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Scottish Cup Semi-Final

Live coverage of the Scottish Cup semi-final between Hibernian and Dundee United. Kick-off at 12.15pm. Plus a look ahead to tomorrow's other semi-final between Rangers and Celtic.


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STUDIO: Rarely have two teams gone into the Scottish Cup semifinal in

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poorer form, today both Hibernian and Dundee United have the chance to

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take a step closer to this piece of silverware, the action is live on

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the BBC, with me in the studio, Marc Wilson and Pat Nevin. The question

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of who is in goal for Hibernian, it is Conrad Logan, the Irishman, who

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last played a senior football mad for December Battenberg Rochdale in

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December, 2015. -- last played a senior football match for Rochdale

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in December, 2015. They hope to cause problems at the other end,

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they are an attack minded signed, but surely, Dundee United will look

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at that and think they can get them under pressure. We were watching a

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Dundee United that looked like they were resigned to relegation last

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week at Tannadice. They played like a championship team. That is a big

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worry, for Mixu Paatelainen, can they bounced back from that

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performance, it was so bad, I bedded them to have a bitter fight about

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them. Coming into a semifinal, you never know, that may be a welcome

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distraction for them today. Could still be a glorious season for

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Hibernian, they are still be a glorious season for

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potentially to a second national cup final, and they could still be

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promoted. Could be stored ordinary, that is why this sport is absolutely

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fantastic. We all expect the negatives of this, Dundee United and

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Hibernian both having a bad time but both teams are capable of playing

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well, it is unlikely but it could be a classic. The motion chasing

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Hibernian against relegation haunted Dundee United, the first of the

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William Hill Scottish Cup semifinals, let's get to the action,

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the team is in the tunnel, commentary comes from Craig Paterson

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and Liam McLeod. COMMENTATOR: Hello, everyone, promotion chasers against

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the relegation candidates, 200 meeting of Hibernian and Dundee

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United. Two clubs whose respectively campaigns are in serious danger of

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imploding. . His cup semifinal for Hibernian,

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in five years, having won only one of their last seven championship

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matches, having been a serious of their last seven championship

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threat to Rangers at the top for the start of the campaign, there are

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roads to promotion looks like it could be a long one. -- fifth. Only

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five games left to pull off a relegation survival miracle.

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There is a debut, those that we were discussing, 29-year-old Irishman

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Conrad Logan is in goal for Hibernian, also banned James Keating

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's, and a couple of injuries, Hibernian have not won this for a

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while, Anthony Stokes has, twice, he, McGregor and Gray walking a

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suspension tightrope, if booked today, they will miss the final is

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Hibernian get there. -- James Keatings. Mixu Paatelainen has been

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putting fires out this week, mysterious departure from the club

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by Gunning them at a time when they could do without any extra hassles.

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On loan at Hibernian earlier this season, Henri Anier, he is on the

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bench. A couple are a yellow card away from missing a potential final

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and Blair Spittal comes into the team. Martin Boyle's recent win over

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Livingston is a goal of the season candidate, Kevin Thomson won this

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competition with Rangers, Edward Ofere needed it to, with Inverness,

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just last year. -- Edward Ofere did it, too. Big afternoon for Conrad

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Logan, that is for sure, since a 2-2 draw with Notts County for Rochdale,

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14 months ago, the young man has not played. He is the preferred option

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today. -- the 29-year-old. Hope of survival for Dundee United, they are

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eight points adrift, he had been out injured for so long, the early part

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of the season was not helpful. The referee there, highly rated

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34-year-old, the Fifa official, he was the man in the middle when

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Hibernian beat Heart of Midlothian in the Easter Road replay in round

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five. Mixu Paatelainen lost a couple of finals while a Dundee United

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player and a Hibernian player. He is desperate to try to turn things

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around. League of looking club. This competition may not provide solace,

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but it can certainly provide a little sanctuary for teams with

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bigger fish to fry. Despite a slot in the 131st Scottish Cup final the

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price today. -- beleaguered. 114 years of misery for Hibernian in

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this competition, playing at Hampden Park for the seventh time in the

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last five seasons, second this season, coming after the League Cup

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heartache against Ross County one month ago. How do you see this one?

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Former Hibernian player, Liam McLeod. CO-COMMENTATOR: Both teams

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in poor form, if you go out there and start quick and well it is

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amazing the difference that can make to your confidence. Chance to put

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the ball in, but it is away by Hanlon, important figurehead in the

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Hibernian defence, still without Liam Fontaine. United have begun the

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semifinal on the front foot. Horrible campaign for them. They

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have not played badly in every match, it has been goals going in

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against them. They have seen their headstrong and their confidence

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drained -- heads drop. Fine season for some of these players, John

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McGinn is one of them. One month after making his Scotland debut

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against Denmark, in a recent friendly, he makes his first

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appearance at Hampden Park. Liam Henderson, on loan from Celtic. Back

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to Hanlon. First touch of the ball for Logan,

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just signed last month, until the end of the season. First chance for

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Lewis Stevenson. Perhaps. Going for the spectacular. Provided

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so often this season, he has scored 23 times. Certainly capable, the

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ball comes in, he sees it early, cannot get over it. The last

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ball comes in, he sees it early, appearance here for Hibernian was a

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defeat, United's last appearance here was also a League Cup final

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defeat, when they lost to Celtic, last year. You could argue that it

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was at that point that things began to unravel for the Terriers, a

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relegation which many believe they will take some time to recover from,

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Alan Stubbs looking to guide his team in the other direction, still

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time to do that, even if the championship title is gone.

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Interesting to see Maurice starting out at left-back, Sean Dillon pushed

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into centre-back. -- Morris. They have lost a couple of goals in the

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last couple of weeks. One of the survivors of the 2010 Scottish Cup

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final, under Peter Houston. One of only two Scottish Cup victories in

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Scottish Cup history. The man on the bench missed that one through

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injury. It has been some few months for

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Paatelainen, since he replaced Jackie McNamara, taking over the

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club, just a point adrift at the bottom. Good, last weekend, if

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results had gone the other way, have beaten Inverness, Kilmarnock last,

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results had gone the other way, have dropped to within two. You play

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badly, you lose, you find the teams above you have all picked up three

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points, eight adrift, they have an absolute mountain to climb. Huge

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game for him next week against Hamilton, first post-split when you

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ship extra. Hibernian face Rangers in the midweek.

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Another poor result for Hibernian midweek, against Fulco, 2-0 up, four

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minutes to play, finishing 2-2. -- 2-1 up, four minutes to play. --

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full Kirk. Did nothing to hurt the aspirations of finishing second, but

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plenty for Falkirk. This is promising for Hibernian. Finding

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space. -- Falkirk. Running into Marvin Bartley. He is

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not an easy man to get past, he really mobile. Strong challenge and

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that has gone the way of Hibernian, strong challenge by David Gray.

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David Gray does like a tackle. Good news for Hibernian that he is back

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in the team, with Fraser Fyvie weighing slightly to the right-hand

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side of midfield, he to come in centre, that will leave David Gray a

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lot of room to charge up and down the right-hand side. -- with Fraser

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Fyvie playing slightly to the right-hand side of midfield. Missed

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the game against Falkirk, through injury, the defeat, unable to help

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his team. Losing to a single goal. These two have already met in cup

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competition this season, Hibernian handing United a 3-1 towelling in

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the League Cup in November, it was revenge, given that the Tangerines

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did it to Hibernian year before, on penalties. Big shout for obstruction

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by Hanlon, an Erskine. -- on Erskine. Strong defending, as soon

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as you realise the goalkeeper may be under pressure, you are quite

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entitled to get involved, trying to go around... Marvin Bartley was not

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the man. New contract returning to Partick

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Thistle. Here we go. Moving across. Keeping

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your head down, don't attract attention of the referee. You have a

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new goalkeeper income you want him to get a touch early but you do not

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want it done under pressure. And again. Good work by Blair

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Spittal, Hibernian failing to take advantage of a good situation there,

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Lewis Stevenson not renowned for his goal-scoring. The two occasions that

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they have been able to get in on the right-hand side, they have not been

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able to produce on the final ball to cause real problems. Stokes, for

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David Gray, he does win it, and that cause real problems. Stokes, for

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is an easy hold for the goalkeeper, aged cover Shima. Good spot, sees

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David Gray against John Rankin, almost able to win that, and yet

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again, Jason Cummings on the turn cannot quite get enough of it. --

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Eiji Kawashima. You do not want to be giving him chances in that kind

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of area, Stevenson looking to turn it back for David Gray.

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Lost to get forward as much as he loves a tackle. Fraser Fyvie! Has

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not scored this season. Terrific effort. This comes back to him, he

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decides to take it on. Does not come down quick enough. Wonderful strike,

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look at that, actually, hits the top of the net. Lewis Stevenson, I

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mentioned he does not scored to many, he has won more than Fraser

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Fyvie this season, coming against many, he has won more than Fraser

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Dundee United, it was the third in the 3-0 win in the Scottish Cup.

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That Lewis Stevenson goal was his fifth for the club, three came last

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Not prolific, you would have to say. Not prolific, you would have to say.

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-- in the cup. You know what you will get from Stevenson, week in,

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week out. In the 2007 League Cup final win over Kilmarnock, he was

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Man of the Match. He has only missed one game this season, Lewis

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Stevenson, this is his 44th appearance of the campaign.

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There had been cynics with regards to the partnership between comings

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and Stokes. Returning on loan from Celtic, the two have not quite

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gelled as yet. As we watch Lewis Stevenson. It does take time, going

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through a bad patch, that does not help, but they are both genuine goal

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threats. -- Cummings. Wondered for a moment if David Gray

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knew that Fraser Fyvie was behind him.

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A little edginess in the Dundee United performance. 12 minutes in,

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beginning relatively well, but Hibernian have been behind a couple

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of times. Starting to close their passing game on, not just kicking

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the ball away, they have got to get the midfield players and front

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players involved. The ball has bubbled away. This was Erskine.

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Good defending by Berkeley. -- Bartley. Calvin Morris gets it all

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wrong, good performance in the semifinal of the League Cup last

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season against Aberdeen, Callum Morris, indeed, he scored in that

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game. -- Callum Morris. It is a key ball by Stokes. Here is grey. --

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David Gray. Three in the middle, could not find one of them, all

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moving towards the near post. Hibernian beginning to dominate.

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Jason Cummings. First corner of the match goes to

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the. They are getting the ball into feet, decent ball in, deflected the

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corner, but certainly Hibernian on top in terms of the passing.

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Not the worst ball. It is back in Bygrave. -- back in by Gray, an

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Orthodox from Sean Dillon but it was enough. Really good defending, head

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in from David Gray, has two deal with it, that is a really clever

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flick. -- has two deal with it. Keeping the Hibs defence

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comfortable. I mentioned Anthony Stokes is one of

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those players on a yellow card, two yellow cards, if you come in at the

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fourth round, you miss the next round, if Hibernian get through...

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That is an side... If Hibs get through today and Celtic get through

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tomorrow, Stokes and Neil Henderson through today and Celtic get through

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will be unable to play in the final against their parent clubs, lots of

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ifs and buts at the moment, though. On loan from West Ham United, played

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a Europa League game way back in the summer for West Ham United, when

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West Ham United played the remaining inside Astra Giurgiu. Onto the

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former Dunfermline player. Nigel he has been called into minds, he

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has given Hibernian the chance to he has been called into minds, he

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break. -- Kyle Knoyle. Stays on his feet.

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A lot of joy down the right-hand side. David Gray getting up and down

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there all day long. Dundee United must start to think about sending an

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extra player across. So often David Gray is on the run, John Rankin

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tucks in, allowing him into space, the final ball is not good enough,

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as you get there often enough, eventually one will hit a striker.

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Hibs don't play with wingers, they do not play that kind of game,

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adding David Gray and Lewis Stevenson, particularly David Gray

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in particular, they have the ability, these full-backs, for most

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of the season, have been able to get into those areas. That is Alan

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Stubbs's formation, midfield diamond, no white players, staying

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in the middle, getting on the ball, leaving room for the two full-backs.

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Conrad Logan, the Hibernian debiting, yet to be tested by Dundee

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United. This game is flowing to our left, most of the time, Jason

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Cummings bursting into the box. Fraser Fyvie goes down, the referee

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does not want to know. The ball comes back does not see a great deal

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in that, big shout from the Hibs fans. The referee had a good view.

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It was a good idea, saw him on the run. Just had to check that ball

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with a bit of check, too much on it. Alan Stubbs, unused substitute when

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Celtic beat Hibernian in the final in 2001, to complete a treble.

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Lovely play by Chris Erskine. Felt Rankin was the better option, rather

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than the well marshalled Mackay full is. -- Mackay.

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David Gray again... How did he find him? Can he find him, not 1 million

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miles away from doing so. Decent idea, Dundee United had dropped

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back, they were deep enough, it made it difficult to get the ball in

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behind him and the goalkeeper always looked favourite.

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The last meeting between these two in this competition was also at the

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final stage, 2005. -- semifinal stage. Gold from Jim McIntyre and

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Jason Scotland overturned a 1-0 deficit and sent Dundee United

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through. -- goals. After a penalty had been converted by Derek Riordan.

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First big decision of the game so far forward referee John Beaton, the

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penalty shout. -- so far for referee John Beaton.

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You could produce a good case for Hibernian's dominance on the ball,

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looking at possession statistics. Neat and tidy, Hibernian, when they

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want to be. Neat and tidy by Paul Paton. Not enough work for the

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goalkeeper, very little to do. Statistics will tell you so much,

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but Hibernian have their positions, they just need that bit of spark,

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that little bit of magic, in the final third.

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Mackay, offside. The last time that Dundee United were in such peril in

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the league, at the bottom of the table, back in 2000/1, they won

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their last four matches. That campaign, they stayed up. At St.

