Gary Hooper scored twice as Celtic clinched their 36th Scottish Cup and with it a domestic double.

Anthony Stokes created both of Hooper's first-half goals as Neil Lennon's side effectively ended the game as a contest before the break.

Hibernian failed to threaten a comeback and Joe Ledley's late strike dispelled any lingering doubts over the outcome.

It means the Edinburgh side's long wait for Scottish Cup success continues after a second successive final defeat.

Gary Hooper opened the scoring

Hooper's first-half brace put Celtic in control

In fact, they had made the brighter start to the match and might have been in front but for a fantastic Fraser Forster save from Eoin Doyle's header.

That, though, was to prove a high point for Pat Fenlon's men as a moment of lax defending shortly afterwards handed Celtic the initiative.

Alan Maybury's weak clearance allowed Stokes possession on the left and he used it to fire a cross beyond the back post.

Goalkeeper Ben Williams could not reach it and, with Paul Hanlon and Ryan McGivern ball-watching, Hooper gleefully side-footed in from a narrow angle.

With their side having allowed the Scottish Premier League champions to score so early, the Hibs fans may have been fearing the worst, but the Edinburgh team did not buckle, with Tom Taiwo snapping into tackles and spraying passes to good effect in midfield.

Interview - Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Nonetheless, Celtic were able to carve out the better opportunities and Williams did well to block from Ledley after the Welshman had been picked out by a delicious Kris Commons pass.

Hibs showed they had failed to learn any lessons from the opening goal by conceding a very similar second - Stokes crossing from deeper this time and Hooper again finding room between Hanlon and McGivern to head back across the wrong-footed Williams for his 31st goal of the season.

Celtic, in the shape of Scott Brown and the front trio of Hooper, Stokes and Commons, had all of the game's top performers, with Hibs's talisman Leigh Griffiths unable to make any impact on the match.

The second period, aside from a fiery confrontation between Brown and Jorge Claros, was largely incident-free, with Hibs unable to muster anything resembling a shot on goal.

Interviews - Celtic players

Hooper might have bagged a cup final hat-trick when Mikael Lustig rolled the ball into his path, but the striker uncharacteristically mis-kicked, only for the ball to fall to Ledley, who unleashed a powerful drive into Williams's top corner.

The three-goal winning margin was an entirely accurate reflection of a match in which Hibs showed plenty of endeavour, but Celtic had too much in the way of attacking threat and ended worthy victors.

Defeat means Hibs have not lifted the Scottish Cup since 1902 and their previous attempt to end that long wait ended in a dismal 5-1 hammering at the hands of city rivals Hearts in last season's final.

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Sunday, 26 May 2013

Scottish Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hibernian 0-3 Celtic FT
(HT 0-2)
    • Hooper 8
    • Hooper 31
    • Ledley 80

    Hibernian

    • 01 Williams
    • 03 McGivern
    • 04 Hanlon
    • 18 Maybury
    • 37 Forster
    • 08 Claros yellow card
    • 20 Taiwo
    • 33 Harris
    • 38 Thomson (Caldwell 76)
    • 09 Griffiths yellow card (Stevenson 84)
    • 10 Doyle (Handling 71)

    Substitutes

    • 31 Murdoch,
    • 16 Stevenson,
    • 28 Robertson,
    • 24 Handling,
    • 29 Caldwell

    Celtic

    • 01 Forster
    • 03 Izaguirre
    • 06 Wilson
    • 21 Mulgrew
    • 23 Lustig
    • 08 Brown yellow card (Ambrose 81)
    • 15 Commons (Samaras 76)
    • 16 Ledley
    • 49 Forrest (McCourt 88)
    • 10 Stokes
    • 88 Hooper

    Substitutes

    • 24 Zaluska,
    • 04 Ambrose,
    • 18 Rogic,
    • 20 McCourt,
    • 09 Samaras
    Ref: CollumAtt: 51,254
    HIBERNIAN
    CELTIC

    Possession

    • Hibernian 50%
    • Celtic 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Hibernian 3
    • Celtic 5

