William Hill Scottish Cup Final 2012
Hibernian 1-5 Hearts
Saturday 19th May

 

 

By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor 

 

 

Two football legends from each participating team escorts the Scottish Cup trophy to the stadium on the day of the game both wearing traditional Scottish wear in kilts embroidered with the colours of their club 

 

 

The two captains James McPake, of Hibernian (left), and Andrew Webster, of Hearts (right) stand next to the Scottish Cup in preparation for the final

 

 

A view of Hampden Park, in Glasgow, an hour before the Scottish Cup final 2012 between Edinburgh rivals Hibernian and Hearts 

 

 

A few of the Hearts players look around the ground on the morning of the Scottish Cup Final dressed in their smart black suits and maroon-coloured ties

 

 

Hibernian, making their first appearance in the Scottish Cup Final since 2001 in a competition they have won twice in their history, took on their biggest rivals from across the Scottish capital in Hearts, who were unbeaten in eleven games against them in all competitions going into the match, as the two competed the 2012 William Hill Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park

 

 

Fans of Hibernian, appearing in their first Scottish Cup final in ten years, are in a buoyant mood ahead of the game and some came in fancy dress after the club avoided relegation in the Scottish Premier League and overcame Aberdeen in the semi-final

 

 

Hibernian's on-loan Wolves full-back Matt Doherty tries to stop the powerful Hearts forward Craig Beattie, who scored the winning penalty in the semi-final against Celtic, from charging into the penalty area after five minutes

 

 

Hearts defender Darren Barr stabbed the ball home after twelve minutes from close range for the Maroons to score his first goal of the season in the Scottish cup final against Hibernian goalkeeeper Mark Brown

 

 

Barr (pictured above right) wheels away in celebration after he opened the scoring in the Scottish Cup Final 2012 for Hearts after a Ryan McGowan deflected shot fell kindly into his path to poke home from a few yards out 

 

 

Forward Leigh Griffiths, playing in the final game of his loan spell from relegated Premier League club Wolves, kicks the ball past Hearts winger Andrew Driver to chase the ball and get Hibernian forward in the opening minutes

 

 

Hearts midfielder Ian Black, who was out of contract with the Edinburgh club following the match, lunged to the ground to clear the ball away from Hibernian's determined top goalscorer this season Garry O'Connor who was vying for possession

 

 

Fans favourite Rudi Skacel cracked home a second goal for Hearts to double their lead in the Scottish Cup Final via a slight deflection off James McPake on 27 minutes infront of the Hibernian supporters

 

 

Skacel turns his back on the delighted Hearts fans to show them his name and number as the troops run across to join in with the celebrations as Paulo Sergio's men took a giant stride towards silverware with barely half an hour played at Hampden Park

 

 

Hibernian's Pa Kujabi is brilliantly dispossessed by a hard but fair tackle from Hearts midfielder Ryan McGowan with Suso Santana collecting the loose ball

 

 

Hibernian captain James McPake, on loan at the SPL side for the second half of the campaign from Championship club Coventry City, pulled his side back into the game with a scruffy goal four minutes before half-time

 

 

In the second minute of the second half, Hearts' Spanish born midfielder Suso Santana advances with the ball towards the Hibernian penalty area when his shirt was tugged by Kujabi just outside the penalty area, although a penalty kick is awarded

 

 

After the penalty kick was given albeit incorrectly, Hibernian's Pa Kujabi was shown a second yellow card by referee Craig Thomson, in charge of his third Edinburgh derby of the campaign and his second Scottish Cup final, having already been booked in the first period as the game started to turn Hearts' way even more

 

 

Hearts left-back Danny Grainger confidently stepped up to the spot to send Hibernian goalkeeper Mark Brown completely the wrong way as Paulo Sergio's men began to assert their dominance on the Scottish Cup Final

 

 

Danny Grainger, transferred from St Mirren last summer, expresses his sheer joy after thumping home the penalty for his first goal for the club which gave Hearts a 3-1 lead in the final early in the second half

 

 

Ryan McGowan has a simple task to head home after Hibs goalkeeper Brown makes a hash of dealing with an initial header from Stephen Elliott after a deliciously driven corner by Andrew Driver caused problems in the Hibernian defence as Hearts added to their lead on 50 minutes, just two minutes after scoring their third goal 

 

 

Former Stoke City and Crystal Palace central midfielder Tom Soares, of Hibernian, look to escape the attentions of Hearts forward Stephen Elliott with Driver and Claros in close attendance under the nose of the referee

 

 

Following too many complaints regarding decisions going against his team, Hibernian boss Pat Fenlon is sent to the stands by Euro 2012 referee Craig Thomson as Hearts manager Paulo Sergio watches on

 

 

Rudi Skacel fires home his second and Hearts' fifth goal with fifteen minutes left to increase their lead as the Maroons bossed proceedings in the second half to record a big scoreline in the Scottish Cup final 2012

 

 

Hearts lift the trophy at the end of the game after heavily beating their Edinburgh rivals Hibernian 5-1 in the Scottish Cup final 

 

 

Hearts midfielder and key player Rudi Skacel, who could have been featuring in his final match for his boyhood club with the 31-year old's future remaining uncertain, holds the trophy after the match

 

 

After collecting their medals and changing their shirts, some of the Hearts players celebrate with manager Paulo Sergio who lifts the trophy high into the air to acknowledge the club's supporters who made the trip to the national stadium

 

 

At the official presentation of the trophy, the Hearts squad and backroom staff revel in lifting the club's first piece of silverware since 2006 in the first all-Edinburgh derby Scottish Cup final since 1896 a week after the end of the Scottish Premier League season

 

 

Click here for Scottish Cup Final 2012 match report 

 

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