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Mirren's expense. They will need something similar. Even then, they

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will be needing snookers. Eiji Kawashima gets there, well read

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by the Japanese. Gets him at the second attempt.

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You have got to be sharp to outrun Darren McGregor, once he gets up a

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head of steam, he can cover the ground. Sticks a leg in there, takes

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Marvin Bartley, it is going to be a warning, a word of warning.

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Big chance, they have asked a question of Conrad Logan. The

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Hibernian debited and comes up with an answer. There is confidence, big

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save. Normally does. Again, John Beaton had a right good luck at

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that, as Marvin Bartley tumbled in the Dundee United penalty area.

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Twice, he has said no. This game has opened right up in the last minute

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or so, this is Mackay. 13 goals this season. You would put a lot of

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money, Billy Mackay, one-on-one, to make it 14, he failed to do so, and

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he has given away the ball. -- Billy Mckay. Stevenson, two strokes. And

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again. Suddenly it is going from one end to

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the other. Fine day for it, on the new service.

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-- surface. It was a shout for a penalty, Batley

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on the run. Very difficult to see if there was any contact but here is a

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chance for United. Mackay is one on one. That is a really good save from

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Conrad Logan. Spreads himself, doesn't give him much to aim for. A

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really good block. Billy Mackay almost had a one goal every two

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games ratio. He missed out on a Scottish Cup medal. After make his

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move to Wigan. -- after making his move to Wigan.

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United's Tok top scorer. He will keep looking for chances. Helped

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United to this semi-final with a late winner against Ross County.

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They really had to overcome a series of adversities that day. Lost Mark

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Dunn to a red card. Behind at the time, as well, came

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certainly looked the more likely, in the blink of an eye, Billy Mackay

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could have been out in front. Could have had two free kicks out there.

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Mackay let that go out thinking it was a goal kick. He could be made to

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suffer here. The linesman is so close that, in its going to get that

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right. They don't have a lot of height, Hibs. You need those two

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centre-backs in better at that Biddle bit extra. -- to add that

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little bit extra. Oh, he's given a penalty for a

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handball. It is a third penalty shout for the afternoon and John

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Beaton has pointed to the spot. Donaldson gets the head down and the

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arm up here. Unusual position, it is difficult to tell exactly where it

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hit from that angle. He is coming out to block and, you know

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something, that is a tough one. Jason Cummings is going to have the

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chance to put Hibs in front in the semifinal. Against the Japanese 80

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Kawashima, Hibernian's top scorer this season. Oh, dear, oh, dear, oh,

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dear. What on earth was that? That is the one, you are either a hero or

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you are the opposite. At this stage in the competition, they don't need

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that. They need the ball to fire into the back of the net. He has

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gone for a clever chance, and he has missed the best chance of the game.

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Red faces all round. In particular for Jason Cummings. There are times

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to the gallant, semifinal 29 minutes in, is not one of them. I would love

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to see the face of Alan Stubbs is that ball went behind the goal. A

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yellow card here. Paul Donaldson will be breathing a big sigh of

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relief. It was a debatable penalty. He came charging in. It is a tough

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decision, again. I think it is a genuine challenge for the ball. How

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decision, again. I think it is a important will that proves to be?

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Mixu Paatelainen, you can see what he makes over debugging. -- over the

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booking. It is Liam Henderson's free kick.

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You just wonder where Jason Cummings's head is right now.

:36:09.:36:17.

Ford lip readers out there, a apology in case you were offended by

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Mixu Paatelainen. Although it may have been in finish. Just sneaks by,

:36:27.:36:37.

John McGinn attacked it. Still have no answer, Gray down that right-hand

:36:38.:36:46.

side. Beyond the front post, difficult to get it on target.

:36:47.:36:50.

United are really struggling. Billy Mackay had the best chance for them,

:36:51.:37:00.

United could so easily have been won nothing up. They have been up

:37:01.:37:05.

against it in this first half. Hibs have passed the ball better,

:37:06.:37:13.

dominated possession. You tend to tagging all the time, and that has

:37:14.:37:14.

given David Gray absolute control. Here is Stevenson. Gets it in, at

:37:15.:37:34.

the expense of a corner. Donaldson intervention. I think United are

:37:35.:37:39.

thinking about a change. Callum Morris appears to be the man who

:37:40.:37:43.

will be sacrificed with Paul Dixon coming on. A natural line back

:37:44.:37:49.

will be sacrificed with Paul Dixon playing in that position. It hasn't

:37:50.:37:51.

worked, Mixu has to change it. Fancies it. You don't want to give

:37:52.:38:28.

him room. From 30 yards in, it just takes a step and I tell you what,

:38:29.:38:32.

only hits than absolute beauty rising all the time, just too high.

:38:33.:38:38.

But what a hit. Callum Morris is being withdrawn here. Paul Dixon, as

:38:39.:38:46.

we were saying, is going to replace him. We can only imagine it is

:38:47.:38:50.

because he is being torn apart by David Gray's running on the flank.

:38:51.:38:57.

Callum Morris, he hasn't played badly but when you keep tucking in

:38:58.:39:01.

and leaving room, they will eventually be picked. It is good

:39:02.:39:04.

management. These decisions have to be made. Paul Dixon's von hasn't

:39:05.:39:13.

been fantastic but if you have a natural left-back who is experienced

:39:14.:39:20.

and played in games of this magnitude, do not start them ahead

:39:21.:39:24.

of a centre-half in that position? Sometimes in an effort to get all

:39:25.:39:29.

your best players in the team, you don't do the team any favours. But

:39:30.:39:36.

Mixu has done the best thing and changed it. Certainly didn't look

:39:37.:39:42.

like an injury to Callum Morris. He is smiling now, Donaldson. He

:39:43.:39:59.

wasn't earlier on. John Beaton gave a penalty and Jason Cummings dipped

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wasn't earlier on. John Beaton gave it over the crossbar.

:40:04.:40:12.

Such a fine line when that happens, because if that goes in, he is a

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genius. It makes headlines, but now depending on how this game goes, it

:40:20.:40:23.

will make headlines for the wrong reasons. I think at that stage of

:40:24.:40:27.

the game, if you are on a run like Hibs are, you don't try something

:40:28.:40:36.

funny. He said after a win over Rangers last season, he had the

:40:37.:40:43.

touch other names angel. -- the touch of an angel. He just has to

:40:44.:40:50.

settle down now. You don't want to go trying every time you get the

:40:51.:40:54.

ball to get it on your left foot and try and work the goalkeeper. He

:40:55.:40:58.

needs to work his way back into the game. A chance will come for him.

:40:59.:41:03.

Jason Cummings actually missed one of the penalties in the play-off

:41:04.:41:07.

final against Hamilton that relegated Hibs a couple of seasons

:41:08.:41:11.

ago. They have never been outside the top for more than a couple of

:41:12.:41:18.

campaigns. They want to finish second because that means they won't

:41:19.:41:21.

have to play Raith Rovers over two legs. If nothing else, third place,

:41:22.:41:34.

fourth, the winner of that plays team 11 in the Premiership. If

:41:35.:41:36.

either of these two are involved,, either of these two are involved,,

:41:37.:41:55.

... A free kick. Might have been some sarcasm from the United

:41:56.:42:02.

supporters there. First chance if United can see they can work

:42:03.:42:06.

something out. Paul Donaldson getting himself up in that back post

:42:07.:42:07.

area. Coll Donaldson, nearly gave away the

:42:08.:42:26.

disputed penalty there. A hearts supporter, certainly was as a

:42:27.:42:26.

youngster. Actually not a bad ball in there but

:42:27.:42:46.

you have two credit the Hibs defenders, they got around, they got

:42:47.:42:52.

next to players, made sure the United player wasn't getting his

:42:53.:42:53.

head on that. outline how far Dundee United have

:42:54.:43:06.

fallen in this campaign, it is the first time they've been outside the

:43:07.:43:13.

top six since 2007. Finished fifth, fifth, third when they won the

:43:14.:43:22.

Scottish Cup in 2010, fourth, sixth and fifth. They are marooned in 12

:43:23.:43:30.

this campaign. There is so long -- only so long a plaster will tend to

:43:31.:43:35.

a deep wound because they have lost so many players over the last few

:43:36.:43:39.

years. I think the family silver being flogged this season...

:43:40.:43:49.

Donaldson giving it away. Good recovery initially. I thought just

:43:50.:44:01.

made it onto your right foot, take on the goalkeeper, but the mistake

:44:02.:44:07.

is made. I fancy Stokes to get a shot away. Defending. Eventually

:44:08.:44:15.

Paul Donaldson -- Coll Donaldson completed.

:44:16.:44:21.

They lost their areas players -- they lost various players in

:44:22.:44:37.

previous seasons. John Rankin has been at Tannadice for a while.

:44:38.:44:41.

Difficult to sustain a good position in the league and have good seasons

:44:42.:44:43.

when you are losing your best in the league and have good seasons

:44:44.:44:47.

players in such a regular basis and perhaps not replacing them with that

:44:48.:44:51.

kind of quality. You tend to replace them with youngsters from the youth

:44:52.:44:58.

system. You can't do that over a period of ten years. You have a lot

:44:59.:45:02.

system. You can't do that over a of players coming through, when that

:45:03.:45:06.

dries up, it you have to spend money and Dundee United didn't have the

:45:07.:45:13.

money to spend. Is not going either way. A good run by Dixon. He has got

:45:14.:45:20.

to get back to his post. Just over five minutes to half-time.

:45:21.:45:30.

0-0 at the National Stadium. A wonderful chance for both teams in

:45:31.:45:56.

this first task, if you are joining us, Mackay is in, penalty went over

:45:57.:46:10.

the bar, that is why we are still at stalemate.

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Mixu Paatelainen very much a hero at Hibs in his time. Really good team

:46:29.:46:42.

Mixu Paatelainen very much a hero at in that campaign, or the way to the

:46:43.:46:43.

Scottish Cup final. Noticed an article with John O'Neill

:46:44.:46:59.

this morning where he was talking about winning the Scottish Cup,

:47:00.:47:04.

would be preferential in the eyes of the Hibs supporters to promotion.

:47:05.:47:15.

A chance for Spittal inside the box to create havoc. Another great save

:47:16.:47:26.

by the goalkeeper. Guilty final ball doesn't get into the danger area

:47:27.:47:27.

again. Options ahead of them. You have

:47:28.:47:56.

to pick somebody out there, and I have to say, a lot of goalkeepers

:47:57.:48:01.

don't go for that. Logan, was brave and got down and that was a good

:48:02.:48:03.

stop. Knoyle looking for doubt. The winner of this, faces the winner

:48:04.:48:29.

of tomorrow's semifinal between Rangers and Celtic. You may have

:48:30.:48:31.

heard about that one. I'm not sure Kawashima is the best

:48:32.:48:54.

at cross balls. He dealt with it and that is all that matters now.

:48:55.:49:20.

Here is Spittal on familiar territory, former Queens Park man.

:49:21.:49:28.

Mackay is in, Hibs just stopped and again he is denied by Conrad Logan.

:49:29.:49:33.

The goalkeeper I'll has been worth his weight in this first half.

:49:34.:49:41.

Another defensive lapse let Mackay in and the keeper makes a real good

:49:42.:49:47.

stop. How many of them will Hibs be able to count and the keeper against

:49:48.:49:48.

Mackay? It has been entertaining stuff,

:49:49.:50:04.

plenty happening, that is for sure. United trying to finish the first

:50:05.:50:09.

half strongly. One minute added on at the end, minimum of. Another

:50:10.:50:17.

substitution earlier on. Dixon replaced Morris. -- there was a

:50:18.:50:19.

substitution. Will someone make the breakthrough

:50:20.:50:42.

before the interval? Hibs are going to get a chance. One last

:50:43.:50:49.

opportunity to get the ball into the box. Here is the chance. When it

:50:50.:50:54.

goes through, Bailly I is offside. No one touches the ball, linesman

:50:55.:50:56.

doesn't see it. -- Bailly RA. Free kick goes united's way. He has

:50:57.:51:20.

ended up having a fairly eventful first half, John Beaton, the

:51:21.:51:21.

referee. Who was the happier manager? I think

:51:22.:51:34.

Mixu. Look at the dominance Hibs have had on the ball, both sides are

:51:35.:51:38.

going to look back at chances missed. Alan Stubbs is not good to

:51:39.:51:44.

be happy with that missed opportunity. There is nothing

:51:45.:51:53.

between their respective sides at the moment, though there possibly

:51:54.:51:58.

should be. Billy Mackay the two gilt-edged opportunities. The second

:51:59.:52:05.

was well offside. It doesn't matter any more, but Conrad Logan making a

:52:06.:52:08.

couple of saves and Jason Cummings might be about to get a flea in the

:52:09.:52:10.

couple of saves and Jason Cummings era from his manager after his

:52:11.:52:16.

penalty went horribly wrong over the bar and that means at half-time in

:52:17.:52:19.

the first of the William Hill Scottish Cup semis, it is 0-0. For

:52:20.:52:29.

much of that first half, it looks as if Hibs are heading for the second

:52:30.:52:34.

major cup final for the season. What a sucker punch that might have been

:52:35.:52:37.

had Billy Mackay scored. When you're too has been on the run Hibs have

:52:38.:52:43.

been on recently, that maybe wasn't the best idea from Jason Cummings.

:52:44.:52:46.

He will be hearing all about it and it is a goalless at half-time. Let's

:52:47.:52:55.

hear from Mark Wilson and from Pat Nevin as well. For much of that

:52:56.:53:01.

half, it looked like the old team from the league below hips rather

:53:02.:53:06.

than the one above. We said at the top of the show her love week United

:53:07.:53:10.

look like that. I thought with this being a semifinal they would come

:53:11.:53:13.

out and play like a Premiership side. They have been off the pace,

:53:14.:53:17.

