A bridge too far
The Forth bridge proved to be a bridge too far for the Caley Jags who battled hard but were undone by a slick Hibs side who had too much pace and quality for the Championship side and in the end the gulf between the divisions was evident. Despite going down to ten men, Inverness battled hard for the fans but it was not to be. The writing was on the wall early on for the visitors who had three key players booked in the opening twenty minutes. That left players walking a tightrope and inevitably we had Brad Mckay sent off with fifteen minutes left. We held out until near half time, Mark Ridgers the early hero with a double save from a penalty kick. However our luck ran out in the 37th minute when Tom Walsh saw his shot strike the post. A minute later Hibs took the lead when defender Adam Jackson prodded the ball home from close range following a corner. The second goal came from a swift break upfield with Scott Allan finishing the break with a decisive effort into the net. Our valiant efforts would be in vain after the 70th minute when a Greg Docherty goal ended our interest in the competition. The Scottish Cup, it's not for everyone! We still managed to keep Hibs on their toes and Carl Tremarco replied a minute later to keep us interested for at least another minute before Brad Mckay ended all hope after being sent off. Substitute Stephane Omeonga scored the goal of the game when he fired high into the net from outside the box and it was high fives all round when James Gullan drilled home from inside the left side of the box. Still, we plodded on and Nikolay Todorov bundled the ball into the net with two minutes remaining to end the scoring.
A deserved win for Hibs who showed too much class for Inverness, but we left the competition with our heads held high despite the scoreline. It could have been so different on a few fronts, but it is what it is. No shocks to be had at Easter Road and the Hibees dream of another Cup win lives on. Good luck to them.
Bring on the Chocolate Biscuit Cup
Footage can be seen on BBC Sport
More match reaction to follow...........
From BBC Sport
Hibernian head coach Jack Ross: "It was a difficult tie for us. The expectation and pressure was all on us. We have to handle that and we did it for most parts.
"It was always going to be an open game because of that. A difficult match but one we are delighted to come out on top of."
Inverness CT manager John Robertson: "A massive moment went against us - a clear penalty kick. You need luck and that's where it deserted us. It's a penalty kick.
"And, if he gives it, it's a red card because the player is not attempting to play the ball."
Robbo post match...........