Jonny Hayes on
grey. Aberdeen in complete control in the opening minute. Hibs have had
no real possession of the ball. Aberdeen's game management in the
early stages has been exceptional. Nearly 15 in. An Adam Rooney goal in
12 seconds. You can see the possession there on the bottom left.
Aberdeen, 63% to Hibs '37%. Ambrose... He's been good recently,
Ambrose. You can hear the Aberdeen fans trying to wind him up. He was
prone to the odd error at Celtic. fans trying to wind him up. He was
Shiny knocked that off. Ambrose has been a terrific signing.
Again as Tannadice he bossed things at the back.
Yeah, he's a good defender. I'm impressed with the pressure that
Aberdeen are putting Hibs on. Every time Hibs get the ball,
Aberdeen are all over them like a rash, making it impossible for them
to get on their passes. In the last 17 years, the record
to get on their passes. here has been atrocious for them.
The solitary victory against Morton. They won the league Cup at Celtic
Park. The semi-was at Tynecastle.
in his homeland, Israel. in his homeland, Israel.
-- Marciano. He has to look for a different
option, Marciano, when he is kicking the ball out.
I suppose an issue for Hibs today, Steven, as we watch Derek McInnes on
the touchline is the options available to them week in, week out
in the championship won't be there against this Premiership side.
Aberdeen sitting at the moment in a comfortable second place.
That's right. And for the season, Hibs have been a 4-4-2 side.
And that kick from Marciano would have been flicked on by a big
striker. But come yings is up there on his own. Not the kind of service
he wants. -- Cummings. A lovely kick there from Kenny
McLean. A good turn there from John McGinn.
And then Kenny brings him down. It's been a quiet start to the game for
John. He made the mistake early on. I heard a rumour he won a trophy
once? He did, it might have been here! Still fresh in the memory!
McGinn adding to the league Cup here! Still fresh in the memory!
medal last year. This is a good run by Boyle.
A good turn and run from Boyle. The first time a Hibs player has opened
up and got in behind the Aberdeen back line. This Hibs team is showing
a character this season. They have lost six games in the campaign.
Three in the league. Ayr United, Dundee United, and St Mirren. They
were beat no-one the league Cup and the Challenge Cup. A lot of draws in
there to the annoyance of the Hibs supporters and Neil Lennon.
McGreggonor will be joined by one of his best friends next season, Danny
Swanson. He's had a great season, Darren. A
strong competitor. Really hard to play against. Even in training when
I played against him at St Mirren. He who would never let you get past
him. Such body strength. And we have seen him come through
horrendous injury problems as well. Aberdeen lead this first Scottish
Cup semi-. Celtic have Rangers are head-to-head tomorrow.
There is Graham shiny. There is Graham shiny.
-- Shinney. Rooney was gambling on a mistake
there. In behind Ambrose. Hibs roared on by their supporters.
But Fraser, having that nicked off him by Hayes.
Fouled by Christie. A strong play again from John
McGinn. It's a poor foul from Christie. John is so good with the
upper body strength and balance. Yeah, it's a foul.
A couple of flash points. We approach the end of the first
quarter. Christie giving that straight
to Berkley. Again, it's the pressure.
When Johnny Hayes is unable to get on to the ball, he has Graham Shinny
behind him. Aberdeen are pressurising Hibs at
each opportunity. Hibs can't deal with it now. They have offered
nothing in an attacking threat. Aberdeen are in complete control in
the middle of the park. It's Rooney's call to separate the
two. Really unchallenged there. He can't
find a team-mate. Logan.
And the first stay for McClain. It's clever.
He took him out there. Superb play from Kenny McLean. Ryan
Christie gets the return pass. That's a clear foul.
It was beyond Fyvie and he had to bring him down. Kenny McLean is in
the form of his life. It took him a while to get going at Pittodrie. But
he has been the man of the show at Aberdeen for the last two to three
months. Absolutely. He is the complete
mid-fielder. He really matured this season. Just would like to see him
mid-fielder. He really matured this add a few more goals this season.
Danger, danger for Hibs here. Christie is sizing it up. Christie
delivers! Oh, it snuck into the net! Ryan Christie scores from the free
kick to justify his inclusion! And Aberdeen are on the brink, the very
brink of their first Scottish Cup final in 17 years. It is all going
horrible wrong for the holders! It's another avoidable goal for Hibs. It
must go down as a goal keeping mistake. The goalkeeper gambles,
thinking it is going into the middle of the box. Brilliant from Christie.
He knew exactly what he was doing. Brilliant from Christie, really poor
from Marciano. Joy for McInnes.
And a serious shake of the head from Marciano and rightly so.
Christie. Who lifted the trophy for Inverness two years ago. He was
brought to the club to have a big impact. As his dad watches...
Charlie Christie... Of course, the irony being if Aberdeen end up going
through, and they are in a great position to do so today, if Celtic
beat Rangers tomorrow, Christie would not be able to play in the
final. A massive shame if they get through.
A huge shame. But he fully justified his
inclusion. A sensation Krunal goal from Ryan Christie.
I bet Marciano would want that again, wouldn't he? Troubled times
for Neil Lennon. He needs to again, wouldn't he? Troubled times
work out a way of getting back into this. I mentioned Aberdeen have been
holding tonne 1-0 leads. They have been good at that. Neil Lennon
started by bringing in Batley to replace Shinny.
That was to increase the mid-field. But that could be gone now. It could
get worse. It's Johnny Hayes.
get worse. Hibs are living a very charmed life
at the moment. One more goal and Aberdeen are through, you would have
to say. Hibs all over the place. Brilliant
from Hayes. Drags the shot past the near post.
There's the second goal again. The ball evaporated in front of
Marciano. You just can't leave that gap at the
near post as a goalkeeper. near post as a goalkeeper.
There is a real feeling among the Aberdeen players that they have
something to prove to the supporters, indeed in the
tournament. Just because of the way that they folded in the League Cup
final last year. And Neil Lennon, lots of success in
this competition, four times a winner, as a player, a couple of
times as a manager at Celtic... Here's Ryan Christie.
Brilliant play from Johnny Hayes down the left-hand side. We see it
time and time again. Christie couldn't quite get that
off. Tripped by Rooney.
Close to going over the 20 mark again for Aberdeen this season is
Rooney. He scored the first. Ambrose, tackled well by McLean.
Aberdeen about to carve Hibs once more. Logan.
Ambrose is on the deck there. The momentum has been taken out of
the Aberdeen attack. Hayes elects to knock the ball out.
Well, Kenny was at full stretch. It was the slightest touch on the ball
to make the challenge. There! I'm not sure what Ambrose has done in
the process. Yeah, it's a good tackle.
I can only think he has rolled his ankle.
Some of the Hibs players coming over to take on some water. He has to
solve a real puzzle. He's not had too many of them to solve this
season, since taking the reins. I don't think he will solve it with
this for makes. He will have to get support up to Jason Cummings who has
been largely invisible in the match so far.
