Hibernian 3 - 3 Dundee Utd

(Won 7 - 6 on pens.)
League Cup - Quarter Final
Wednesday, October 29th, 2014, 7:45 PM at Easter Road
Attendance: 8,689
Referee: John Beaton
Hibernian Dundee Utd

Goalscorers
Dominique Malonga (16)
Jason Cummings (57)
Matthew Kennedy (78)
Chris Erskine (12)
Aidan Connolly (19)
Ryan Dow (61)

Team Managers
Alan Stubbs Jackie McNamara

Starting Eleven
Mark Oxley
David Gray
Paul Hanlon
Liam Fontaine
Lewis Stevenson
Scott Allan
Liam Craig
Scott Robertson
Danny Handling
Dominique Malonga
Jason Cummings
Radoslaw Cierzniak
Jarosław Fojut
Conor Townsend
John Souttar
Blair Spittal
Paul Paton
John Rankin
Gary Mackay-Steven
Chris Erskine
Aidan Connolly
Ryan Dow

Bench
Kleton Perntreou
Sam Stanton
Paul Heffernan
Callum Booth
Matthew Kennedy
Alex Harris
Jake Sinclair
Michal Szromnik
Seán Dillon
Scott Smith
Charlie Telfer
Stuart Armstrong
Mario Bilate
Nadir Çiftçi

Substitutions
Matthew Kennedy for Danny Handling (68)
Alex Harris for Jason Cummings (84)
Pat Stanton for Scott Robertson (119)
Nadir Çiftçi for Gary Mackay-Steven (20)
Scott Smith for Paul Paton (67)
Stuart Armstrong for Aidan Connolly (67)

Bookings
Lewis Stevenson (52) Paul Paton (25)
Jarosław Fojut (82)
Nadir Çiftçi (86)
Radoslaw Cierzniak (120)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK) 104 apps -
Jarosław Fojut 13 apps3 goals
Conor Townsend 7 apps -
John Souttar 37 apps1 goal
Gary Mackay-Steven 119 apps23 goals
Paul Paton 57 apps3 goals
Aidan Connolly 4 apps1 goal
John Rankin 144 apps10 goals
Chris Erskine 22 apps6 goals
Blair Spittal 9 apps1 goal
Ryan Dow 71 apps9 goals
Scott Smith (sub) 4 apps -
Stuart Armstrong (sub) 136 apps16 goals
Nadir Çiftçi (sub) 52 apps20 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:John Souttar (18 years 38 days)
Oldest Player:Radoslaw Cierzniak (31 years 196 days)
Average Player Age:24 years 222 days
Domestic Players:7 (63.64 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:John Souttar (18 years 38 days)
Oldest Player:Radoslaw Cierzniak (31 years 196 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 342 days
Domestic Players:10 (55.56 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Aidan Connolly scored his first goal for the Club.

Manager Jackie McNamara brought some freshness to the team that were defeated in Inverness at the weekend, most notable was the inclusion of youngster Aiden Connolly.

United looked lively from the off and were first on the scoresheet. The move started with a great pass from John Souttar, also drafted into the side. Dow got on the end of the pass and laid the ball onto Chris Erskine who slotted past Mark Oxley from the edge of the penalty area. Gary Mackay-Steven had to leave the pitch to received treatment leaving United down to 10 men. Hibs capitalises when Allan threaded a pass through the left side for Dominique Malonga to fire into the opposite corner. United were still playing with 10 when they restored the lead. Dow squared to Aidan Connolly and the 19-year-old took a touch as Lewis Stevenson lunged into a sliding tackle resulting in the ball flying into the net. Cierzniak then made a great save to keep out a Liam Craig free-kick, having earlier stopped shots from the same player and Cummings.

Early in the second period the home fans were celebrating when Jason Cummings headed home from a Stevenson delivery. However, Hibs immediately fell behind again after poor defending to concede an unnecessary corner. From the corner Gray made a mess of marking Ryan Dow, gifting the midfielder a simple header. Hibs pushed forward again and were rewarded when substitute Matthew Kennedy cut in from the left and his deflected shot looped over Cierzniak.

The game went to extra time but by that point the goal scoring had been exhausted. The closest thing to a miss in the first 12 penalties came when Oxley palmed Stuart Armstrong's effort against the underside of the crossbar. John Rankin was the first man to miss from the spot, firing high over. Matthew Kennedy then failed to convert. Conor Townsend then made it 7-6 on penalties and Cierzniak pulled off a great diving stop to thwart David Gray.

Manager's Comment:
"It is more relief than anything. it was a tiring match and the lads are absolutely drained in the dressing-room, but it is good feeling to have won it."

Fan's Comment:
"The team looked significantly better than the lack lustre performance shown in Inverness. Good to see the goals flowing again but at the expense of our recent solid defending. Great to have a semi final to look forward to in 2015"

Match Photos courtesy of Riki Grauer - More photos available at:
Dundee United Official Flickr Page



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