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Ross County   0 - 1   Hibernian

County celebrate a famous win at Victoria Park
Goal hero Scott Boyd is mobbed by team-mates following his late header

Ross County staged a dramatic late comeback to sink Hibernian and set up a Scottish Cup semi-final with Celtic.

With 20 minutes of the replay left, the First Division side were trailing to Anthony Stokes' close range header.

But Garry Wood bundled in the equaliser after a melee inside the visitors' penalty box.

The Highlanders finished the stronger side and Scott Boyd was the hero, heading in as Hibs keeper Graeme Smith made a mess of collecting a corner.

The decisive goal came on 89 minutes and a largely well-behaved pitch invasion followed soon after as a packed Victoria Park burst a riot of noise and colour on the final whistle.

The Dingwall side had never progressed beyond the last 16 in this tournament before but now have a trip to Hampden to look forward to.

It was yet more Scottish Cup heartache for Hibs, who last lifted the trophy in 1902, but John Hughes' team were lacklustre save for a 10 minute spell at the start of the second half and can have no complaints about their surprise exit, having been outplayed for long spells in the first tie at Easter Road.

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The Hibs defence, missing injured duo Chris Hogg and Paul Hanlon, started nervously but it took County 40 minutes to test Smith.

With the visitors backing off, Michael Gardyne was allowed to progress and let fly with a shot from 22 yards but it was straight at the keeper, who pushed the ball over his own crossbar.

Gardyne had earlier ballooned an effort off target and lone striker Andrew Barrowman scuffed one wide after good work from Scott Morrison.

Hibs offered next to nothing in a disjointed first half, with Liam Miller's early long range strike easily gathered by Michael McGovern and Boyd making a good block to deny Stokes.

However, the Irish striker wasted no time making his mark in the second half, nodding home from six yards as County failed to deal with a corner less than a minute after the restart.

Derek Riordan, who won the corner when his stinging shot was diverted behind, sent in the delivery and Colin Nish and Souleymane Bamba won headers before Stokes applied the finishing touch.

Stokes then went close with a good old fashioned toe-bash as the Edinburgh side sought to quickly build on their lead.

The Highlanders responded with a Barrowman header at the back post that looped over a stranded Smith but bounced a few feet wide, while Martin Scott's shot was deflected over by a Steven Thicot challenge.

County were level on 70 minutes when substitute Wood was on hand to bundle the ball into the net following an almighty scramble, which saw Smith save at the feet of Barrowman.

McGovern smothered a breakaway effort from Stokes either side of two powerful strikes from County midfielder Iain Vigurs that were not too far away.

The muscular Wood burst into the Hibs penalty area and set up Steven Craig, whose mis-hit shot was deflected wide.

The momentum was firmly with the home side in the closing stages and their efforts were rewarded by a dramatic last-gasp goal.

Smith made a hash of coming for a Richard Brittain corner, crashing into a team-mate, and Boyd rose at the back post to send the ball into the net and the home crowd into a frenzy of wild celebration.

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Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Scottish Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Ross County 2-1 Hibernian FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Wood 70
  • Boyd 90+1
  • Stokes 46

Ross County

  • 01 McGovern
  • 02 Miller
  • 03 Morrison
  • 05 Boyd
  • 06 Keddie
  • 04 Scott
  • 08 Lawson
  • 10 Brittain
  • 11 Vigurs
  • 07 Gardyne
  • 09 Barrowman

Substitutes

  • 18 Malin,
  • 12 Kettlewell,
  • 14 Craig,
  • 15 Wood,
  • 16 Di Giacomo

Hibernian

  • 01 Smith
  • 02 Thicot
  • 05 Bamba
  • 06 Murray
  • 03 Stevenson
  • 04 McBride
  • 07 Miller
  • 08 David Wotherspoon
  • 09 Nish
  • 10 Riordan
  • 11 Stokes

Substitutes

  • 21 Stack,
  • 15 McCormack,
  • 16 Rankin,
  • 17 Danny Galbraith,
  • 14 Benjelloun
Ref: Winter
ROSS COUNTY
HIBERNIAN

