Christian Doidge opened the scoring for Hibs. Boyle slipped him in behind the United defence and the Welshman made no mistake with the finish.
As the half time whistle beckoned, Shankland got his 25th goal of the season. Ian Harkes slipped him in and after showing some good composure, he slotted the ball past Ofir Marciano.
Just after the restart, however, Hibs were back in front. Boyle was again running at the United backline, this time opting to go alone, finding the net with a sweet bottom corner strike. United were to strike back again though through an outstanding Louis Appere curler.
It was enough to secure a draw as both sides got their names in the hat for the last 16 draw. A replay at Easter Road on January 28th will settle who progresses to that round. Here are three things we learned.
Shankland passes Premiership test
This was a big afternoon for the Scotland international. Prior to this game he’d only scored once against top flight opposition. Whilst prolific in the Championship, many were watching eagerly to see if he could continue his goalscoring form against an elite Premiership side.
The first half was quiet but Shankland only needs one moment to make a difference. Great calmness was shown to find space to convert his only opportunity of the half to bring United level.
it showed that no matter who he’s facing right now, Shankland can come up with the goods.
On the Boyle
He’s had a tough year with injury but now Hibs’ star winger is really motoring. Boyle was the architect of all things good in Hibs’ attacking endeavours, getting a goal and an assist for his efforts.
It’s six goals and four assists from 17 appearances this season now. For how much he has missed, Boyle deserves huge credit for still turning in consistent end product.
His importance to this Hibs side just now is growing by the week.
Tie of the round lives up to billing
When the fourth round draw was made, this Tannadice tie was seen by many as the pick of the draw. It lived up to that hype and delivered one of the best matches from a great weekend of cup action.
Fierce tackles, good saves from the keepers, drama and plenty of quality goals to feast upon. This game had a bit of everything and it made for fantastic as United looked to prove their Premiership credentials.
Both teams didn’t even hit top gear for parts of this clash. If the Easter Road replay allows both sides to hit top form, it could bring about another brilliant cup tie.