League Cup as it happened

Hearts, St Johnstone and Aberdeen book their places in the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup.

30 October 2013 Last updated at 22:07 GMT

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As it happened

  1. 1810: 

    Nothing gets the blood pumping like an Edinburgh derby under the floodlights with a place in the last four of the Scottish League Cup at stake.

    Pat Fenlon and Gary Locke lock horns at Easter Road as Hibs and Hearts vie for a semi-final place and bragging rights in the capital.

  2. 1812: 

    Hearts may be struggling at the foot of the Premiership after starting the season on -15 points. However, they did beat Hibs at Tynecastle earlier this season courtesy of Callum Paterson's header.

    Hibs supporters, though, will fondly remember knocking then Scottish Cup holders Hearts out of the competition last December.

  3. 1813: 

    The Edinburgh derby is live on BBC One Scotland and there's also commentary on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW.

    Tonight's League Cup quarter-final ties:

    Hibs v Hearts 19:00

    Morton v St Johnstone 19:30

    Motherwell v Aberdeen 19:45

  4. 1814: 

    Who would win the Edinburgh derby celebrity fans' contest?

    Off the top of my head, on the green side, I can think of: Andy Murray, Irvine Welsh, The Proclaimers and actor Dougray Scott.

    Those in maroon include: Alex Salmond, actor Ken Stott, Ronnie Corbett, Sir Chris Hoy and Stephen Hendry.

    Text your thoughts to 80295 and tweet using #bbcsportscot and @bbcthomasmcg

  5. 1816: 
    Hibs captain James McPake

    "There is the same pressure on both teams. I honestly don't see any difference.

    "In my opinion, we've got the better squad, everybody would probably agree with that.

    "But it doesn't guarantee you win the game. You saw that at Tynecastle at the start of the season.

    "It's personal pride, we want to be in another semi-final, we want to get one over our biggest rivals, we know how much it means to the fans and we are desperate to put a smile on their face and give them the bragging rights."

  6. 1818: 
    Hearts assistant boss Billy Brown

    "Reading the papers and listening to everybody, they've never given us a chance. As far as I can see, all the pressure's on Hibs. They've signed loads of players.

    "It's a game that we're desperate to win and these games do mean more to the supporters than any other game."


    On the issue of celebrity Edinburgh derby fans...

    Fraser: "Ian Rankin - @Beathigh - is a massive Jambo #bbcsportscot"

  8. 1825: 
    Hearts boss Gary Locke
    Hearts boss Gary Locke

    "We've played Hibs already this season and got a fantastic result and performance so there's no reason why we can't do the same tonight.

    "The only way we're going to get confidence back is by winning games. We thought Ryan Stevenson might've been out for a lengthy spell again so we're delighted to have him back tonight."

  9. 1829: 
    Hibs manager Pat Fenlon
    Hibs boss Pat Fenlon

    "We're at home, which is what we wanted in the quarter-final of the cup so we've got to do the business.

    "We have to set out our stall and play the way we want to play. We need to be better on the ball than we were against Celtic."

  10. 1834: 

    Moving away momentarily from tonight's League Cup ties, Celtic Park has been chosen as the venue for this season's Scottish Cup final.

    Hampden is unavailable due to redevelopment work taking place to lay track for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Ibrox will stage both of this season's semi-final ties.

    The BBC Sportsound team are debating the merits of the move...

    What do you think? Would Celtic have an unfair advantage, should they go all the way to the final?

    Text 80295 and tweet using #bbcsportscot and @bbcthomasmcg

  11. 1836: 
    LINE-UPS- Teams from Easter Road

    Hibernian: Williams, Stevenson, McPake, Hanlon, McGivern, Robertson, Taiwo, Thomson, Craig, Collins, Vine. Subs: Tudur Jones, Murdoch, Forster, Zoubir, Caldwell.

    Hearts: MacDonald, McGhee, McGowan, Wilson, McHattie, Stevenson, Hamill, Robinson, Walker, Holt, Paterson. Subs: Ridgers, McKay, Carrick, Tapping, Nicholson.

    Referee: William Collum

  12. 1840: 

    Allan Moore's Morton will be aiming to claim another Premiership scalp when they take on St Johnstone. Moore's men sent Celtic out in the previous round and fancy another Cup upset. A case of the Moore the merrier?