Possession

  • Ross County 50%
  • Hibernian 50%

Attempts on target

  • Ross County 2
  • Hibernian 3

Attempts off target

  • Ross County 4
  • Hibernian 2

Corners

  • Ross County 2
  • Hibernian 2

Fouls

  • Ross County 5
  • Hibernian 8
  • 52:05 Unfair challenge on Derek Riordan by Gary Miller results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Derek Riordan from left wing, clearance made by Souleymane Bamba.
  • 51:17 Centre by Lewis Stevenson, clearance by Scott Boyd.
  • 50:28 Shot from just outside the penalty box by Anthony Stokes misses to the left of the target.
  • 49:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Miller on Paul Lawson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Iain Vigurs, save by Graeme Smith.
  • 48:34 Corner taken right-footed by Richard Brittain.
  • 48:26 The ball is swung over by Gary Miller, Steven Thicot gets a block in.
  • 45:51 Assist on the goal came from Souleymane Bamba.
  • 45:51 GOAL - Anthony StokesRoss County 0 - 1 Hibernian Anthony Stokes grabs a headed goal from close range. Ross County 0-1 Hibernian.
  • 45:32 Outswinging corner taken by Derek Riordan from the left by-line,
  • 45:25 Richard Brittain sends in a cross, blocked by Steven Thicot.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:03 The referee blows for half time.
  • 44:11 Andrew Barrowman takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
  • 43:31 Foul by Scott Morrison on Liam Miller, free kick awarded. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
  • 42:57 The assistant referee signals for offside against Anthony Stokes. Michael McGovern restarts play with the free kick.
  • 40:47 Richard Brittain is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
  • 40:07 Pass corner from left by-line taken by Richard Brittain to short.
  • 39:54 Michael Gardyne takes a shot. Save by Graeme Smith.
  • 39:16 Unfair challenge on Scott Boyd by Colin Nish results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Boyd.
  • 34:27 The referee blows for offside against Souleymane Bamba. Michael McGovern restarts play with the free kick.
  • 33:17 Derek Riordan takes a shot. Michael McGovern makes a save.
  • 32:37 The ball is swung over by Iain Vigurs.
  • 29:46 Corner taken by Derek Riordan from the left by-line, Scott Boyd manages to make a clearance.
  • 29:31 Shot by Liam Miller from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
  • 28:51 Alexander Keddie challenges Anthony Stokes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Derek Riordan restarts play with the free kick.
  • 27:53 Steven Thicot challenges Michael Gardyne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Lawson, clearance made by Souleymane Bamba.
  • 25:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Lawson by Lewis Stevenson. Free kick taken by Gary Miller.
  • 24:34 Anthony Stokes is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Michael McGovern takes the free kick.
  • 22:41 Iain Vigurs produces a cross.
  • 20:58 Michael Gardyne crosses the ball, Graeme Smith makes a save.
  • 20:16 David Wotherspoon concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Brittain. Free kick crossed right-footed by Richard Brittain, clearance made by Kevin McBride.
  • 19:06 Paul Lawson challenges David Wotherspoon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graeme Smith takes the indirect free kick.
  • 17:40 Unfair challenge on Scott Boyd by Anthony Stokes results in a free kick. Scott Boyd restarts play with the free kick.
  • 17:23 The ball is sent over by Iain Vigurs, Header by Andrew Barrowman from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 16:35 Andrew Barrowman takes a shot. Save made by Graeme Smith.
  • 14:27 Andrew Barrowman has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 14:09 A cross is delivered by Gary Miller, Steven Thicot manages to make a clearance.
  • 13:03 Colin Nish fouled by Paul Lawson, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Thicot takes the free kick.
  • 10:14 Michael Gardyne produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 9:53 The ball is crossed by Richard Brittain, clearance made by Souleymane Bamba.
  • 8:32 Unfair challenge on Richard Brittain by Lewis Stevenson results in a free kick. Michael Gardyne takes the free kick.
  • 6:39 The referee blows for offside against Colin Nish. Indirect free kick taken by Michael McGovern.
  • 6:15 Liam Miller takes a shot. Michael McGovern makes a save.
  • 5:26 Unfair challenge on Andrew Barrowman by Souleymane Bamba results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Scott Morrison from right channel, David Wotherspoon gets a block in.
  • 0:00 The game begins.

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