Hibs knock-out Hoops
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
On a windswept Edinburgh night Kevin Thompson proved the decisive match winner to send Scottish giants Celtic out of the CIS Cup.
Thompson struck in the final ten minutes, finishing a superb Hibernian move with aplomb from the edge of the Celtic area.
Hibs now face the second part of the Old Firm, with a semi-final encounter with Rangers reward for an excellent performance tonight.
The first half saw industry prevail over artistry with both sides passionate, tough in the tackle and almost entirely devoid of quality.
That is not to say the game was without incident or excitement - indeed both were plentiful in what was an ugly but pulsating cup tie.
Hibernian's young charges, erratic in the SPL this season, were gusty in their approach and in talented wide-man Riordan had a player capable of causing Celtic problems.
It was Riordan who struck the Celtic woodwork on 20 minutes, when his devilish left wing-cross looped over Douglas and onto the bar. Celtic, buoyed by the let-off, then proceeded to create a chance of their own - which culminated in Chris Sutton rattling the Hibs bar with a shot on the stretch.
The rest of the half was played in a midfield minefield of robust challenges and misdirected passes.
The second period was filled with a similar intensity, but added to the thunderous tackles was a host of chances and three goals.
Slack Celtic defending in the 47th minute allowed in Hibs' impressive striker O'Connor, only for the youngster to forget his lines and flick the ball meekly to an on-rushing Rob Douglas.
Eight minutes later and the youngster's woe intensified when Celtic's Varga rose above a static marker to put The Hoops 1-0 ahead.
However, Hibs were undeterred and their spirited play deserved good fortune and it duly arrived in the 65th minute when Celtic's Kennedy contrived to literally hand the equalizer to the Easter Road side.
The young defender stuck out a needless hand to deflect a Hibs cross and midfielder Grant Bremner gratefully struck home the resulting penalty.
Both sides proceeded to create chances but an amalgamation of poor defending and misfiring forward play kept the game a stalemate. Then came Thompson's moment - a true strike that deserved to win any game.
In a game characterised by grit and endeavour it was a moment of genuine quality that finally produced a winner.
An adroit Hibs moved finished at the feet of Thompson and the youngster made no mistake with an arrow of a drive past the despairing dive of Douglas in the Celtic goal.
In the final minute Hibs' Brown struck the Celtic post with a beautiful curled effort and then Celtic's normally prolific Swede Larsson somehow managed to put a free header over the top of the Hibernian bar and effectively end Celtic's interest in the CIS Cup.