Celtic vs. Hibernian: Score, Recap and Analysis for Scottish Cup Final 2013

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Celtic vs. Hibernian: Score, Recap and Analysis for Scottish Cup Final 2013
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For the 36th time in its history, Celtic earned the world's oldest trophy by winning the Scottish Cup after defeating Hibernian 3-0.

In the 128th iteration of the famous competition it was Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes who stole the show, the former scoring twice and the latter setting the table for each of those goals. Joe Ledley would add a third in the 79th minute, the cherry on top of Celtic's impressive Sunday.

It was Hibernian that came out strong, however, and had the first quality scoring chance in the fourth minute, earning a corner. The attempt was cleared by Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew but fell to Tom Taiwo, who volleyed his attempt just over the bar.

Minutes later, Hibernian once again threatened, but this time keeper Fraser Forster denied Eoin Doyle with a great save after the striker was found just outside of the six-yard box by a Ryan McGivern cross.    

Hibernian's inability to finish its early chances came back to haunt the club almost immediately, however, as Celtic would score the game's first goal in the eighth minute. Stokes found Gary Hooper on the back post with a lovely cross and the striker didn't miss on his volley attempt, giving Celtic an early 1-0 lead. 

(Image via @CelticTalk)

The early goal swung the momentum in favor of Celtic after Hibernian was bright early, as the favored side began to control possession. Celtic nearly doubled its lead in the 26th minute, but keeper Ben Williams denied Joe Ledley's volley after Kris Commons found him in the box with a beauty of a curling pass.

Minutes later, however, Celtic doubled its lead and it was Hooper again who struck. The service again came from Stokes, who found space down the left flank and lofted a cross toward Hooper on the back post. Hooper did well to elevate between two Hibernian defenders and angle his header back across Williams and into the netting. 

(Image via @CelticTalk)

Leigh Griffiths nearly cut the lead in half for Hibernian in the 37th minute after getting behind the Celtic defense on the end of a Kevin Thomson pass. His shot beat Forster but came from a tough angle and harmlessly skittered across the face of goal.

Stokes nearly started the second half off with a bang for Celtic, as he cut inside on his right foot in the 51st minute and blasted a shot toward goal. The effort went just wide, however, keeping Hibernian's comeback aspirations alive.

Hooper nearly notched a hat trick in the 65th minute after a James Forrest cross caromed his way. The striker rushed his effort, however, and his attempted chip over Williams also cleared the bar. 

Celtic would put things away for good in the 79th minute, with Ledley striking on the counter-attack. Mikael Lustig's cross couldn't be corralled by Hooper but fell to the Welshman, who made no mistake, firing home Celtic's third goal.

(Image via @CelticTalk)

With the win, Celtic earned the Scottish double as league and cup champions, which in turn put manager Neil Stein in some elite company, according to Ian McGarry of the BBC:

For Hibernian, this was a bit of an unjust result, as the club played better than the scoreline suggests.

In the end, Celtic simply took advantages of its chances on goal while Hibernian left them wanting. Thus, Hibernian has now gone 112 years without a Scottish Cup win, via Brian McNally of the Mirror:

Instead, once again, Celtic is the class of the Scottish Premier League.

 

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