String of saves settles semi-final
Hero keeper Logan puts Hibs into Cup Final
Hibernian will play in their second cup final this season after beating Dundee United on penalties in a game dominated by a goalkeeper who has spent more than a year on the sidelines.
Man of the match was goalkeeper Conrad Logan who saved two penalty kicks to crown a top class performance throughout 120 minutes of goalless action.
Logan saved spot kicks from Blair Spittal and Billy McKay while John McGinn, Paul Hanlon and Martin Boyle scored for Hibs before Jason Cummings made up for missing a first half penalty by converting the winning kick. Paul Dixon and Guy Demel were United’s scorers.
The Hibs keeper only arrived at Easter Road a few weeks ago after 16 months out of the game and admitted he was not fully fit. He was brought in as cover for first choice Mark Oxley, who was suspended today.
His last 90 minutes of play were for Rochdale in English League One. After today’s match he said: “I got the nod ten minutes before the warm-up that I’d be playing and I felt sharp and ready to go. It’s pretty much the perfect day.”
Hibs, who lost in the League Cup Final to Ross County, are into their third Scottish Cup final in five years and will play Celtic or Rangers in next month’s showpiece for a chance to win the trophy for the first time since they last won it 114 years ago. The Glasgow teams meet at Hampden tomorrow.
On his choice of goalkeeper, Hibs manager Alan Stubbs said: “I went for his experience and it looks like I made the right call.”
Mixu Paatelainen, the Dundee United manager, said his team had squandered several chances to win the game but it was the story of the club’s season.