Ten Man Hibs Cruise Past Alloa In Scottish Cup

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Hibs moved comfortably into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup with a 2-1 win over Alloa Athletic at Recreation Park this afternoon despite finishing the game with ten men after on form striker Dominique Malonga was sent off near the end.

First half goals from skipper Liam Craig and vice skipper David Gray secured the victory.

Hibs started brightly but it was the home side who grabbed the lead against the run of play in the 15th minute when Mark Oxley failed to deal with Meggatt’s long range effort and the ball squirmed underneath his body.

Kevin Cawley almost doubled Alloa’s lead a few minutes later before Gray almost levelled the scoring with a fine header which struck the post.

On 28 minutes Hibs equalised when Craig struck a free kick around the wall and into the bottom right hand corner of the net.

Malonga then went close before the goalkeeper did well to stop a Paul Hanlon volley.

Hibs eventually took the lead their play deserved when Scott Allan spotted Gray at the back post and the former Manchester United full back’s header looped into the net, to the delight of the large travelling support.

Stubbs’ players continued to dominate possession throughout the second half however the Wasps had the best chance which Ryan McCord wasted.

Craig then tested the keeper before having to leave the field with a hamstring injury.

With four minutes remaining Hibs were reduced to ten men when Malonga kicked out at Ben Gordon and was deservedly shown a red card however the ten men held on to progress into the fifth round.

The draw will be made on Monday.

Alloa Athletic: McDowall, Doyle, Gordon, Benedictus, Meggatt, Docherty, Hetherington (Ferns 76′), McCord, Cawley, Spence, Buchanan. Substitutes n.ot used: Gibson, Asghar, Wilson, Forsyth.

Hibernian: Oxley, Gray, Hanlon, Fontaine, Robertson, Craig (Harris 79′), Stevenson Handling, Allan (Kennedy 85′), Malonga, Cummings (Stanton 76′). Substitutes not used: Perntreau, Heffernan, Sinclair, Booth.

Referee: Bobby Madden.

Attendance: 2,138

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