Hibs 1, Inverness 1: Dundee Utd semi for winners of replay

James Keatings strokes home the opening goal for Hibs
James Keatings strokes home the opening goal for Hibs
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Hibs face a Scottish Cup quarter-final replay in Inverness on Wednesday week after a late equaliser from holders Caley Thistle denied them victory at Easter Road.

The winners of the match will take on Dundee United in the semi-finals on the weekend of April 16-17, with the other last-four tie between Rangers and Celtic.

Alan Stubbs’ Hibs, who had lost their previous three Championship matches, looked set to return to winning ways against Inverness after taking the lead early in the second half through James Keatings.

However, Inverness, who had done little of note as an attacking force, salvaged the tie when substitute Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo struck with 13 minutes left.

Keatings, who had a first-half goal ruled out for offside, made the breakthrough in the 53rd minute when he slammed in a low delivery from captain David Gray. It was the former Hearts striker’s first goal since November.

The hosts, who were the better team for much of the game, had chances to kill the tie but they were punished when Belgian player Mbuyi-Mutombo picked his spot and fired high into the net after being teed up ten yards out by Jordan Roberts.

The replay, which comes just four days after Sunday’s League Cup final showdown with Ross County, adds to an already congested Hibs fixture list.

Hibs (4-4-2): Oxley; Gray, McGregor, Fontaine, Stevenson; Thomson, McGeouch (Gunnarsson 25), McGinn, Henderson; Keatings (Dagnall 85), Stokes. Unused subs: Virtanen, El Alagui, Boyle, Shaw, Donaldson.

Inverness CT (3-5-2): Fon Williams; Warren, Devine, Tremarco; Polwarth (Horner 72), Draper, Tansey, Vigurs (Mbuyi-Mutombo 73), D Williams; Roberts, Storey. Unused subs: Esson, Williams, Foran, Wedderburn, L Hughes.

Referee: C Allan

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