David Wotherspoon's brilliant header ensured Hibernian ended their Scottish Premier League season with three points against Dundee at Easter Road.

The hosts dominated the first half and visiting goalkeeper Steve Simonsen was on good form to deny Leigh Griffiths.

After the break Griffiths shot wide before Dundee's Ryan Conroy sent an excellent volley just past the post.

Lewis Stevenson crossed for substitute Wotherspoon to convert a thumping 16-yard header with 10 minutes left.

For Hibs, this match was more about ensuring key squad members remained uninjured ahead of their Scottish Cup final date with Celtic on 26 May.

But a win which secured seventh place in the SPL provided an added bonus for the Leith side, who wondered if the game would go ahead when torrential rain fell an hour before kick-off.

Bottom club Dundee had spells of attacking promise in the second half but would probably agree the home side deserved their victory.

Given his likely recall by parent club Wolves, it could be Griffiths's last game at Easter Road for some time and the striker showed he wanted to mark it with a goal early on, but his volley from the edge of the box flew wide.

However, one player Hibs fans hope will be around for a while yet is young winger Alex Harris, who reinforced his growing reputation by gliding past Dundee left-back Matt Lockwood before winning a corner.

Griffiths delivered the set-piece excellently and 19-year-old centre-back Jordon Forster rose to narrowly head over.

Always central to the hosts' attacking play, Griffiths was close to taking his season's goal tally to 29 when his angled drive drew a good save from Dundee goalkeeper Simonsen.

And the frontman immediately got another chance only to see his effort appear to hit the arm of a Dundee defender, although referee Brian Colvin was not interested in claims for a penalty.

Dundee looked most threatening through Gary Harkins and won a couple of corners to give their defence a rest, but Harris was soon shooting into the arms of Simonsen after some neat footwork.

After the break the visitors began positively; John Baird finding Lewis Toshney in the unfamiliar territory of Hibs's penalty box where the on-loan Celtic player poked over the crossbar.

A wonderful Paul Hanlon pass over the Dark Blues's defence allowed Griffiths to chest and volley wide before Stevenson sliced high and wide from Harris's pass.

Then Dundee almost ended their SPL campaign in style.

Harkins's deep cross was taken left-footed on the volley by Conroy from 12 yards and the ball flashed back across Ben Williams's goal, missing the post by inches.

Home fans were pleased to see Griffiths depart the action unhurt ahead of the Scottish Cup final as he was replaced by Chesterfield-bound Eoin Doyle.

And, just when it seemed like the game would peter out and end goalless, another Hibs substitute scores a fine header.

Wotherspoon bulleted in Stevenson's cross from 16 yards, the ball arrowing right into the bottom left corner of the net with Simonsen helpless.

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Saturday, 18 May 2013

Scottish Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hibernian 1-0 Dundee FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Wotherspoon 79

    Hibernian

    • 01 Williams
    • 03 McGivern
    • 04 Hanlon
    • 18 Maybury
    • 37 Forster
    • 08 Claros
    • 16 Stevenson
    • 20 Taiwo (Robertson 83)
    • 33 Harris (Wotherspoon 75)
    • 09 Griffiths (Doyle 73)
    • 29 Caldwell

    Substitutes

    • 31 Murdoch,
    • 07 Deegan,
    • 14 Wotherspoon,
    • 17 Done,
    • 28 Robertson,
    • 10 Doyle,
    • 24 Handling

    Dundee

    • 45 Simonsen
    • 02 Irvine
    • 03 Lockwood
    • 17 Benedictus
    • 18 Gallagher yellow card (Finnigan 73)
    • 25 Toshney (Riley 63)
    • 08 McBride
    • 28 Kerr (Conroy 57)
    • 29 Harkins
    • 10 Baird
    • 20 McAlister

    Substitutes

    • 36 Baird,
    • 07 Riley,
    • 11 Conroy,
    • 32 Cameron Kerr,
    • 09 Finnigan,
    • 24 Nish,
    • 27 Stewart
    Ref: ColvinAtt: 9,522
    HIBERNIAN
    DUNDEE

