Kujabi controversially off as Hibs crash in Cup final
Monday, May 21, 2012
Gambian international Pa Saikou Kujabi’s Hibernian's long wait to lift the Scottish Cup continues after they were thrashed 5-1 by Edinburgh rivals Hearts in a one-sided final at Hampden Park.
The Easter Road side travelled to Glasgow looking to end a 110-year drought in the competition but instead ended with ten men after Kujabi was sent off just seconds into the second half and their dignity in shreds as Hearts romped to their first final win in six years.
Darren Barr's first goal for Hearts and a strike from Rudi Skacel put Paulo Sergio's side into a comfortable lead against their ragged-looking opponents. Hibs captain James McPake struck just before the interval to give his side a lifeline which, to say the least, they failed to grab.
Left-back Danny Grainger scored his first Hearts goal from the spot a minute into the second half after Hibs defender Pa Kujabi was sent off by referee Craig Thomson for a foul on Suso Santana which happened outside the box, his second bookable offence.
Hearts right-back Ryan McGowan headed in goal number four just three minutes later to make the rest of the second half a formality, with Skacel grabbing his second from the edge of the box to complete a miserable day for Hibs, who had manager Pat Fenlon sent off seconds from the end after the Irishman reacted to taunting from the Hearts fans.
For Hibs, that was their cup dream over for another year. Those fans who remained had to endure watching Skacel fire in his second from the edge of the box with 15 minutes remaining, after taking a pass from Santana.
Meanwhile speaking to BBC after the game, Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths thinks referee Craig Thomson played a big part in the finals. Griffiths thought awarding a penalty that led to Hearts taking a 3-1 lead was only one of Euro 2012-bound Thomson's mistakes at Hampden. "It's a big match and you need big officials and unfortunately Craig Thomson didn't turn up today," he said.
TV replays showed that Pa Kujabi fouled Suso outside the penalty box. Hibs were also reduced to 10 men for the final 42 minutes as Kujabi was shown a second yellow card before Danny Grainger slotted home the penalty for their Edinburgh neighbours.
"We go in at half-time and say the next goal is crucial and then we come out and, after a minute-and-a-half, the referee gives a stupid penalty," said Griffiths. "We have been told it was nowhere near in the box. "So that kind of spoils the game and we are down to 10 men. "It's backs against the wall and then we lose a goal three minutes later that effectively kills the game off."
Author: Baboucarr Camara