Hibernian, John McGinn

Hibernian 2-1 St Johnstone: McGinn send Hibs through to final

By Craig Turnbull at Tynecastle

John McGinn’s stunning effort helped Hibs edge a step closer to League Cup glory after a 2-1 victory over St Johnstone.

Jason Cummings opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Liam Henderson went down in the box under pressure from Chris Millar.

But it was a bone of contention to say the least with the Saints who were furious with Henderson.

Manager Tommy Wright after the game said: “They’ve reacted because they think they’ve been wronged and I think they’ve been wronged.

“I wasn’t happy with it either. Listen they created more chances and on that basis they deserved to win but you need big decision to go your way and that’s certainly a big decision that didn’t go our way.”

Saints responded well to the setback and grabbed an equaliser through a Joe Shaughnessy effort, powering a terrific header into the corner from David Wotherspoon’s cross.

But after Cummings and Chris Dagnall passed up further opportunities, McGinn struck a well-placed shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards to book Hibs’ place in the final against either Celtic or Ross County.

Hibs boss Alan Stubbs after the game said: “I’m more delighted for the players and the fans than me personally.

“It’s great to be able to reward them and the fans with a trip to Hampden. I thought it was a really good game. I thought it was close and we’ve managed to edge it in the end.”

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan was an interested spectator and would have been impressed by McGinn. “If he continues to produce performances like that then he’ll do his chances [of getting a call-up] no harm at all,” Stubbs said.

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