The Benchman looks back at last weekend’s Hampden drama as “pantomime villain” Leigh Griffiths took centre-stage, and asks why does it take so long to make a substitution?
SEVEN GOAL THRILLER: What a great game that must have been for the neutrals and the TV audience. Talk about Expect The Unexpected? I think we could have accepted it more if the game had gone 1-0,1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2, 3-3, 4-3 but the bitter pill was to lose that three goal lead. Whatever was said in that Hibs dressing-room at the break had the desired effect, and they were a different side in that second period.
AND SIBBALD SCORES: Amazing scenes as Craig Sibbald scored that opening goal. Shouting, screaming, punching the air, back-slapping and high-fiving. And that was just his Mum and Dad.
HERE’S HOW HE DID IT: Not to be outdone, Dad Steve Fulton was repeating the header all afternoon, after Jay made contact with the ball to put Falkirk 2-0 ahead. I felt sorry for the guy in front of him who is now off work with a badly bruised back.
BEST 45 MINUTES TO BE A BAIRN: For many it has always been that first half when Sammy destroyed the Jambos at Brockville, but that Hampden display was right up there with it. Against an SPL side, with such a youthful team and showing absolutely no fear. We were all pinching ourselves at half-time. Some Hibees had already caught their train home.
TIME IS TIGHT?: I can’t get understand why it takes so long for a substitute to actually get on. Conor McGrandles was struggling and had signalled he needed to be replaced. It seemed to take ages before Sean Higgins got ready and actually crossed the white line. Falkirk were under pressure and yet McGrandles had to carry on, obviously in some discomfort. Could have been costly.
LOVE HIM OR LOATHE HIM: The old saying- you can’t ignore him. Leigh Griffiths was the pantomime villain all afternoon, but he can score some great goals.Why couldn’t he have had an off-day against us?
TEASER: One brother scored ten goals for St.Mirren in a Scottish Cup match in 1960 and the other scored nine in another Scottish Cup match just over a year later. Who were they?
YOUR NUMBER’S UP: What a shambles that opposite the South Stand as the Hibs supporters tried to arrange their green and white cards to show 1875. We had everyone trying to guess what was being attempted until it finally became clear. That wouldn’t have happened in North Korea.
MYSTERY PIC: Last week was a great Falkirk side and it included a future manager,Bob Shankly who was in the back row, second from the right. In the front row, extreme right was the legendary Kenny Dawson. This week, can you name this famous player?
LAST WEEK’S TEASER: The Scot who achieved the League winning double was Dave Mackay who won as a player with Spurs in 1961 and as a manager with Derby in 1975.