Hibs have controlled the ball for the majority of the game and

:53:18.:53:21.

tactically I thought they were all over the place, especially with

:53:22.:53:25.

their choice at left-back. Not a good first half but they still

:53:26.:53:27.

their choice at left-back. Not a created two chances to score. How

:53:28.:53:32.

will Hibs be feeling currently in the game is still goalless?

:53:33.:53:44.

Groundhogs to day. Dominated possession, got into great

:53:45.:53:49.

positions, not always made good chances but should be ahead. They

:53:50.:53:52.

are not, and Hibs and have been watching for a good of time. Alan

:53:53.:53:59.

Stubbs saying for long periods, we are playing really well but we're

:54:00.:54:03.

not winning games. Sounding a bit like that just now and there will be

:54:04.:54:08.

a lot of people watching thinking we are finding new and exciting ways to

:54:09.:54:12.

mess up and it looks a bit like that just now. It just takes one goal for

:54:13.:54:15.

his and that would relax them. -- Hibs. Let's look at the penalty.

:54:16.:54:22.

This is a good shout from John Beaton. Quickly, it wasn't instantly

:54:23.:54:28.

obvious. Yes, behind the play, not obvious. My first reaction, it is a

:54:29.:54:34.

penalty. His arm comes up. I think Donaldson is a bit unlucky that he

:54:35.:54:37.

attempts to head the ball but you can just see his armies in the

:54:38.:54:42.

awkward position. It stops the ball, definitely. -- his arm is. Is it

:54:43.:54:49.

still a Brit? You kind of needs to drag his arm away there. -- is it

:54:50.:55:02.

deliberate? We'll say it is entertaining, but when you miss it

:55:03.:55:13.

and the run that you're on. I think slightly on his head, in his head,

:55:14.:55:18.

that Tuesday night he scored a penalty kick and he's might it into

:55:19.:55:24.

the right-hand corner there. People think you will be really confident,

:55:25.:55:29.

but your mind is thinking, do I do it in the same place? Do I do it

:55:30.:55:34.

lower? That is probably why he has done it as he did. I feel sorry for

:55:35.:55:43.

him because Hibs deserved to be one goal up. It is about percentages.

:55:44.:55:50.

The run Hibs have been on, they have to get something powerfully on

:55:51.:55:54.

course. Pat mentioned it there, the penalty scored on Tuesday night was

:55:55.:56:00.

a beauty. I think just put your boot through it. His try to be too

:56:01.:56:05.

clever. It is part of it, he scored two goals on Tuesday, he had the

:56:06.:56:08.

confidence of a centre forward and he is not working in confidence that

:56:09.:56:17.

the best of times anyway. I struggle to be too hard because when it

:56:18.:56:19.

the best of times anyway. I struggle works, we all applaud and say well

:56:20.:56:26.

done, fantastic. When it doesn't, it doesn't look good. For much of that

:56:27.:56:31.

first half, we were asking the question who is playing left-back

:56:32.:56:33.

for Dundee United and it was a good question. After about three seconds

:56:34.:56:38.

I looked at the teams and I couldn't believe I saw Callum Morris at

:56:39.:56:44.

left-back. I played with him and he is an outstanding centre-half. Not

:56:45.:56:49.

one I thought could be can converted to that position. We all assumed

:56:50.:56:58.

Sean Dillon would play left-back. There were so many examples of Hibs

:56:59.:57:03.

exploiting weakness. It took them only a few minutes to realise what

:57:04.:57:07.

was going on ahead of them. It is the additional, the full-backs have

:57:08.:57:12.

to see the full position and if you look at Morris, he is totally caught

:57:13.:57:17.

out, getting dragged to the ball. He shouldn't be going there, stay with

:57:18.:57:20.

your man. The move comes from going down the right-hand side and Hibs

:57:21.:57:24.

kept trying to exploit it. There he goes, he comes in. He would see Gray

:57:25.:57:32.

bombing on and hold his position. In time and time again he got caught

:57:33.:57:36.

out and I felt sorry for him because he has been asked to do a job and it

:57:37.:57:40.

looks like he has been put in there without any thought. This one

:57:41.:57:45.

particularly, you must read it. The guy is going wide, you must read

:57:46.:57:49.

that is where to go. That is exact we what saying beforehand about not

:57:50.:57:55.

a centre-back, there you go. You cannot afford to let... Full-back

:57:56.:58:02.

star let that happen. Again, it came off there. I feel sorry for him.

:58:03.:58:06.

He's trying to do a job for his team, he's not used to it and in my

:58:07.:58:10.

opinion it is the manager's mistake putting in there. Don't think

:58:11.:58:14.

there's much doubt that Hibs haven't created enough for a team that has

:58:15.:58:25.

dominated that first half. Two out of three are long-range shot at

:58:26.:58:34.

goal. If it is on target, you kind of want the goalkeeper to save that

:58:35.:58:40.

one. It is a nice short but I read some statistics recently. If you

:58:41.:58:44.

look at football, one in 20 shots from outside the box go in so you

:58:45.:58:47.

need to have a hell of a lot of shots out there if you are going to

:58:48.:58:52.

work. Have you thought of getting out of it more? Hanging around the

:58:53.:58:57.

wrong people. But you are right about this, yes, getting balls into

:58:58.:59:04.

dangerous areas. If it lands at Stokes's feet, you think it may get

:59:05.:59:10.

to the back of the net but not from so far out. That is asking a lot.

:59:11.:59:20.

Loads of possession, fantastic areas that Hibs are getting into, chances?

:59:21.:59:27.

Very few. If you are a Hibs fan, you are not feeling good about the game

:59:28.:59:30.

at the moment because Hibs have been running the show. That is the thing,

:59:31.:59:35.

that is the worry. How many times have Hibs done this? They play so

:59:36.:59:40.

well and fall at the final hurdle. It looks like the game is going that

:59:41.:59:44.

way now. They have controlled the first half but they haven't taken

:59:45.:59:49.

advantage. You would think Dundee United can't play that much worse in

:59:50.:59:52.

the second half. You'd think that come out and have a go. Can you not

:59:53.:59:57.

just feel a little lift at the end there from Dundee United. Not only

:59:58.:00:01.

the tactical change, but getting the odd little half chance now. The

:00:02.:00:09.

original stats where they had 64% of position Hibs had, when they did

:00:10.:00:16.

have these little chances, that was your first question before the game,

:00:17.:00:18.

have these little chances, that was what is he going to do? The first

:00:19.:00:22.

thing you do, make yourself big, and he has managed to do that. I don't

:00:23.:00:27.

think there is much doubt Conrad Logan has been a better shape. A

:00:28.:00:35.

couple of absolutely crucial saves. That one we've just seen, this one

:00:36.:00:39.

is good for him. That is what you practice in training every day. He

:00:40.:00:46.

anticipated it. I don't know what he is thinking of here, but again, he

:00:47.:00:51.

spreads and self and a top-class save. On the United side, you would

:00:52.:00:55.

think Billy Mackay at the start of the season, more confident.

:00:56.:01:01.

That is a tough one for the assistant to see, because you would

:01:02.:01:06.

expect the defender to get it, say what you like about Logan, he is

:01:07.:01:09.

quick off his line, spreading himself. He's not leaving much to

:01:10.:01:15.

the striker to go for, in that goal. You have got the above for that. He

:01:16.:01:24.

has saved well there, is that a case of a new goalkeeper and a lack of

:01:25.:01:29.

communication with Paul Hanlon? They train alongside each other every day

:01:30.:01:33.

in training, I know that he has not played so much but... Hanlon should

:01:34.:01:42.

deal with it, I don't like defenders standing off and waiting for a

:01:43.:01:49.

goalkeeper, I like to see a defender or a goalkeeper clearing it

:01:50.:01:51.

goalkeeper, I like to see a defender properly, and doing it properly. We

:01:52.:01:54.

will come back to today semifinal, but a few words about the one

:01:55.:01:59.

tomorrow, Rangers against Celtic, only the second time in four

:02:00.:02:03.

seasons, this was 14 months ago a League Cup semifinal, 2-0 was the

:02:04.:02:07.

final scoreline. With its and Connolly got the goals. 2-0, going

:02:08.:02:14.

on a good deal more. There was an absolute chasm between the two clubs

:02:15.:02:19.

at the time, it could have been 14 years ago, so little in common, with

:02:20.:02:24.

the side. Not just personnel, but the way that they play. Their ideas

:02:25.:02:30.

about how to play, the quality, the confidence, there was no confidence.

:02:31.:02:36.

The confidence in this Rangers team now, winning the league, winning the

:02:37.:02:40.

cup last week, beating Premiership opposition, this time, on their way

:02:41.:02:46.

here. They have a better squad. The gap has definitely got more narrow

:02:47.:02:49.

as the years have gone on. Fairly obvious that Rangers have improved,

:02:50.:02:54.

have your old team, Celtic, have they improved? That is the question,

:02:55.:03:03.

I don't think they have improved. Ronny Deila has said that we will

:03:04.:03:07.

get better, but it has not happened, that is why it is so interesting.

:03:08.:03:14.

Celtic have stood still, Rangers have improved, how big is the gap?

:03:15.:03:24.

We will find out. The result of the match was fairly inconsequential,

:03:25.:03:26.

but Rangers winning the title by a country mile, James Tavernier, now

:03:27.:03:32.

up to 14 goals for the season. All sorts of attacking options for

:03:33.:03:36.

Rangers midfield. The concern would be at the back end. The defence is

:03:37.:03:43.

the question, comfortable in midfield, they have goals, playing

:03:44.:03:47.

with confidence. The fans are behind them. Winning the cup, winning the

:03:48.:03:59.

league, everything feeling good. I do not know how good he is going

:04:00.:04:05.

forward. They will really get tested. If you somehow stop Rangers,

:04:06.:04:12.

if you are Celtic, you have got to stop that left-back and back right

:04:13.:04:15.

back hammering forward, if you can do that, you have done a good job in

:04:16.:04:20.

stopping them. -- big job. He will have his own team in mind, but they

:04:21.:04:26.

are almost certain to win this if they do that. 4-0, Rangers winning

:04:27.:04:32.

at Hampden Park, against Peterhead, this was something of a

:04:33.:04:33.

at Hampden Park, against Peterhead, reconnaissance mission for a lot of

:04:34.:04:36.

players who had not been to the national stadium, getting a feel of

:04:37.:04:43.

what it is like, a different playing surface, by this weekend, it allows

:04:44.:04:48.

them to have a sampler. One of the goals of the season, but you get to

:04:49.:04:52.

the stadium, especially if few have not been there, such a different

:04:53.:04:56.

environment, Hampden Park, the fans are a wee bit further away,

:04:57.:05:00.

different pressure. Those guys have not sampled that, they will feel

:05:01.:05:05.

better about themselves. No lack of confidence whatsoever. You have got

:05:06.:05:16.

to be honest about this. That is the thing that would worry Rangers fans

:05:17.:05:23.

right now. Four of the best buy is not playing, it is going to be

:05:24.:05:28.

difficult. There is going to be live coverage on BBC radio Scotland, from

:05:29.:05:32.

11:30am. The second of the William Hill Scottish Cup semifinals, and

:05:33.:05:35.

11:30am. The second of the William you can see the best of the action

:05:36.:05:38.

on sports scene, tomorrow, highlights, from this one, and that

:05:39.:05:39.

one, from 10:30pm. I wonder, the way that the first

:05:40.:05:52.

half ended, the penalty miss, Dundee United looking more of a force,

:05:53.:05:55.

would not have been difficult for them for the top they were not in

:05:56.:06:02.

it. Do you think the match has turned a little towards United in

:06:03.:06:05.

that half. I think they will go in feeling the happier side, that can

:06:06.:06:09.

give you a lift when you go into the dressing room, and you think that

:06:10.:06:12.

you are still in the game, I think they will come out a better side.

:06:13.:06:21.

They cannot play any worse than they did in the first half, I would

:06:22.:06:27.

expect United to have a real go. Have United got away with one so

:06:28.:06:32.

far? They have, and Hibernian have not been finishing strongly

:06:33.:06:38.

recently. Everyone has asked the question, really, what has been

:06:39.:06:41.

wrong with Hibs, recently, it is tiredness, towards the end of the

:06:42.:06:45.

game. The story so far of the first of the Scottish Cup semifinals.

:06:46.:06:50.

Hibs threatening the Dundee United goal from the very start, that could

:06:51.:06:58.

have been a sucker punch, no credit to Jason Cummings for the glaring

:06:59.:07:04.

penalty miss, boy was his face red at that point! Stokes going close,

:07:05.:07:07.

not close enough for Hibs, as the first half came to a close, it is

:07:08.:07:12.

0-0, heading into the second half at Hampden Park. Back to the commentary

:07:13.:07:14.

team. COMMENTATOR: Hibernian about to get

:07:15.:07:36.

us under way for the second half. The talk has been about Jason

:07:37.:07:40.

Cummings and the penalty miss, Zinedine Zidane, seventh minute of

:07:41.:07:43.

the World Cup final, is it just about goes in on the underside of

:07:44.:07:47.

the bar, you are a national hero. Other side of the debate, the former

:07:48.:07:52.

Hibernian defender, he has been very critical at half-time, on social

:07:53.:07:59.

media platforms. He says, is one of my team-mates did that in a semi and

:08:00.:08:02.

we did not go through, I would rip off his head! You want what Alan

:08:03.:08:07.

Stubbs had to say to them at the break. CO-COMMENTATOR: He has got to

:08:08.:08:12.

keep them going, he is the man most likely to score a goal. You have got

:08:13.:08:18.

to lift players. This is a good early chance. Not a great touch by

:08:19.:08:27.

John McGinn, looked like it was going to open up. That is the

:08:28.:08:31.

umpteenth time that Hibs have got into this position. Worth defending,

:08:32.:08:40.

another chance gone. No changes for either team in the second half. Paul

:08:41.:08:44.

