The Dons kicked off this semi with their usual contrived move. As with all other attempts this season, it came to nothing. Both sides took a while to settle and the first goalmouth incident saw Leighton come off his line in the 5th minute to collect a through ball. A minute later Aberdeen created their first chance when Mayer headed a Guntveit cross wide of the target. Hibs responded when Sauzee latched on to a weak clearance and drilled the ball low for Leighton to block. Hibs stepped up a gear and ex Don Mixu Paatelainen had a couple of half chances in the space of a few minutes, but both were screwed wide. In the 15th minute, good interplay by Hibs ended with Latapy shooting high. A minute later, Whyte made a great interception to stifle another Hibs attack. Aberdeen should have taken the lead in the 21st minute when Dow found himself one-on-one with Colgan. The midfielder failed to control and the chance was lost.
Both sides made a bright start to the second half and in the 49th minute Stavrum was just beaten to the ball by Colgan. A minute later the Norwegian was in the thick of the action again with a headed effort. However, the striker was well offside. Hibs were having real problems in keeping Stavrum out, and in the 51st minute he could well have grabbed the lead when he held off a defender and fired in a shot that the keeper did well to save. Aberdeen won a free kick wide left when Guntveit was fouled. Jess's delivery was cleared and Aberdeen found themselves outnumbered at the back. Russell Latapy went on a brilliant solo run which ended with him firing past Leighton to give Hibs the lead. The Dons rose to the challenge and pinned Hibs back forcing corner after corner.
This was a great team performance with every player giving his all, but I must give special mention to Eion Jess who was back to his best. Solberg and Whyte looked solid at the back and although Hibs keeper, Nick Colgan had a great game, man of the Match should have gone to Arild Stavrum. The fans once again were tremendous and were certainly vocal throughout the match. A great moment was at the end when Andy Dow went over to the crowd to give one of the fans a hug. This summed up the bond there is between the team and the squad. The Dons can now look forward to a cup final in May against a Rangers team going for the double.