Hibernian had to beat Premier League opposition in the first three rounds before overcoming First Division Falkirk in a semi-final thriller to reach the Scottish Cup final.
Hibs met Edinburgh rivals Hearts in the fourth round and took the opportunity to avenge last season's 5-1 drubbing in the final with a 1-0 home victory.
The game was no classic but a late strike from David Wotherspoon which deflected off Jambos skipper Marius Zaliukas before spinning into the net proved to be the difference.
Another 1-0 home win followed in the fifth round with Aberdeen the victims this time thanks to Gary Deegan's spectacular long-range effort early in the second half.
Ben Williams saved a late penalty from former Colchester team-mate Scott Vernon to prevent a replay.
The Easter Road side found themselves up against SPL opposition again but not for the first time this season Leigh Griffiths was the hero with a hat-trick in a 4-2 victory over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.
The on-loan Wolves player hit two goals in the last 10 minutes after the hosts had fought back following Matt Done putting Hibs 2-1 up.
Hibs faced Falkirk in the semi-finals at Hampden but were close to being knocked out after going 3-0 down inside half an hour.
Williams saved a one-on-one from Lyle Taylor before Hibs mounted an incredible second-half comeback.
Alex Harris, Griffiths and substitute Eoin Doyle took the game into extra-time before Griffiths earned a return trip to Hampden and a 4-3 win with a stunning 25-yard hit.