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Scottish Cup

Pittodrie Stadium (ATT 28,278) 14th April 2012 - Kick off 12:15 Ref: W Collum

Aberdeen Aberdeen vs Hibernian Hibernian

Aberdeen 1

R Fallon (59)

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Hibernian 2

G O'Connor (3)
L Griffiths (85)

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Last Updated at 2:14 pm, April 14th 2012

  1. 90

    It's all over and Hibernian's dream of ending their 110-year wait to win the Scottish Cup is well and truly alive after reaching the final for the first time since 2001 following this dramatic 2-1 victory over Aberdeen at Hampden Park this afternoon. Pat Fenlon's men will now meet either Hearts or Celtic, who meet tomorrow in the second semi-final.

  2. 90

    Wotherspoon's audacious attempt from the right goes well wide as the clock ticks down towards full-time.

  3. 90

    Fyvie delivers into the box and all hell breaks loose until the referee spots an offside flag is raised.

  4. 90

    Aberdeen have a free kick on the left wing - this really is last chance saloon.

  5. 90

    Vernon's header lacks power and it's a comfortable catch for Mark Brown.

  6. 90

    It's hit and hope time for Aberdeen but Hibernian are holding firm.

  7. 90

    There will be five anxious minutes of stoppage time for Hibernian fans to cope with before the final whistle sounds.

  8. 90

    Hibernian run down the clock as they replace O'Connor with George Francomb.

  9. 89

    It's all rather frantic at the back for Hibernian to say the least as the Dons press hard in these closing stages.

  10. 88

    Aberdeen are throwing bodies forward in search of an equaliser but Mackie's header goes well wide.

  11. 87

    Arnason's fierce shot from around 25 yards flies high and wide, much to the relief of Mark Brown.

  12. 86

    The Hibernian fans are going wild in the stands as they sense a place in the Scottish Cup final.

  13. 85

    GOAL GRIFFITHS - A perfect pass from O'Connor splits the Aberdeen defence and picks out Griffiths, who fires a clinical low shot past Jason Brown and into the net.

  14. 84

    Extra-time is looming large at Hampden and neither side will want to make a mistake in these closing stages.

  15. 83

    Wotherspoon's dreadful delivery doesn't even beat the first man, allowing Aberdeen to clear with ease.

  16. 82

    Up the other end of the field, Sproule is taken out by Mackie, who is shown the yellow card. More importantly Hibs have a free kick on the left wing.

  17. 81

    Hibernian now have some defending to do and Sproule comes to the rescue by blasting the ball clear.

  18. 80

    Griffiths selfishly opts to drill a shot towards the near post from a tight angle on the right side of the box rather than a cross to O'Connor. His gamble doesn't come off.

  19. 79

    McPake makes no repeat mistake on Aberdeen's next attack with a hefty clearance up the field.

  20. 78

    A dreadful back pass from James McPake nearly puts in Fallon but Jason Brown is alert to gather.

  21. 77

    Mackie cuts inside to beat Kujabi on the right wing but his low shot is straight at Jason Brown.

  22. 76

    It's now Hibernian's turn to enjoy a spell of pressure with a succession of long throws but nothing comes of it.

  23. 75

    Hibernian attack with Doherty down the right but his low cross is hacked to safety by Considine.

  24. 74

    Mark Brown did save two penalties in their League Cup win over Motherwell back in September so if this clash goes to a shoot-out, Hibs are in safe hands.

  25. 73

    Mark Brown does indeed come on for Stack.

  26. 72

    Hibs substitute goalkeeper Mark Brown is now preparing for action as Stack receives treatement. He surely won't be able to continue.

  27. 71

    Stack looks hurt after appearing to pull a muscle while taking a goal kick.

  28. 70

    Griffiths tries to beat his man inside the box but he's outmuscled and loses possession.

  29. 69

    As it stands we're heading for extra-time but there should be more goals before the 90 minutes is up considering how much this clash has opened up.

  30. 68

    Still the red shirts press forward while Hibs desperately try to clear their lines.

  31. 67

    And David Wotherspoon is brought into the action by Hibs boss Pat Fenlon as Claros is taken off.

  32. 66

    Aberdeen make a change with Chris Clark coming off to be replaced by Darren Mackie.

  33. 65

    It's all Aberdeen at the moment and Hibernian need to respond quickly if they're to avoid falling behind.

  34. 64

    Fyvie curls a lovely effort from the edge of the box which goes just goes wide. More promosing signs for Aberdeen.

  35. 63

    Aberdeen come forward in waves and Hibernian are looking rather jittery at the back.