    Edinburgh Tom: "Too close to call. On the night, either of these teams is more than capable of losing #bbcsportscot #ggtth"

    Scotbot: "Isn't Fish (of Marillion fame) a famous Hibee? Or am I 'Clutching at Straws'?"

    Andrew Priestley: "Hearts must put their league woes to one side tonight and focus on a Cup run. Nothing like a local derby to focus the mind. #bbcsportscot"

  14. 1845: 
    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

    "Motherwell rarely have two bad results back to back. We're expecting a tough match and when the draw was made I think Stuart McCall would also have said he expects a tough one.

    "We were excellent against Hibs on Saturday and, if we can get close to that tonight, we've got a chance of going through."

    Pressed by the bold Chick Chico Young on Sportsound, McInnes said he couldn't say either side were favourites tonight ahead of the tie at Fir Park.

    Our reporter Kenny Crawford will be there to give us a flavour of what promises to be a cracking Cup encounter...

  15. 1847: 

    Hibs are without the cup-tied Paul Heffernan while Michael Nelson remains out injured. Ryan Stevenson has been passed fit for Hearts, having been taken off during the weekend defeat at Kilmarnock.

  16. 1849: 

    Sporstound pundit Chick Young, posing as a "genie in a bottle" - no Christina Aguilera jokes please - also asked Derek McInnes whether he'd take a cup final victory over finishing second in the Premiership this season...


    Gary, Dundee: "Surely the venue for the national cup final has to be the biggest available with the matching infrastructure i.e. policing ,transport etc and if it's staying within football then Celtic Park and Ibrox are the only options if your planning in advance."

  18. 1853: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Levein

    "This (Edinburgh derby) is tough to call and I think it'll be who makes the fewest mistakes on the night..."

  19. 1854: 
    St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright

    "I'm expecting a decent crowd with a decent atmosphere and a tough game against Morton.

    "It's an unbelievable opportunity to win a trophy. If we go about our business, hopefully we'll be in the semi-finals."

  20. 1855: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Fir Park

    "Stuart McCall makes two changes to the Motherwell starting XI that lost 2-0 at St Johnstone. 'Well's second top scorer this season Henri Anier comes in instead of Bob McHugh, who drops to the bench. In midfield, Zaine Francis-Angol replaces Iain Vigurs.

    "Derek McInnes names the same Aberdeen side that started against Hibs in their 2-0 weekend win at Easter Road. That means Saturday's two goalscorers; Scott Vernon and Gregg Wylde, begin on the bench this evening."

  21. 1857: 

    The Proclaimers' Sunshine On Leith is boomed out by the home fans inside Easter Road. Even Jambos must admit, the song would draw a tear from a glass eye!

  22. 1900: 

    We're off and running at Easter Road, hang onto your hats!

  23. 1901: 

    Easter Road is firing and crackling with a stonking atmosphere under the floodlights. The pitch is in cracking condition and this promises to be eye-wateringly good stuff!

  24. 1903: 

    Ryan Stevenson chops down Scott Robertson as a Hibs attack is brought to a juddering halt. Both teams look in the mood in the early exchanges.

  25. 1904: 

    Scott Robertson's cross is bulleted towards goal by Paul Hanlon but he sees his header come back off the post with Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald stranded.

    The hosts are inches away from an early lead...

  26. 1905: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Levein

    "There were no Hibs players following up to tap the ball in after the header came back off the post. Very unlucky for Hanlon."

  27. 1906: 

    Hibs are roaring their troops on after that early chance and, mindful of that, Hearts boss Gary Locke comes to the edge of his technical area to roar some encouragement to the visitors.

    There's an incredible din inside Easter Road.

  28. 1907: 
    BBC Scotland's Billy Dodds

    "You can see players are getting no time on the ball already. It's going to be that way for at least the first 10, 15 minutes."

  29. 1909: 

    Hibs continue to press and Rowan Vine, sporting a formidable bristling beard that Brian Blessed would be proud of, fails to get an effort on goal from inside the penalty area. The Jambos will do well to weather this early Hibs storm.

  30. 1911: 

    The hosts are warming to the task and Tom Taiwo finds James Collins with a headed flick inside the box but the latter can't wriggle free of a sea of maroon jerseys and Hearts survive.