Dixon replacing Callum Morris. Towards the interval.

:08:45.:08:53.

Hibs attacking the east end of the stadium. United going back towards.

:08:54.:09:24.

Mixu Paatelainen staring down at the semifinal.

:09:25.:09:34.

The Japanese goalkeeper has played at two World Cup finals tournaments.

:09:35.:09:37.

With Japan. Five clean sheets for the Dundee

:09:38.:09:52.

United deeper since he arrived. Great play by McGinn, lovely play,

:09:53.:10:03.

Sean Dillon left it. He has two deal with it. Fraser Fyvie... And

:10:04.:10:13.

again... Hibernian almost a little guilty of trying to pass the ball

:10:14.:10:23.

into the net. Willing to have a pop. Marvin Hartley has had a good game,

:10:24.:10:34.

winning the ball back once again. John McGinn, Man of the Match in the

:10:35.:10:37.

Scotland game against Denmark. United again starting the second

:10:38.:11:28.

half nervously. Defensively, they have blocked the goalkeeper. You

:11:29.:11:35.

have got a clear your lines. Do not get caught playing it out from the

:11:36.:11:42.

back. Probably Liam Henderson's poorest corner of the afternoon.

:11:43.:12:50.

You would be a brave man to step up. No replays in Scottish Cup

:12:51.:13:02.

semifinals anymore. If Bernie part in the last one. Jim McIntyre

:13:03.:13:14.

scored. -- Hibernian. Knocking out Hibernian.

:13:15.:13:25.

Jim McIntyre, scorer for Dundee United against Hibernian, 2005.

:13:26.:13:50.

Conrad Logan Ingold today, because Mark Oxley was booked for time

:13:51.:13:59.

wasting in the replay in invidious in the last round. -- Inverness. He

:14:00.:14:05.

was looking for his contact lens, at the time... He was booked anyway.

:14:06.:14:16.

Great ball, great take via David Gray. Jason Cummings was close. Not

:14:17.:14:26.

close enough. What a goal that would have been, crossfield pass, take

:14:27.:14:30.

into the box, Jason Cummings must have been so close. What a ball in

:14:31.:14:42.

from David Gray. If you are a striker, that is the kind of ball,

:14:43.:14:48.

the kind of service that you want. Hibernian continuing their dominance

:14:49.:14:49.

of the ball. Second period. Everything was quality, from that

:14:50.:15:09.

ball, to the touch, early ball into the middle, Jason Cummings, just

:15:10.:15:15.

half a yard away, David Gray, all of the pace on the ball, just needs a

:15:16.:15:24.

touch, cannot get there. Not his afternoon. But plenty of time still.

:15:25.:15:36.

Blair Spittal, that is poor. He had a really good first half to the

:15:37.:15:41.

season, Blair Spittal, a rare shining light for this Dundee United

:15:42.:15:46.

side. They need him, they need Erskine, they need the three players

:15:47.:15:49.

playing under Mackay to get more involved in the first half, we saw

:15:50.:15:53.

them in tandem in the first half at the Hibs end, causing problems but

:15:54.:15:54.

we have not seen enough. This is to the ire of the Dundee

:15:55.:16:12.

United supporters. Paul Dixon got himself into a really

:16:13.:16:39.

good area. Erskine delayed it. Jason Cummings. That would have been

:16:40.:17:05.

quite something. That work out as planned. Anthony Stokes, return

:17:06.:17:09.

ball... Lovely understanding between

:17:10.:17:23.

Henderson and Stokes. Neatly taken by the goalkeeper. That is a real

:17:24.:17:27.

waste, I mentioned Hibernian don't have too many tall players, but the

:17:28.:17:32.

two centre-backs, they have got to get there and get a chance. Look who

:17:33.:17:40.

is there again for Hibs, United have struggled in the final third, every

:17:41.:17:43.

time they have gone in there, Marvin Bartley, the majority of occasions,

:17:44.:17:50.

as won it back for his team. It is the two Billy Mckayone-on-ones. This

:17:51.:18:03.

is a chance, set play, get things sorted out, get bodies into the box.

:18:04.:18:09.

Thought they might try to take it short, seemed to take...

:18:10.:18:29.

This is an a knife edge, two teams outperform and out of sorts. -- out

:18:30.:19:13.

of form and out of sorts. What did you make of the surface? Looking

:19:14.:19:18.

lush, green, cut nice and low, really holding up, it suits the

:19:19.:19:22.

players, they can really get the ball fizzing about on it.

:19:23.:19:30.

Erskine, two ranking. They don't want to pass to Paul Dixon, for some

:19:31.:19:36.

reason! -- Erskine, to Rankin. Stevens finding

:19:37.:20:01.

Henderson. Offside flag up here. At least there was.

:20:02.:20:10.

Henderson still things he is taking a corner. Clever ball from him, but

:20:11.:20:17.

I think the fact that the delayed it, Lewis Stevenson must have got

:20:18.:20:21.

the wrong side, and found himself half a yard offside. Dundee United,

:20:22.:20:30.

twice winners of the competition, runners up 11 times. Hibernian

:20:31.:20:38.

looking to get back to the Scottish Cup final after losing two in a row,

:20:39.:20:45.

in 12 and 13, better outcome this time. Stretching something there.

:20:46.:20:52.

Certainly no contact with the Hibs player, that is a hamstring that he

:20:53.:20:57.

has tweaked, it is going to be difficult to see out 90 minutes.

:20:58.:21:01.

Took off one of their best centre halves, in the first half, in Callum

:21:02.:21:08.

Morris. I have seen Paul Paton play at full-back, I have seen him play

:21:09.:21:09.

at centre-back, one of those players at full-back, I have seen him play

:21:10.:21:15.

who does all over the park, but they will be hoping that this man can

:21:16.:21:16.

continue. Well, he is smiling. Many options on the bench for Dundee

:21:17.:21:48.

United, but not too many defensive options. They have Henri Anier, and

:21:49.:21:56.

Florent Sinama Pongolle, among the attacking options, Edward Ofere, as

:21:57.:21:57.

well. Erskine, back from Billy Mckay...

:21:58.:22:16.

Got plenty behind it. Good play around the edge of the box from

:22:17.:22:19.

Dundee United and another decent save from the Hibs goalkeeper.

:22:20.:22:33.

Winning all of these 50/50s. -- 50/50s. The Hibs bench.

:22:34.:23:02.

Paul Thompson, Edinburgh boy, started his career at Kingston.

:23:03.:23:22.

United see more of it. Last five minutes or so.

:23:23.:23:45.

Corner, the assistant was not sure. Waiting for John Beaton to clarify

:23:46.:23:54.

his position. Runner coming in the middle of the park. You have got to

:23:55.:24:06.

see, coming back. Dundee United's first corner of the match. Taken by

:24:07.:24:11.

Erskine, Donaldson jumped. Did not get anything on it. It was a

:24:12.:24:17.

sandwich, Paul Hanlon very close, Allan McGregor behind him, making

:24:18.:24:23.

sure that he does not get a touch. -- Darren McGregor. Decent ball in,

:24:24.:24:30.

whipped into a good area. That victory for Dundee United in 2005 at

:24:31.:24:34.

this stage was Gordon Chisholm's first win as caretaker, against Tony

:24:35.:24:40.

Mowbray's team, they reach their first Scottish Cup final since 1994,

:24:41.:24:47.

that day, the other semifinal meeting, in the 1993/94 League Cup,

:24:48.:24:50.

Darren Jackson scored the only goal for Hibs, in zero victory. -- in a

:24:51.:25:02.

1-0 victory, another who played for both of these clubs.

:25:03.:25:23.

Hibs six points behind Falkirk in the championship. Couple of games in

:25:24.:25:33.

hand. It could be in their own hands, when it comes to finishing

:25:34.:25:38.

second, the team that finishes third will be taking on Raith Rovers, in

:25:39.:25:40.

the play-offs. Two games in hand. Mixu Paatelainen and Dundee United

:25:41.:26:02.

would rip your arm off for a place in the play-offs right now. It is

:26:03.:26:14.

all about the cup today. Here comes Paul Dixon. Erskine, two -- to

:26:15.:26:27.

Rankin. United probing. Paul Paton, Paul Dixon. Erskine, two -- to

:26:28.:26:34.

Erskine... He was onside, still alive... Off the line by Hanlon!

:26:35.:26:44.

Real chance for Dundee United, a lot of Hibs players standing with their

:26:45.:26:47.

hands in the air, looking for offside rather than getting on with

:26:48.:26:51.

the job, comes back, another decent blog, taking up a decent position on

:26:52.:26:56.

the line, cover ball, little flick chests, onside, and United should

:26:57.:27:03.

have made Hibernian pay, good defending, chances do not come a lot

:27:04.:27:08.

better. Darren McGregor, Paul Hanlon, looked like taking the lead.

:27:09.:27:12.

It is in from Blair Spittal... 6-2, in Hibs's favour, on the corner

:27:13.:27:29.

kick. They do have a good understanding, Paul Paton and Chris

:27:30.:27:30.

Erskine, played for Partick Thistle understanding, Paul Paton and Chris

:27:31.:27:33.

together, Jackie McNamara brought them to Tannadice.

:27:34.:27:38.

Stokes... Just came back of the wheel of Anthony Stokes. Scored six

:27:39.:27:54.

times, double Scottish Cup winner. Man of the Match against Hibernian

:27:55.:28:02.

in the final in 2013, 3-0 Celtic win. Game on as a sub to Jude a

:28:03.:28:07.

couple of years before that, Celtic brushed aside Motherwell by the same

:28:08.:28:15.

scoreline. Billy Mckay has been on the periphery of things. Couple of

:28:16.:28:17.

chances in the first half. Stevenson. Less than 25 to play of

:28:18.:28:34.

the 90, will we be going to extra time. United get that all wrong,

:28:35.:28:43.

Marvin Bartley, Fraser Fyvie, now Henderson... David Gray... Sean

:28:44.:28:53.

Dillon beats his countrymen Anthony Stokes to the ball. -- countryman.

:28:54.:29:10.

Sense of anticipation among the Hibs supporters after all that but Dundee

:29:11.:29:14.

United have won it back. Paul Paton. Out it goes to Kyle

:29:15.:29:43.

Knoyle. He is onto it. Does just enough. So too does Fraser Fyvie, he

:29:44.:29:50.

is going to get a free kick as well. Just a tangle of legs, enjoying a

:29:51.:29:56.

bit of possession and territory. Not working the goalkeeper that often,

:29:57.:30:01.

but the first half, they could not get hold of the ball, but

:30:02.:30:04.

second-half, certainly going better for them. Neither of these teams

:30:05.:30:12.

come here in good form at all, at what point would it come into the

:30:13.:30:15.

mind of a player that things have not been going for us recently? It

:30:16.:30:19.

is because things have not been going well recently that the nearer

:30:20.:30:25.

the end of the game you beget, the more nervous you get, you get the

:30:26.:30:29.

ball as far from you as possible, but Hibs cannot do that, they need

:30:30.:30:35.

to get it down and play. -- it is because things have not been going

:30:36.:30:37.

well recently that the nearer the end of the game you get, the more

:30:38.:30:41.

nervous you get. All kinds of problems here...

:30:42.:30:49.

Just one win in their last six league games for Dundee United. Just

:30:50.:31:17.

one loss in their previous five. Many expecting them to crawl out of

:31:18.:31:21.

the hole they have got themselves into. Space for David Gray here.

:31:22.:31:27.

Stokes! Some people don't think Anthony

:31:28.:31:44.

Stokes' move to Hibs has worked out for either party. He plays every

:31:45.:31:50.

week so that tells me something about his attitude in training and

:31:51.:31:54.

what the manager thinks. The fact it has coincided with a bit of a dip in

:31:55.:31:58.

form, you can never blame one player for that.

:31:59.:32:09.

Since beating hearts in their replay, they have only won three.

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Alloa and Livingston in the league, Caley Thistle. Erskine tries to find

:32:18.:32:25.

Mckay. We are about to go into the final

:32:26.:32:33.

20. He has got United at the park.

:32:34.:33:27.

Donaldson is down again. Out of your picture. He had to be treated

:33:28.:33:33.

earlier on in the second half. I don't think he is going to last a

:33:34.:33:37.

great deal longer. That is two or three times. A tweak in your

:33:38.:33:42.

hamstring turns into ATA and you could be out for six weeks. He does

:33:43.:33:46.

not want to go off, it is a semifinal, it is a big stage, but if

:33:47.:33:52.

you can't sprint you could cost your team. You have got to say to the

:33:53.:33:56.

manager, I could become a liability. You need to make a change.

:33:57.:34:13.

He gave away the penalty in the first half. It was a disputed one.

:34:14.:34:27.

He got away with it. Cummings failed to do what the team managed to do in

:34:28.:34:36.

1976. I don't think United have got anyone to come on yet, have they?

:34:37.:34:46.

Coll Donaldson has left his side playing with ten men and United have

:34:47.:34:54.

not even got a sub ready. As soon as he went down, I thought the signal

:34:55.:34:59.

had come on, you have got to make a change, somebody would be ready, and

:35:00.:35:02.

you don't want to play for any period of time with ten men, because

:35:03.:35:07.

if you are picked off, it does not look good. He is not happy, Coll

:35:08.:35:13.

Donaldson. He was down for more than a minute. United have surely got to

:35:14.:35:19.

be aware of the situation. Guy Demel is going to come on for United. Hibs

:35:20.:35:25.

have a man advantage at the moment. They are seeking to profit.

:35:26.:35:34.

United are getting away with another one. Fancher replaces Donaldson. --

:35:35.:35:51.

Demel replaces Donaldson. We will see where Demel takes a position. He

:35:52.:35:57.

