Dundee Utd 0
Hibernian 0 (2-4 on pens)
Scottish Cup (Semi Final)

Dundee Utd
0 - 0
(2-4 on pens.)

Scottish Cup (Semi Final)
Saturday, April 16th, 2016
Hampden Park. Att. 19,651
12:15 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Mixu Paatelainen
Alan Stubbs

Starting Eleven
Eiji Kawashima
Kyle Knoyle
Callum Morris
Seán Dillon
Coll Donaldson
Paul Paton
John Rankin
Chris Erskine
Blair Spittal
Ryan Dow
Billy Mckay
Conrad Logan
David Gray
Darren McGregor
Paul Hanlon
Lewis Stevenson
Marvin Bartley
Fraser Fyvie
John McGinn
Liam Henderson
Anthony Stokes
Jason Cummings

Luis Zwick
Paul Dixon
Scott Fraser
Guy Demel
Henri Anier
Edward Ofere
Florent Sinama Pongolle
Otso Virtanen
Farid El Alagui
Danny Handling
Martin Boyle
Niklas Gunnarsson
Chris Dagnall
Kevin Thomson

Paul Dixon for Callum Morris (34)
Guy Demel for Coll Donaldson (74)
Henri Anier for Chris Erskine (76)
Farid El Alagui for Anthony Stokes (79)
Martin Boyle for Liam Henderson (85)
Chris Dagnall for Farid El Alagui (96)

Coll Donaldson (30)
Ryan Dow (90)

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

John Beaton (Referee)

Ticket stub / Admission info

Match Report

It was largely a quiet start to the match, no real chances being carved out until just before the ten minute mark when Hibs midfielder Fraser Fyvie struck a venomous effort just over the crossbar of United keeper Eiji Kawashima. As the first-half progressed, it was the Edinburgh side that dominated in terms of possession and chances created, however, mid-way through the half Billy Mckay was presented with a huge opportunity to put the Tangerines into the lead, but the Northern Ireland international could only place his shot from a one-on-one situation off the physical presence of Hibernian keeper Conrad Logan. Shortly after Mckay’s golden opportunity, Hibernian were awarded with a penalty after defender Coll Donaldson was judged to have hand-balled a Fyvie cross inside the box. Up-stepped the confident Jason Cummings, whose attempted panenka rose well above the crossbar and out for a goal-kick. A real let-off for United. Right on the stroke of half-time however, Mckay again found himself one-on-one with Hibee debutant Logan, this time the striker’s effort from a tight angle deflecting off the goalkeeper and out.

It was United that started the brighter of the sides in the second period, nice interplay from Mckay and Erskine seeing the latter fire a tame effort into the palms of Logan. Just after the hour mark, and with United beginning to control the match, the Terrors were inches away from taking a deserved lead. The move came about through a cute dinked pass from Paton into Erskine, who then cutback to Ryan Dow, however, Dow’s effort was scrambled off the line and clear from danger.

With nobody scoring across the 90 minutes, the game went to 30 minutes extra-time. Starting in a similar way to where they left off, it was United who created the first chance of the additional time, John Rankin firing a left-footed effort from distance, but, much like most of the afternoon, the impressive Conrad Logan was equal to it. Just before the break, it was Henri Anier’s turn to go one-on-one with Logan, however, Logan again denied United from taking the lead, getting a firm hand to Anier’s close-range shot.

Hibs also had a decent opportunity to take the lead through Jason Cummings, the striker cutting onto his left before lashing an effort at Kawashima, who diverted the ball away from danger with a strong left handed punch. Neither Hibs or United were able to make the breakthrough across the 120 minutes, so to penalties the game went.

After a disappointing start to the shootout, with both Spittal and Mckay missing United’s first two efforts, Hibs converted all of their spot-kicks, sending the Edinburgh side into the final of the Scottish Cup. A horrible end to a game that, on another day, United could perhaps have won in normal time.

Written by Joe James

Squad Statistics (as at April 16th, 2016)

2015-16 All Time
Eiji Kawashima (GK)33 15 - 15 -
Kyle Knoyle19 6 - 6 -
Callum Morris26 141443
Seán Dillon32 2723217
Coll Donaldson21 20 - 20 -
Paul Paton28 162936
John Rankin32 36220213
Chris Erskine29 1716710
Blair Spittal20 377669
Ryan Dow24 19211013
Billy Mckay27 31133113
Paul Dixon (sub)29 27 - 1905
Guy Demel (sub)34 141141
Henri Anier (sub)25 93254

League Table (as at April 16th, 2016)

Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Celtic 33 23 7 3 +53 76
2. Aberdeen 33 21 5 7 +20 68
3. Hearts 33 17 9 7 +21 60
4. Motherwell 33 13 5 15 -8 44
5. St Johnstone 33 12 7 14 -3 43
6. Ross County 33 13 4 16 -7 43
7. Dundee 33 9 14 10 -1 41
8. Partick Th 33 11 8 14 -7 41
9. Inverness CT 33 10 10 13 -3 40
10. Hamilton 33 9 9 15 -19 36
11. Kilmarnock 33 8 8 17 -21 32
12. DUNDEE UTD 33 6 6 21 -25 21

League results since United's last match
12th April 2016
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