Match Report: Hibs 0-1 Falkirk, April 18 2015 - Watch it Again Weekend with Falkirk TV

This week you voted to relive Falkirk’s 1-0 win over Hibs in the 2015 Scottish Cup semi final as Craig Sibbald’s 75th minute goal secured a brilliant 1-0 win to send the Bairns in to the final.

By Martyn Simpson
Saturday, 29th August 2020, 5:00 pm
Blair Alston, Luke Leahy and goalscorer Craig Sibbald celebrate the win that sends them in to the final
Blair Alston, Luke Leahy and goalscorer Craig Sibbald celebrate the win that sends them in to the final

Here is how Falkirk Herald Sports Editor David Oliver reported from Hampden that day.

The fans sang a Joy Division tribute to goal hero Craig Sibbald, but this was what Lou Reed would have called a 'Perfect Day’.

Falkirk kept on hanging on. Wave after wave of Hibs attack was rebuffed, by defender, by goalkeeper and by the goal frame.Hibs were good, Falkirk were lucky – but they made their own luck.

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Come 75 minutes after riding out Hibs’ wasteful attacks a goal made on the Falkirk training ground won the semi-final and avenged the agonising defeat to the same opponents at this stage of the competition two years ago.But this was more than revenge, a ‘New Order’ if you will.

Faith in the youth set-up was repaid with a goal involving three players from different age-groups who had all come through the Academy and will now grace Scotland’s showpiece end to the season –against one of the men who helped install it.John Hughes and Inverness awaits after Kieran Duffie won a clever throw-in and quickly released Blair Alston.Prising his way to the byline the midfielder crossed for the long-predicted jewel in the Academy crown, Craig Sibbald to nod the Bairns ahead.Cue bedlam in the stands at an unexpected lead. Cue weary sighs in the opposite end of a taste of the familiar.Hibs Scottish Cup hoodoo continues but they could have been well ahead by the time the smallest player on the pitch headed in the winner to cap a remarkable season for a player who has packed 140 games into just four seasons as a professional.Farid El Alagui was gifted an open goal in the fourth minute when Jamie MacDonald, Falkirk’s goalkeeper chested a deflected cross on the line.

The touch from Bairns captain David McCracken took the ball away from the Morroccan’s head, but the bounce off the goalkeeper fell to Falkirk’s former prolific hitman who contorted his body to head at the goal.

MacDonald twisted to stop a yard from the line.

It was the first of many saves he’d have to make – first and second half.He gratefully gathered the rebound when Fraser Fyvie’s drive banged off the post.

He made another great save to glance the ball wide in the first half and another two from El Alagui in the second half.

Scott Allan fired a piledriver off the top of the crossbar as Hibs continued their onslaught after half-time, but Falkirk had weathered the storm.

They’d been pinned back in their own half and, despite having a fair share of possession, were marshalled into doing little with it.Will Vaulks had Falkirk’s best chance in the first half, a booming shot clipped wide by Allan, who would have had a free reign to win the game had the Englishman not shepherded him so well throughout the 90 minutes.

He had a good game for Hibs but it would’ve been a lot better without the tireless midfield pair of Tom Taiwo and Vaulks

Peter Houston pitched Botti Biabi in at the break for winger David Smith and the positive change worked, especially when Blair Alston switched wings to set-up the goal from the right.

After it, Hibs had no response. Ten minutes passed by with relative ease forFalkirk as Hibs realised they had been picked off by Falkirk yet again.

A weakened Falkirk side no less, without striker Rory Loy, and cup-tied duo Mark Kerr and John Baird.

But rather than focus on the loss of Loy, it was pure joy for the Falkirk fans incited by their other talisman who they’ve reprised the Joy Division classic for. “Sibbs will tear you apart again,” they sang on Saturday , and into Sunday. until the weekend turned into another song from the same genre, ‘Blue Monday’.Or should that be, ‘Navy Blue Monday’ – because the weekend belonged to Falkirk.