Demel replaces Donaldson. We will can see, he can certainly play at

:35:58.:36:01.

the back. Guy Demel is going to be asked to go in there and fill that

:36:02.:36:06.

hole next to Sean Dillon. He played for West Ham United. He was dropped

:36:07.:36:12.

from the starting line-up today. Once upon a time, he won the

:36:13.:36:21.

Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund. Mixu Paatelainen is not a man to

:36:22.:36:32.

fall out with. Donaldson is a tall man. I think the message is, stay

:36:33.:36:39.

down, we get somebody on and we don't play with ten men.

:36:40.:36:46.

They have got their full complement restored now, United. The ball into

:36:47.:36:55.

the box is cut out by Stevenson. Just over 15 minutes left of the

:36:56.:36:59.

first William Hill Scottish Cup semifinal. This is Paul Paton.

:37:00.:37:18.

Chris Erskine went down earlier. Minutes ago. He has been important

:37:19.:37:27.

to Dundee United in the second half in particular. He has made them look

:37:28.:37:33.

like more of a threat in the final third. It is the Estonian who is

:37:34.:37:41.

about to come on. That is the weight you get substituted. You sit there

:37:42.:37:47.

and you refuse to move. The physio comes on. You give it a try and then

:37:48.:37:51.

off you come and you are back to your full complement.

:37:52.:38:01.

To get here, Hibs had to beat Raith Rovers, hearts, after a replay,

:38:02.:38:06.

Caley Thistle after a replay. Dundee United came through against

:38:07.:38:21.

Partick Thistle and Ross County to get to this stage. Henry and near

:38:22.:38:29.

scored in the quarters. -- Anier scored in the quarters. He had a

:38:30.:38:36.

loans fell at Hibernian. He is going to come on with the sole intention

:38:37.:38:41.

of knocking them out of the Scottish Cup. He is a goal threat. He has

:38:42.:38:48.

certainly got that going for him. A new test for the Hibs back division.

:38:49.:38:55.

Not too many chances in the second half. The penalty in the first, the

:38:56.:39:06.

two Mckay chances. And one of the line from Ryan Dow's deflected

:39:07.:39:07.

effort. For Dundee United, that is three

:39:08.:39:18.

service down and they could be quite a long way to go. Potentially,

:39:19.:39:28.

effectively half a football match. On the new service, it does take its

:39:29.:39:41.

toll. A high-stakes game. In sunny Glasgow.

:39:42.:39:51.

A double change for Hibs at the moment. Two attacking players will

:39:52.:40:02.

be coming on. I think it is going to be El Alagui certainly coming on and

:40:03.:40:11.

Martin Boyle may be the other one. Whatever Alan Stubbs decides to do

:40:12.:40:15.

here, it is a big call. Anthony Stokes is a big game player. He has

:40:16.:40:20.

won this competition twice. Jason Cummings is your top scorer. He is

:40:21.:40:25.

going to have to take at least one of them off. It is just a different

:40:26.:40:32.

test for Dundee United now. They have tried to play through Hibs,

:40:33.:40:36.

they have not managed to get there, and now it is a more robust striker,

:40:37.:40:41.

someone you can hit early, and it is a new test. Guy Demel is on there,

:40:42.:40:47.

someone you can hit early, and it is Sean Dillon. El Alagui will pose a

:40:48.:40:48.

someone you can hit early, and it is real threat. They are holding off on

:40:49.:40:55.

the Martin Boyle one. El Alagui had a brief spell at Dundee United,

:40:56.:41:00.

didn't he? He has been blighted by injury this year. He is desperate to

:41:01.:41:05.

get in there and play a part before the end of the season. At Falkirk,

:41:06.:41:08.

he scored 27 in 43 appearances. A very different kind of threat to

:41:09.:41:22.

what Stokes offers. The Cummings, Stokes partnership has not really

:41:23.:41:25.

gelled yet so this might be the best thing to happen to Hibs. They have

:41:26.:41:31.

got a lot of balls into the box, now they have got a striker in their

:41:32.:41:36.

will feed off that kind of service. -- service. Can they keep getting

:41:37.:41:39.

them in there? 11 minutes to play. A bit more even Stevens now. That

:41:40.:42:00.

will be a concern for Alan Stubbs. This time last week, they were

:42:01.:42:04.

preparing to take on already relegated Alloa and lost. 1-0. They

:42:05.:42:12.

surrendered a 2-0 lead with three minutes to play against ten men at

:42:13.:42:16.

home when they took on faltered in the league. -- Falkirk. All these

:42:17.:42:25.

things I am sure will be going through the manager's mind. Both

:42:26.:42:31.

managers. If your team has been losing recently, you fear the worst.

:42:32.:42:36.

What can go against us, rather than thinking positive. Just under 20,000

:42:37.:42:45.

inside the National Stadium today. I am sure both clubs would have hoped

:42:46.:42:46.

inside the National Stadium today. I for more. Dow. Knoyle. In those

:42:47.:42:58.

Mckay and McGregor gets there! I am sure it will be very much on

:42:59.:43:13.

the bucket list for Darren McGregor to lift the Scottish up playing for

:43:14.:43:14.

Hibs. I tell you what, United are the

:43:15.:43:36.

better team right now. They are looking sharp and they look up for

:43:37.:43:37.

it. Henderson. El Alagui. That is the

:43:38.:44:16.

first time that Kawashima has had to make a shave -- save in recent

:44:17.:44:21.

times. A simple save for the goalkeeper as well. Just make sure

:44:22.:44:25.

you don't spill it. Write down his throat. El Alagui knew he had lost

:44:26.:44:30.

any impetus so we just decided to try his luck. Good play. Just shut

:44:31.:44:42.

the door on Anier. After it had creaked open.

:44:43.:45:21.

We are on a knife edge and Hampden Park.

:45:22.:45:37.

It is the kind of time that if a goal goes in, it will put you in the

:45:38.:45:45.

final. It would certainly help, a goal now, and it would be a

:45:46.:45:48.

ding-dong last seven or eight minutes. You would certainly see

:45:49.:45:56.

some end to end stuff. Hibs suffered recent heartache here.

:45:57.:46:06.

They were thinking extra time that day. Ross County had used all their

:46:07.:46:17.

Serbs that day. One or two were starting to run on empty.

:46:18.:46:22.

Serbs that day. One or two were Gray is in a decent position.

:46:23.:46:28.

A sore one for both players there. John McGinn looks like he's going be

:46:29.:46:55.

OK. It looks like he gets caught in the back of the head. Both eyes on

:46:56.:46:57.

the ball. That change we brought you exclusive

:46:58.:47:12.

news of ages ago is now being made. Martin Boyle for Liam Henderson.

:47:13.:47:17.

Liam Henderson missed out during the week so I am not sure if it is a

:47:18.:47:21.

situation where his legs are starting to go. Alan Stubbs is

:47:22.:47:24.

looking for something in the last starting to go. Alan Stubbs is

:47:25.:47:28.

few minutes so he is bringing on a flying machine. What a goal it was

:47:29.:47:32.

against Livingston a couple of weeks back. It looked like that was the

:47:33.:47:39.

signal, for Hibs to go four across the midfield.

:47:40.:47:46.

They have still got a change left. United have used all this.

:47:47.:48:16.

Hibs looking to reach both major cup finals in the first calendar year

:48:17.:48:26.

for the first time since 1972. -- in the same calendar year.

:48:27.:48:36.

Only East Fife have won the Scottish Cup while playing outside the top

:48:37.:48:43.

division. We have seen team from outside the top division play in the

:48:44.:48:46.

final plenty in recent times. Falkirk last season. Ross County,

:48:47.:48:54.

Queen of the South and Gretna, the others.

:48:55.:49:39.

United go back to come forward. Hibs have not won at Hampden Park since

:49:40.:49:48.

they beat Falkirk 4-3 in the breathtaking semifinal in this

:49:49.:49:57.

competition. I wonder what the odds were on two 4-3 results. Stokes, who

:49:58.:50:06.

is now off the park, scored the winner in extra time.

:50:07.:50:27.

The final couple of minutes of the 90. The spectre of extra time is

:50:28.:50:36.

looming large over the National stadium.

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This is Blair Spittal. Paul Paton. United left it very late against

:50:43.:50:54.

Ross County in the last round. Sean Dillon's ambitious ball for

:50:55.:51:06.

Dixon. That is good defending. Talkers through what it is like at

:51:07.:51:26.

this stage of such a big game. Nothing in it. Extra time is just

:51:27.:51:32.

about upon us. You settle for the fact you are going to extra time.

:51:33.:51:37.

Deep breaths, don't give anything away. Nobody wants to lose at this

:51:38.:51:41.

stage in the game. Get the ball down the other end and prepare for

:51:42.:51:44.

another 30 minutes. We have not heard how much injury

:51:45.:51:55.

time is going to be added on at the end. A minimum of four minutes. That

:51:56.:52:02.

is clever play initially. That is good play. Back to Fyvie.

:52:03.:52:25.

Away by Dillon. Mckay will chase. McGregor will

:52:26.:52:42.

cover. He has got a free kick as well as we go into stoppage time.

:52:43.:52:46.

And he has a chance to hit El Alagui. Paul Hanlon is going

:52:47.:52:53.

forward. You need to get one in the mixer.

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McGregor. Gray. Here is Cummings! It just would not sit for him.

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El Alagui. Three waiting in the middle in green and white. Others

:53:14.:53:24.

arriving. Hibs looking for a late winner that would take them into the

:53:25.:53:32.

Scottish Cup final. It would be their 14th.

:53:33.:53:46.

Anyway will do for Kyle Knoyle there.

:53:47.:53:59.

Dow has popped it through to Anier. Stevenson has to get there and does.

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It is a really clever ball through to the long-running Anier. I thought

:54:09.:54:15.

the fresh legs might make the difference but Stevenson did really

:54:16.:54:15.

well to get back. I am not sure the referee is flavour

:54:16.:54:48.

of the month. John McGinn falls on the ball. Knoyle is trying to win

:54:49.:54:55.

it. If it is a free kick, it has got to be the other way. After the

:54:56.:55:04.

injury time has come and gone. Anier. A free kick for Hibs.

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You can blow the Bugle right about now. Everybody in the box. Just get

:55:20.:55:27.

the ball forward. They have got cover for the centre-backs. Fyvie

:55:28.:55:31.

takes. Away by Demel. Hibs have had some late heroics in

:55:32.:55:52.

this competition this season as well. 2-macro-0 down at Tynecastle.

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Hanlon salvaging a replay. Hibs then dispatched their neighbours.

:56:06.:56:12.

Optimistic appeals for a free kick there. Here is Anier, up against

:56:13.:56:20.

Hanlon. Has he won a corner? No, free kick. I think the referee would

:56:21.:56:26.

love to blow now and get into stoppage time.

:56:27.:56:33.

Ryan Dow has been booked in the wake of all that. I think he must have

:56:34.:56:46.

felt he had a word with the referee and he has got himself booked, which

:56:47.:56:50.

is not the best thing to be doing at this stage of a game of this

:56:51.:56:55.

magnitude. He would is not one of those who would miss the final with

:56:56.:57:03.

a yellow to bash today. The final whistle. Billy McBryde has had their

:57:04.:57:11.

two best chances. And that man Conrad Logan has made a save on each

:57:12.:57:17.

occasion. But we are still talking about Cummings's failure to score

:57:18.:57:22.

from that first half penalty and the importance of that is growing by the

:57:23.:57:27.

minute at Hampden Park. As we prepare for extra time, it is

:57:28.:57:32.

goalless. Cummings missed that first half

:57:33.:57:36.

penalty and he Mike Havenaar the web to take before we finished at

:57:37.:57:43.

Hampden Park. The semifinal, if it cannot be settled in the next

:57:44.:57:46.

half-hour, that is a thought going through his head at the moment. Hibs

:57:47.:57:52.

dominated the first half. The second half much more even and it is really

:57:53.:57:56.

difficult to call. Extremely difficult to call. Maybe the first

:57:57.:58:01.

ten minutes of the second half, Hibs played well, but after that Dundee

:58:02.:58:06.

United came into it a little bit more. Dundee defended really well.

:58:07.:58:11.

They have got stronger and stronger as the game has gone on. They got to

:58:12.:58:18.

the byline a few times but could not pick anyone out. In the end, the

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most important thing, apart from the penalty kick, I think the best

:58:24.:58:27.

chances have fallen to Dundee United. Has the balance shifted the

:58:28.:58:34.

way of your old team? The first ten minutes, I thought Hibs came out the

:58:35.:58:37.

same. United looked like they were going to perform the same as the

:58:38.:58:44.

first half. They had a few chances. Gray flashed it across. I feared for

:58:45.:58:48.

Dundee United but they came back into it. They started to keep the

:58:49.:58:53.

ball bit better and created a few chances and probably had the best

:58:54.:58:57.

chance of the second half. It was a horrific block in the end by

:58:58.:59:02.

McGregor. But I think Mixu Paatelainen will be happy because

:59:03.:59:07.

Hibs controlled the majority of it. The majority -- the only worry would

:59:08.:59:12.

be the tired legs. They have both been really positive. I said at

:59:13.:59:19.

half-time, Hibs, for me, I think it has been a case of putting so much

:59:20.:59:26.

effort into the game, they have faded near the end of games. The

:59:27.:59:32.

likes of Henderson and McGinn, who were able to keep it going,

:59:33.:59:37.

eventually, in the length of a season, legs will tire, even for

:59:38.:59:42.

young men as well. You can see it with some of those Hibs players.

:59:43.:59:46.

They are not getting up to support the strikers at the moment. Stokes

:59:47.:59:51.

in particular at the end. Both teams are tired. Maybe it is a question of

:59:52.:59:56.

who is the most tired. Jason Cummings is still the story at the

:59:57.:00:00.

moment from a negative point of view. Could he turned that on its

:00:01.:00:05.

head and become the hero in the next half an hour? He is one of these

:00:06.:00:09.

players that has the ability to do that. We have seen time and time

:00:10.:00:13.

again him popping up with terrific goals. Is that still playing on his

:00:14.:00:21.

mind? There has been a lot of places that penalty miss two full-time and

:00:22.:00:24.

he must have thought one of his team-mates will help him out. That

:00:25.:00:28.

has not happened so it is on his mind. Can I make one absolute guess?