He needs support up there. Hibs have had almost nothing in an
attacking sense. They've strolled back through to the semis. They
needed a replay to dislodge Hearts, the City rivals. A couple of rounds
back. Air United, sticking eight past in round four. Aberdeen coming
through against Stranraer and a tricky trip to Dingwall. Not happy
hunting for them in the last two seasons. And Partick Thistle beaten
at Pittodrie. Less than 15 to the break.
Hibs need to reshuffle the pack soon. Hayes tries to keep it in.
Not quite. He's landed awkwardly, the Aberdeen
winger. He just ran out of pitch. He is so
incredibly quick. He is giving a yard there.
Maybe a bit of whiplash as he hands on his back and neck. He is OK.
Thankfully. You are right, Neil Lennon will have
to make a change. I think you will see it at half-time. You have had
almost nothing of this first half in terms of possession. Custody for
Aberdeen. And Jason, we have not seen him.
Rarely seen Martin Boyle. The two front players for Hibs... And that's
Grant Halt. Here comes the reshuffle I was mentioning.
He has to do something. Hibs' grip on the Scottish Cup is
loosening by the second. They've done fabulous work over the
last year Hibernian with the Scottish Cup. Taken it out to the
communities. They have persevered with the campaign. They've had the
cup out at schools, social clubs, bars.
They have really milked it. And little wonder, they waited for 14
years for it to happen to them. Who is coming off? A big call from
Neil Lennon. Bringing on a subhalfway to the match. Admitting
you got the starting formation wrong. Tommy Wright did the same
thing last week. We hear a former Aberdeen player is
about to come off. One thing is certain, Hibernian need
the next goal. If there is to be another goal.
Grant Halt gives that target up front. Marciano was kick long.
They have played with two up front. It suits better for Cummings to have
someone alongside him to help take the pressure off.
You can see what this guy thinks of the change.
It's disappointing. A big match, a big occasion for him, for his
family. To be taken off after 30 minutes will be disappointing. He
will recognise it is a tactical decision, not his performance.
But he will be hurting. Well, he joined an elite list last
season. He's an FA Cup winner's medal from his time at Wigan.
Grant Halt has only scored four times this season. He is on to
salvage the situation that Hibs are in. A long throw from Ambrose.
McGinn. Thinking about the long range shot. He might as well.
It's gone over Reynolds. He obviously got the shout from Lewis.
Good communication from the goal keeper.
Goals in 1 seconds and 25 minutes from Rooney and Christie and
Aberdeen have one foot in the final. Cummings, well, Logan read that
Great defending from Logan. He read the danger and got in front.
He's been a really good signing for Aberdeen. He won the League Cup
He's been a really good signing for within his first couple of months.
On loan from Brentford. He played with Niall McGinn at
Brentford. A good run by Boyle. That's a great
ball by Grant Holt who makes an instant impact! Hibs are right back
into the semi-final. Brilliantly done by the men in green and white.
That will make a world of difference to the holders.
This is what Grant Holt is about. Shows his pace, works the ball into
a dangerous area. What an impact from Grant Holt.
Nine minutes before half-time. Grant Holt's fifth goal of the season.
Maybe his most important one! He has kept Hibs' heartbeating! What a
wonderful ball in by Martin Boyle. He needed to get the delivery 100%
and he did. All Grant Holt had to do was steer it on target. It's Hibs,
one, Aberdeen, two. Well, there is Jack and Berkley
getting up close and personal. It may prove a master close from
Neil Lennon. They have been playing 4-42 for a large part of the season.
Grant Holt gives the physicality. He does his best work in and around the
six-yard box. If you put it in there, he's a danger.
Now Aberdeen will ask the question. Hibs will have the ascendency now.
There is Grant Holt to Cummings. That's why professionals say a 2-0
shed a dodgy lead. You are never safe at 2-0.
Absolutely not. I think that Derek McInnes will be frustrated at his
team. He is gutted. You can understand why.
You can understand why Neil Lennon made the change. Look at the
scoreline now it is a lot healthier for Hibernian. A whole lot better.
The Hibs fans are singing now. Hayes in the middle and Rooney
arriving there too. Aberdeen didn't look comfortable
last week when St Johnstone pulled one back.
This is really exciting. 50-odd minutes left.
High-stakes shooting at the National Stadium.
Strong running from Kenny McLean. But he ran out of options. Snuffed
out by the two Hibernian players. Boyle again on the right.
Aberdeen are rattled. It's another Boyle cross. Again,
it's a good delivery. That's why he's in the team.
Just having Holt in the box, gives them something they didn't have.
A challenge by McGregor. We've got a game on again here.
That's a foul by John McGinn. He wants to be careful.
Two strikes and he misses the next game which is the final. He's on a
A sloppy one from John. A sloppy one from John.
. It's the sort of foul, if you do two or three, the booking generally
comes. A different class.
He read the danger. The composure to play in defence.
I wonder how many feel that some of these should be in the Scotland
squad? Kenny McLean. He has a sweet left
foot. He drags it past the near post.
Edging ever closer to the interval. Rooney, scam perking after that.
Better from Hibs. Boyle was fouled but play on.
That came off the toe of Christie. John McGinn, he finds Cummings in
space. Reynolds deals with it.
He needs a bit of help, though. It arrives. And the pressure is still
on Aberdeen here. These big games, they've been
accused of filling in over the last few seasons.
They'll have to stand up now. Hibs certainly have. Since Neil Lennon
made that change... Boyle, and there certainly have. Since Neil Lennon
is time and space here. Lots of it. It came off McGinn's head.
Much better from Hibs. Putting pressure on Aberdeen. Getting the
balls in the box. John just couldn't get an honest header there to direct
it goalwards. It's been a quiet first half. John
than he normally is. than he normally is.
-- John would have been expected to be on the ball more than he has
been. One minute added on.
Two minutes left in the first half. Hearing word that Andrew Considine
is struggling a bit. He will soldier on until half-time.
That came off the Aberdeen man last, Logan prevents the corner. Hibs are
keeping on the pressure at the end of the first half.
Boil again giving Aberdeen problems down the inside of that defence. We
said that Hibs needed the next goal, and they got it. Yes, and Neil
Lennon had to do something. It was a positive substitution and had
immediate impact. Since then Hibs have come much more into the game,
started getting balls into the box. Grant Holt has given them that
started getting balls into the box. threat and physicality, and threaten
the box that they needed and missed in the opening 30 minutes. Ambrose
nicking that office Celtic team-mate, Christie. Headstones have
time to finish this attack, it is half-time at Hampden. As things
stand Aberdeen are going through to the Scottish Cup final, but their
lead is not as comfortable as they would have liked to have been at the
double. Adam Rooney scoring and 12 seconds, Ryan Christie's free kick
and 25 made it 2-0, but Grant Holt had only been on the pitch a moment
or two as a substitute for Fraser Fyvie, and headed Hibs right back
into the equation. Half-time in Glasgow. STUDIO: It is game on, it
did not look that way for the first 25 minutes. Did not look that way
for the first 12 seconds as Adam Rooney netted as Hibs got it
horribly wrong, and again with Christie scoring to make it 2-0, and
game Grant Holt, and that is what you call instant impact from the
substitute, and it has Hibs right back in this Scottish Cup semifinal.