  31. 1912: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Fir Park

    "Despite the torrential rain in North Lanarkshire all day, the Fir Park pitch looks in great condition and the Aberdeen players are first to come out and begin their warm up.

    "Motherwell goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen is out to do some drills, too, after a shaky weekend performance in Perth that had a touch of Chucklevision about it.

    "A warm moment in the centre circle as Motherwell's Lionel Ainsworth and Aberdeen's Calvin Zola share some stories and embrace."

  32. 1913: 

    Morton: Caraux, Reid, Mark McLaughlin, Peciar, Fitzpatrick, Bachirou, Michal Habai, Wallace, McKee, Imrie, Novo. Subs: Gaston, Page, Campbell, Stirling, Cham.

    St Johnstone: Mannus, Miller, Mackay, Wright, Brian Easton, Millar, McDonald, Cregg, Wotherspoon, Hasselbaink, May. Subs: Scobbie, Edwards, Banks, Murray Davidson, Fallon.

    Referee: John McKendrick

  33. 1914: 

    Hearts' defence is creaking as another long ball arrowed into the box finds Scott Robertson but his slaloming run is halted by the visitors.

    Pat Fenlon's men are knocking on the door here...

  34. 1916: 

    Scott Robertson is denied by a superb Jamie MacDonald save from close range and the ball is scrambled clear for a corner as James McPake looked set to fire home.

    It's still goalless but for how long? Hearts are struggling to stem the ferocious Hibs tide.

  35. 1917: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Levein

    "Pat Fenlon will be thinking: 'we've had so much of the game but it's still 0-0'. They'll be keen to avoid any silly mistakes."

  36. 1918: 

    What a save. WHAT. A. SAVE.

    Scott Robertson rifles a volley from just inside the right hand side of the box but Jamie MacDonald, displaying Ninja-like reflexes, throws out a huge mitt to send the ball spinning onto the bar and then to safety.

    Incredible save, take a bow son!

  37. 1919: 
    BBC Scotland's Billy Dodds at Easter Road

    "I thought it was in. What a save."

  38. 1920: 

    James Collins, running at the back-tracking Hearts defence, takes the ball to the edge of the area before fizzing in a low, swerving shot that the impressive MacDonald palms away for a corner.

    Hearts are on the ropes with 20 minutes gone but, incredibly, it remains goalless.

  39. 1921:  
    Liam McLeod, Football Commentator, BBC Scotland

    "It's difficult to see Hearts seeing this out the way things are going."

  40. 1923: 
    Capital punishment
    League Cup quarter-final at Easter Road

    Hibs came roaring out of the traps, pinning Hears in their own half with a merciless pounding in the opening 20 minutes, but they couldn't find a way past Jamie MacDonald.


    Little Hayley: "This is the best Hibs have played for a while and what a team to do it against #GGTTH #bbcsportscot"

    Andrew Priestley: "Was Jamie MacDonald a cat in a previous life? Incredible reflexes and agility. #bbcsportscot"

    Ross Quinn: "From a Hibee that save by Jamie McDonald is why he should be called up before we go dredging the lower leagues."

  42. 1925: 

    Motherwell: Nielsen, Ramsden, Hutchinson, McManus, Hammell, Carswell, Lasley, Lawson, Francis-Angol, Sutton, Anier. Subs: McFadden, McHugh, Kerr, Stewart, Ainsworth.

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Shaughnessy, Anderson, Reynolds, Robertson, Hayes, Flood, Jack, Pawlett, Zola, McGinn. Subs: Considine, Vernon, Robson, Wylde, Weaver.

    Referee: John Beaton

  43. 1927: 

    With Hibs' formidable domination, Hibs boss Pat Fenlon should already be dreaming of toasting success later tonight by sitting with pipe & slippers, enjoying a cup of coco and Noel Coward's Greatest Hits.

    However, the Hearts defence has stood firm and we await the opening goal of a thrilling cup tie.

  44. 1929: 

    Emboldened by weathering the Hibs storm, Hearts venture forward and Ryan Stevenson shows some clever footwork on the edge of the box before rifling in a shot that finds the side-netting.

    Close, very close. Much better from the Jambos. I wonder if Ronnie Corbett was on the edge of his seat there?