:00:29.:00:35.

If it comes to a penalty, he won't think the next one. The one thing I

:00:36.:00:45.

would say about Hibs, Cummings has got legs left and that is going to

:00:46.:00:51.

trouble Dundee United. Mixu Paatelainen almost walks into the

:00:52.:00:57.

camera there. We were read and I guess those Hibs fans worried about

:00:58.:01:01.

the goalkeeping position. Conrad Logan has not put a foot long. He

:01:02.:01:07.

has been brilliant. That saves he made in the first half were

:01:08.:01:11.

outstanding. I think he is getting a touch on that because he spreads

:01:12.:01:15.

himself, makes himself difficult to beat. His kicking is brilliant. It

:01:16.:01:22.

clears the halfway line. He has been a real plus point for Hibs.

:01:23.:01:29.

COMMENTATOR: A couple of players have popped off for... Comfort

:01:30.:01:49.

breaks... We understand, so we will have to wait a moment longer.

:01:50.:01:55.

After 2007, replays were abolished, at this stage, losing to

:01:56.:02:04.

Dunfermline, Celtic were the last victims of the replay. Jim McIntyre

:02:05.:02:10.

did what Jason Cummings didn't, this afternoon. -- couldn't.

:02:11.:02:21.

30 minutes to decide who will be going to the Scottish Cup final, if

:02:22.:02:25.

we still don't know the penalty shoot out will take place. As Jason

:02:26.:02:36.

Cummings will still get is due from the spot this afternoon.

:02:37.:02:39.

CO-COMMENTATOR: Difficult to pick a winner. Could not decide who you

:02:40.:02:42.

CO-COMMENTATOR: Difficult to pick a could make as favourites this

:02:43.:02:45.

afternoon. Some tired legs out there. Let's hope that it is a

:02:46.:02:54.

wonder goal, if somebody scores I wonder goal it is better than

:02:55.:03:02.

somebody making a mistake. With 15 minutes left of the 90, Dundee

:03:03.:03:05.

United had used all of their substitutions.

:03:06.:03:30.

Real self belief, Jason Cummings. Scored in the first leg of the pile

:03:31.:03:46.

final, couple of years back, he said that he can open a tin of beans with

:03:47.:03:53.

his left full. Getting just about enough there.

:03:54.:04:11.

Says it all on the scoreline, both teams have defended pretty well

:04:12.:04:36.

throughout. Forces that to Rankin. Blair Spittal popping up on the

:04:37.:04:45.

left. That is what you are looking for, anybody in the wide area,

:04:46.:04:48.

one-on-one situation, trying to get to the byline. Any cross that is

:04:49.:04:53.

blocked, still playing the final third. Corner kick keeps the

:04:54.:05:00.

pressure on Hibernian. Took many years to find a goalless draw

:05:01.:05:04.

between these two, until now. It comes, the keeper is there.

:05:05.:05:25.

He is quick but he is not that quick. Too many Hibs players getting

:05:26.:05:38.

behind the ball but doing nothing. You have got to come closer, you

:05:39.:05:42.

have got to get closer to your opposite number, it cannot allow

:05:43.:05:46.

players to come off, take touches, and begin spreading it around. Billy

:05:47.:05:48.

Mckay is offside. They have started extra time really

:05:49.:06:16.

well. Little passes, getting players involved. Hibs getting themselves a

:06:17.:06:25.

little bit too deep. Who knows the kind of impact that a semifinal will

:06:26.:06:34.

have an the survival battle. Big favourites to be relegated from the

:06:35.:06:39.

Premiership. Eight points behind Kilmarnock.

:06:40.:06:53.

Farida El Alagui may be coming off. He himself was a substitute. As was

:06:54.:07:01.

mentioned at the time, there has been injuries. Two Hibs players have

:07:02.:07:07.

clashed there, McGregor and David Gray. And it is going to be the sub

:07:08.:07:15.

the Jewish and we expected, the nightmare really cannot stop, it

:07:16.:07:22.

continues, cannot get games under his belt, he has come on open to do

:07:23.:07:27.

something special. -- it is going to be the substitution that week 's bet

:07:28.:07:38.

Farida El Alagui is coming. -- Farid El Alagui. You can see edged all

:07:39.:07:47.

over his face, the disappointment. Chris Daigle has not yet scored for

:07:48.:07:54.

this club, Dundee United have begun extra time more positively. I have a

:07:55.:07:57.

corner here. Player of the Year at Rangers last

:07:58.:08:09.

season, they did Long throw from Rankin. Dylan gave

:08:10.:08:21.

it away. Goodbye. Paul Paton volleys it out. Blair

:08:22.:08:45.

Spittal... Beaten to it. Has not been the influence on the

:08:46.:09:17.

game that we all know that he can be.

:09:18.:09:22.

Keeper had to make the save. John Rankin thought that he was scoring.

:09:23.:09:33.

More than capable, John Rankin, fires its download, wonderful save,

:09:34.:09:37.

bottom corner. Decent strike, great save. Famously scored goals like

:09:38.:09:52.

that for Hibs. Another Blair Spittal corner.

:09:53.:10:00.

He has a couple this season, Paton, never looked likely there. A

:10:01.:10:10.

lot of wrestling going in, cannot get his head to it, made his mind to

:10:11.:10:22.

go for the volley. Mixu Paatelainen, called in young, his assistant, they

:10:23.:10:24.

must be delighted with the way that the extra time has gone, still 0-0.

:10:25.:10:33.

Krist Admiral, to Stevenson. -- Krist Dagnall. -- Chris Dagnall. One

:10:34.:10:48.

heavy touch has killed the mood. It was never going to catch it.

:10:49.:10:53.

heavy touch has killed the mood. It desertion, Dundee United, at one

:10:54.:10:55.

heavy touch has killed the mood. It point, it was up at 67 in the favour

:10:56.:10:59.

of Hibernian. Most of the first half. Totally dominated, as the game

:11:00.:11:06.

has gone on. They have themselves into it. They have begun to pass the

:11:07.:11:08.

ball far better. Mark Wilson mentioned the kicking of

:11:09.:11:22.

Conrad Logan, there is another good example of it.

:11:23.:11:28.

You just wonder if Dundee United have to take advantage of this spell

:11:29.:12:01.

of domination they are enjoying. You have got to hurt the opposition, the

:12:02.:12:03.

only way to do that, scoring goals. Certainly looked more lively since

:12:04.:12:57.

coming on. Until recently, Leicester City, 13 years at Leicester City,

:12:58.:12:58.

loads of loan spells. Boyle is the better target there.

:12:59.:13:33.

But it has got to be on the ground. It has got to be perfect, far too

:13:34.:13:35.

much on it, no chance. Hibs enjoying city 7% of possession

:13:36.:14:20.

in the second half, but in the first period of extra time, the exact same

:14:21.:14:26.

amount for Dundee United, and the first period of extra time

:14:27.:14:28.

amount for Dundee United, and the another three minutes to

:14:29.:14:39.

run full stealing a march on Hanlon. Good cover. Saw that his centre-back

:14:40.:14:51.

partner was in trouble, clever ball in behind Hanlon. McGregor, making

:14:52.:14:54.

it difficult. Forced it through... What a save!

:14:55.:15:16.

Still alive... Conrad Logan has just received a standing ovation from the

:15:17.:15:21.

Hibernian supporters. He has been a real star turned today. Quick...

:15:22.:15:27.

Gets off his line so well, once again, spreads himself, that is an

:15:28.:15:33.

easy save, the first one, Hibs needed that, Dundee United, what a

:15:34.:15:43.

chance. Immediate attention being required for Blair Spittal. They

:15:44.:15:48.

have used all their substitute, now, both teams have. Martin Boyle going

:15:49.:15:55.

through... He has caught him on the both teams have. Martin Boyle going

:15:56.:16:00.

shoulder, by the look of things. Hoping that it is one of those

:16:01.:16:05.

injuries, just a clash, nothing that... Cannot afford to take him

:16:06.:16:11.

off the park. Here is the save again, not for the first time,

:16:12.:16:15.

Conrad Logan... He gets there, makes himself big, brilliant stop.

:16:16.:16:18.

Absolute star. These Hibs boulders have not seen

:16:19.:16:45.

their team lift the Scottish Cup, many of them. Not many generations

:16:46.:16:51.

of Hibs fans have. -- these Hibs supporters. Is unfortunate it has

:16:52.:17:00.

big one of these talking points. -- it is unfortunate that it has become

:17:01.:17:04.

one of these talking points. They have the win it sometime, as we said

:17:05.:17:10.

earlier. I am 56, I have been saying that since I knew what football was!

:17:11.:17:12.

These things can hang around. It is a good job that the Hamdan

:17:13.:17:29.

playing surface is looking tiptop, given the extra time to deal with

:17:30.:17:39.

today. -- Hampden. One minute added on and if Hibs go through today,

:17:40.:17:45.

Conrad Logan, you would imagine, will be getting some kind of special

:17:46.:17:51.

prize, from Jason Cummings, after that horrible penalty miss in the

:17:52.:17:59.

first half. It is ambitious, from Dixon. As soon as you see him coming

:18:00.:18:05.

onto the right foot he is... You have got to be thinking, make a

:18:06.:18:06.

pass, make a pass, he could not help have got to be thinking, make a

:18:07.:18:10.

himself. This man has been the star turn. 16 months? Big game, big

:18:11.:18:21.

occasion, had to be nervous, he has not put a foot wrong. Play for

:18:22.:18:26.

Rochdale, in a 2-2 draw with Notts County... 16 months, December,

:18:27.:18:31.

Rochdale, in a 2-2 draw with Notts 2014...! Here he is, the hero of the

:18:32.:18:39.

hour, denying Henri Anier, in extra time, we are no closer to finding

:18:40.:18:43.

out which will be the first team in the Scottish Cup final. 0-0.

:18:44.:18:53.

The second semifinal taking place here tomorrow, midday kick-off,

:18:54.:19:01.

Rangers against Celtic. That match will be live on BBC radio Scotland,

:19:02.:19:10.

the frequencies tomorrow, from 11:30am, kick-off 12pm. Craig

:19:11.:19:15.

Paterson, we do not know who the winners of that will be playing.

:19:16.:19:23.

Absolutely no idea, and the players who have a penalty kick to take will

:19:24.:19:30.

want to settle the situation before they go into that arena. United on

:19:31.:19:35.

top, creating chances. Another save to make. At the other end, Conrad

:19:36.:19:41.

Logan has been absolutely terrific. Can Hibernian wrestle back control?

:19:42.:19:50.

Will united state on top? -- will Dundee United stay on top, can they

:19:51.:19:54.

create one last chance? The magnitude of the penalty, this gets

:19:55.:19:57.

bigger and bigger, longer this plays out. The longer it plays out without

:19:58.:20:03.

Hibs scoring. It is horrible for the players, you would rather have a

:20:04.:20:08.

replay, go at it again. The substitutes have been used, these

:20:09.:20:11.

guys that are out there, they are the ones that will have to deal with

:20:12.:20:16.

it, will there be a hero? Will the players have to go through the

:20:17.:20:22.

torture of the penalty shoot out. 200 meeting between the two. 14th in

:20:23.:20:28.

the Scottish Cup, Hibernian have one four, Dundee United, five, and there

:20:29.:20:33.

have been four drawers, four replays. Dundee United have looked

:20:34.:20:41.

the better team in extra time. -- Hibernian have won four, Dundee

:20:42.:20:43.

United have won five. 105 minutes without a goal. You

:20:44.:21:02.

would think that most people would put money on a shoot out now. Such

:21:03.:21:11.

was Hibs's early season form, they thumped Dundee United in the League

:21:12.:21:23.

Cup tie, played at Easter Road, 3-0. They have not been able to recapture

:21:24.:21:28.

it, in recent times. The cross from Fraser Fyvie sums up the current

:21:29.:21:35.

form. What has gone wrong? , You have got to credit Dundee United,

:21:36.:21:40.

final system, working hard, making the play, I really don't know...

:21:41.:21:48.

Anthony Stokes, Liam Henderson... The guys that are out there, they

:21:49.:21:52.

are plenty enough, they have got to stand up and be counted at this

:21:53.:21:53.

stage. Rankin felt that he was fouled.

:21:54.:22:14.

Quite a time of things, since the first half.

:22:15.:22:21.

Goalkeeper decided to punch that, looking unorthodox, again, from Eiji

:22:22.:22:37.

Kawashima, the Japanese. Jason Cummings looking for the top corner.

:22:38.:22:41.

Time to bring Hibernian to life. Dispiriting season for Dundee

:22:42.:23:28.

United, six wins in 33 league games. The Scottish Cup has given them a

:23:29.:23:35.

nice distraction. Here is John Rankin.

:23:36.:24:03.

If he does not put arms over Sean Dillon, he has a chance of winning a

:24:04.:24:09.

free kick. Shot well, can the goalkeeper catch that? I suppose he

:24:10.:24:14.

decided not to take the chance. Rather clawed it away. He is from

:24:15.:24:21.

just north of Tokyo, he is from Yono, Saitama. He featured at

:24:22.:24:41.

World Cup in Brazil and South Africa, for Japan.

:24:42.:25:12.

Fraser Fyvie... Ten minutes until the lottery.

:25:13.:25:44.

So tense out there! Both teams losing the ball.

:25:45.:26:08.

Lovely turn, from Blair Spittal. Poor pass, though. For all of their

:26:09.:26:19.

domination, still finding it difficult to create chances. Good

:26:20.:26:24.

turn by Blair Spittal, once again, it is the weight of the past, the

:26:25.:26:28.

most important thing and he fails to get it right. The extra assistance

:26:29.:26:34.

for the Scottish Cup semifinal, this afternoon, tomorrow's one as well,

:26:35.:26:44.