2-1 Aberdeen lead. Hibs got it right eventually, but they could have been
completely out of it by now. Could have been. Fair play to Neil Lennon
for recognising what I think everyone else in the same
recognised, but a change needed to be made. It was an instant impact.
The start of the game could not have been any worse, right from the
kick-off giving away a terrible goal from their perspective. But a lot of
credit Aberdeen, they were right on top, John McGinn, hunting down, they
were like that for the first 35 merits of the game and Aberdeen
deserved to be 2-0 up at that stage. Cruising for the first 25 minutes,
but they have a game now. Absolutely. It was handed to the
model that at the start. John McGinn, double what he was thinking
about. And sure they do not work on that on the training field. But Adam
Rooney, so calm and cool. He has been quiet recently, but when he
gets an opportunity like that it is not often miss. And then Ryan
Christie steps in and gets the second and a living is going
Aberdeen's way. Managers are there to make big decisions, Neil Lennon
made that decision. Turn the game right on its head. And then Hibs
started dominating towards the end of that first half. What a semifinal
we have got. What a great second half in store. The funny thing here,
the team that is going into- one at half-time is probably be happier. It
is strange to see the Dean getting beat us happier, but the momentum
shift is the point in trying to make a move that has been massive in the
last ten minutes of the first half. Hibs will go in at half-time buoyed
up by that change, and thinking they are right in the game. How badly did
this go wrong? Not from the training ground, this. First John McGinn and
then Darren McGregor, a catalogue of ground, this. First John McGinn and
errors, and Aberdeen were in front within 12 seconds. It is incredible.
It is a semifinal, you want to make sure you're in the game. Do
everything wrong. It starts with John McGinn, I don't know what he is
thinking about here, but full credit Aberdeen. It was like that for a lot
of the first half, barred from Berkeley doing what he is in to do,
but just there,. It is linked incredibly bad person Darren
McGregor. It is good play from Adam Rooney, to continue to be on the
front foot might you see that from Aberdeen to never switch off. As is
Berkeley won the ball, Aberdeen were still on the front foot and able to
capitalise. And it is the finish as well. You look at Adam Rooney. Quiet
recently, but he gets the opportunity there, he doesn't make a
mistake, knows exactly what he is going to do with it. And slips it
into the back of the net. A great start for the Dons, undoubtedly. The
first part of that game... Graeme Shinnie was going right up,
supporting Adam Rooney, Kenny McLean was a lot deeper in the midfield.
Graeme Shinnie's energy in that final thought was probably the
trigger for a lot of the times that Aberdeen were closing headstone.
Hence have got promotion, the main mission for the season, they have a
chance to load the pressure and Aberdeen, and they took it off
immediately. They have done the job they need to do in the league, no
doubt, but this is the semifinal of the Scottish Cup. They are the
holders. It is OK singer getting a free shot at it, but you have to
start the game in the proper manner, and they did not do that. They were
too relaxed. They handed the game initially to Aberdeen. And you
cannot do that in a semifinal, not against a team like Aberdeen. We
know they other second-best team in the country. They are out there to
prove it, and basically Hibs did not turn up in the early stages. In this
occasion Aberdeen did. The early goal obviously did massive damage to
Hibs, but the midfield mix was not working. It wasn't. There were
occasions where Aberdeen were closing headstone well, but Hibs,
just look at the space here in behind Shay Logan. They are not
exploiting it. They're not getting the ball in behind and penetrating,
and it allows Aberdeen to continue to press and beyond the front foot.
Eventually there is a long aimless ball up the park. And when they do
break, Aluko John McGinn a simple sideways pass, the game gets broken
down, Aberdeen get behind, if he sends John McGinn in earlier, they
can break. But look at the game stop, Aberdeen defenders back in
play. That has to be recognition from Hibs players of whether can
hurt the opposition. That's what happened with the substitute,
getting more bodies in the final third. Could made earlier? It good.
We're sitting behind the Hibs bench was that they recognised ten minutes
before the change needed to be made. I was surprised they did not make it
before the change needed to be made. earlier, because they recognised it
themselves. After half an hour, it is still early for assault. Goal
number two was a nightmare for Hibs as well. Do you blame the wall, do
you blame Marciano? A bit of both? It was certainly quick thinking by
Ryan Christie. You have to say was a It was certainly quick thinking by
fabulous free kick. And then you have to point the finger. The
bollards shall do high goes past the wall, it was in between. The split.
He is looking at any McLean and thinking might be cut back. I am not
absolving Marciano of responsibility, he has to do better,
but of a wall standstill, that hates them and it is not a goal. It is
terrible from the wall. As he looks over shoulder, Dylan McGeouch, he is
trying to anticipate it. That is not his job. His job is to be in the
wall. It is to stand firm in nature that front post is covered. The
minute the wall splits, the goalkeeper is exposed. And
unfortunately for Marciano, he takes a step out and is bidding the cross,
then it is with the difficult for them to get back in and cover the
near post. Play Ryan Christie instead of Niall McGinn, the team
selection of Derek McInnes. He given last week and did well, scored a
goal, so he is high on confidence. That is great technique. Even though
the wall is blood, Celtic 's ability to bend it to the near post and not
allow Marciano the chance to get to it. So it is a big call from Derek
McInnes, and it has paid off today. And so on Kim Grant Holt, and must
immediately he was getting on the end of a cross and suddenly the game
changed completely. It was crying out for some physicality. Let's face
it. The Aberdeen centre-backs, they have nothing to do. They were
totally on top, didn't have to think about the game, and then the
substitution is made and they have to think about it. Unfortunately
here, Taylor does not think about it, because he has got to pick up
Grant Holt on that occasion. He it, because he has got to pick up
doesn't do it, Grant Holt plays on the shoulder, drifts off, and he is
not going to miss from a distance. Do not think it is just a wonderful
cross? Sometimes you have to take off your heart and say, what could
you do? You would expect a better? It is a wonderful cross, I'm not
disputing that. It is a really difficult one to defend. But when
you have when you're out there and you have a striker who is six pit
four inches drifting off you, behind you, that is wrong, you have to make
sure you are marking him. I think Taylor will look at that and think,
I could have done better. The change also gives dues and coming so that
more freedom. Suddenly the centre-backs have the rise on hold.
