After a nightmare 2016, where they lost a Hampden final on a last minute goal and were denied promotion, Hibs have ended 114 years of failure to win the 2016 Scottish Cup.
The 3-2 goal margin does not begin to describe the drama. A match with frequent near misses, goals from nothing, and an ending which has not been seen since the cup final riot of 1980.
Anthony Stokes was consistently the danger man up front for the Leith side and broke through within 3 minutes, taking advantage of some soft Rangers defending.
However, Rangers began to take hold of the passing game in midfield, and it was not long until a superb cross from Tavernier was powered home by veteran striker Kenny Miller.
The first half was also notable for a shot from each side hitting the woodwork, with Miller completely deceiving his marker.
The second half was dominated by Rangers, with 60% possession. It seemed as if the Hibs cup final hoodoo would remain after an incredible left footed drive from Andy Halliday into the left side netting.
Halliday’s goal saw a shift in mood on the pitch with Rangers passing and controlling the game confidently, and Hibs showing increased tension and frustration. However Stokes remained a constant danger with 4 other shots at goal. His persistence paid off with a headed goal from a corner on 80 minutes.
Some final drama in the match came in extra time. Having seen one header from a corner the Hibs fans were awarded with a copycat winner from captain David Gray in extra time.
The final whistle saw a massive pitch invasion from the green and white stands of Hampden. With the momentary threat of violence removed by the mounted police, the Hibs faithful were able to see Gray lift the Cup as Sunshine on Leith echoed around the national stadium.
by Jack Mallon