  36. 62

    Hibernian's fans roar their side on as Doherty wins a corner on the right. However, their enthusiasm swiftly drops when Aberdeen clear the danger.

  37. 61

    Isaiah Osbourne's low shot from the edge of the box rolls tamely into the arms of Brown as Hibs look to bounce back.

  38. 60

    I'd make Aberdeen the favourites from here - they've really upped their game since the interval.

  39. 59

    GOAL FALLON - It's all-square at Hampden as Fallon lets fly with a superb dipping volley which loops over a helpless Stack and lands in the net.

  40. 59

    Fyvie's in-swinging cross is punched clear by Stack.

  41. 59

    This is a good spell from Aberdeen and they force Doherty into conceding another corner. Can they make the pressure count?

  42. 58

    The game has opened up dramatically in this second half and all of a sudden it looks as though more goals could be on the cards.

  43. 57

    Fyvie's delivery is headed down before Doherty hacks clear.

  44. 56

    McArdle deep cross to the back post from the right wing is headed behind by Doherty for an Aberdeen corner.

  45. 55

    There's no doubt Fyvie's introduction has injected some life into Aberdeen in this second half and now he sees a low cross from the left claimed by Stack.

  46. 54

    Fyvie tries a 'Van Basten' but blasts his speculative volley from the left side of the area high over the bar.

  47. 53

    From just outside the box, Kujabi drills a shot just wide of the post.

  48. 52

    That was Aberdeen's best chance of the game by far and maybe that will spark them into life as they bid to get back on level terms.

  49. 51

    Hughes' delivery picks out Andrew Considine but his free header goes straight at Stack.

  50. 50

    Paul Hanlon is penalised for a handball while under pressure from Vernon so Aberdeen have a free kick on the right wing.

  51. 49

    Doherty is back involved in the action again and it's now 11 v 11.

  52. 48

    The game resumes with Hibernian temporarily down to 10 men. Arnason pumps a long ball down the right wing for Rory McArdle, who can't quite get on the end of it.

  53. 47

    Play comes to a halt after Doherty goes down after being caught by Arnason.

  54. 46

    Aberdeen made one change at the break, bringing on Fraser Fyvie to replace Jack.

  55. 46

    Aberdeen get the second half under way looking to make a big improvement on their display in the first period.

  56. 1310

    Aberdeen are now 6/1 with Sky Bet to come from behind and win inside 90 minutes while Hibs are 1/2, with the draw priced at 5/2. Head now to www.skybet.com to place your in-running bets.

  57. 45

    The half-time whistle sounds and Hibernian head into the break at Hampden leading Aberdeen 1-0 thanks to O'Connor's classy finish.

  58. 44

    There will be just one minute of stoppage time to play before half-time.

  59. 43

    This game meanders towards half-time and still the sides are separated by O'Connor's early goal.

  60. 42

    Vernon's hopeful chip from 25 yards out drops down comfortably over the bar. Probably Aberdeen's best moment of quality - and that tells its own story.

  61. 41

    A move breaks down for Hibernian on the right wing when Doherty is penalised for a foul.

  62. 40

    Craig Brown looks quietly frustrated at watching his side struggle to create any openings.

  63. 39

    Tom Soares goes down inside the box but it was a clean challenge.

  64. 38

    Interestingly Sproule reached the last four of the Scottish Cup in three straight seasons during his first spell at Hibs but never made a final, although he was part of the 2007 League Cup-winning side.

  65. 37

    Ivan Sproule finds Griffiths down the left wing but the cross towards O'Connor is cut out by Reynolds.

  66. 36

    Griffiths blasts one early from distance which just goes wide of the mark. Good effort.

  67. 35

    Unless somebody sparks this game into life soon, this encounter won't be remembered as a cup classic by any means.

  68. 34

    Aberdeen are a little over eager to get the ball forward without any real quality.

  69. 33

    Jack crosses into the box but despite some frantic defending, Hibernian clear their lines.

  70. 32

    Aberdeen have a free kick on the right and perhaps this will be an opportunity to deliver a quality ball into the box.

  71. 31

    The fans were at least entertained by an amusingly prolonged period of keepy-uppy - must have been at least 10 touches before the ball bounced on the ground.

  72. 30

    A couple of aimless punts towards the Aberdeen box are routinely headed away.

  73. 29

    Perhaps nerves and anxiety are getting to the players today - after all, both clubs are so desperate for a long-awaited Scottish Cup final appearance.

