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Cup joy for Fenlon as Hibs book final spot

Boyhood Hibernian fan Leigh Griffiths sent his team into the Scottish Cup final with a late winner against Aberdeen at Hampden Park.

Griffiths latched onto strike partner Garry O'Connor's classy through-ball to slip the ball home with five minutes left.

O'Connor had given Hibernian an early lead but Rory Fallon levelled just before the hour mark with a stunning volley.

Aberdeen had been in the ascendancy after a toothless first-half display but Hibs regained the upper hand in the closing stages and their front pair proved too much to handle for the Dons defence.

The victory gives Hibs the chance to put aside a disappointing season in the Premier League by lifting the trophy for the first time since 1902.

Hibernian centre-back James McPake paid tribute to manager Pat Fenlon, who took charge in November and has presided over a campaign in which Hibernian have struggled in the league.

"He's brought a spirit in and we'll fight for one another and we'll die for one another on that park and I think that showed today," McPake said.

"When they equalised, we would have got beaten earlier in the season, but today we came back."

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