In the last ten minutes of the first half he saw occasions when Jason was
drifting off to the space on the left, putting crosses into the box,
and you have Grant Holt in the middle, it just makes the whole
dynamics at the back, for Aberdeen, they have to do something. The first
half an hour they were cruising. They did not have to think about
anything. Long balls coming up, headed away. No Grant Holt is there
it allows more space to move and it has caused Aberdeen problems.
Sometimes it is difficult for a central defender to adapt when
you're smoking a cigar one moment and then you have to work for your
money. The question is, can be handled at physicality of Grant
Holt. They have not handled them since he came on the pitch. Ashton
Taylor town dressed, but not only that, anything played high towards
the two central defenders, and Grant Holt has won it. Whereas before that
both centre-backs were definitely on top of Jason Cummings. I'm sure
Derek McInnes is talking to us to centre-backs at the moment, make
sure you get close, make sure that you win the physical battle. Make
sure that when any high also coming up, that Ashton Taylor, who is more
than capable of being physical, make sure you win the first all. It is an
intriguing situation halfway through this first Scottish Cup semifinal,
it is Aberdeen 2-1 up against Hibs. Lots of the bodily players, will be
interesting to see of him, it on the second half the women finished the
first half. But let's think about the second semifinal tomorrow,
highlights tomorrow night on BBC. It is Celtic against Rangers, live
coverage as ever on Sunday sports owned. You will see the best of it
tomorrow night along with the best of this one as well. This was last
meeting of Celtic and Rangers, only meeting this season but has used
anything for Rangers. They came back to equalise late on another one of
the players of the season, Stuart Armstrong, but Celtic in front, and
you felt at that stage we would make it four out of four against Rangers.
You would have thought so, but full credit to Rangers, it was a very
much deserved draw. A great strike and read anticipation to get the
equaliser. But the game tomorrow definitely has a different shape to
it. If it had been three months ago you would think Celtic would win
without question, Celtic are still the massive favourites, but Pedro
Caixinha has brought energy to Rangers, Celtic have tapered off
slightly because they have won the league. So that gap is not as big.
Celtic are still without doubt favourites, but there is a bit more
of a chink of light for Rangers. You would think some teams would switch
off at this stage, and you're thinking about the treble, but not
Brendan Rodgers' team. No. They have targets and Brendan Rodgers has
spoken about his target. There is no doubt that the treble is a huge
target. You will be keen to get the Scottish Cup in the boardroom as
well. It will be a difficult game, no doubt Celtic will start as
favourites, they are the better team, but watching Rangers at
Pittodrie, they have an organisation about them. They have strengthened
at the back, they understand what their jobs are. Taking three goals
of Aberdeen Pittodrie is a fine thing. I think it will be a real
tough game, it is an Old Firm game, and anything can happen at all firm
games. The players are getting back on the pitch, how will this resume?
Can Hibs kick off? No reason why not. The question is Aberdeen, how
will they react? Challenge that expose them at the end of the half.
I said before the game, Niall McGinn has a big part to play. Aberdeen
have got to get up the park, they have Jonny Hayes that can get them
up, Niall McGinn can do that as well. But the questions about
Aberdeen. They have not right. It is a big heart for them, but one that
their take capable of taking forward a getting a result. It is advantage
Aberdeen, halfway through in this first Scottish Cup semifinal. 12
seconds was all it took for Adam Rooney to rifle in the opening goal,
Ryan Christie's free kick slipping under Marciano for number two. On
came Grant Holt to change the whole complexion of the game. Off the
bench, in the back of the net, 2-1, and Hibs looking to hit back after
Rooney scored the opening goal, Christy backing up his selection
with goal number two, and substitute Grant Holt striking for 2-1. Becomes
the second half live. COMMENTATOR: Getting odds of 18-1 with the town
and sponsors for Hibs to win this game in 90 minutes. They have the
ascendancy at half-time. Grant Holt, 36 years of age, veteran striker. On
to rescue it. No further changes. Andrew Considine is fit to start the
second half. Or, going through a bit of a warm up below is as the players
come back out for the second half. That isn't a monitor, the Aberdeen
left-back. The Dons in the red and white shooting towards Mount
left-back. The Dons in the red and Florida, the West End of the
stadium, where most of their supporters are housed. Heads going
other way with about 20,000 Hibs fans. What a 45 minutes we could
have here. Neil Lennon has shown how astute he is at spotting problems.
He withdrew Fraser Fyvie, but on Grant Holt, and it is back in the
melting pot. The plane misses out a Darren McGregor, former St Mirren
team-mate. It is an Aberdeen corner in the opening moments. A bright
start again from Aberdeen. Good run from Kenny McLean, past the first
offender and then out for a first corner. First corner of the match.
Is it? Jonathan Hayes over it, he delivers... Ambroise beats tailored
to it. Through the legs again, here is Maclean, captained by Grant Holt.
It is Aberdeen free kick in a promising area. That is a rash
challenge from Grant Holt. Cynical. Fold with the arm and a leg. He
caught an arm in the face, but it was more the connection with a leg
that brought him down. Extra time and penalties if
required. The days of semifinal replay is long gone.
Hibs lost one of the last ones, a penalty. Christie takes. The worst
ball of the day from an Aberdeen point of view. Really powerful study
would expect a better delivery, you can see what he was time to do, I
bit into that area, but gets it all wrong. On his own at the moment, but
capable of causing all kinds of problems.
Headlining up, they have 24. Miscommunication between McGinn and
Stevenson. Looking for a bit of movement that didn't come. The last
and Aberdeen won a Scottish Cup semifinal it was a 2-1 success over
Hibs. The same scoreline in the last time the net at this stage, in Hibs'
favour. They have met in this competition since then, it was the
season after, carry on in the Truman, Hibs won that as well, 1-0.
Gary Deegan, scored an absolute cracker to Hibs through. Scott
Vernon missed a penalty. Rather it was saved by Ben Williams.
How do Aberdeen approach this, now that it is 2-1 and not 2-0. It is
change the mix, they were on cruise control, but it has become a
different game. You still in control because of the score, and they don't
have to chase it. Generally when they are in the lead, they can see
games out. This game will stretch between now
and full-time, there will be chances at either end.
Foul the Hibs midfielder. Get there just before Rooney, full stretch, a
striker's challenge. Marvin Bartley just before Rooney, full stretch, a
looks as though he is struggling, a heavy limp. Limping very heavily. An
important player for it. Meantime, free kick. Taylor does his job this
time. One of Ambroise's long throw ins. Is
the concern that Grant Holt is winning everything in the air? I
think it is a concern, absolutely. Think how comfortable the Aberdeen
centre hearts were period of the game. He is a target man, it does
change that the annex for Aberdeen. I wonder whether they would look at
bringing on another defender, to deal with his presence.
Heads on such a high having sealed the championship title last week
over Queen of the South. That is the third time in a row that Aberdeen
have been sloppy with the ball. Yes, they don't have the same fluidity
with their passing as they did in the first half. Complete control of
the first half, their ball retention was good. They have been sloppy at
the start of the second. Yours Boyle, who set up the Hibs goal.