  74. 28

    It's particularly scrappy right now, really poor standard of passing and ball control from both sides.

  75. 27

    Maybe O'Connor's opener will be enough to settle this tie because so far that's been the only chance of any note.

  76. 26

    If this pattern of play continues then chances are going to be few and far between this afternoon.

  77. 25

    Both sides are struggling to keep the ball under control at the moment.

  78. 24

    Aberdeen build from the back after a stray pass from Griffiths brings Hibs' latest move to an abrupt end.

  79. 23

    The Dons opt to take it short before delivering a long ball into the box and Hibs have few problems getting it clear.

  80. 22

    Griffiths is penalised for a foul on Kari Arnason and Aberdeen have a free kick on their right wing.

  81. 21

    Griffiths tries his luck from distance after twisting and turning past the back-tracking Reynolds but his shot flashes wide of the post.

  82. 20

    Vernon's shot from distance is blocked by his own team-mate Jack.

  83. 19

    Kujabi does well to clear the danger for Hibernian as Rory Fallon tries to get on the end of a Vernon cross.

  84. 18

    Hibernian are applying the pressure in terms of territorial advantage but they're not making it count in terms of creating chances.

  85. 17

    O'Connor does well to get a low cross in from the right wing but the ball rolls straight into the arms of Brown.

  86. 16

    Griffiths wants a free kick just outside the area after feeling he was fouled, but referee William Collum waves play on.

  87. 15

    Matt Doherty is down hurt and clutches his face after being on the receiving end of a challenge in midfield. He leaves the field for a little treatment but he should be fine to continue shortly.

  88. 14

    Overall it's been a rather scappy opening to this semi-final in terms of quality, with both sides giving the ball away in midfield.

  89. 13

    Griffiths darts past Mark Reynolds on the right wing but as he cuts inside, Jason Brown is quickly off his line to snaffle the ball.

  90. 12

    Leigh Griffiths looks to pounce inside the box before the offside flag is raised to stop him in his tracks.

  91. 11

    While SPL survival is the overriding priority for Hibernian, victory today will be a huge boost for the club after a largely difficult season.

  92. 10

    Stack has to be alert to gather a pass into the area from Stephen Hughes.

  93. 9

    Aberdeen are passing the ball around nicely and don't look too fazed about falling behind so early.

  94. 8

    Ryan Jack goes down hurt after an accidental clash of heads with Claros but he'll be fine to continue.

  95. 7

    The resulting cross is curled into the area but Stack is there to make a confident catch.

  96. 6

    The Dons players have made a positive response and Vernon wins a corner on the left.

  97. 5

    The Hibs supporters are making all the noise now while their Aberdeen counterparts are simply stunned into silence.

  98. 4

    Aberdeen are straight on the attack just moments after falling behind but Scott Vernon's cross is claimed by Graham Stack.

  99. 3

    GOAL O'CONNOR - Hibernian take an early lead after Garry O'Connor deftly flicks home at the near post from a Pa Saikou Kujabi cross on the left wing.

  100. 2

    Aberdeen are of course also bidding to end a long wait to reach a Scottish Cup final - the year 2000 was the last time they made it to the showpiece occasion.

  101. 1

    Hibernian get this Scottish Cup semi-final under way against Aberdeen, bidding to reach their first final in this competition since 2001.

  102. 1214

    The players are now walking out onto the pitch at a colourful Hampden Park, where both sets of fans are holding up red or green cards to form emblems in support of their respective teams.

  103. 1210

    As you can see from the teams below, Jorge Claros has been drafted into the Hibernian midfield for the suspended Lewis Stevenson. Claros is the only change to the team that drew 1-1 with Motherwell last weekend. Aberdeen midfielder Kari Arnason is named in place of the cup-tied Gavin Rae, while Rory Fallon, who scored a double against Motherwell in the last eight, replaces Darren Mackie in the starting line-up. Fraser Fyvie makes the bench after recovering from the ankle injury he suffered in that match at Fir Park. Today's referee is William Collum.

  104. The teams are in. Here they are in full:

  105. Hibernian: Stack, Doherty, Hanlon, McPake, Kujabi, Soares, Osbourne, Claros, Sproule, O'Connor, Griffiths. Subs: Brown, Wotherspoon, Doyle, O'Donovan, Francomb.

  106. Aberdeen: Brown, McArdle, Reynolds, Considine, Robertson, Hughes, Arnason, Clark, Jack, Vernon, Fallon. Subs: Langfield, Mackie, Fyvie, Magennis, Anderson.

  107. Kick-off is at 1215 BST.

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