Alan Mear and Andrew Dallas. That is something I didn't even notice! --

:26:45.:26:53.

Alan Muir. They have not had much to do, not much to do, no great impact

:26:54.:26:55.

in the game so far. Won back by Dagnall, for Hibs.

:26:56.:27:18.

Cannot prevent the corner... For the first time in a while, Hanlon and

:27:19.:27:22.

McGregor get to stretch their legs and get forward for this corner,

:27:23.:27:26.

John McGinn is going to keep this away from the goalkeeper.

:27:27.:27:36.

Nothing doing for Hibs. All sorts of players flying through, at the back

:27:37.:27:47.

post. McGregor has gone through the back, trying to spin their...

:27:48.:27:51.

Wrestling, jostling, the referee decides it has come from a Hibs

:27:52.:27:58.

buyer, and it is a goal kick. Alan Stubbs arrived at what was

:27:59.:28:01.

effectively a basket case a couple of years ago. Hardly any players to

:28:02.:28:08.

begin with either. -- spin there. Took a little while to get going,

:28:09.:28:13.

but apart from the recent trials they have had on the football pitch,

:28:14.:28:20.

you have got to give a lot of credit to Rod Petrie, for the job they have

:28:21.:28:24.

been doing behind-the-scenes, but he has really turned things around, by

:28:25.:28:29.

and large, a promotion is required now, though, Scottish Cup would of

:28:30.:28:34.

easily be phenomenal, as Mixu Paatelainen... Played in a certain

:28:35.:28:41.

final, which you will remember, with many great memories, best Scottish

:28:42.:28:46.

Cup final of all time, unless you are a Dundee United fan! Motherwell,

:28:47.:28:55.

winning it. Nobody in tangerine, other than Blair Spittal,

:28:56.:28:56.

retrieving. Good play by John McGinn, but that

:28:57.:29:10.

is not the area where they want to see him doing his stuff, it is at

:29:11.:29:14.

the other end, needs must. Goal side of Lewis Stevenson. Some good

:29:15.:29:19.

ground, strong enough to see it out for the goalkick.

:29:20.:29:25.

Scottish Cup semifinals do not often go to penalties. Heading that way.

:29:26.:29:36.

Surely Jason Cummings will not be going for the chip shot, gets the

:29:37.:29:40.

chance. Almost broke for Henri Anier,

:29:41.:30:11.

McGregor was there, Fraser Fyvie getting it away. That is tired legs

:30:12.:30:15.

and a poor touch going back towards his own goal.

:30:16.:30:42.

Less than five to play of extra time.

:30:43.:31:03.

Hibs looking at bit jittery in defence all of a sudden. I would not

:31:04.:31:11.

say it is their strong point, defending at depth, and they are

:31:12.:31:15.

being forced back. They are being caused real problems.

:31:16.:31:29.

It has not been the prettiest extra time, that is for sure. Both

:31:30.:32:12.

struggling. United were in the Scottish Cup

:32:13.:33:09.

final as recently as two years ago and they lost to St Johnstone. Hibs

:33:10.:33:15.

fell at the semis stage last year. The final couple of minutes. This is

:33:16.:33:29.

Dixon. Rankin. Dixon continued his run. A

:33:30.:33:46.

big moment her potentially! Read by Lewis Stevenson. Intelligent

:33:47.:33:49.

defending. He saw the danger. In fact, Hibs have not looked like

:33:50.:34:04.

scoring since the penalty. One shot on target, the Cummings one, which

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was a comfortable save. United have certainly looks stronger in extra

:34:10.:34:10.

time. Just one minute of football left to

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be played this afternoon. And then it is penalties.

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Paton winds one. Well away. He just snatched at it. Hibs did close him

:34:33.:34:51.

down so he had to pull the trigger quickly. It is one touch and then he

:34:52.:34:54.

has cut right across it. I am sure Jason Cummings will get

:34:55.:35:20.

the chance to make up for that miss in the shoot out, which we are very

:35:21.:35:25.

close to now. The referee has had a look at his watch. He has blown his

:35:26.:35:31.

whistle and the first William Hill Scottish Cup semifinal is going to a

:35:32.:35:37.

penalty shoot out. Drama Abbey National Stadium. It finished after

:35:38.:35:45.

extra time goalless. Hibs were the better team right from

:35:46.:35:50.

the start, from the first half an hour, but missed a penalty. Since

:35:51.:35:56.

then, as this two hours have progressed, Dundee United ending be

:35:57.:36:00.

stronger and better team. All of which matters not a jot because it

:36:01.:36:06.

is penalties. Absolutely not. They look stronger, they look fitter. I

:36:07.:36:13.

suggested that after the first half. But the positive that the Hibs fans

:36:14.:36:16.

will be thinking, who has been the Man of the Match so far? I am going

:36:17.:36:22.

for Conrad Logan and he is going to be in goal. They will be delighted

:36:23.:36:26.

because he is absolutely buzzing with confidence. Kawashima, what has

:36:27.:36:35.

he had to do so far? What a story that would be, if Conrad Logan, his

:36:36.:36:41.

last game for months ago for Rochdale, only signed two or three

:36:42.:36:45.

weeks ago, not the best of condition one might surmise, but four

:36:46.:36:52.

brilliant saves. It is a fairy tale story for the guy. He has come in,

:36:53.:37:00.

people did not know what to expect from him because not many people had

:37:01.:37:04.

seen him. But he has shown what a quality keeper he is. Especially

:37:05.:37:08.

that last one, when Anier went through. Terrific, down to his right

:37:09.:37:16.

hand side. On a technical side, from crosses, his petition -- positional

:37:17.:37:21.

sense as well, but it counts for nothing if the penalties are right.

:37:22.:37:27.

For me, the Dundee United players have grown in confidence as the game

:37:28.:37:34.

has gone on. Stokes has gone off and the other one has missed a penalty

:37:35.:37:39.

already for Hibernian. There are so many ways you can look at

:37:40.:37:51.

Cummings has already missed one and if that is in your head, it is never

:37:52.:37:58.

good. You are thinking, the next one, you are going to put your laces

:37:59.:38:03.

on it. Not if you have got a dodgy groin. So many questions right now.

:38:04.:38:09.

But both managers have to look at the faces and say, who is confident?

:38:10.:38:15.

Who has got the bottle to do it? It is all those things. Willie did you

:38:16.:38:20.

tend to be in the queue for the penalty shoot outs? I was not in the

:38:21.:38:24.

queue. I was hiding behind the physio. I was never selected. I was

:38:25.:38:31.

always overlooked on these occasions, which I was never too

:38:32.:38:35.

disappointed about. Everybody tells you they are not really spooked by

:38:36.:38:44.

it. How were you at penalties? It is a horrible feeling. There is no joy

:38:45.:38:49.

in it. Even when you get it, it is just too a relief. Joy for the

:38:50.:38:57.

neutral watching it. This is now pure excitement. To be fair, the way

:38:58.:39:03.

they have played, I don't know if the game deserved to finish any

:39:04.:39:06.

other way. No team deserved to fully win. We are very much into that

:39:07.:39:15.

stage of this first semifinal. A penalty shoot out. Is that the Hiro

:39:16.:39:21.

in the middle of the television picture? At the moment, it is all

:39:22.:39:28.

about to be settled. Back to Liam and Craig for the story of this

:39:29.:39:32.

penalty shoot out. Blair Spittal is up first. The

:39:33.:39:37.

penalties being taken into the East goal of Hampden Park. United went

:39:38.:39:44.

through against Hibs on penalties in the quarterfinal of the League Cup

:39:45.:39:48.

last season. Blair Spittal is up first. Well, wouldn't you know it?

:39:49.:40:00.

The man of the moment does it again. It is not a great penalty. It is a

:40:01.:40:05.

good height, he gets it right and he gets his hands behind it and

:40:06.:40:10.

advantage Hibs straightaway. Far too close to the goalkeeper and a decent

:40:11.:40:16.

save. The earliest possible advantage for Hibernian. John McGinn

:40:17.:40:25.

to put them in front. And does! As decisive as you get. That is the

:40:26.:40:32.

difference. The goalkeeper guesses right this time but the penalty is

:40:33.:40:37.

too good. Too much pace on the ball. Kawashima goes to his right but he

:40:38.:40:48.

is never getting there. And another save! Logan! Absolutely incredible.

:40:49.:40:58.

He is having the game of his life. He may not have played for a while

:40:59.:41:02.

but he has been an absolute star. And this is a better penalty. He

:41:03.:41:07.

gets his hands behind it and that is another horrific save. He has

:41:08.:41:13.

already put Hibernian one foot in the final. -- another terrific save.

:41:14.:41:27.

They are so close! That is a never horrific penalty by Hibs, drilled

:41:28.:41:31.

into the bottom corner. -- another terrific penalty. We are already at

:41:32.:41:40.

the point here where Paul Dixon simply has to score for Dundee

:41:41.:41:48.

United. He does. They are still breathing. No question about that

:41:49.:41:55.

one. That is exactly what United needed to keep themselves in the

:41:56.:42:02.

tide. Right in the corner. But they have taken three and only scored one

:42:03.:42:11.

of them. Martin Boyle has the chance to take Hibernian closer to the

:42:12.:42:15.

final. Scored a wonder goal recently. This is a lot closer.

:42:16.:42:24.

A wonderful penalty. They are just about there. Every penalty Hibs have

:42:25.:42:36.

struck has been an absolute pearl. It is highly past the goalkeeper.

:42:37.:42:40.

There is a chance for the goalkeeper but the pace beat him again. This

:42:41.:42:45.

has got to go in or Hibs are through. It is Guy Demel. The weight

:42:46.:42:50.

of the world on his shoulders. That is a terrific penalty from

:42:51.:43:02.

facture and he just about keeps Dundee United going -- from Demel.

:43:03.:43:09.

He is going straight down the middle. Well, well, wouldn't you

:43:10.:43:18.

believe this? Jason Cummings has the chance to put Hibernian into the

:43:19.:43:22.

final. Coming after that horror story in the first half. It is one

:43:23.:43:29.

of these ones, you know he is not going to chip it, but he has two

:43:30.:43:34.

options. You can go for the corner or just go for power. It is Glory,

:43:35.:43:50.

Glory. Jason Cummings can erase all mammaries of that penalty miss in

:43:51.:43:55.

the first half. He has taken Hibs through to the final with more than

:43:56.:44:03.

a helping hand from Conrad Logan. The Hibs fans would not known much

:44:04.:44:09.

about him before today. Alan Stubbs has guided Hibernian into the

:44:10.:44:15.

Scottish Cup final and with a chance again of perhaps ending that long,

:44:16.:44:23.

long, long wait for Scottish Cup success. Scottish Cup success that

:44:24.:44:31.

this club craves. 114 long years since they last won it. Jason

:44:32.:44:35.

Cummings with the winning penalty in the shoot out. Conrad Logan is an

:44:36.:44:43.

absolute star today. He has made some marvellous saves, anything that

:44:44.:44:47.

came into the box he dealt with, and sometimes you get days like that. He

:44:48.:44:54.

is Man of the Match today. But I have got a feel for Dundee United.

:44:55.:44:58.

They dealt with the early pressure from Hibs. As the game went on they

:44:59.:45:02.

got stronger and stronger and stronger. But it goes to penalties

:45:03.:45:07.

and it is down to who can find the back of the net. His' penalties were

:45:08.:45:12.

good and the keeper was a star all afternoon. It is his heading for the

:45:13.:45:20.

final. You have got a feel for Dundee United. What a job Mixu

:45:21.:45:26.

Paatelainen has on his hands to try and lift their spirits ahead of the

:45:27.:45:30.

running to try and avoid what looks like a certain relegation. The

:45:31.:45:35.

supporters will believe they were about to win this. And that is

:45:36.:45:41.

Hibernian lifting the Scottish Cup. Last time they did it was in 1902.

:45:42.:45:47.

It was the year Real Madrid were founded. The Royal Navy's first

:45:48.:45:53.

submarine was launched in that year. The Hibs fans are no stranger to

:45:54.:45:59.

those lines. They have had to listen to them for years and years and

:46:00.:46:04.

years. But right now, they will celebrate and it will be they who

:46:05.:46:09.

will be back here on Saturday May the 21st where they will take on

:46:10.:46:12.

will be back here on Saturday May either Rangers or Celtic, who meet

:46:13.:46:18.

tomorrow. But for now, that is for another day. They have got huge fish

:46:19.:46:23.

to fry in the coming weeks. The championship run in. The chance to

:46:24.:46:29.

try and get that second place back of Falkirk. It would mean less games

:46:30.:46:37.

in the arduous play-off that they will have to go through. Potentially

:46:38.:46:41.

three ties to get back to where they belong, in the Premiership. Jason

:46:42.:46:48.

Cummings has dodged a big bullet. That is an incredible day for him

:46:49.:46:52.

because he must have known that if they were knocked out, he was the

:46:53.:46:57.

man who was going to be blamed. It finished goalless after extra time.

:46:58.:47:01.

Jason Cummings with the winning penalty. But he had huge assistance

:47:02.:47:09.

from Conrad Logan. I am wondering if fairy tale is the

:47:10.:47:14.

word to describe this afternoon? Yes. Unbelievable. Everything went

:47:15.:47:19.

my way. Absolutely delighted and delighted for the boys as well

:47:20.:47:23.

because they put a proper shift him. I have not been here that long. As

:47:24.:47:29.

you say, every time United got the chance, you were there to stop it.

:47:30.:47:34.

