Jack Ross knows Christian Doidge was lucky to avoid the offside flag in Hibs ' 2-0 victory over Dundee United - but he reckons his team deserved a stroke of good fortune.

Hibs were in control at Hampden as they cruised towards the Scottish Cup final and they'll get the chance to win the trophy for the second time in five years later this month.

There was little doubt about their first goal as Kevin Nisbet slotted a wonderful strike into the bottom corner.

But Doidge was clearly offside for the second as he went too early to finish off a scintillating counter-attack.

Replays showed he was half a yard offside but Ross was quick to point out that Doidge had been denied by an earlier call from Bobby Madden, who was criticised for his performance.

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"I watched it quickly and it was close, but equally I would point to the one where Bobby Madden blows his whistle a bit too quickly when Christian was through on goal," Ross told BBC Sportsound after the match.

"We've had the crossbar deny us a penalty kick in extra-time before and all these little things.

"If that was the thing we needed to go our way to clinch the victory then naturally I'll take it all the way."

Ross will look to win the first Scottish Cup of his career later this month and he could be facing former side St Mirren who face St Johnstone in the other semi-final on Sunday.

But he's not thinking about that yet as he says the focus for now is on celebrating a fine win for his team .

"I'm really delighted for the players and staff," he went on.

"They've been outstanding all season, people will point to our standing in the league and our stature, but we haven't done it often enough.

"To continue to challenge on both fronts, and to have the strength of character to come through and win, it's such a happy changing room at the moment.

"We've got to come back here in two weeks time and try and do the same again.

"But right now, for the next couple of hours at least, it's just a moment to savour."