'It can't get any better': Hibs hero Elias Melkersen delighted after dream debut

The extra training sessions paid off for Elias Melkersen as the January signing scored twice on his full Hibs debut to advance past Motherwell in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.

The Norwegian struck twice in the first half after Bevis Mugabi was shown a straight red card for the hosts inside 60 seconds.

Melkersen headed home Sylvester Jasper’s cross on the quarter-hour mark before making an excellent run, control and finish to double the advantage.

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Motherwell pulled a goal back through attacker Joe Efford and had a couple of opportunities to equalise in the second period, but Hibs held on to join rivals Hearts in the draw for the semi-finals.

Elias Melkersen celebrates after opening the scoring in Hibs' 2-1 Scottish Cup quarter-final victory over Motherwell. Picture: SNS

Melkersen, who lasted 75 minutes before being replaced by Christian Doidge, took in the adulation of the Hibs support at full-time. He could scarcely have made a better introduction on his first start for the club after a couple of substitute appearances.

"It's amazing, it can't get any better. There were so many Norwegian flags,” said the 19-year-old.

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"I knew I would have to be patient to develop into the team. I just needed to stay calm and wait for my chance. You see today, I've had a good game.

"I've just done extra sessions every day and listen to the coaches, I try to do the best I can do, then you get results.

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"I've always had that in me, so I just need to continue.

"It was a huge moment to come to Scotland. I enjoy Edinburgh and it can't get any better with the fans.”

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