Skacel makes it heartbreak for Hibs
Hibernian 1 Heart of Midlothian 5: Fenlon hits out at his team's lack of desire and apologises to supporters after a hammering by Hearts in thoroughly one-sided all-Edinburgh Scottish Cup final
Sunday 20 May 2012
Hibernian's long wait to lift the Scottish Cup continues after they were thrashed by their Edinburgh rivals. The Easter Road side travelled to Glasgow looking to end a 110-year wait for success in the competition but ended the match with 10 men, their manager, Pat Fenlon, in the stand and their dignity in shreds. Hearts romped to victory, six years after their last Scottish Cup final triumph.
Darren Barr's first goal for Hearts and a strike from Rudi Skacel put Paulo Sergio's side into a comfortable lead against a ragged-looking Hibernian. Hibs captain, James McPake, struck just before half-time to give his side a lifeline. To say the least, they failed to grab it.
The left-back Danny Grainger scored his first Hearts goal from the penalty spot a minute into the second half after the Hibs defender Pa Kujabi had been sent off by the referee, Craig Thomson, for a foul on Suso Santana inside the box, his second bookable offence.
The Hearts right-back, Ryan McGowan, headed in goal number four three minutes later to make the rest of the match a formality, with Skacel grabbing his second from the edge of the box to complete a miserable day for the Leithers, who had Fenlon sent off seconds from the end, after the Irishman reacted to taunting from the Hearts fans.
"I'm desperately disappointed," Fenlon said of the match. "We didn't turn up, we didn't shine, we didn't deserve to win the game. We didn't show anything. The club has been like this for a while. There's no desire and we've got to change the players to change the outlook of the club. I apologise to the fans for having to sit and watch that."
Hearts had not lost to Hibernian in three years and one theory was that an early goal would ensure that run would continue. It was a notion that was to be proved correct when the Tynecastle side took the lead after just 15 minutes, although the goal came from an unlikely source.
The Hibernian defence failed to clear Grainger's corner from the left and as the ball bobbed around the penalty area, McGowan's blocked drive fell kindly to former Falkirk player Barr, who stabbed it past the goalkeeper, Mark Brown, from close range.
It looked a long way back for Hibs. In the 27th minute, after McPake had headed a Leigh Griffiths free-kick wide of the far post, the length of that journey increased when Skacel doubled Hearts' lead. The Hibernian defence was again culpable. When Ian Black passed to the Czech midfielder at the edge of the Hibs box, he was given too much time and space to turn and send his shot, helped by a deflection, past the flailing Brown.
Hearts were in almost total control and Hibernian's ineptitude was summed up in the 31st minute. Kujabi's cross found the unmarked Garry O'Connor, who flashed a shot from 16 yards high over the bar.
It was McPake who dragged the Easter Road side back into the game, albeit fleetingly, not long after he had cleared a goal-bound shot from Santana off the line. A third goal for Hearts would have surely ended the game before the interval but four minutes from the break McPake, the on-loan Coventry City defender, got on the end of an Isaiah Osbourne cross to slide the ball past Jamie MacDonald from two yards.
With the green and white hordes still celebrating, Ivan Sproule replaced Jorge Claros, but two goals in four minutes after the break put the maroon and white ribbons on the cup. Barely a minute had gone when Thomson pointed to the spot after Kujabi had grabbed Santana at the edge of the box, before sending off the Hibs defender, having booked him in the first half for a foul on the same player. Grainger slammed in the spot-kick and three minutes later McGowan made it 4-1.
Grainger's corner from the left found Skacel, whose mis-hit shot was helped on by Stephen Elliott and parried up into the air by Brown, giving McGowan an unmissable chance almost on the line. Skacel fired in his second from the edge of the box with 15 minutes left and the final indignity for Hibs came when Thomson sent Fenlon to the stand, for a gesture to the jubilant Hearts fans.
It certainly was a remarkable afternoon for Hearts.
"It's fantastic," said their manager, Sergio. "The players deserve this more than anybody so I'm very happy with that performance."
Hampden clockwatch: How the Scottish Cup was won
14 minutes Hibs fail to clear a Danny Grainger corner and the ball breaks for Darren Barr to score from close range. Pa Kujabi played him onside.
27 Rudi Skacel links with midfielder Ian Black before firing a left-foot shot which deflected in off James McPake.
31 Garry O'Connor spurns a good chance for a quick reply, shooting over from close range.
34 McPake clears off the line from Suso Santana, whose shot had beaten Mark Brown.
41 Hibs pushed forward and after a corner, Tom Soares crosses for McPake to net from close range.
46 Kujabi was adjudged to have pulled back Santana, with referee Craig Thomson awarding a penalty. Kujabi receives a red card for a second bookable offence and Grainger converts from the spot.
49 Ryan McGowan bundles in a fourth from close range after Stephen Elliott flicked Skacel's shot on.
75 Skacel slaloms through attempted tackles from Isaiah Osbourne and Soares before finding bottom corner.
Hibernian (4-4-2): Brown; Doherty, McPake, Hanlon, Kujabi; Soares (Francomb, 76), Osbourne, Claros (Sproule, 42), Stevenson; O'Connor (Doyle, 54), Griffiths.
Hearts (4-4-2): MacDonald; McGowan, Webster, Zaliukas, Grainger; Black (Robinson, 86), Barr, Santana (Beattie, 76); Skacel; Driver (Taouil, 84), Elliott
Referee: Craig Thomson.
Man of the match: Skacel (Hearts).
Match rating: 7/10.
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