Scottish League Cup - Quarter-final
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Hibernian 3-2 Livingston

Martin Boyle scores
Martin Boyle fired the ball home from an angle to draw Hibs level at 2-2

Anthony Stokes scored the crucial spot-kick as Hibernian beat Livingston in a five-goal thriller to reach the semi-finals of the League Cup.

Livi took the lead through Alan Lithgow's header but Danny Swanson's first Hibs goal drew the hosts level.

Raffaele De Vita's fine turn and finish sent Livi ahead again but Martin Boyle squared it before the break.

With extra time looming, Livi's Nikolay Todorov brought down Paul Hanlon in the box and Stokes fired home the penalty.

Both sides made a host of changes for this one and the home side made the brighter start to proceedings, with Boyle and Stokes having shots blocked by Nikolay Todorov and Craig Halkett.

Alan Lithgow scores
Alan Lithgow gave Livingston an early lead with a towering header

Livi goalkeeper Neil Alexander was then called upon to save from a Stokes header that looked destined for the bottom corner.

Hibs' recent problems have been at the back and those frailties were exposed by Livi on their first foray forward. De Vita floated in a free-kick and Lithgow rose above the defence to power in a header that gave goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw no chance.

Danny Swanson made the move from St Johnstone to his boyhood heroes in the summer and after a spell of persistent pressure he brought his side level. Boyle used his pace to drive down the right hand side and his cross was perfect for Swanson, who swept the ball high into the roof of the net.

Livingston came into the match having not lost on their travels in 2017, and after another lapse in concentration from the home defence they regained the lead.

Nicky Cadden, celebrating his 21st birthday, sent a simple cross into the box and after both Efe Ambrose and Steven Whittaker failed to clear, De Vita pounced with a stunning shot that went in off the underside of the bar.

Danny Swanson nets for Hibs
Danny Swanson's first goal for Hibs brought the home side level at 1-1.

The murmurings of discontent from the home fans could be heard inside the stadium but the Hibernian strikers continued to pile forward and once again they drew level.

Boyle played in Stokes before continuing his run into the box where he collected the return pass before driving the ball low beyond the advancing Alexander.

Livingston were well organised in the second half and some stern defending kept the home strikers at bay until a crucial mistake with only seven minutes left on the clock.

Dylan McGeouch won the ball in midfield and played in the advancing Hanlon. The challenge by Livi's Todorov was rash and the Hibernian player tumbled, with referee Bobby Madden instantly pointing to the spot.

Stokes drove the ball home with ease from the 12 yard mark to send the home fans happy in the knowledge they will be in Thursday evening's semi-final draw.

Anthony Stokes scores
Stokes scored from the spot to send Hibs into the last four of the League Cup

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 21Laidlaw
  • 2GraySubstituted forWhittakerat 13'minutes
  • 25Ambrose
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 17Boyle
  • 8SlivkaSubstituted forMcGeouchat 66'minutes
  • 6Bartley
  • 7McGinnBooked at 90mins
  • 11SwansonSubstituted forBarkerat 88'minutes
  • 28Stokes

Substitutes

  • 1Marciano
  • 3Whittaker
  • 9Matulevicius
  • 10McGeouch
  • 15Murray
  • 20Barker
  • 36Porteous

Livingston

  • 1Alexander
  • 9TodorovBooked at 87mins
  • 26HalkettBooked at 58mins
  • 4Lithgow
  • 23De VitaSubstituted forLongridgeat 43'minutes
  • 14JacobsSubstituted forMullenat 62'minutes
  • 6Byrne
  • 8Pittman
  • 11Cadden
  • 19Carrick
  • 16KnoxSubstituted forMullinat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Longridge
  • 7Mullin
  • 10Mullen
  • 15Mackin
  • 17Robinson
  • 20Maley
  • 25Brown
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
8,535

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamLivingston
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home19
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home13
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 3, Livingston 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 3, Livingston 2.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Alan Lithgow.

Hand ball by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Booking

John McGinn (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Hand ball by Shaun Byrne (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Brandon Barker replaces Danny Swanson.

Attempt missed. Dale Carrick (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Booking

Nikolay Todorov (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marvin Bartley (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nikolay Todorov (Livingston).

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 3, Livingston 2. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Hibernian. Paul Hanlon draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Nikolay Todorov (Livingston) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Josh Mullin.

Foul by Danny Swanson (Hibernian).

Daniel Mullen (Livingston) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Steven Whittaker (Hibernian) header from the right side of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Danny Swanson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alan Lithgow (Livingston).

Attempt missed. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Craig Halkett.

Attempt missed. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jackson Longridge.

Marvin Bartley (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Shaun Byrne (Livingston).

Attempt missed. Steven Whittaker (Hibernian) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Efe Ambrose (Hibernian).

Daniel Mullen (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Dylan McGeouch replaces Vykintas Slivka.

Attempt missed. Daniel Mullen (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Vykintas Slivka.

Foul by Steven Whittaker (Hibernian).

Daniel Mullen (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Craig Halkett.

Attempt blocked. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Daniel Mullen replaces Keaghan Jacobs.

Booking

Craig Halkett (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Danny Swanson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Falkirk44001311212
2Inverness CT42115328
3Stirling42116517
4Brechin401319-82
5Forfar4013310-71

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dunfermline42201331010
2Peterhead43017619
3Hearts42117437
4East Fife411236-34
5Elgin4004213-110

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd4310102811
2Dundee431082610
3Raith Rovers42029546
4Cowdenbeath4103511-63
5Buckie Thistle4004315-120

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian43101311210
2Ross County422080810
3Arbroath412167-16
4Montrose4103215-133
5Alloa401328-61

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ayr44001531212
2Kilmarnock43019369
3Clyde4202711-46
4Annan Athletic4013210-82
5Dumbarton401328-61

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Motherwell44001221012
2Morton42118628
3Queen's Park42119907
4Edinburgh City4013312-92
5Berwick401347-31

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hamilton422011659
2Albion413012937
3Queen of Sth41306427
4East Kilbride411259-45
5Stenhousemuir401339-62

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Livingston431083511
2Partick Thistle431092710
3St Mirren42029726
4Airdrieonians4103410-63
5Stranraer4004412-80
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