Hibee History: Griffiths hat-trick puts Hibs into last four

Leigh Griffiths, No.9, celebrates his hat-trick
Leigh Griffiths, No.9, celebrates his hat-trick
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A Leigh Griffiths hat-trick fired Hibs to a thrilling 4-2 win at Kilmarnock in their Scottish Cup quarter-final.

The home side twice pegged their opponents back, but had no answer to the in-form Griffiths, who took his tally for the season to 22.

The striker, on loan from Wolves, put Hibs in front with 15 minutes of the match gone, latching on to a long header from David Wotherspoon and firing low past Cammy Bell from just inside the box.

The home side were back on level terms soon afterwards when Ben Williams could only palm away a pile driver from Willian Gros and James Dayton reacted first to smash the ball home.

The game looked to be heading into the interval all-square, but seven minutes before the break Hibs restored their lead following a mix-up in the Kilmarnock defence.

Mo Sissoko over-hit a back-pass to Bell, the keeper panicked under pressure from Griffiths and the ball bounced off the Hibs hitman into the path of Matt Done, who gratefully tucked it away for his first goal since arriving on loan from Barnsley.

Griffiths continued to terrorise the home defence in the second half but Hibs could not stretch their advantage and they were made to pay 18 minutes from time when Killie grabbed the equaliser from the penalty spot.

Paul Heffernan went down under a challenge from Lewis Stevenson and the striker picked himself up to fire the resultant penalty past Williams.

The game looked to be heading for a replay, but Griffiths had other ideas. First he went down under a challenge from Bell but kicked the ball from the keeper’s grasp into the net.

And, a few minutes later, he slammed home a penalty, awarded after Gros had stopped his free-kick with an arm.

The original set-piece was awarded after Griffiths had been brought down by Ross Barbour, which resulted in a red card for the Kilmarnock defender.

Kilmarnock: Bell, Tesselaar (Boyd 84), Fowler, McKeown (Sheridan 65), Barbour, Sissoko, Clingan, Dayton, Winchester (O’Hara 79), Gros, Heffernan. Subs not used: Letheren, Hay

Hibs: Williams, Maybury, McPake (c), McGivern, Stevenson, Claros, Taiwo (Deegan 79), Done (Doyle 79), Robertson, Wotherspoon, Griffiths (Harris 90). Subs not used: Murdoch, Forster

Ref: John Beaton

Att: 7272