McGeouch, one of the smallest players in the park, wins that
header. Hibs are unbeaten in their last 11
Scottish Cup ties. Finally back in the top flight.
Missed out on the play-offs to Rangers in Falkirk respectively in
the last couple of seasons. No need to worry about that this time
around. Former team-mates at St Mirren.
Trying to dig it out. Good defending by Darren McGregor. Standing tall,
forcing Kenny into making the mistake. He is a very hard man to
get by, his upper body strength. Jack gets there just in time. The
effort from Shay Logan... Scored the winner against Ross County in
Dingwall couple of rounds back. He is right to take it on. It opened up
for him. But he just drags it past the goalkeeper's post. It is a much
more even contest now. Which is what we expected. Certainly was. Both
Hibs goals were self-inflicted, although Aberdeen were putting them
under pressure. They have not reached that temple in the second
half in terms of harrying them and dominating the midfield. Connor
looks as though he is being readied for action. Left out of the starting
XI today in favour of Mark Reynolds. Hayes get mad, does he have the
delivery? Boyle was looking for Maclean. He does the hard part, and
then he has to pick somebody out but picks the wrong option. Considine,
Opera Ball. Aberdeen are not finding it as easy
as they were. Any were last in the League Cup
final the breach the cup final as well.
Derek McInnes winning percentage set around 58 present. That was Alex
Ferguson's percentage, beaten only by bulimic Neill. McGuinness has
managed Aberdeen 95 fewer times than Ferguson did. The change for
Aberdeen 's coming. Connor is coming on, and coming on for Ryan Christie.
Not what we were inspecting. I wonder if Derek will change as
formation to a back three, what he's going to do. Taking off in attacking
player for a defender, certainly. Thinking that Derek will try to see
out the game. Good tactic with 32 minutes to play? It is. It is early
to do it, it certainly is. Having Christie has had a decent match.
Considine There was the Aberdeen second goal, scored by Ryan
Christie. A really clever free kick. That at the moment is putting
Aberdeen in the William Hill Scottish Cup final. At the moment.
More than half an hour to go. And Anthony O'Conner, the Irish man from
Cork goes on to replace him. It hasn't always worked for Aberdeen
when they've changed from the usual back four.
It does add solidity to the defence. Yeah, it does. An extra man to deal
with the threat of Cummings and Holt.
It might be seen by Hibs as and does this make it 2-2! They do not want
to let go of this! 2-0 down, Hibs, two, Aberdeen, two.
. It was within seconds of Anthony O'Conner coming tonne the pitch and
Aberdeen switching to the back three. A brilliant combination on
the edge of the box. A wonderful finish. A lovely goal, Grant Holt
again is puffed online. And a decent finish and this edeserve to be back
in this match. Question marks over Aberdeen's
mentality as Dylan Dylan McGhee finishes.
Look at what it means to Neil Lennon.
I think he enjoyed that one. A big test of Aberdeen character,
that is for sure. Andrew Shinnie is getting ready for
Hibs. Who perhaps feel that they have the ascendency to win this now.
That would be incredible. If you watched the half hour of the game,
and not the rest of it, you would be astonished.
Hibs have battled right back into this.
Here's Hayes. He goes for the volley but it's comfortable for Marciano.
An effort on goal for Aberdeen in the second half. What do you make of
the game now? This is how I expected it to be from the start. It's hard
to call. Hibs are in the ascendency. Aberdeen on the attack.
An extra defender's been brought on. But it's not worked for Aberdeen.
Cummings is through here. But he is offside.
He's offside. Derek McInnes made the change to
shore things up but that plan has been ripped up.
It's very tight. Very tight. If anything, he is just off.
Bringing in the extra defender for a more creative player... Well, they
need him. Exactly. It is designed to help see
the game out. Aberdeen probably looking at another change. A
positive change. And Dylan McGeoch is coming off fob
Andrew Shinnie. A quiet first half but more and more
into the game in the second. A lovely goal to get his team back in
the match. A great moment for McGeoch.
And Andrew Shinnie comes on to face McGeoch.
up to his brother, Graeme. It looked like it would be Graeme
Shinnie going to the Scottish Cup final. But a toss of the coin.
I don't think it will be long before we see an Aberdeen change either.
They need to find a way to get back into the match, Aberdeen.
The situation that Aberdeen find themselves in is only damaging if
they go out of the tournament today. themselves in is only damaging if
A big game mentality is under fire over the last few years. It's being
questioned once again. The last time in the Scottish Cup
semis, they led. They went out to St Johnstone.
Hammered in the League Cup final by Celtic.
Hammered in the League Cup final by A big sell-out at Pittodrie where
they haven't always stepped up in league games. McLean takes it. A
fine header away by Ambrose. A contrast from the fist half.
Aberdeen were Harrying and pressing but it's a complete role reverse
Krunal. Is that simply down to Grant Holt's
goal. That changed the complex of the game? I think as a team they
have squeezed hard. They have more men forward into the Aberdeen final
third and Aberdeen have been sitting back.
Logan out on the right. That is good challenging from Andrew Shinnie.
Cummings is after this one. The right idea from John McGinn. But
a wee too much on the pass. The Dons are looking pretty
pedestrian as the moment. Really pedestrian.
Another foul by McGregor. Number 10 will be on shortly.
Meantime, it's Logan's ball. It's McLean's header. Graeme Shinnie
scored the winner in the quarter-final against Partick
Thistle. Here he is again. He fancies another
go at it. He takes the deflection. Marciano holds on.
I think Shinnie is right to take it on. It's awkward for him though, and
good clean hands from the goalkeeper.
There will be real question marks over Derek McInnes if Aberdeen go
out of this. Given he made the change at the back.
I think there will be question marks of the team if they were to lose the
game. It was levelled at them before the game that they freeze in big
matches. This would be one of those occasions.
Considine had his eyes on the ball. Talk me through that? If anything,
it must be the other way. Considine has his eyes on the ball and there
the player goes right through him. Niall McGuinness is ready. He is
leaving at the end of this season by the looks of things.
So they go back to a back four. It is about the Aberdeen team that
many thought would start today. Derek McInnes making the change.
Disorganised at the back as a result of it.
And in the final quarter. There will be penalties if necessary. The 33rd
Scottish Cup match between these two.
Crossed by Boyle. That will didisappoint Johnny Hayes.
Evading Graeme Shinnie. The last time Aberdeen won this
competition, Seal was top of the charts. Pretty Woman was the
top-growing movie in the cinemas. A great film! May, 1990.
top-growing movie in the cinemas. Brian Irving with the penalty
shoot-out. A decisive kick.
And Alec McLeish lifted the trophy and he and everyone connected with
the club and I'm sure that they didn't expect it to be that length
of time until 27 years and counting that it would take to win the
Scottish Cup again. And another couple of finals in the
90's, losing to Rangers. And in 2000, the last appearance
there. Hibs know what it takes to get the job done. The League Club,
they know what it takes to come to Hampden and get the job done. If
they are to do it the hard way today, 19 left it is two each.