    Jim in Renfrew: "Where are all the Hearts fans? Also, surely if Celtic made the Scottish Cup final they wouldn't have home advantage? They'd be allocated a certain amount of tickets?"

  46. 1932: 

    Hearts defender Danny Wilson earns the first booking of the evening for a foul on Lewis Stevenson. No quarter asked, nor given so far in a pulsating League Cup quarter-final tie.

  47. 1933: 
    GOAL- Hibs 0-1 Hearts (Stevenson 33mins)

    We have the opening goal and what a goal it is. Hearts, who have endured a torrid opening half-hour, take the lead in style as Ryan Stevenson thunders an unstoppable shot high past Ben Williams.

    Stevenson is booked for his celebrations - replete with cupping his hand to his ear as he races back down the pitch - and the visiting fans are going bananas.

  48. 1935: 
    BBC Scotland's Billy Dodds at Easter Road

    "This is stunning. From absolutely nowhere, the game is turned on its head."


    Scotbot: "#bbcsportscot Rumours of Hearts' demise in this Edinburgh derby have been greatly exaggerated."

  50. 1938: 

    Sitting down and taking a long drink from a bottle of water, a bewildered-looking Hibs boss Pat Fenlon enjoys a moment of quiet inside the home dugout to try to get his head around the scoreline. His side have pounded Hearts but trail to that Ryan Stevenson thunderbolt.

  51. 1939: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Levein

    "When you get the goal against the run of play, you suddenly think it might be your day..."

  52. 1940: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Fir Park

    "The Fir Park stadium is gradually filling up but not as busy as you would expect with just 10 minutes before kick-off.

    "Aberdeen are reportedly bringing in the region of 1,500-2,000 fans tonight and are spread over the two tiers of the away end."

  53. 1941: 

    Suddenly, the Hibs defence are looking far from convincing, and the unmarked Jamie Walker sends a header wide of goal.

  54. 1942: 

    Ah, the ubiquitous Edinburgh derby stramash. Rowan Vine and Scott Robertson for Hibs, and Jason Holt for the visitors are all shown yellow cards for a bit of handbags-at-dawn after a late challenge.

  55. 1943: 
    Ryan Stevenson celebrates firing Hearts in front

    Ryan Stevenson fired Hearts in front with a thunderbolt beyond the despairing Ben Williams; it was reminiscent of a goal Josimar scored at Mexico 86. An incredible strike!

  56. 1945: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Fir Park

    "Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald and St Mirren assistant boss Tommy Craig are among the interested spectators here."


    Andrew Priestley: "If you'd have told me on the 20-min mark that Hearts would be leading this game 1-0 at half-time, I'd have called you crazy! #bbcsportscot"

  58. 1946: 
    HALF-TIME- Hibs 0-1 Hearts

    Ryan Stevenson's howitzer separates the sides at the break in a pulsating Edinburgh derby. Hibs have been foiled by a combination of the woodwork and some inspired goalkeeping by Jamie MacDonald.

  59. 1947: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Fir Park

    "Motherwell's Estonian striker has the first effort on goal as he drags a shot wide from 20 yards. He's already scored against Aberdeen this season and it only took him one minute last time.

    "Fir Park very noisy with drums and loud singing from both fans."


    Tom Masters: "What a screamer from Stevenson, scores when he wants #bbcsportscot"


    Ross Quinn: "45 minutes til Fenlon gets the sack... Robertson ineffectual bar 1 shot. Vine just a Grizzly Adams lookalike. Collins absent."

  62. 1950: 

    Motherwell have the ball in the net through striker John Sutton, but the hitman's celebrations are cut short as referee John Beaton chalks it off. An Aberdeen defender cleared the ball off a Motherwell player and Sutton picked up the scraps, but referee Beaton didn't make the decision immediately so the big Englishman had to cut short his celebrations.


    Graeme Aitken: "On the balance of play, that goal was fully deserved...ha ha ha ha ha ha.."

  64. 1953: 

    We're still awaiting them opening goal at Cappielow, where Morton are holding their own against Tommy Wright's St Johnstone.

  65. 1955: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Levein

    "Hibs should've been four in front before Hearts got their goal. To be stunned by the goal, they've been taken aback. It'll be interesting to see if Pat Fenlon makes any changes."