    Possession

    • Hibernian 53%
    • Dundee 47%

    Attempts on target

    • Hibernian 4
    • Dundee 1

    Attempts off target

    • Hibernian 8
    • Dundee 4

    Corners

    • Hibernian 9
    • Dundee 6

    Fouls

    • Hibernian 11
    • Dundee 8
    • Final Result
    • 90:00+3:09 The match has reached full-time.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:21 Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).
    • 90:00+2:05 Shot by Gary Harkins (Dundee) curled right-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar.
    • 90:00+1:20 Attacking throw-in by Kyle Benedictus (Dundee).
    • 89:53 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian) to centre, clearance by Gary Irvine (Dundee).
    • 89:09 Defending throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
    • 88:35 Attacking throw-in by Gary Harkins (Dundee).
    • 88:26 Defending throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).
    • 87:48 Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
    • 87:05 Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).
    • 86:50 Shot by John Baird (Dundee) left-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), over the bar.
    • 86:28 Foul by Alan Maybury (Hibernian) on Gary Harkins (Dundee). Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Harkins (Dundee) from left wing, passed.
    • 85:53 Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).
    • 85:26 Foul by Eoin Doyle (Hibernian) on Ryan Conroy (Dundee). Free kick taken right-footed by Kyle Benedictus (Dundee) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 84:22 Carl Finnigan (Dundee) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Williams (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 84:05 Defending throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).
    • 83:17 Foul by Alan Maybury (Hibernian) on Carl Finnigan (Dundee). Free kick taken left-footed by Ryan Conroy (Dundee) from right channel (25 yards), hit wall.
    • 83:01 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).
    • 82:34 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian) to centre, resulting in ball out of play.
    • 82:15 Substitution Hibernian substitution: Tom Taiwo replaced by Scott Robertson (tactical).
    • 81:21 Attacking throw-in by Gary Irvine (Dundee).
    • 80:51 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).
    • 80:03 Defending throw-in by Gary Irvine (Dundee).
    • 78:37 Assist (cross) by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) from left wing.
    • 78:37 GOAL - David WotherspoonHibernian 1 - 0 Dundee Headed goal by David Wotherspoon (Hibernian) (top-left of goal) from right side of penalty area (12 yards).Hibernian 1-0 Dundee.
    • 78:05 Defending throw-in by Kyle Benedictus (Dundee).
    • 77:36 Attacking throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).
    • 77:17 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).
    • 76:29 Cross by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian), shot by Ross Caldwell (Hibernian) volleyed right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.
    • 76:04 Foul by Carl Finnigan (Dundee) on Paul Hanlon (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Jorge Claros (Hibernian) from own half, passed.
    • 75:28 Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).
    • 74:51 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).
    • 74:30 Substitution Hibernian substitution: Alex Harris replaced by David Wotherspoon (tactical).
    • 73:48 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Alex Harris (Hibernian) to centre, resulting in open play.
    • 72:56 Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).
    • 72:35 Substitution Dundee substitution: Declan Gallagher replaced by Carl Finnigan (tactical).
    • 72:08 Substitution Hibernian substitution: Leigh Griffiths replaced by Eoin Doyle (tactical).
    • 71:48 Attacking throw-in by James McAlister (Dundee).
    • 71:22 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Ryan Conroy (Dundee) to centre, clearance by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
    • 71:10 Booking Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 71:04 Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) on Nicky Riley (Dundee). Free kick taken right-footed by Ryan Conroy (Dundee) from right wing, resulting in open play.
    • 70:05 Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
    • 69:10 John Baird (Dundee) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Jordon Forster (Hibernian) from own half, passed.
    • 68:15 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).
    • 67:34 Defending throw-in by Ryan Conroy (Dundee).
    • 66:40 Defending throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
    • 66:03 Defending throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
    • 65:35 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Ryan Conroy (Dundee) to centre, clearance by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
    • 65:01 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Ryan Conroy (Dundee) to far post, clearance by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).
    • 64:31 Shot by Alan Maybury (Hibernian) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).
    • 64:05 Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
    • 63:31 Foul by John Baird (Dundee) on Jordon Forster (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Williams (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 63:09 Attacking throw-in by Ryan Conroy (Dundee).
    • 62:39 Substitution Dundee substitution: Lewis Toshney replaced by Nicky Riley (tactical).
    • 62:05 Attacking throw-in by Jorge Claros (Hibernian).
    • 61:16 Foul by Jorge Claros (Hibernian) on John Baird (Dundee). Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Irvine (Dundee) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 60:58 Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
    • 60:41 Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
    • 60:06 Goal kick taken short by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).
    • 59:04 Foul by Jorge Claros (Hibernian) on Kevin McBride (Dundee). Free kick taken right-footed by Declan Gallagher (Dundee) from right channel, passed.
    • 58:56 Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).
    • 58:23 Cross by Gary Harkins (Dundee), shot by Ryan Conroy (Dundee) volleyed left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.
    • 57:37 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).
    • 57:24 Shot by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
    • 57:00 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).
    • 56:39 Substitution Dundee substitution: Mark Kerr replaced by Ryan Conroy (tactical).
    • 56:17 Shot by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed right.
    • 54:28 Defending throw-in by James McAlister (Dundee).
    • 54:03 Defending throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
    • 53:12 Attacking throw-in by James McAlister (Dundee).
    • 52:47 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).
    • 52:26 Shot by Ross Caldwell (Hibernian) right-footed from right channel (30 yards), missed right.
    • 50:52 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by James McAlister (Dundee) to centre, clearance by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).
    • 49:59 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Matthew Lockwood (Dundee) to centre, save (punched) by Ben Williams (Hibernian).
