Scottish Cup - Quater-Finals
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Hibernian 4-0 Berwick Rangers

By Clive LindsayBBC Scotland Sport
  • Hibs second side into Scottish Cup semi-finals
  • Cummings, Stevenson, Stanton and Fontaine score
  • Hibs record fifth straight victory
  • Berwick suffer fourth consecutive defeat

Two goals in two minutes sent Hibernian on their way to a comfortable Scottish Cup victory over Berwick Rangers and a place in the semi-final draw.

The League Two strugglers were looking comfortable until striker Jason Cummings finished off Lewis Stevenson's 26th-minute defence-splitting pass.

Left-back Stevenson slotted in the second moments later.

Berwick battled bravely to stay in touch until Sam Stanton's 66th-minute finish. Liam Fontaine added a fourth.

The two sides had gone into the game with contrasting ambitions - Hibs of lifting the Scottish Cup for the first time in 113 years and Berwick simply of reaching their first ever semi-final.

Odds were stacked heavily in favour of the side sitting second in the Scottish Championship and unbeaten in 12 games emerging with their dream intact as they sought their fifth straight victory.

In contrast, Berwick had suffered three straight defeats since beating Lowland League outfit Spartans, lie second bottom of League Two and had never scored against Hibs in seven previous meetings.

Yet Colin Cameron's side started confidently and squandered the best of the early chances, with former Hibs midfielder David Gold heading nervously wide when found at the back post by a Paul Willis cross.

Hibs' Jason Cummings opens the scoring
Jason Cummings opened the scoring for Hibs against Berwick Rangers at Easter Road

Thoughts started to turn to the last Scottish Cup meeting between the sides, 35 years ago to the day, when Berwick held the Edinburgh side to a 0-0 draw before losing by a single goal in the replay at Easter Road.

However, within two minutes, it was a repeat of the 5-0 thumping Berwick suffered in their last meeting, in the League Cup in August 2011, that seemed more likely.

Stevenson played a delightful ball down the left wing to find Cummings racing behind a static defence and the striker's half-hit side-foot slipped under advancing goalkeeper Billy Bald.

Almost straight from the re-start, Stevenson turned from provider to scorer as he charged to the edge of the Berwick penalty area and played a neat one-two with Dominique Malonga before steering the ball into the far corner.

A Fraser Fyvie shot flashed over the Berwick crossbar, but Berwick stemmed the tide flowing towards their own goal and former Hibs midfielder Lee Currie delivered a warning to Hibs with a shot across goalkeeper Mark Oxley.

The Wee Rangers were still in the game until a Malonga shot blocked by Bald fell for substitute Stanton to slot home with the midfielder's first touch of the game after 66 minutes.

Defender Fontaine rose to put the gloss on Hibs' display with a powerful header eight minutes from time.

Berwick Rangers player-manager Colin Cameron (right) in the dugout
Berwick Rangers player-manager Colin Cameron (right) missed the game through injury
Jason Cummings celebrates after opening the scoring
Striker Jason Cummings was delighted to open the scoring for Hibs
Sam Stanton celebrates after scoring for Hibs
Sam Stanton scored Hibs' third goal after 66 minutes
Liam Fontaine scored Hibs' fourth
Liam Fontaine (right) completed the scoring against Berwick Rangers at Easter Road
Hibs manager Alan Stubbs in the dugout
Hibs manager Alan Stubbs has led his side to four straight victories

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Oxley
  • 2Gray
  • 5Fontaine
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 8Robertson
  • 20AllanSubstituted forStantonat 64'minutes
  • 23McGeouchSubstituted forCraigat 74'minutes
  • 22Fyvie
  • 35Cummings
  • 24MalongaSubstituted forDja Djedjeat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Forster
  • 10Craig
  • 11Stanton
  • 19Handling
  • 29Dja Djedje
  • 30Cerny
  • 39Martin

Berwick

  • 1Bald
  • 2Jacobs
  • 5Young
  • 6Fairbairn
  • 3Drummond
  • 7GraySubstituted forLaveryat 64'minutes
  • 8CurrieBooked at 60minsSubstituted forMaxwellat 74'minutes
  • 4Notman
  • 11Willis
  • 9RussellSubstituted forHendersonat 86'minutes
  • 10Gold

Substitutes

  • 12Lavery
  • 14Dargo
  • 15Maxwell
  • 16Miller
  • 17Bauld
  • 18Henderson
  • 20Andrews
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
11,259

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamBerwick
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home18
Away8
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home12
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hibernian 4, Berwick Rangers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hibernian 4, Berwick Rangers 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Franck Dja Djedje (Hibernian) with an attempt from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Berwick Rangers. Blair Henderson replaces Andrew Russell.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Craig (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

  6. Post update

    Liam Craig (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Kerr Young (Berwick Rangers).

  8. Post update

    Liam Fontaine (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Steven Notman (Berwick Rangers).

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Hibernian 4, Berwick Rangers 0. Liam Fontaine (Hibernian) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Samuel Stanton with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by William Bald.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Liam Craig (Hibernian) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Franck Dja Djedje replaces Dominique Malonga.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Gold (Berwick Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Berwick Rangers. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Berwick Rangers. Conceded by Fraser Fyvie.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Liam Craig (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Liam Craig replaces Dylan McGeouch.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Berwick Rangers. Scott Maxwell replaces Lee Currie.

  20. Post update

    Liam Fontaine (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.