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Inverness Caledonian Thistle Scottish Cup dream is over for another season after defeat to Hibernian


By Will Clark

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Billy McKay. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Billy McKay. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Scottish Cup fifth round

Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1

Hibernian 3

Scorers - Inverness: Doran (90) Hibernian: Maolida (54) Boyle (78) Youan (90)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle are out of the Scottish Cup after a second half blitz from Hibernian put the Premiership outfit into the quarter finals

Myziane Maolida broke the deadlock for Hibernian before Martin Boyle doubled their advantage and Elie Youan's strike in injury time to ensure the Hibees are in Sunday's last eight draw.

Aaron Doran pulled one back in injury time for Inverness, who rarely threatened to pull off a shock during the match.

Inverness made two changes to the team that lost at Queen's Park last week as Sean McAllister and James Carragher were brought in for Danny Devine and Alex Samuel who were both out injured.

Inverness went into the match with a poor home record in the league, with only two wins at home in the Championship all season.

Hibernian made three changes from their narrow 2-1 defeat to Celtic on Wednesday as Eliezer Mayenda and Luke Amos made their first starts for the club with Maolinda also brought into the starting up.

Dylan Levitt, Dylan Vente and Ellie Youan were all dropped to the bench for Hibernian.

Hibernian were gifted a chance to take the lead early on after goalkeeper Mark Ridgers sliced his clearance and the ball fell to Nathan Moriah-Welsh at the edge of the box.

However, a last ditch tackle from on loan Leeds United defender Jeremiah Chilokoa Mullen prevented him from getting a shot on goal to the relief of the hosts.

Mayenda then had an opportunity midway through the first half when he was unchallenged at the edge of the box and fired a powerful drive which Ridgers pulled off a great save to keep the game goalless.

Hibernian pressed for the opener just before half time when James Carragher did well to divert Jordan Obita's cross out for a corner.

The ball then fell to Joe Newell at the edge of the box but he blasted over the bar.

Hibernian eventually broke the deadlock nine minutes in the second half when Comoros international Maolida, on loan from Hertha Berlin, saw his shot take a deflection off Jeremiah Chilokoa Mullen.

His shot wrong footed Ridgers, who could only watch helplessly as the ball flew out of reach into the net.

They almost doubled their advantage minutes later when substitute Dylan Levitt fired a powerful low drive from the edge of the box which forced a great save from Ridgers to keep the deficit at one.

Inverness came close to an equaliser midway through the second half when Max Anderson's cross found the head of Cammy Kerr whose header struck the crossbar.

Hibernian killed the game off with 12 minutes remaining after Morgan Boyes's miskicked a clearance which allowed Boyle to pounce on.

The Australian international then charged towards goal and ran past goalkeeper Ridgers before firing into an empty net.

Aaron Doran pulled one back in injury time as his powerful right footed effort flew past David Marshall from 12 yards.

Inverness: Ridgers, Harper, Kerr, Chilokoa-Mullen (Ujdur 70), Gilmour, McAllister (Doran 70), Mckay (Pepple 62), Anderson, Shaw, Carragher (MacGregor 90), Savage (Boyes 70).

Substitutes (Unused): Mackay, Samuels, Brooks.

Hibernian: Marshall, Miller (Cadden 83), Fish, Boyle, Newell, Mayenda (Youan 45), Amos (Levitt 45), Maolida (Le Fondre 62), Obita, Triantis, Moriah-Welsh (Marcondes-Hansen 75)

Substitutes (Unused): Wollacott, Hanlon, Vente, Stevenson.

Referee: Colin Steven

Attendance: 3877


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