  66. 1956: 

    Aberdeen are down to 10 men at Fir Park, Joe Shaughnessy is given his marching orders for a late, sliding challenge on Zaine Francis-Angol on the halfway line and the Dons fans are unhappy with referee John Beaton.

  67. 1958: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Fir Park

    "Shaughnessy is shown a straight red card for a lunge on Motherwell's Zaine Francis-Angol. Referee John Beaton didn't hesitate this time. It looked like a definite yellow but Dons' players were shocked to see the red card come out. A big blow for the visitors."

  68. 2000: 

    BBC Sportsound's Derek Ferguson believes Morton are beginning to "boss" the Cup tie against St Johnstone. Morton are looking the likelier to break the deadlock and have been sharper than Tommy Wright's men in the first half at Cappielow.

  69. 2001: 

    We're back under way at Easter Road, can Hibs claw their way back into this fascinating Cup tie?

  70. 2002: 
    BBC Scotland pundit Willie Miller at Fir Park

    "I think Joe Shaughnessy can feel hard done by there for that tackle on Angol, it deserved a yellow at best for me."

  71. 2004: 

    Hibs begin the second half as they started the first: on the attack. Kevin Thomson tries to find Rowan Vine on the edge of the area but Vine can't find a team-mate with an adventurous dink and the chance is lost.

  72. 2005: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Fir Park

    "Aberdeen forward Calvin Zola is withdrawn as Andrew Considine comes on to shore up the defence. Niall McGinn will have a hard shift tonight playing on his own up top. The Dons have had not had an effort on goal yet."

  73. 2007: 

    Dougie Imrie, who scored the winner against Celtic in the previous round, tests St Johnstone keeper Alan Mannus with a strike from distance but it's comfortably gathered. It remains goalless at Cappielow.

  74. 2008: 

    Kevin McHattie clears a Hibs cross under the close attention of Rowan Vine but the hosts work the ball back across goal. Frustratingly for Hibs, there's no takers and Hearts clear.

  75. 2010: 

    Rowan Vine spins his marker and fires a low shot that whistles narrowly wide of Jamie MacDonald's goal. Pat Fenlon's side continue to plug away in search of an equaliser.

  76. 2014: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Levein

    "I'm pretty sure Gary Locke will be telling his Hearts players to dig in and make Hibs commit more men forward."

  77. 2015: 

    Aberdee's Peter Pawlett is taken out of the game by Shaun Hutchinson in a similar manner to the tackle by red-carded Joe Shaughnessy. The result is a yellow card from referee John Beaton, to the chagrin of the Aberdeen fans.

  78. 2016: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Fir Park

    "Zaine Francis-Angol being booed at every opportunity by the Aberdeen support who clearly feel he made too much of Joe Shaughnessy's challenge."


    Latta78: "Following updates online from Hong Kong at 4am, can you possibly make it Dons are 5-0 so I can go back to sleep? #LongNight"

    If you're still awake at such an eye-watering hour, may I suggest indulging in a quick game of Football Manager to see if you can mastermind such a scoreline. Then, you can check my updates later?

  80. 2017: 
    HALF-TIME- Morton 0-0 St Johnstone

    Goalless at Cappielow at the break and Allan Moore's men are providing St Johnstone with a stern test.

  81. 2018: 

    Frustrated Hibs midfielder Kevin Thomson earns a yellow card as, with a little over half an hour remaining, Hibs bare their teeth in the face of dogged Hearts determination and some obdurate defending.

  82. 2020:  
    Liam McLeod, Football Commentator, BBC Scotland

    "Hibs fans are getting restless, very restless."

  83. 2021: 

    Hibs struggle to clear a corner and the ball eventually falls to defender Kevin McHattie. His low strike is claimed by Hibs keeper Ben Williams at the second attempt.

  84. 2021: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller at Fir Park

    "Motherwell's Paul Lawson has had about four wild shots at goal that have really been the wrong decision. In saying that, only one of them has to pay off!"


    Anonymous: "As ever, no pace or quality from Hibs. We never ever really look like scoring. Vine could well be Hibs' worst-ever player. Pat, please think long and hard about what you are doing at our club as it's clearly not working no matter what you keep saying."

  86. 2022: 

    Ross Caldwell replaces James Collins as Hibs search for a spark to find an equaliser and retain their interest in the League Cup...