    Attempts off target

    • Hibernian 5
    • Celtic 5

    Corners

    • Hibernian 4
    • Celtic 0

    Fouls

    • Hibernian 18
    • Celtic 6
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:07 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+0:18 Alex Harris produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 89:56 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.
    • 89:12 Anthony Stokes takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
    • 88:51 The ball is swung over by Anthony Stokes, Ryan McGivern gets a block in.
    • 87:25 Substitution (Celtic) makes a substitution, with Patrick McCourt coming on for James Forrest.
    • 87:13 The ball is swung over by Alan Maybury.
    • 87:00 Ross Caldwell takes a shot. Blocked by Charlie Mulgrew.
    • 86:33 Unfair challenge on Anthony Stokes by Ryan McGivern results in a free kick. Mikael Lustig restarts play with the free kick.
    • 84:19 Outswinging corner taken by Alex Harris from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Charlie Mulgrew.
    • 83:22 Substitution Lewis Stevenson comes on in place of Leigh Griffiths.
    • 80:15 Free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.
    • 80:15 Substitution Efe Ambrose is brought on as a substitute for Scott Brown.
    • 80:15 The referee penalises Georgios Samaras for handball.
    • 79:02 The assist for the goal came from Mikael Lustig.
    • 79:02 GOAL - Joe LedleyHibernian 0 - 3 Celtic Joe Ledley fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Hibernian 0-3 Celtic.
    • 78:57 The ball is sent over by Mikael Lustig,
    • 76:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ross Caldwell on Emilio Izaguirre. Fraser Forster takes the direct free kick.
    • 75:50 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Leigh Griffiths.
    • 75:06 Substitution (Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Ross Caldwell coming on for Kevin Thomson.
    • 75:06 Substitution (Celtic) makes a substitution, with Georgios Samaras coming on for Kris Commons.
    • 74:54 Ryan McGivern produces a cross, Kris Commons gets a block in.
    • 70:56 Substitution Danny Handling joins the action as a substitute, replacing Eoin Doyle.
    • 69:40 Anthony Stokes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jorge Claros. Kevin Thomson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 68:13 The ball is crossed by Emilio Izaguirre, save by Ben Williams.
    • 66:36 Unfair challenge on Joe Ledley by Eoin Doyle results in a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.
    • 65:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kris Commons on Alex Harris. Direct free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.
    • 65:24 The ball is sent over by Emilio Izaguirre, save made by Ben Williams.
    • 65:15 A cross is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre, Tom Taiwo makes a clearance.
    • 64:37 Eoin Doyle challenges Joe Ledley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
    • 63:39 Joe Ledley is ruled offside. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.
    • 62:39 James Forrest crosses the ball, Paul Hanlon makes a clearance. Effort on goal by Gary Hooper from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 59:44 James Forrest fouled by Tom Taiwo, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
    • 58:48 Mikael Lustig gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leigh Griffiths. Kevin Thomson takes the direct free kick.
    • 58:06 Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
    • 58:06 Booking Leigh Griffiths goes into the book.
    • 57:45 Leigh Griffiths challenges Charlie Mulgrew unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 57:03 Ryan McGivern crosses the ball, Kelvin Wilson makes a clearance.
    • 56:52 A cross is delivered by Alex Harris, Kelvin Wilson makes a clearance.
    • 54:48 Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
    • 54:48 Booking Booking for Scott Brown for unsporting behaviour.
    • 54:45 Booking Caution for Jorge Claros.
    • 54:06 Jorge Claros concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Brown.
    • 53:07 Anthony Stokes produces a cross, clearance by Jordon Forster.
    • 51:37 Effort from the edge of the area by Anthony Stokes goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 49:51 Emilio Izaguirre produces a cross, clearance made by Ryan McGivern.
    • 49:37 Centre by Kris Commons, Jordon Forster makes a clearance.
    • 49:04 Anthony Stokes fouled by Alan Maybury, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
    • 46:09 The ball is crossed by Kris Commons, Ryan McGivern makes a clearance.
    • 45:21 Effort on goal by Alan Maybury from 35 yards missed to the left of the goal.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:07 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 41:29 Leigh Griffiths takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, save by Fraser Forster. Effort from the edge of the area by Kevin Thomson goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 41:19 Alan Maybury takes a shot. Charlie Mulgrew gets a block in.
    • 41:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Brown on Jorge Claros. Tom Taiwo restarts play with the free kick.
    • 40:12 Kris Commons crosses the ball, clearance by Ryan McGivern.
    • 39:00 Unfair challenge on Kelvin Wilson by Eoin Doyle results in a free kick. Kris Commons takes the free kick.
    • 37:14 Leigh Griffiths takes a shot.
    • 36:21 Kevin Thomson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kris Commons. Kris Commons takes the free kick.
    • 35:34 Kris Commons has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
    • 33:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Ledley on Alan Maybury. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.
    • 32:38 Foul by Eoin Doyle on Kelvin Wilson, free kick awarded. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
    • 31:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Brown by Jorge Claros. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
    • 30:18 The assist for the goal came from Anthony Stokes.
    • 30:18 GOAL - Gary HooperHibernian 0 - 2 Celtic Gary Hooper finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Hibernian 0-2 Celtic.
    • 30:05 Anthony Stokes sends in a cross,
    • 26:31 Joe Ledley takes a shot. Save by Ben Williams.
    • 26:11 Unfair challenge on Joe Ledley by Tom Taiwo results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Kris Commons.
    • 25:32 Unfair challenge on Kelvin Wilson by Eoin Doyle results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
    • 24:23 Kris Commons fouled by Jorge Claros, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.
    • 24:11 The ball is delivered by Ryan McGivern.
    • 22:02 Shot by Anthony Stokes from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
    • 17:10 A cross is delivered by Alan Maybury, Kelvin Wilson makes a clearance.
    • 16:49 Alex Harris crosses the ball, clearance made by Kelvin Wilson.
    • 16:20 Anthony Stokes concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Maybury. Direct free kick taken by Ben Williams.
    • 15:29 A cross is delivered by Ryan McGivern, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew.
    • 13:01 Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Hooper.
    • 11:59 The ball is crossed by Mikael Lustig, save by Ben Williams.
    • 11:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Thomson on Mikael Lustig. Free kick taken by Mikael Lustig.
    • 10:48 Tom Taiwo concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Ledley. Emilio Izaguirre restarts play with the free kick.
    • 7:59 Anthony Stokes provided the assist for the goal.
    • 7:59 GOAL - Gary HooperHibernian 0 - 1 Celtic Gary Hooper finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hibernian 0-1 Celtic.
    • 7:50 Centre by Mikael Lustig. A cross is delivered by Anthony Stokes,
    • 6:05 The ball is delivered by Ryan McGivern, Eoin Doyle takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
    • 5:31 Eoin Doyle produces a cross.
    • 5:21 The ball is crossed by Eoin Doyle, Charlie Mulgrew manages to make a clearance.
    • 4:50 Anthony Stokes sends in a cross, clearance made by Paul Hanlon.
    • 4:01 Shot from just outside the box by Tom Taiwo goes over the crossbar.
    • 3:31 Leigh Griffiths crosses the ball, Kelvin Wilson gets a block in. Corner taken by Alex Harris from the left by-line, Charlie Mulgrew makes a clearance.
    • 1:53 Eoin Doyle challenges Scott Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kris Commons takes the free kick.
    • 1:03 A cross is delivered by Leigh Griffiths.
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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