Rooney and Christie had Aberdeen 2-up.
Then Grant Holt and McGeoch. That is where we stand.
It's certainly looking like Considine was halting Holt there.
Hibs still have the ball. You just can't predict this anymore.
Very difficult to predictin any case.
Cummings is away. Clever from Niall McGinn.
Here is Jack and Graeme Shinnie. Beaten to it. It's going to be some
amount of tension in this Stadium over the next 20 minutes, possibly
plus. Neither team are creating too much
in the last ten minutes or so. It's cagey, isn't it? Very. Very.
It's Niall McGinn with a pretty good record against Hibs.
Brilliant were Dan McGregor. Apart from the mistake earlier on, he's
had a fine match. He reads the situation. Gets his body in front of
McGinn. The Rangers Player of the Season.
Rewarded with the Axe. Couldn't believe that they let him
go. Not the world's greatest footballer but he has everything in
pace, aggression. He's a winner. He dropped back into the junior
game. He came back fighting. It shows the
attitude he has. Here's Stevenson.
Cummings, oh, it's a foul by Considine. This is a very tasty
situation for Hibs. Considine allowed Cummings to get
goalside of him. Cummings gets a good touch across
the body. And there a clear foul by Considine. Clumsy. You can't give
those fouls away 20 yards from the goals.
He may be about to pay a very heavy price here, Andrew Considine. Jason
the prospect of this. the prospect of this.
. He's had a quiet match from his standard. He has a chance to make
herself a hero. A big moment in a big game here. 15
mens left. Hibs were 2-0 down... It's Cummings and Andrew Shinawtra
standing over there. Currently come with the left, or Shinnie with the
right. It's Cummings... And an anticlimax for the Hibs' fans. But
they celebrate a corner kick here. Hibs' last corner kick at this
stadium won them the Scottish Cup. This is their first of the game.
Henderson took that corner. David Gray headed home the corner and Hibs
lifted the trophy. It put them 3-2 up. Too late in the day for Rangers
to do anything about it in the final.
In it comes... Aberdeen scrape it away.
Ambrose has done very well to keep that alive.
This is Boyle. He's been mobbed there.
Bullied off by McLean and Logan. Too many clear-cut chances for Hibs
but you get the sense that Aberdeen are hanging on a little bit? Yeah,
you do. Hibs have the territorial advantage. They were in Aberdeen's
half now, they were not in the first half. Aberdeen are the team sitting
deeper, defending more. Hibs are asking more questions of Aberdeen
now. Hibs have played 11 games before
today against top-flight teams before they were relegated. They
lost one of them. Last season's League Cup final here against Ross
County. It's a brilliant record.
You'd have to fancy them for at least the top six in the Premiership
now that the club are back. That will be the expectation of the
supporters. They're a big club. I'm glad they're back in the top league.
They've got fantastic support, a brilliant infrastructure. It is the
aim for them to be in the top six. A couple of draws with Hearts. Beat
them in replays. Beat Dundee United. Caley Thistle in the replay.
Aberdeen, St Johnstone and Ross County have been defeated. A yellow
card is to be shown here to Grant Holt. It's not one of those that
would miss the final if Hibs are to get there. Andrew Shinnie is one.
He is unlucky Holt, he didn't touch there.
He gave Hibs the foothold that they needed today.
Niall McGinn wins a free kick for Aberdeen this time. A decent set
piece opportunity here. It's similar position to the Jason
Cummings free kick. Clumsy here. Ambrose read the situation. A
needless free kick. Are you feeling the nerves yet? If
you're not, you will be soon. Going into the final ten minutes, almost.
The prospect of extra time grows larger by the minute.
McGinn leave it is for McLean. larger by the minute.
Decide... A poor attempt from Kenny McLean. He will be disappointed.
Your can see what he was trying to do.
He couldn't get anywhere near the net.
Derek McInnes is rightly frustrated with his team. He wants more from
them. They've hardly been creative in the second half.
Hayes is quiet, Rooney is quiet. Just one Martin Boyle cross, one
Grant Holt header. It turned the game.
McLabour forced it towards Rooney. As with most things in the second
half it's not worked for Aberdeen. The final ten minutes. At a level
semi-final how do you approach the ten minutes. Sit and wonder and hope
that extra time is not such a bad thing? Given the stakes? I think
that both would be happy to get into extra time.
They both love a winning goal. There's's Hayes.
There's Holt tripped by Graeme Shinnie. He's going to be booked for
that. It's the right decision from the
referee. Shinnie knows he is out of the game.
He cinically brings down Holt. Ryan Jack the only player in danger
of missing the final if the Dons were to get there.
One of the most booked players in Scotland, Graeme Shinnie. He plays
on the edge. If there is an extra half an hour,
he will create an area for Hibs to conduct.
John McGinn, what a good ball that is.
Considine gets it ahead of Boyle. Everyone thought we were going to
extra time in the final last year, 2-2.
Eight minutes to play of the 90. If they score now you start to think
you're going to the final. It's McGinn.
Here's John Beaton. Well, still memories fresh in the
mind of the Aberdeen players of the recent capitulation to Rangers at
Pittodrie when they conceded three goals in four minutes. A few weeks
back. They were under the cosh, the Perth
club. Saints couldn't find the equaliser.
They have been a model of consistency, Aberdeen. The Rangers
performance in the last ten minutes was uncharacteristic, really.
They've not been making mistakes as a team.
Another foul by Graeme Shinnie. Aberdeen can't afford for him to be
sent off. It was ambitious but it's deflected
into the net! How's your luck?! Johnny Hayes gives Aberdeen the lead
with six to play. And are they heading for the Scottish Cup final?!
NARP ale, it's brilliant play from Hayes. Working the room for a shot.
But how cruel on the Hibs players who have worked so hard to get back
into the game. To have a wicked deflection taking it past the
goalkeeper. He does well to get the shot. But that's as cruel as it
gets. In or Darren McGregor. Heartbreak
for Hibernian. It's going down as an own goal.
Look at that there. Certainly the McGregor touch has proven decisive.
That is going down as an own goal against Darren McGregor. One way or
the other, it has put Aberdeen back in the box seat with just five
minutes to play. It's a real taste of Hibs earnian's own medicine,
having scored so late in the final last year. They've had to suffer it
themselves here. There is still time for Hibs.
There is still time for them. I think they're going to make a
change. The last throw of the dice for Neil Lennon.
change. The last throw of the dice It's Brian Graeme.
Aberdeen's long compile from a competition that they have won seven
an end. an end.
-- exile. Brian Grahame will come on for Hibs.
They've salvaged it once this afternoon, the men from the capital.