  87. 2024: 

    Jordan McGhee becomes the fifth Hearts player to receive a yellow card as he ploughs through Ryan McGivern with a late, late, sliding challenge.


    Andy Gove: "#bbcsportscot Is Rowan Vine growing a beard until he scores? Been a long time since his last goal by the look of things!"

    He'll need to be 'razor' sharp to get Hibs back into this tie...

  89. 2026: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Fir Park

    "In a rare foray forward for Aberdeen, Jonny Hayes clips in a cross at head height and Motherwell 'keeper Gunnar Nielsen can't hold on to it. Luckily for the Faroe Islander, Stephen McManus was there to boot the ball clear with Niall McGinn eyeing a tap in."

  90. 2027: 
    Aberdeen's Joe Shaughnessy is given his marching orders

    Aberdeen were reduced to 10 men when Joe Shaughnessy was sent off following a challenge on Zaine Francis-Angol.

  91. 2030: 
    HALF-TIME- Motherwell 0-0 Aberdeen

    Aberdeen have been dealt another blow here as left-back Clark Robertson is injured and unable to continue. The Scotland under 21 defender is being stretchered off. Scott Vernon is his replacement. Niall McGinn nicks the ball off Shaun Hutchinson and bears down on goal before a last ditch Stephen McManus challenge thwarts him. That's half-time and the Dons have coped well despite being down to 10 men. Motherwell looked like they'd coast it but have lost their momentum.

  92. 2031: 

    Hibs boss Pat Fenlon has his head in his hands. Liam Craig springs the offside trap but, from seven yards, sends his shot straight at Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald who makes the save.


    Scotbot: "Lay off Rowan Vine. No wonder he's not scoring many goals these days; he's does a hard shift lumberjacking."

    Latta78: "FM's a great idea, if only I'd brought it with me!! Unfortunately can only get 'Get it on with Burnett' on iPlayer, #SadFace"

  94. 2033: 

    The second half gets under way at Cappielow.

  95. 2034: 

    Lewis Stevenson is booked for flooring the flying Jason Holt; Hearts have about 13 minutes plus added time to hold on and claim a place in the last four of the League Cup at their Edinburgh rivals' expense.

  96. 2036: 

    Hearts boss Gary Locke, arms folded and stony-faced, looks on as young side begin to think about claiming a famous win. He must be feeling nervous now; they're so close to claiming a place in the last four...

  97. 2037: 

    Hibs attack down the left, Rowan Vine whips in a cross but defender Danny Wilson rises to head powerfully clear. Hearts are defending ferociously as we enter the final 10 minutes at Easter Road.

  98. 2039: 
    Too close to call at Cappielow
    Morton v St Johnstone

    Morton and St Johnstone went in goalless at half-time...

  99. 2041: 
    RED CARD- James McPake (Hibs)

    Things are going bad to worse for Hibs as captain James McPake is given a straight red for a high challenge on Callum Paterson.


    Edinburgh Tom: "#bbcsportscot If Hibs lose this, Fenlon's gonna be in big trouble for making that Zoubir substitution so late."

  101. 2044: 

    Scott Robertson is booked as Hibernian's frantic efforts become more ragged. Hearts have three minutes plus added time to see out this Cup tie.

    Can Hibs find a late, late equaliser to force extra-time?


    Tom Masters: "Dreadful behaviour from McPake, no need for that in the modern game #bbcsportscot"

    Paul Anthony Cassidy: "James McPake never fails to disappoint. The definition of bomb scare!"

  103. 2046: 

    We're back under way at Fir Park...

  104. 2048: 

    Three additional minutes at Easter Road, Hibs are frantically pressing for an equaliser. The home fans are rumbling in discontent.

  105. 2049: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Levein

    "Hibs are throwing everybody forward in the hope of forcing a Hearts mistake..."

  106. 2050: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Fir Park

    "Motherwell scream for a penalty just after half-time as Henri Anier is felled at the corner of the box by Mark Reynolds. Referee John Beaton says no."

  107. 2051: 

    Rowan Vine's cross is hungrily gathered by Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald. Hearts on the cusp of an incredible win.

