Scottish Cup - Fifth Round
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Hibernian 3-1 Raith Rovers: Hibs ease through to Scottish Cup quarter-finals

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Goals: Hibernian 3-1 Raith Rovers

Marc McNulty scored his first Hibernian goal as the Premiership side eased past Raith Rovers to secure a place in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.

First-half strikes by Daryl Horgan and Vykintas Slivka put Hibs firmly in control.

And on-loan Reading forward McNulty slotted home in the second half.

League One Raith pulled a goal back when Euan Murray headed in Nathan Flaganan's corner.

Hibernian were led once again by Eddie May and Grant Murray as the club deliberate over appointing a new head coach. Under their guidance, they rarely looked in danger.

Horgan collected Slivka's pass and curled past Robbie Thomson for the opener.

The Irish winger had a hand in the other two goals, his deflected cross laid off by McNulty for Slivka to finish and a long ball releasing McNulty for the third.

Raith's Murray provided them with some consolation and a bit of a rally in the final quarter-of-an-hour but the Kirkcaldy side could not repeat their 2014 cup win at Easter Road.

'Huge lift for Hibs' - analysis

BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin at Easter Road

All the pressure was on the home team and the Hibernian players managed their way through the tie with something to spare.

The recalled Horgan was a constant threat, before he had to be replaced with just under 30 minutes left and striker McNulty will be pleased to get on the scoresheet in his first start since joining the club.

The win will no doubt come as a huge lift for Hibs after Premiership defeats by Aberdeen and Celtic following the departure of head coach Neil Lennon.

May expected this to be his last game as Hibernian caretaker manager and whoever the new head coach will be will take over a squad more than capable of making further progress in this competition.

Rovers boss John McGlynn said pre-match it would be no disaster if they went out but he, along with his players, can be proud of the fight shown throughout.

'Raith didn't crumble' - reaction

Hibernian caretaker manager Eddie May: "The boys were at a decent standard, scored some very good goals and should've probably had a little bit more. The chances we created was very pleasing.

"Raith are going very well in their own league so they're always going to have spells in the game, we just have to combat that and I thought we did that extremely well."

Raith Rovers manager John McGlynn: "We've rallied round the second half. We got a goal back. As a team we didn't crumble, we stuck together.

"They didn't necessarily get round us and behind us and open us up. When you're the underdog you need the big team to play not so well, you need a flat performance. I thought Hibs played well."

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 2Gray
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 5MilliganSubstituted forWhittakerat 79'minutes
  • 8Slivka
  • 7HorganSubstituted forOmeongaat 66'minutes
  • 14Mallan
  • 9McNultySubstituted forShawat 86'minutes
  • 22Kamberi

Substitutes

  • 3Whittaker
  • 18Nelom
  • 20Bigirimana
  • 32Shaw
  • 40Omeonga
  • 41Dabrowski
  • 43Mackie

Raith Rovers

  • 1Thomson
  • 5Murray
  • 4Davidson
  • 6Benedictus
  • 3Crane
  • 11DingwallSubstituted forBuchananat 86'minutes
  • 8Gillespie
  • 14Wedderburn
  • 24BarjonasSubstituted forMatthewsat 80'minutes
  • 16Flanagan
  • 15NisbetSubstituted forDugganat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Duggan
  • 9Buchanan
  • 12Matthews
  • 17Lyness
  • 18McKay
  • 20Watson
  • 23Smith
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
9,131

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home24
Away9
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 3, Raith Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 3, Raith Rovers 1.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Euan Murray.

Attempt blocked. Vykintas Slivka (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Steven Whittaker (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Iain Davidson.

Attempt saved. Oli Shaw (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Raith Rovers).

Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Raith Rovers).

Foul by Vykintas Slivka (Hibernian).

Grant Gillespie (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Liam Buchanan replaces Tony Dingwall.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Oli Shaw replaces Marc McNulty.

Attempt missed. Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Tony Dingwall (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Euan Murray (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Ross Matthews replaces Jamie Barjonas.

Foul by Marc McNulty (Hibernian).

Grant Gillespie (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Steven Whittaker replaces Mark Milligan because of an injury.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

Attempt saved. Vykintas Slivka (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 3, Raith Rovers 1. Euan Murray (Raith Rovers) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Nathan Flanagan with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

Attempt blocked. Chris Duggan (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

Attempt missed. David Gray (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Iain Davidson.

Attempt blocked. Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Stephane Omeonga (Hibernian).

Jamie Barjonas (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Vykintas Slivka (Hibernian).

Nathan Flanagan (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Chris Duggan replaces Kevin Nisbet.

Stephane Omeonga (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nathaniel Wedderburn (Raith Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Stephane Omeonga replaces Daryl Horgan because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Tony Dingwall (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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