Big moments. That was one there, Johnny Hayes
with the shot. It was really not threatening, until Danny McGregor's
unfortunate intervention. I feel for Dan.
Hayes does well to make the room for the shot. He doesn't have a
connection. It is not going to go in. Then it hits Dan and spuns into
the corner. Certainly the Scottish Football
Association are giving the goal to Johnny Hayes.
In goes Taylor. He did just enough. Just enough. Fantastic defending
from Taylor it must be said to put Boyle off.
He has such pace. But he gets a wee nick. It bounces off the shin
through to the goalkeeper. Well done Taylor.
Is the task now too big for Hibs? I always feel you get a chance in the
last couple of minutes of the match. It's great for Ambrose. They have to
sacrifice the defender. They have to go for it. They will be direct now.
Up to Holt and Cummings to get back that the match. They only have three
or four minutes to do it. Aberdeen are standing on the brink
of returning here on Saturday the 27th of May to face Celtic or
Rangers in the Scottish Cup final. Cummings chases, and Lewis clears.
Hibs will feel they will get another chance here. They just need to get
men in front of their back foul. First-rate polyp that to go through
their back four and put Cummings in his criminal in the last couple of
minutes of the match. A heavy touch there from Niall McGinn. Wins a free
kick. I don't think there was a lot of contact. It is clever, to get the
free kick, it buys his team time. Stephenson not happy at how soft it
was. Derek McInnes, four-year is to the date of his first Aberdeen game,
was. Derek McInnes, four-year is to as dons manager, it was against
Hebburn name, it was at Easter Road, and it was forgettable, and goalless
draw. Four years into his tenure, and he could be about to lead
Aberdeen to a third cup final. A first in the Scottish Cup. Well into
the final minute of the 90. Free kick for Hibs. This will get
launched into the heart of the box. All eyes will be on the fourth
official shortly who will tell us how much stoppage time will be added
on. John McGinn takes the free kick. Hibs win the first ball and another,
Aberdeen clear and Hayes goes after it. No free kick, says John beaten.
Again Hibs when the header, Logan Bailly is clear.
Free kick Aberdeen, that will take off a lot of pressure. It was very
late into this challenge. Three minutes of injury time has been
added on. Already almost one minute down.
Grant Holt has been booked, and think that could almost have
warranted another yellow card. Hibs, the dream almost over, Scottish Cup
winners 11 months ago. First time in 114 years. They have about one
minute and a half to try and keep hold of the trophy and force extra
time. Anywhere will do from an Aberdeen point of view. It is clever
play from Rooney. 16 Scottish Cup finals have been played since
play from Rooney. 16 Scottish Cup Aberdeen last contested one.
Semifinal heartache after heartache in recent times. No free kick for
Graeme Shinnie, this could be controversial. MacGregor still up
there, Cummings cannot get onto it. The challenge from Ryan Jack, it is
a Hibs ball. A last minute. The flick from Grant Holt. Is that a
corner? It is. This is the very last chance of the match coming up. The
goalkeeper is coming up for it. He has to. Hibs are heading out of the
cup unless they can score from this corner. Cummings sends it in,
Marciano wins it, but Lewis holds on, and that might just be it. It is
a very decent ball in and a decent header from the goalkeeper. It is
largely a fine save from Joe Lewis, he will take as much time as he
wants. We have played injury time, it is all over as far as that is
concerned. It is all over at Hampden! And the waiting is over for
Aberdeen. They have dethroned Hebburn Ian. And they are through to
their first Scottish Cup final in 17 years. It is a third final and Derek
McInnes. They were made to sweat for it today. They led 2-0 through
Rooney in 12 seconds Christie at 25 minutes. Heroic Hibs roared back
thanks to goals from Grant Holt and McGeouch. By Jonny Hayes' deflected
effort right at the end of the game has put Aberdeen into the William
Hill Scottish Cup final. Competition they have toiled and so often over
the years. It really has been a task, tough test of them today. That
is without question. Hebburn Ian have had a wonderful 11 months as
Scottish Cup holders and will forever remember last May's triumph
against Rangers. And those supporters will never forget it
either. It has ended in tears this afternoon, and Aberdeen, who have
not won this competition since 1990 will take on Celtic or Rangers in
next month's final. It's finished here at the National Stadium in any
into- three Aberdeen. STUDIO: It looked like it was going to take
extra time and penalties to sort this out, they were so closely
matched, but in the end that deflected goal from Jonny Hayes get
the business done and get Aberdeen into their second cup final of the
season. And the Battle of the Shinnies is won by Graham in the
end, and Derek McInnes hopes it can go one better in the second
semifinal of the season, having lost to Celtic in the League Cup final,
but we will find out tomorrow whether to Celtic or Rangers. We do
know it is Aberdeen. Let's get the thoughts of Willie
Miller and Michael Stewart. A fabulous cup final, that's for sure.
It has had everything in it. A great physical game. Played in a very
sporting manner. Even the goalkeeper, towards the end there,
with a magnificent header. If that had ended up in the back of the net
it would have been very special. Aberdeen get a little bit of good
fortune towards the end of the game, no doubt about that. I thought the
goals were excellent. I thought probably the Hibs goal was slightly
better than the Aberdeen goal. But the decisive one, Jonny Hayes
creates space for himself, pulls the trigger, gets a bit of good fortune
and spins into the back of the net to take Aberdeen into the final.
Marciano, that had almost got Hibs off the ropes. It had everything,
goals, entertainment, changes of formation, tactical battles. A big
bit of luck in the Emnes to get Aberdeen to the final. Aberdeen have
built up in mentality under Derek McInnes where the win games, they
get things done. And that is the story of it here. They have managed
to get themselves into the final by hook or by crook. But here from Adam
Rooney, who scored after 12 minutes. Congratulations, you are through to
the Scottish Cup final. It was exhausting to watch, I wasn't to
play? As it looked. I see we had a great start, 2-0 up, we knew that
Hibs would come back. We knew it was good to be a difficult game. Always
believed we could score goals, and thankfully Johnny got the winner.
Did you feel it was going to extra time? It looked that way late on,
but we are fit side and we'll is keep going. Delighted to get
finished in 90 minutes. The will to win in the squad seems unbelievable
at times. I was a disappointment from the last cup final and we
wanted to take that forward. We want to be here at the end of the season
fighting for another trophy. We're themselves in a position.
Congratulations. Let's tell the story of an amazing Scottish Cup
semifinal. Adam Rooney got things rolling after 12 seconds. Straight
from kick-off, it was Hibs' kick-off, catalogue of errors, and
creditor Rooney, he did what he does. Yes, compared, nice touch
setting themselves up. Under a little bit of pressure but finishes
extremely well. Problems for Hibs defensively. The wall breaks out
that Marciano cannot keep it out. Creditor Ryan Christie for even
trying. Yes, but the story there is Creditor Ryan Christie for even
the wall breaking. And then the change of formation. Picking the
body, look at that driving, penetration in the area, wonderful
cross. Willie says Taylor should do better, perhaps, but for me the
credit goes to the cross, it was a fantastic ball from Boyle. It shows
that getting in behind defences is where you punish teams. Hibs did not
have enough of that until they made where you punish teams. Hibs did not
the substitutions. Grant Holt was terrific for Hibs. Change the game.