  108. 2052: 
    FULL-TIME- Hibs 0-1 Hearts

    Talk about contrasting emotions: the high-fiving Hearts players trot over to the visiting fans to raucous acclaim; the Hibs players trudge dejectedly down the tunnel as the few remaining Hibs fans show their disapproval with a chorus of boos. Hearts defended valiantly and took their chance with a glorious strike by Ryan Stevenson.

  109. 2053: 
    Hearts goal hero Ryan Stevenson

    "It's a massive result for us and one we want to build on. Hibs really came at us in the first 25 minutes and we'll take this victory."


    George Berman: "Outstanding tactical nous from Locke to toy with Hibs early doors before a routine strike from Stevenson..."


    Andrew Priestley: "Now that's what I call a smash-and-grab win! This result will give Hearts some real momentum to take into the league with them"

  112. 2059: 

    Motherwell have yet to make their numerical advantage pay against 10-man Aberdeen at Fir Park. Speaking before tonight's tie, Dons boss Derek McInnes said it was too difficult to describe either side as favourites and that's proving the case.

  113. 2100: 

    'Well come close to breaking the deadlock as Stuart Carswell sees his effort brilliantly saved by Dons keeper Jamie Langfield. Goalkeepers are on fire tonight!


    DD Johnston: "Where would we be without H1b5? Even in our darkest hour, Hearts can always rely on the staggering ineptitude of the wee team #bbcsportscot"

  115. 2101: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Fir Park

    "Fifteen minutes gone in the second half and Aberdeen are still hanging in there - although venturing forward is not something they're able to make a habit of.

    "Motherwell force a great save from Jamie Langfield as Zaine Francis-Angol's cut-back is driven in by Stuart Carswell."

  116. 2103: 
    Hearts goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald

    "You could see the fight in the boys tonight and with a bit of the rub of the green we've got a result. It's a great feeling walking into that dressing room with the win."

  117. 2104: 
    Former Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths

    "Game should've been over at half time! Missed Chances cost Hibs dearly! Depressed heading down the road now!! Keep the heads up Hibs fans!!!"


    Scotbot: "With Hibs out of the League Cup, they can now focus on the Scottish Cup. It's not as if they haven't got much to play for."

  119. 2107: 

    Morton took Celtic to extra-time in the previous round before progressing: can they do the same against St Johnstone? Chances have been at a premium at Cappielow...

  120. 2109: 
    Heart-breaker for Hibs at Easter Road
    A jubilant Gary Locke salutes the Hearts fans

    Hearts boss Gary Locke was delighted at full-time, saluting the visiting fans following a pulsating Edinburgh derby.

    "It was a fantastic result. Jamie MacDonald earned his corn with one or two fantastic saves. We've put in a really good performance tonight and we need to take that into the league games."

  121. 2112: 

    Shaun Hutchinson rises to meet Lionel Ainsworth's corner but sees his header cannon back off the bar with Jamie Langfield well and truly beaten.

  122. 2114: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Fir Park

    "Shaun Hutchinson's header cracks the crossbar from Lionel Ainsworth's corner kick as we move inside the final 20 minutes. The Aberdeen rearguard is coping - just!"

  123. 2116: 
    Hibs boss Pat Fenlon
    Hibs boss Pat Fenlon

    "We're bitterly disappointed. We dominated the match but didn't take our chances. They had one chance and took it with a fantastic strike. We created four or give chances in the game. If you create those in a derby game, you expect to win the game. The goalkeeper's made some great saves."

  124. 2120: 
    GOAL- Morton 0-1 St Johnstone (McDonald)

    St Johnstone take the lead just as extra-time looked odds on at Cappielow; Gary McDonald scrambling the ball home from close range!

  125. 2121: 
    FULL-TIME- Morton 0-1 St Johnstone

    Premiership outfit St Johnstone are through to the semi-finals of the League Cup.

  126. 2123: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 0-1 Aberdeen (Considine)

    Ten-man Aberdeen take the lead as Andrew Considine powers a header home past Gunna Nielsen.

  127. 2124: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Fir Park

    "GOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!! Andrew Considine, who came on when Joe Shaughnessy was red carded, heads home Jonny Hayes's corner at the back post! Cue a huge blast of 'Stand Free' from the away support. Can the Dons hold on?"

