Scottish League Cup - Quarter-Final
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Scottish League Cup: Hibernian 3-0 Dundee United

By Tom EnglishBBC Scotland
Hibs' David Gray celebrates opening the scoring
David Gray (centre) opened the scoring

Hibernian strolled impressively into the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup with a commanding victory over Premiership outfit Dundee United.

A thumping first-half hit from full-back David Gray, a Jason Cummings penalty on the hour and a deflected Lewis Stevenson shot in the last seconds put Alan Stubbs' team into the last four.

United had a chance to make a fight of it when Simon Murray was put through 12 minutes from time, but Mark Oxley in the Hibs goal denied the striker.

The Championship promotion hopefuls now join Celtic, Ross County and St Johnstone in the semi-final draw on Monday.

Buzzing Hibs sting Terrors

This wasn't so much the clash of two teams but the clash of two cultures.

Hibs are buzzing these days. They're making chances and scoring goals, they're conceding little at the back and playing with verve and hunger all around the pitch.

United had the comfort of a win, at last, against Ross County at the weekend, but their recovery was halted emphatically in its tracks right from the get-go.

We wondered if Hibs could match the high-octane tempo they showed when beating Rangers on Sunday - and they did.

In the opening 15 minutes, they carved out three decent chances, their front three of Cummings, James Keatings and Dominique Malonga causing havoc.

United didn't know what to do with any of them. Behind the front three, John McGinn, tidy as you like, pulled the strings. All around the pitch, Hibs displayed a hunger for work and an accuracy in possession that Mixu Paatelainen's side couldn't get near.

Hibs' Jason Cummings celebrates his goal
Jason Cummings scored Hibs' second goal from the penalty spot in Edinburgh

The opening goal came on the back of more of that heavy pressure. Keatings had just forced a save from Michal Szromnik in the United goal, a prelude to Mark Durnan pulling off a goal-saving tackle on Cummings.

The United goal was being peppered so often that it was inevitable that the breakthrough would come.

It arrived courtesy of Gray, who rifled a shot past Szromnik in the midst of the onslaught.

The visitors had to content themselves with playing on the break - and it rarely worked.

McGinn almost made it 2-0 direct from a corner, Szromnik scrambling madly to keep it out. It was a frenetic scene in the United defence and a story of their night.

They were vulnerable so often. A sitting duck to a team that is bursting with ideas and goal-threat.

Cummings goal machine

Paatelainen would have given his players a rocket at the break, but it did no good. Less than a minute into the new half, Keatings thumped a shot off Szromnik's post.

Paatelainen and Stubbs interview

United had a moment, when Ryan McGowan flicked an effort on goal, but Stevenson dealt with it comfortably enough and away went Hibs again.

Chances came in a steady flow and soon the second goal arrived too. John Rankin was done for handball in the box and Cummings punished him.

There was scarcely a shred of doubt that he would put it away. The striker has now scored in his last six games. A precious goal machine.

Murray had that chance late on, but he fluffed it. Farid El Alagui came off the bench for Hibs and fluffed one of his own, the fluff to beat all fluffs. It didn't matter.

Stevenson might have been fortunate to see his shot at the end deflect past Szromnik, but the three-goal advantage was entirely just.

Four, five or six goals would have been just. The gulf in class was that wide.

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Oxley
  • 2Gray
  • 5Fontaine
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 19KeatingsSubstituted forBoyleat 83'minutes
  • 8FyvieBooked at 56mins
  • 3HendersonBooked at 67mins
  • 18McGinnSubstituted forMcGregorat 68'minutes
  • 35Cummings
  • 7MalongaSubstituted forEl Alaguiat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9El Alagui
  • 17Boyle
  • 20Feruz
  • 21Carmichael
  • 24McGregor
  • 25Eckersley
  • 31Reguero

Dundee Utd

  • 21Szromnik
  • 4Souttar
  • 12McGowan
  • 17DurnanBooked at 47mins
  • 2Dillon
  • 20Spittal
  • 8Rankin
  • 22Fraser
  • 25KuhlSubstituted forMurrayat 71'minutes
  • 29Taggart
  • 7Mckay

Substitutes

  • 15Murray
  • 16Telfer
  • 18Connolly
  • 28Donaldson
  • 30Bodul
  • 40Robson
  • 51Zwick
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
11,891

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home24
Away11
Shots on Target
Home15
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hibernian 3, Dundee United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hibernian 3, Dundee United 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Hibernian 3, Dundee United 0. Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

  4. Post update

    Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ryan McGowan (Dundee United).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by John Souttar.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Blair Spittal.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Michal Szromnik.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Farid El Alagui (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Farid El Alagui replaces Dominique Malonga.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Martin Boyle replaces James Keatings.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Lewis Stevenson.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Fraser Fyvie.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Mark Oxley.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Simon Murray (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by David Gray.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott Fraser (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Billy McKay (Dundee United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Dundee United. Simon Murray replaces Aaron Kuhl.

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