    • 48:51 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).
    • 47:44 Attacking throw-in by James McAlister (Dundee).
    • 47:03 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) to centre, clearance by Gary Irvine (Dundee).
    • 46:21 Foul by Tom Taiwo (Hibernian) on James McAlister (Dundee). Free kick taken right-footed by Mark Kerr (Dundee) from own half, passed.
    • 45:49 Defending throw-in by Lewis Toshney (Dundee).
    • 45:36 Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
    • 45:14 Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • 45:00+0:13 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • Half Time
    • 44:38 Defending throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
    • 43:35 Attacking throw-in by Lewis Toshney (Dundee).
    • 42:29 Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) on Kyle Benedictus (Dundee). Free kick taken right-footed by Steve Simonsen (Dundee) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 42:04 Defending throw-in by James McAlister (Dundee).
    • 41:09 Alex Harris (Hibernian) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Steve Simonsen (Dundee) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 37:14 Shot by Alex Harris (Hibernian) right-footed from right channel (18 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).
    • 36:49 Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
    • 36:11 Foul by James McAlister (Dundee) on Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Alan Maybury (Hibernian) from own half, passed.
    • 36:00 Attacking throw-in by James McAlister (Dundee).
    • 35:39 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).
    • 34:36 Free kick taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) from right channel (35+ yards), missed right.
    • 34:36 Booking Declan Gallagher (Dundee) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 34:32 Foul by Declan Gallagher (Dundee) on Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).
    • 33:54 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by James McAlister (Dundee) to centre, save (punched) by Ben Williams (Hibernian).
    • 33:24 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) to centre, save (caught) by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).
    • 33:19 Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).
    • 32:10 Foul by Alan Maybury (Hibernian) on Kevin McBride (Dundee). Free kick taken right-footed by Kevin McBride (Dundee) from left wing, header by Gary Harkins (Dundee) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
    • 31:22 Foul by Kevin McBride (Dundee) on Tom Taiwo (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Alan Maybury (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 30:35 Defending throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).
    • 29:46 Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).
    • 29:19 Attacking throw-in by James McAlister (Dundee).
    • 27:54 Defending throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).
    • 27:39 Attacking throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).
    • 26:59 Defending throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).
    • 25:47 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) to far post, resulting in open play.
    • 25:18 Shot by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) left-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), save (parried) by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).
    • 24:33 Attacking throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).
    • 24:20 Attacking throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).
    • 23:59 Attacking throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).
    • 23:34 Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
    • 23:28 Defending throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
    • 22:12 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).
    • 21:32 Attacking throw-in by James McAlister (Dundee).
    • 20:12 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).
    • 19:10 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) to far post, header by Jordon Forster (Hibernian) from left side of six-yard box (12 yards), missed left.
    • 18:32 Defending throw-in by James McAlister (Dundee).
    • 18:00 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).
    • 17:23 Foul by James McAlister (Dundee) on Alan Maybury (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Tom Taiwo (Hibernian) from own half, passed.
    • 16:45 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).
    • 16:07 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) to centre, header by Jordon Forster (Hibernian) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
    • 15:30 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) to far post, clearance by Declan Gallagher (Dundee).
    • 14:50 Defending throw-in by Lewis Toshney (Dundee).
    • 14:09 Foul by Gary Irvine (Dundee) on Jordon Forster (Hibernian). Free kick taken left-footed by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) from own half, passed.
    • 13:22 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).
    • 12:59 Attacking throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
    • 12:48 Defending throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
    • 12:17 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).
    • 11:49 Defending throw-in by James McAlister (Dundee).
    • 11:41 Defending throw-in by James McAlister (Dundee).
    • 10:48 Defending throw-in by James McAlister (Dundee).
    • 10:03 Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) on Gary Harkins (Dundee). Free kick taken right-footed by Steve Simonsen (Dundee) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 9:46 Defending throw-in by Lewis Toshney (Dundee).
    • 9:13 Foul by Kevin McBride (Dundee) on Jorge Claros (Hibernian). Free kick taken right-footed by Jordon Forster (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 8:33 Lewis Toshney (Dundee) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Williams (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 8:19 Attacking throw-in by Lewis Toshney (Dundee).
    • 7:56 Defending throw-in by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
    • 7:32 Foul by Jordon Forster (Hibernian) on Gary Harkins (Dundee). Free kick taken right-footed by Kyle Benedictus (Dundee) from left wing, resulting in open play.
    • 7:18 Goal kick taken long by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).
    • 6:57 Shot by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian) volleyed right-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed left.
    • 6:07 John Baird (Dundee) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Williams (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 4:19 Cross by Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian), save (caught) by Steve Simonsen (Dundee).
    • 3:22 Attacking throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).
    • 2:26 John Baird (Dundee) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Williams (Hibernian) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 2:01 Defending throw-in by Lewis Toshney (Dundee).
    • 1:23 Goal kick taken long by Ben Williams (Hibernian).
    • 0:18 Defending throw-in by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).
    • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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