Sat 28 Nov 2020
Betfred Cup
HT 1-0
Hibernian Hibernian FC
Dundee Dundee FC
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Match Report

Jamie Murphy scored the only goal of the game as Hibernian edged out Dundee to progress into the last eight of the Betfred Cup.

Hibs comfortably saw off the same opponents 4-1 only 13 days ago. However, despite dominating for long spells, they struggled to break down a dogged Dundee side on this occasion.

The difference-maker came one minute before the interval when Murphy ran half the length of the field before drilling a low shot into the net.

Hibs had a few opportunities after the break to put some daylight between them and Dundee, however it was the visitors that went closest to scoring by hitting the crossbar and having an effort chalked off for offside.

Jack Ross made two changes from the side that drew with St Johnstone in midweek. Darren McGregor replaced the injured Paul Hanlon at the heart of the Hibs defence, whilst Alex Gogic dropped down to the bench as Christian Doidge returned in attack.

The home side started brightly and had a couple of early opportunities. The first fell to McGregor following a Stevie Mallan corner kick with the defender unable to get his shot on target.

Moments later a fine shot on the turn from Kevin Nisbet was met by an equally impressive save from Jack Hamilton. The Dundee goalkeeper reacted brilliantly to get down quickly to his right to thwart the striker.

Nisbet had another opportunity soon after when Joe Newell fed the ball into his feet and although he rolled Liam Fontaine to create space, his eventual shot failed to test Hamilton on this occasion.

Thereafter the game entered a lull as Hibs struggled to break down the visitors, with Dundee defending in numbers and smothering any pockets of space the hosts’ creative players would look to exploit.

It took until five minutes before the break before Hibs created another meaningful opportunity as Martin Boyle’s low, driven cross caught out Hamilton and crashed back into play off the base of the post only for Nisbet to scoop the rebound over the crossbar.

The deadlock was broken just before the interval when Nisbet spotted the overlapping Murphy and the winger did the rest by driving into the Dundee box and slamming a low finish beyond Hamilton to score a wonderful counterattacking goal.

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Dundee had not created a single attack of note during the first half, however they returned with a fire in their bellies and inside the opening 60 seconds Paul McGowan had an opportunity to level only to head straight at Ofir Marciano from close range.

Two minutes later Dundee had the ball in the net as Alex Jakubiak slotted home from an offside position after the visitors had struck Marciano’s crossbar. The offside flag curtailing the Dundee celebrations.

Almost immediately Hibs broke forward through Boyle, who raced clear of Jordan Marshall before his angled drive was cleared off the line by Lee Ashcroft.

Newell, Boyle and Charlie Adam all had efforts at goal without finding the target before Hamilton came to Dundee’s rescue to beat away a powerful strike from Doidge as Hibs pressed for a second.

The result should have been put to bed in the first of four minutes added on at the end with Doidge’s lay-off inside the Dundee box sitting up perfectly for substitute Drey Wright who sliced his shot wide of goal.

In the end one goal was enough as Hibernian deservedly progressed into the quarter-final draw.

Report: Richard Payne.