Hibs will contest their first Scottish Cup final since 2016 after a comfortable 2-0 win over Dundee United at Hampden Park.

Kevin Nisbet scored a fine effort to set Hibs on their way before Christian Doidge’s strike 12 minutes after the interval sealed their place in the showpiece final. Dundee United have been left aggrieved after Doidge’s decisive goal appeared offside. Hibs will now face St Johnstone or St Mirren in their 15th Scottish Cup final on May 22nd.

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Hibs will contest theScottishCup final. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Jack Ross’ team have been to Hampden twice before this fixture in the 2020/21 campaign, losing last season’s Scottish Cup semi-final to rivals Hearts before a bitter League Cup exit to St Johnstone at the same stage. But despite the circumstances they scored their second goal in, Hibs always looked the likely winners.

Jackson Irvine fired high and wide and Doidge had a sight of Deniz Mehmet in the Dundee United goal before the half-hour mark. Nisbet missed a big chance after 26 minutes when he guided his shot inside the box wide of the right-hand post, but made up for things two minutes later.

After some great link-up play with Irvine, Nisbet picked the ball up outside the box and rifled into the net. Hibs looked to be relishing their favourites tag in the competition, with Dundee United and St Johnstone or St Mirren standing between them and silverware. Things looked beyond doubt after the break.

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Doidge netted. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

More technical excellence from the Hibs front three allowed Doidge in behind to double Hibs’ lead with a low strike but there was even further dejection for United, replays showing the Welsh striker was in a offside position. It didn’t seem to bother the Tannadice club in the heat of the moment as they desperately sought a way back into the game.

Lawrence Shankland was excellently denied by Hibs goalkeeper Matt Macey two minutes after Doidge’s effort before Marc McNulty’s shot sailed wide. Jamie Robson’s hit was the big one in the closing stages, a flick from eight yards out trundling past the post. Nisbet and Jamie Murphy both had late efforts saved by United keeper Mehmet.

 

Hibs had blown a 2-0 lead against Motherwell at the quarter-final stage, conceding twice in the final 12 minutes as they were forced to book this tie on penalties. United eventually ran out of steam but they will ponder – despite Hibs’ good play – what could have been after Doidge’s debatable goal. Here are three things we learned.

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A solid Hibs display. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Game management

The question of Hibs’ mentality was brought up again this week as they faced another semi-final. They had lost two already this season and in games which they were fancied to win. Again Hibs were the favourites and while they weren’t playing their best football this season, the Easter Road club managed the game very well and scored at crucial times.

Offside heartache

Over the piece, Hibs probably deserved to go through on the passage of play. But Dundee United will be furious as they watch Doidge’s second goal back, looking to be in an offside position. 2-0 made it too much for the Tannadice club but in truth they never managed enough over the 90 minutes to warrant a final place.

Stars aligning?

Conrad Logan might have been watching this with a smile on his face. Last time Hibs reached the Scottish Cup final, they had to overcome a stern test from Dundee United in the semi-finals. They went on to win the cup in 2016 and ended this game with the two centre-backs from that famous day, Paul Hanlon and Darren McGregor.

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