  128. 2125: 

    The Aberdeen fans are creating a mighty din at Fir Park after taking the lead through Considine's bullet header. And the Dons spurn a glorious chance to double their lead as Scott Vernon takes a fresh air swipe at Niall McGinn's centre.

  129. 2127: 

    Lionel Ainsworth sends in a sumptuous cross but Motherwell defender Stephen McManus wastes a great chance to equalise. What a finish to the game at Fir Park!


    Andrew Priestley: "Heart-break for Morton, they didn't deserve to go out of the cup like that. They fought bravely..."

    Ali: "What a night of cup football! Hearts and Aberdeen (with 2 mins to go). Against all odds."

  131. 2129: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Willie Miller at Fir Park

    "Aberdeen have done the hard part by getting the goal and it's up to Motherwell to get the ball back off them."

  132. 2131: 

    Niall McGinn bears down on goal with a thunderous run before fizzing a shot just over the bar. It wastes a few more precious seconds as 10-man Aberdeen look to hold on for the win.

  133. 2132: 
    GOAL- Motherwell 0-2 Aberdeen (Hayes)

    Like Valencia on the counter attack under Hector Cuper, Aberdeen break from a Motherwell corner and Jonny Hayes shows great composure to find the net. Incredible stuff, just incredible!

  134. 2133: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Fir Park

    "Jonny Hayes makes it two as Aberdeen break on the counter in injury time. He smashes it into the near post top corner after being fed by Scott Vernon. The Aberdeen support goes wild!"

  135. 2134: 
    FULL-TIME- Motherwell 0-2 Aberdeen

    Ten-man Aberdeen are through to the last four of the League Cup, courtesy of late goals by Andrew Considine and Jonny Hayes, Not unlike Hearts, the Dons defended superbly after losing Joe Shaughnessy and took their chance with ruthless efficiency...

  136. 2136: 
    Ten-man Aberdeen endure
    Andrew Considine celebrates his goal at Fir Park

    Goals from Andrew Considine and Jonny Hayes saw 10-man Aberdeen claim a memorable League Cup win at Motherwell.

  137. 2138: 

    Reports reaching us of between 50 and 100 Hibs supporters outside Easter Road protesting over manager Pat Fenlon's tenure...

  138. 2140: 

    BBC Sportsound's Charlie Mann at Cappielow to see St Johnstone scramble a late winner, says no-one from Morton will speak after the game because of their unhappiness concerning Gary McDonald's winner...

  139. 2141: 
    Teams in tomorrow's draw for League Cup semi-finals



    Inverness CT

    St Johnstone

    The draw will be made at Hampden at 15:00 GMT.

  140. 2145: 
    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

    "The supporters were fantastic and it shows how special this club is.

    "And they've got a team doing everything they can for them. We're playing well enough but the semi-finals aren't until February. We're not arrogant enough to think we're there yet."


    Andrew Priestley: "Still struggling to come to terms with that Hearts win earlier on! How they won is beyond me. Jamie MacDonald was magnificent. #bbcsportscot"

    Edinburgh Tom: "Fans still protesting at Easter Road."


    Deep Extra Cover: "A great last four in the Scottish League Cup! Anyone can beat anyone, and any of them can win it! #bbcsportscot"

    St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright

    "We had the character to keep going but you also have to give Morton credit. We showed hunger and desire to get a winner. When Stevie May is over a free-kick then anything can happen. It's come off the keeper and we've followed it in; Gary McDonald's stuck it in.

    "We're happy to come through the tie and have a big game to look forward to. To get a goal that late, maybe fortune's favouring us.."

    Motherwell boss Stuart McCall

    "I couldn't feel any lower at the moment. Looking at the (Sutton disallowed goal) decision, it just sums up how things are going for us.

    "We couldn't have had a better chance against a spirited 10 men but I don't want to sound like a whinge-bag."

  145. 2200: 

    What an incredible evening. Hearts earn bragging rights in the Edinburgh derby and a place in the last-four of the League Cup with a Ryan Stevenson-inspired victory at profligate Hibs.

    St Johnstone leave it late to book their place in the semi-finals with Gary McDonald's winner at Morton and 10-man Aberdeen hit shell-shocked Motherwell with two late goals at Fir Park.

    Thanks for your company tonight, we'll have all the reaction on our website and details of that semi-final draw tomorrow afternoon at 3pm. Cheers.

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