Stranraer 0-4 Hibs: Recap as Hibs blow hosts away to advance in cup

Martin Boyle bagged a second-half brace as Hibs avoided a cup shock against Stranraer at Stair Park.

Sunday, 18th April 2021, 2:25 pm
Hibs take on Stranraer this afternoon in the Scottish Cup fourth round

Christian Doidge scored seven minutes before the break and Kevin Nisbet was on target with a deflected free kick as Jack Ross’ side ran out 4-0 winners to set up a Scottish Cup fourth-round meeting with Motherwell at Easter Road.

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The Blues had their chances, with Matt Macey saving from James Hilton and Matty Yates but truth be told, Hibs never looked in any danger.

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Last updated: Sunday, 18 April, 2021, 12:37

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Good morning everyone

An earlier start for us today as Hibs get their Scottish Cup fourth-round tie under way at 12.15pm. We’ll have the latest news and updates from Stair Park as Hibs target a quarter-final meeting with Motherwell.

Plenty of Hibs interest in the Stranraer squad - Darryl Duffy of course spent time on loan at Hibs during the 2010/11 season while young forwards Ruari Paton and Matty Yates both spent time with Hibs as well.

Only a couple of changes for the visitors - Matt Macey will start in place of Ofir Marciano and Kyle Magennis replaces Alex Gogic. Marciano and Gogic join the bench, while Ethan Laidlaw retains his place in the matchday squad.

Macey; P McGinn, Porteous, Hanlon, Doig; Boyle, Irvine, Newell, Magennis; Nisbet, Doidge.

Subs: Marciano, Gray, McGregor, Stevenson, Hallberg, Gogic, Wright, Laidlaw.

Looks like a straight 4-4-2 but could also go to a 4-3-3 or a 3-5-2. Would imagine Magennis will be lining up on the left of midfield assuming it’s a 4-4-2.

No Cadden listed today although he is at Stair Park... Mackie and Murphy were ruled out by Jack Ross earlier in the week and apart from that it’s as strong a squad as you might have expected.

Kick-off approaching, Hibs in their all-yellow change kit (the purists will love that) and Stranraer in their traditional blue and white home kit

A minute’s silence to be held in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh, and Stranraer legend Ronnie McCall.

Despite my ramblings about the formation it looks very much like a 3-5-2 rather than the 4-4-2 I suggested. As you were, folks...

Early free kick from Stranraer’s Hilton ends up in the Hibs wall

Enticing cross... or shot from Doig there. All it needed was a touch from Nisbet (who wasn’t far away) and that would surely have been 1-0 Hibs.

Stirling does well to win a corner for the hosts

Good defensive work from Doidge there but Macey has to rush his clearance and Stranraer get an attacking throw-in but it comes to nothing and Hibs eventually win a free kick midway inside their own half.

Boyle does well on the right and floats in a cross to the back door where Nisbet has just arrived but his header is over the bar. Presentable chance for Hibs there.

Fleming gets down to gather a Boyle effort from distance

Magennis goes on a scampering run but he runs the ball out of play before he can threaten Fleming’s goal with Sonkur in close attention.

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