Not only getting the goal, but makes the second goal as well. That was a
fabulous set up past four McGeouch, who finished well. It did change the
game. After Grant Holt came on break problem and questions for Derek
McInnes to answer, which he did, throwing and three centre-backs.
This was the equalising goal, it can immediately after Aberdeen made a
change they hope would give them solvency of the back. The change
three at the back, it lost the mad midfield. You see here when McGeouch
picks it up. The space between the lines. When he gets into this area,
you think, go wide. Stevenson made a great run. A wonderful 1-2 with
Grant Holt and a good finish. You see the space that there is to drive
forward. Grant Holt makes a good run and I am thinking of playing the
ball wide but he goes infield. Catches Aberdeen unawares and gets
the 1-2. A wonderful composed finish. Joe Lewis is too far to his
front post from me. And look at the back three. There is an deal,? If
this gets flagged offside, very tight. The central freestanding 23
yards in front of the back three. And look at this, Anthony O'Connor
is too deep, Taylor is too high up, and there is space. If the ball goes
in yard less on the weight, Jason Cummings is running through on goal.
The change that back three, lost the goal, and to other opportunities
where they were all over the place at the back. As Willie said, the two
centre halves in the first offered nothing do, ended up with three and
there was panic stations. They were working so hard. Credited, they made
a real game of it. It is harsh for Hibs to lose it, and a cruel way to
lose it when there is such a big deflection on the shot from Jonny
Hayes. And Marciano has no chance. No chance whatsoever. Jonny Hayes
gets credit for creating a little bit of space. Maybe he has to be
closed down a little bit earlier, but it is a huge blow for them. He
pulls the trigger, it takes a wicked deflection. It looks as though it
was going by the posted one point and it spins. McGinn for me has to
drop a yard deeper. If he does that Jonny Hayes cannot get in between
them. It is late in the game, it happens, you are tired. You hold a
them. It is late in the game, it position instead of dropping a yard,
but that is so cruel for Hibs, even the deflection, if it goes straight
it is going wide, it is the spin that brings it wide. I think that
shot is potentially going wide at the other side. It is the spin that
takes us, agonising for Hibs. Let's hear from the other two goal heroes
of the day for the Dons. Chaps, congratulations. Talk me through
your emotions, Ryan. Policy delighted. Before the game and said
we have to make the final. That is the biggest game of the year, so you
want to be in a good place. Coming up against a very good side and
hips, and overall Rob Lee did not play our best, but through to the
final as we wanted. When you stepped up with a free gig where you always
going for the near post? I wasn't until Adam Rooney came and had a
word in my year and told me to have we look at the maybe try a shot. He
will take the assist for that one. Happy it went in, and basic
delighted for Johnny scoring the winner. Johnny are you claiming the
winner? Jedinak. Anywhere close, we'll take it. So late in the game.
Has had all the momentum at that stage. The goal came at a good time
for us. They had you on the ropes at times. Did you think it was going to
extra time? Honestly did. We had to weather the storm a little bit in
the second half. One of the best teams in the country. Some top
players, and we knew it was going to be difficult. Never underestimate of
them. We had 2-0 cushion that we let slip. Got a lucky winner. It is the
Scottish Cup final for Aberdeen for the first time in 17 years. It
Celtic or Rangers. You will fancy your chances? You've got to going
confident, whoever wins it will be a tough game, both topsides. Looking
forward to it, biggest game in Scottish calendar and we're
delighted to part of it. Ryan, it is a strange one for you if Celtic get
through because you will not be able to play. Yes, people are in my year
but that before the game, but coming into the game was just concentrating
on helping get Aberdeen into the final and will see what happens from
there. We will see we face tomorrow. But Mike said, delighted us managed
help Aberdeen. Chaps, congratulations. 3-2 to Aberdeen it
finished. They will take their place in the Scottish Cup final. What a
finished. They will take their place great advertisement for Scottish the
ball that was. Hamdan looked great, it was a good crowd, great
ball that was. Hamdan looked great, atmosphere, and a game that could
have gone either way. Yes, in the early stages you can see a way back
have gone either way. Yes, in the for Hibs, it was all Aberdeen, until
Grant Holt Commander Park. But you handed to Neil Lennon, he made the
crucial decision at a vital time, turned the game in their favour.
Should create character coming back from a 2-0 deficit, to related
Aberdeen all the way. Aberdeen can count themselves fortunate to go
through into the final. The same time, they have done it, the most
important thing is to win the game and Aberdeen have done that. Hibs at
this stage fire difficult to get a comfort because they lost and were
so close to get into the final, but last weekend got promotion, that was
the main mission for the season. last weekend got promotion, that was
This weekend they have roots they will very much be part of the
Premiership next season. 100%. I have spoken that I see Hibs in the
current state as a top six side. They have proven that over the three
seasons they have been in the championship in terms of the games
they have played against top-flight opposition. They have done very
well. Today was just another example of that. The lads will be
challenging for the top six straightaway. They have enough
quality in that side to go unchallenged. And look at the
support they have got here today. That is a top six club, no doubt.
And at the reaction. They have lost the semifinal but they were all on
their feet cheering the team because they recognise what a good shift the
putting today and it would Aberdeen under real pressure. With Aberdeen,
they get the job done. Adam Rooney spoke about it, they have the
mentality of scoring late goals, and that he's off massively. When you're
under the cosh, Hibs on top and you still believe you can go and get the
winner. It is a bit of luck, but it is that mentality. If you don't
believe you can do it you never will. And this Aberdeen side have
confidence and belief. Some of the Aberdeen fans would have been
thinking, here we go again. Another occasion when we play second best,
but this will do them a lot of good. Absolutely not because they have not
performed very well at Hamdan. I still didn't think they performed at
their best this afternoon, but they showed grit and character and
certainly got the job done. Thanks, Willie and Michael. Tomorrow it is
all about Celtic and Rangers in the second semifinal.
But Old Firm second semifinal tomorrow, let's hope it is half as
good as this one. It has been positing stuff at Hamdan. Aberdeen
are through to the final. It is goodbye from us for now.
feel the way both players have played they would deserve to go into
the final session 8-8. That is a mistake from Mark Allen. He would
Rob Maclean introduces live coverage of the first Scottish Cup semi-final between Hibernian and Aberdeen from Hampden. After a gap of 114 years, Hibs eventually got their hands on the Cup last season and are one game away from another final. Aberdeen, however, have had an excellent campaign and will provide stiff opposition. Commentary is by Liam McLeod and Steven Thompson, with analysis from Michael Stewart and the Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill.