Scottish Cup Final 2012
Hibernian 1-5 Hearts 

 

 

 

 

Darren Barr celebrates with his colleagues after breaking the deadlock for Hearts after quarter of an hour from close range (above top); while the entire squad express their delight with captain Zaliukas lifting the trophy during the official presentation at the end (above below)

 

 

By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor from Hampden Park 

 

Hearts ran riot against Edinburgh rivals Hibernian in an engaging and goal-filled Scottish Cup final to claim the trophy at Hampden Park.  

Defender Darren Barr stabbed home the opening goal after just fifteen minutes and Rudi Skacel's deflected shot gave Hearts a 2-0 lead before Hibs skipper James McPake pulled one back for Hibs on 41 minutes. Pa Kujabi's foul on Suso Santana led to a second booking for the Hibernian player and a Hearts penalty kick which was converted by Danny Grainger just after half-time. Ryan McGowan's header and Skacel's second rounded off a thumping win for Hearts.

An eighth Scottish Cup triumph for the Tynecastle side, who had already qualified for the Europa League through the Scottish Premier League, ensures Hibs' long wait to add to their last win in the tournament in 1902 continues while St Johnstone, who finished one place behind Hearts in the Scottish Premier League table, are also beneficiaries of the result as they too now qualify for Europe.

Hearts, who left top goalscorer Craig Beattie on the bench following his recovery from injury and winger David Templeton out of the squad altogether, were forceful early on in their play and fans favourite Skacel, a scorer in the 2006 final, headed wide from Andrew Driver's pinpoint cross.

And Paulo Sergio's side moved into a 15th-minute lead with a scrappy goal from Danny Grainger's corner. Hibs were unable to clear as Andy Webster and McGowan tried to force the issue and take control but it was McGowan's deflected shot which sat up kindly for Darren Barr to poke home from close range.

 

? DID YOU KNOW ?

Hearts prevailed in the first all-Edinburgh Scottish Cup final since 1896.

 

Hearts grew in confidence and their retained use of the ball and their passing looked to stretch their opponents who had Pa Kujabi booked for a mistimed foul on Suso Santana shortly after conceding the vital opening goal and thus conceded much of the initiative.

The second arrived on 27 minutes when Rudi Skacel received Ian Black's pass just outside the box and his shot on the turn took a slight nick off McPake infront of him and swerved beyond the reach of Hibs goalkeeper Mark Brown to double the Hearts advantage. Pat Fenlon's side had the chance to reduce their deficit almost immediately when Kujabi's low cross bounced up for Garry O'Connor in front of goal but the striker snatched at his shot and it comfortably cleared the bar.

James McPake denied Hearts a third with a crucial clearance near the goal-line after Suso Santana's shot had Brown beaten all ends up while the on-loan Coventry defender then made a vital contribution at the other end to give Hibs hope. Tom Soares' poor corner was half-hearted cleared but Hibs returned the ball back to the midfielder on the right and his dangerous low delivery into a crowded area was nudged past goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald by the outstretched foot of McPake to give Pat Fenlon's side some hope.

Referee Craig Thomson showed leniency after Leigh Griffiths pushed Ian Black as the two became involved in a scuffle with the Hibs striker perhaps still smarting from a heavy aerial challenge by the midfielder- who is out of contract after this game- earlier in the match.

Half-time soon came and went and there was drama and controversy right from the off after the restart as seconds into the second half, Hearts were awarded a penalty kick. Kujabi pulled the jersey and caught the heel of Suso Santana with the Hearts winger speeding towards the byline and the Spaniard tumbled as he made his way into the box. 

 

? DID YOU KNOW ?

Hibernian have only won the Scottish Cup twice- the last occasion coming in 1902 while they have now failed to beat their Edinburgh rivals in Hearts in any of their last eleven meetings in all competitions since 2008.

 

This prompted the referee to point to the spot but television replays suggested the foul by Kujabi had taken place just outside the box as the dismissed left-back trudged off the park in utter dejection with his boss's face a picture on the touchline. Grainger calmly swept the ball home from twelve yards for his first Hearts goal since his move to the club last summer from St Mirren.

Hibs continued to struggle to contain their opponents and it was another setpiece that cost them dearly with Ryan McGowan nodding over the line after Brown had got a hand on Stephen Elliott's initial header from the corner kick delivered dangerously into the box by Driver.

It got worse for the Leith side when Skacel found space inside the penalty arc and sent another net-bound shot eluding the despaired attempted block of McPake and ripping past Brown to get the Hearts fans on their feet as Bonjovi's Living on the Prayer boomed around the stadium. Hibs' fans flocked out of the stadium in their numbers having seen enough. Black waved goodbye to the Hearts fans as his final appearance for the club came to an end five minutes from time with the veteran midfielder given a standing ovation as he left the field to be replaced by Scott Robinson.

And within moments, the Hearts fans were given the signal to start the celebrations as referee Craig Thomson brought proceedings to a close meanwhile Hibernian's 110 year wait for success in the Scottish Cup will be extended for another twelve months at least. Hearts captain Marius Zaliukas lifted the trophy with Hibs players staring down at the turf with ultimate disappointment.

 

ANALYSIS
Adam Higgins
The Football Site-  Chief Football Editor

"It is a big win for Hearts and for their supporters. To win a piece of silverware is a massive achievement for any side in Scotland that isn't Celtic or Rangers and you rarely get a chance to outshine the two Glaswegian giants so congratulations to them and caps off a splendid season for Paulo Sergio in his first campaign as manager. Hibernian had a real chance going into the match of causing an upset in this one after avoiding relegation in the SPL but they were really poor throughout the game and the recent hoodoo that they have against their Edinburgh rivals continues. You could see what it meant to the Hearts contingent out there and to come out of a final which are normally tight and close affairs with a 5-1 victory is testament of the spirit of the side. Both were beaten last week on the final day of the league season but it didn't damage Hearts' morale and it didn't affect them."



Saturday 19th May 2012

William Hill Scottish Cup Final

Hampden Park

 

Hibernian 1-5 Hearts                                         KO 3pm             (HT 1-2)

McPake 41    Barr 15
                  Skacel 27, 75
                  Grainger 48 (pen)
                  McGowan 50

 

Hibernian:  31 Brown- 6.5/10, 2 Doherty- 6.5/10, 4 Hanlon- 6/10, 15 McPake (C)- 6.5/10, 19 Kujabi- 5/10, 8 Claros- 5.5/10 (Sproule 42- 6/10), 13 Soares- 6/10 (Francomb 76- 2.5/10), 24 Osbourne- 6.5/10, 16 Stevenson- 6/10, 9 O'Connor- 6/10 (Doyle 54- 4.5/10), 28 Griffiths- 6.5/10.

Subs not used:  41 Grant, 5 O'Hanlon

Booked:      Kujabi (17), Doherty (52)

Sent-off:    Kujabi (46)

 

Hearts:  30 MacDonald- 7.5/10, 17 McGowan- 7.5/10, 5 Barr- 8/10, 6 Webster- 6.5/10, 3 Grainger- 7.5/10, 26 Zaliukas (C)- 8/10, 8 Black- 7.5/10 (Robinson 86- 1.5/10), 19 Skacel- 9/10, 7 Suso Santana- 6.5/10 (Beattie 76- 2.5/10), 10 Elliott- 7/10, 11 Driver- 7.5/10 (Taouil 84- 2/10).

Subs not used:  28 Ridgers, 7 Suso Santana, 11 Driver, 19 Skacel

Booked:      Taouil (7), Grainger (40)

 

My Man of the Match:    Rudi Skacel (Hearts)- Rating 9/10

My Poorest Performer of the Match:    Pa Saikou Kujabi (Hibernian)- Rating 5/10 

 

 

Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland)- 7.5/10
Attendance: 51,041

 

 

Match Facts

Possession: Hibernian- 40%              Hearts- 60%

Shots: Hibernian- 5                     Hearts- 12

Shots on target: Hibernian- 3                Hearts- 7

Shots off target: Hibernian- 2                Hearts- 5

Corners: Hibernian- 3                     Hearts- 8

Fouls: Hibernian- 14                   Hearts- 9

Offside: Hibernian- 3                    Hearts- 2

Assists: Hibernian- Soares               Hearts- McGowan, Black, Suso Santana (2), Skacel

 

 


Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon

"We didn't turn up, we didn't shine, we didn't deserve to win the game it is as simple as that. We didn't show anything. I apologise to the fans for having to sit and watch that. The club has been like this for a while- in a state of turmoil. It has been something that I want to address. There's no desire and we've got to change the players to change the outlook of the club. We'll work as hard as we can to turn things around over the summer in time for the SPL season in August. I thought we had a real chance today of upsetting the odds and finally ending this poor run against Hearts that we have but we were outclassed and outfought in every department it has to be said. I have no complaints with the result because they certainly deserved to win the game and I congratulate them for their efforts today against us and say well done to Paulo (Sergio). Our fans have backed us in their numbers and it is disappointing to be beaten so heavily in a cup final. In an ideal world, we can argue that the penalty and red card were poor decisions from the referee but we are not going to dwell on such things and just get on with it and quickly forget about today."  


Click here to listen to the thoughts after the Cup final defeat of Hibernian boss Pat Fenlon

 

 


Hearts manager Paulo Sergio

"We were a wee bit slack with the Hibs goal but apart from that I thought we dominated the game. This is unbelievable for us all here at the club, absolutely brilliant. I thought we played well and more than deserved the 5-1 win we got and the Scottish Cup. I think the sending off obviously changed it but I thought it was a penalty and he'd already been booked so [referee] Craig [Thomson] had no option but to send him off but I thought we were really professional and played really well. I'm very happy. A 2-1 result is never comfortable. We spoke at half-time that we had to go very strong in the second half and we solved the game very, very quickly. The supporters have been absolutely fantastic all season long and they showed today once again how terrific they are by getting behind the team and they are like a twelfth man here at Hearts. Even at Celtic last week when we were getting beat 5-0, the fans remained upbeat and still got behind the team and that is the most important thing. This trophy is for them and the players have put in a lot of hard work to get where they have today in this competition this season. We have beaten some really good teams and they deserve a lot of credit for it."

 

Click here to watch Hearts' Scottish Cup celebrations at the end of the game

Click here to watch match highlights of the 2012 Scottish Cup Final: Hibernian 1-5 Hearts.

 


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