That is what I am paid for. You get lucky Sundays. You make yourself

:47:35.:47:40.

big. I like to think you make yourself -- your own luck. I am

:47:41.:47:47.

delighted. It looks like you are a new cult hero for the fans. Everyone

:47:48.:47:52.

is buzzing. There is no better way to win a cup game than a penalty

:47:53.:47:56.

shoot out. Just delighted to be part of it. Would you have believed a few

:47:57.:48:02.

weeks ago that you would have been the Euro at Hampden Park? No. It was

:48:03.:48:08.

my first game in 16 months. I am just grateful for the manager

:48:09.:48:11.

bringing me in and giving me a chance. I felt I was getting back to

:48:12.:48:19.

fitness. Obviously, there are few games be for the end of the season.

:48:20.:48:24.

I am delighted the manager took Mia Pearce and also playing me today

:48:25.:48:36.

because we have got Otso Virtanen as well. Congratulations today.

:48:37.:48:40.

because we have got Otso Virtanen as What a good decision that was, to

:48:41.:48:45.

pitch in Conrad Logan. The penalty shoot out was the script writer's

:48:46.:48:49.

dream. The new goalkeeper who barely knew his team-mates saves shots in

:48:50.:48:54.

open play, saves a couple of penalties and Jason Cummings who

:48:55.:48:58.

missed from the spot takes Hibs to their second cup final of the

:48:59.:49:03.

season. It is a phenomenal story. When he went to bed last night,

:49:04.:49:07.

Conrad Logan, I bet he wished this would happen. Everything he would

:49:08.:49:12.

have dreamt of happening would -- has happened for him. After the

:49:13.:49:16.

first two penalties, he must have thought, can anyone beat him today?

:49:17.:49:20.

He was Man of the Match after 90 minutes. And then it just got better

:49:21.:49:27.

after that. Absolutely astonishing. You have to say that Dundee United's

:49:28.:49:31.

first couple of penalties were not great. They were poor but you have

:49:32.:49:36.

got to give Logan the respect he deserves today. I'm sure when Blair

:49:37.:49:40.

Spittal looks back at his penalty, he could have done better. The

:49:41.:49:45.

goalkeeper has got to save them and he has guessed correctly. I love

:49:46.:49:50.

stories like that. An underdog story, a guy coming out of nowhere,

:49:51.:49:57.

no expectations. That is a decent save. And in sharp contrast to a

:49:58.:50:04.

little bit of indecision, Spittal's was not great, but everyone of Hibs'

:50:05.:50:06.

penalties were perfect. The manager was not great, but everyone of Hibs'

:50:07.:50:13.

seemed to believe in his players. Let's hear from Alan Stubbs.

:50:14.:50:19.

Congratulations. Can you sum up your emotions after that? I am delighted.

:50:20.:50:27.

There are parts of me that feels sorry for Dundee United because it

:50:28.:50:32.

is never a great way to lose a semifinal, penalties. It is a cruel

:50:33.:50:38.

way. You have seen the of it. I do feel for them lads in dressing room.

:50:39.:50:43.

They put a lot of effort in. In the first half we were good, I thought

:50:44.:50:47.

we were the better team and I thought Dundee United came into the

:50:48.:50:52.

second half and it got to a point where it was both teams not wanting

:50:53.:50:57.

to lose the game. Talk to me about Conrad Logan's game today. I think

:50:58.:51:03.

people have been questioning me all week and it could have easily been

:51:04.:51:11.

not so. But I went for his experience and it looks like I made

:51:12.:51:16.

the right call. Does Jason Cummings owe him a great debt of gratitude?

:51:17.:51:21.

He certainly does. He has taken vital penalties for us and he is a

:51:22.:51:27.

confident boy. But if he takes his penalties that way and he has scored

:51:28.:51:31.

like that before, I don't mind, but I don't want him to start practising

:51:32.:51:36.

penalties like that in a semifinal. Did he give you any explanation for

:51:37.:51:41.

that? When you are taking penalties, it is a spur of the moment. You have

:51:42.:51:45.

got to have a strong character and he has certainly got that. If it

:51:46.:51:49.

goes in, everybody is talking about how calm and cool but when they

:51:50.:51:53.

don't, people are talking about how stupid it looks. And here is the

:51:54.:51:59.

man. Can you explain to your manager? I asked the boys, is this

:52:00.:52:09.

for me to win it? I went, I was a bit nervous, but I was just buzzing

:52:10.:52:15.

when it went in. The first penalty, a big question from the fans, why? I

:52:16.:52:22.

tried to dink it but I did not pull it off. I can say that now, getting

:52:23.:52:28.

the winner, but at the time I was thinking, it is not my day. But when

:52:29.:52:33.

I realised it was the winning penalty, I had a chance to win it, I

:52:34.:52:40.

was delighted. Is he for given, given he scored the winning penalty?

:52:41.:52:46.

On here, I will, but wait until he gets back in the dressing room! It

:52:47.:52:51.

is fair to say Jason Cummings has recovered his confidence after what

:52:52.:52:54.

happened in the first half because it was glory, glory at the end. But

:52:55.:53:01.

what about this from the first half? Donaldson handled the ball. I felt

:53:02.:53:08.

sorry for Donaldson because I don't know if he really meant it. But you

:53:09.:53:15.

can't understand why it is given. -- you can understand. But he has done

:53:16.:53:29.

that first penalty from his mind. That is exactly the kind of guy you

:53:30.:53:36.

want on penalty kicks. That's what I said, mentality Weiss, was he still

:53:37.:53:40.

up to it? But he showed that in the last penalty kick. I am sure he is

:53:41.:53:46.

sitting there thankful that he had a chance to make up for that. It

:53:47.:53:53.

really is quite an interesting thing that when he is immediately asked

:53:54.:53:56.

about the penalty kick after the game, he is not thinking of the

:53:57.:54:01.

other one, he is thinking of the one he just scored. He had a hard day

:54:02.:54:06.

today. But he always works his socks off. Hibs were a wee bit lucky in

:54:07.:54:12.

the end. Dundee United got better and better. And the conversation as

:54:13.:54:19.

Alan Stubbs was saying will not be quite so polite when they get in

:54:20.:54:25.

private. I think that was a little bit tongue in cheek. If they had

:54:26.:54:30.

lost it, he would have really let the player know what he thought, but

:54:31.:54:34.

right now they will all be happy in that dressing room. Jason Cummings

:54:35.:54:39.

put that final one away. The understatement of the day is that

:54:40.:54:44.

Alan Stubbs thinks he got the goalkeeper decision right. Conrad

:54:45.:54:47.

Logan had the date of his dreams. I watch his regularly but many people

:54:48.:55:01.

know nothing about him. The way he covered the ground, also his timing

:55:02.:55:03.

of it, it looks like a bad miss but covered the ground, also his timing

:55:04.:55:13.

there is not much to get. And again, look, that is not his mistake but

:55:14.:55:17.

there is not much angle there. He has got his angles right every time.

:55:18.:55:24.

He should have been offside. It is offside. I know he is not in the

:55:25.:55:30.

best shape but it does make a difference how big he gets himself.

:55:31.:55:34.

I like this one as well. This is right in the bottom corner. That is

:55:35.:55:44.

a great save. You heard him say, I am not to fitness yet. But he has

:55:45.:55:49.

got himself fit enough that he can get down to that. This is so similar

:55:50.:55:57.

to the other ones. Look at that. He is right on top of him. I think that

:55:58.:56:03.

is his best one. The way he spreads himself, his right hand, it is his

:56:04.:56:08.

right hand. He thoroughly deserves the Man of the Match award. Does he

:56:09.:56:17.

keep his place? If it was just a couple of great saves and reaction

:56:18.:56:20.

keep his place? If it was just a saves, that sort of thing, you would

:56:21.:56:25.

say, maybe not. He has had a dream day. But it was not like that. He's

:56:26.:56:30.

covering was good, his punching was good, his timing was great. He

:56:31.:56:34.

actually played really well all the way through. And all the different

:56:35.:56:39.

parts. You have seen many goalkeepers have the dream day. It

:56:40.:56:45.

looks like more than that for him. The Hibs fans are celebrating a

:56:46.:56:51.

place in the final. Are they also dreading what another cup final

:56:52.:56:54.

appearance might mean for their promotion chances? I think now they

:56:55.:57:01.

can put the cap to bed. It is the big occasion at the end of the

:57:02.:57:05.

season. Now they have got to concentrate... Let's hear from Mixu

:57:06.:57:10.

Paatelainen. There is never an easy way to lose a

:57:11.:57:14.

cup semifinal but that is almost the toughest way. Yes, it is, especially

:57:15.:57:20.

the way we performed. I thought we were by far the better team. In the

:57:21.:57:25.

first half, Hibernian started the game really well. But after that,

:57:26.:57:33.

once we got our composure, we kept the ball and took good care of it.

:57:34.:57:40.

We duly controlled the game and we created three fantastic

:57:41.:57:46.

opportunities. But unfortunately, that has been the story of the

:57:47.:57:50.

season. We have passed the ball well, we have created loads of

:57:51.:57:54.

clear-cut chances, but we haven't taken them. We simply need to put

:57:55.:58:03.

those chances away. It is almost a match that sums up United's season.

:58:04.:58:09.

Plenty of effort but no reward. We have dominated matches like today

:58:10.:58:14.

and created wonderful chances to score and win the match but if you

:58:15.:58:20.

don't take them, and opponent might punish you. It is always a lottery

:58:21.:58:25.

in the penalties. But I can't fully in the penalties. But I can't fully

:58:26.:58:30.

-- full the boys' effort today. Fantastic. Excellent. The fans

:58:31.:58:38.

turned up in good numbers and with really vocal out there. How

:58:39.:58:41.

difficult will it be to bounce back from that? I don't think it will be

:58:42.:58:44.

difficult. The boys realise the from that? I don't think it will be

:58:45.:58:49.

challenge we have a head of us. Not easy. We are up against it but we're

:58:50.:58:53.

not dead by any means. We will keep fighting and make sure that once the

:58:54.:58:58.

league action starts again, we are up for it. It has been a season of

:58:59.:59:03.

despair for Dundee United and that does not go away today. Beaten in

:59:04.:59:06.

the penalty shoot out. Is it truly mission impossible? They

:59:07.:59:16.

are eight points adrift with five games to go. I would think it is

:59:17.:59:21.

Mission impossible. I think today is the end of this season. Last week

:59:22.:59:25.

they were away, they were relegated with a performance in that defeat.

:59:26.:59:30.

Today was something to fight on for for the big showpiece. They are out

:59:31.:59:34.

now, they have got games against Hamilton and Dundee to come.

:59:35.:59:39.

Difficult games. You can't see them scraping eight points back on till

:59:40.:59:43.

mana at this point in time. For Hibs, it is their second cup final

:59:44.:59:46.

of the season. They lost to Ross County. What imprecations does that

:59:47.:59:53.

cup final appearance have for their chances of getting back to the

:59:54.:59:57.

Premiership? It could go either way for them. It would give them a

:59:58.:00:03.

massive lift. But when you win games of football, if you are in a cup

:00:04.:00:08.

final, you feel good. At this point in time, Hibs have got two cup

:00:09.:00:17.

finals. Celtic and Rangers in the other semifinal. They can still get

:00:18.:00:23.

promoted as well. It could be one of the great seasons but they could

:00:24.:00:27.

still be a stinker as well. I have no idea how it is going to go but

:00:28.:00:31.

they need to get stronger at the end of games. Hibs have got made sure

:00:32.:00:36.

they have a season they can enjoy. Thank you. That brings us to the end

:00:37.:00:43.

of our coverage of the first of the Scottish Cup semifinals and most of

:00:44.:00:46.

the drama was in place in that penalty shoot out. For two hours

:00:47.:00:52.

they tried to get the edge, these two, goalless it was after Jason

:00:53.:00:57.

Cummings missed a penalty in the first half. What a match Conrad

:00:58.:01:03.

Logan had. Defying United time and time again and that continued into

:01:04.:01:08.

the penalty shoot out. Two important saves from him. And Jason Cummings

:01:09.:01:15.

scored in the shoot out to take Hibs through to play Rangers or Celtic in

:01:16.:01:20.

the Scottish Cup final. Talking of that match, you will hear it live on

:01:21.:01:24.

BBC Radio 1 Scotland tomorrow. And highlights tomorrow evening. 10:30pm

:01:25.:01:32.

tomorrow night on BBC One Scotland. As for today, the results from

:01:33.:01:43.

4:30pm onwards. Hibs are on to the Scottish Cup final. We switch from

:01:44.:01:49.

football to snooker. The World Championships getting underway today

:01:50.:01:51.

Scottish Cup semi-final.

Live From the National Stadium, Hampden.

Hibernian v Dundee Utd (kick-off 12.15pm)

A place in the Scottish Cup final is at stake as Championship side Hibs take on Dundee Utd from the Premiership.

Supporters of the Leith club will be hoping that manager Alan Stubbs can lead his side to their second final of the season and make up for the disappointment of losing the League Cup final a month ago by going on to lift the oldest national trophy in world football. Yet the Easter Road faithful don't need to be reminded that their last Scottish Cup win was way back in 1902, and that they have lost 10 finals since, most recently in 2013. In the last round of the Cup, they defeated holders Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2-1 in a replay, thanks to goals from on-loan striker Anthony Stokes.

Their opponents today are Mixu Paatelainen's Dundee Utd, who are fighting to avoid relegation from the Scottish Premiership. Against that backdrop, the Tannadice club have put together a winning run in the Cup, defeating Airdrie, Partick Thistle and Ross County en route to today's match. The Tangerines have taken the old trophy back to Tayside twice before, in 1994 and most recently in 2010. Their last appearance in the final was two seasons ago, when they lost to St Johnstone.

Plus a look ahead to tomorrow's much-anticipated meeting of Rangers and Celtic in the second semi-final.

Introduced by Rob Maclean with studio guests Pat Nevin and Mark Wilson.

Commentary by Liam McLeod and Craig Paterson.


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