Kilmarnock assured themselves of top-flight football next season by beating Hibernian, consigning their opponents to a relegation play-off.

Kris Boyd got the crucial goal for the visitors in a match dominated for long spells by the home side.

The full-time whistle was greeted with understandable jubilation among the travelling fans.

But the Hibs support now have to endure a two-legged contest with a top Championship side to stay up.

It threatens to be a thoroughly miserable season for Edinburgh football, with Hearts already relegated to the second tier.

Boyd goal

Kris Boyd buries the all-important goal for Killie

This was Hibs' 13th match without a victory, dating back to mid-February, and there can be little doubt their form over that period is that of relegation fodder.

They sat seventh and six points clear of then-11th placed Kilmarnock when Terry Butcher took over in November, and apart from a short spell in which the new manager seemed to have turned things around, they have arguably looked an even more dispirited and shambolic outfit than under Pat Fenlon.

Toothless up front, their dominance of this match, particularly in the early stages, was undermined by an incapability in front of goal, coupled with some doughty defending by Kilmarnock when necessary.

Nonetheless, with a touch of good fortune, Hibs could have been ahead on two or three occasions, with Jordon Forster's top-corner-bound drive flicked past the post by the head of Vitalijs Maksimenko.

From the corner, Scott Robertson, who had already forced Craig Samson into a decent save, glanced a header goalwards only for Barry Nicholson to head off the line.

Hibernian's Jason Cummings

Hibs now face a two-legged play-off to stay up

Both sides had seemingly plausible penalty claims turned away by referee Craig Thomson - one for a shove on Michael Nelson, the other a trip on Boyd - before Killie got their noses in front.

Ross Barbour fired in a low cross and Boyd, who had an earlier strike chalked off for offside, swept a shot from just inside the box past the outstretched hand of Ben Williams and into the goalkeeper's bottom right-hand corner.

Kilmarnock had spells in the second half of good possession, but again their goal was the one under greater threat.

Hibernian captain Liam Craig came closest to the goal that would have given them a fighting chance, but his ferocious drive from 20 yards clattered off the underside of the bar and away to safety.

There were also a couple of almighty goalmouth scrambles, which Killie somehow survived without conceding, but in truth Hibernian's season-long problems in front of goal were their downfall once again.

Whichever of the Championship clubs makes it through to meet Hibs, they will be facing a side bereft of confidence.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 18 Maybury
  • 03 McGivern
  • 10 Craig Booked
  • 23 Forster
  • 05 Nelson
  • 22 Watmore (Cummings - 80' )
  • 26 Stanton (Harris - 77' )
  • 24 Heffernan
  • 14 Collins
  • 08 Robertson (Tudur Jones - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 06 McPake
  • 07 Harris
  • 16 Stevenson
  • 17 Tudur Jones
  • 19 Handling
  • 21 Murdoch
  • 35 Cummings

Kilmarnock

  • 01 Samson
  • 15 Barbour
  • 02 Tesselaar
  • 29 Pascali Booked
  • 30 Ashcroft
  • 22 Maksimenko (Clingan - 34' )
  • 07 Nicholson (Slater - 67' )
  • 20 Eremenko
  • 09 Boyd
  • 18 McKenzie (Muirhead - 67' )
  • 05 Irvine

Substitutes

  • 08 Clingan
  • 10 Johnston
  • 11 Gros
  • 12 Reguero Chapinal
  • 28 Slater
  • 33 Muirhead
  • 83 Bouzid
Ref: Craig Thomson
Att: 15,057

Match Stats

Shots

13 9

On target

4 5

Corners

8 3

Fouls

8 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hibernian 0, Kilmarnock 1.

90:00 +2:15 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hibernian 0, Kilmarnock 1.

90:00 +1:36

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Ben Williams.

90:00 +1:27

Attempt saved. Alexei Eremenko (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

90:00 +1:05

Liam Craig (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +1:05

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

90:00 +0:36

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

90:00 +0:36

Robbie Muirhead (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:46

Foul by Owain Tudur-Jones (Hibernian).

89:46

Robbie Muirhead (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:12

Attempt saved. Alex Harris (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

85:42

Attempt missed. Michael Nelson (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

85:14

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Manuel Pascali.

84:50

Attempt blocked. Owain Tudur-Jones (Hibernian) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

84:32

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Sammy Clingan.

81:52

Owain Tudur-Jones (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:52

Foul by Craig Slater (Kilmarnock).

79:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Jason Cummings replaces Duncan Watmore.

79:16 Booking

Booking Liam Craig (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

79:07

Hand ball by James Collins (Hibernian).

78:02

Attempt missed. Alex Harris (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

76:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Alex Harris replaces Samuel Stanton.

75:57

Liam Craig (Hibernian) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.

75:00

Attempt blocked. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

72:05

Attempt missed. Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

70:47

Attempt missed. James Collins (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

66:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. Craig Slater replaces Barry Nicholson.

66:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. Robbie Muirhead replaces Rory McKenzie.

66:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Owain Tudur-Jones replaces Scott Robertson.

63:52

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

62:58

Attempt saved. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

61:06

Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

61:06

Foul by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).

60:40

Attempt blocked. Scott Robertson (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

60:10

Paul Heffernan (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:10

Foul by Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock).

57:40

Hand ball by Alexei Eremenko (Kilmarnock).

55:10

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by James Collins.

54:54

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Ben Williams.

54:43

Attempt saved. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

53:10

Michael Nelson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:10

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock).

52:47

Attempt missed. Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

50:59

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Barry Nicholson.

50:17

Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:17

Foul by Alexei Eremenko (Kilmarnock).

48:20

Duncan Watmore (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:20

Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).

47:01

Duncan Watmore (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:01

Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).

45:00

Second Half begins Hibernian 0, Kilmarnock 1.

45:00 +3:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hibernian 0, Kilmarnock 1.

45:00 +2:28

Foul by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

45:00 +2:28

Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hibernian 0, Kilmarnock 1. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ross Barbour.

36:02

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

36:02

Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:11

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Barry Nicholson.

33:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. Sammy Clingan replaces Vitalijs Maksimenko because of an injury.

32:14

Scott Robertson (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:14

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

31:04

Attempt missed. Jordan Forster (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

30:32 Booking

Booking Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

30:26

Duncan Watmore (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:21

Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

29:05

Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).

29:05

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:27

Attempt saved. James Collins (Hibernian) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner.

26:06

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Kris Boyd.

25:56

Attempt blocked. Jordan Forster (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

25:12

Liam Craig (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:12

Foul by Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock).

23:24

James Collins (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:24

Foul by Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock).

23:04

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

23:04

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:47

Foul by James Collins (Hibernian).

19:47

(Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:21

Attempt saved. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

18:20

Attempt saved. Scott Robertson (Hibernian) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner.

14:55

Attempt saved. James Collins (Hibernian) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

7:11

Attempt missed. Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

6:11

James Collins (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:11

Foul by Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock).

4:00

James Collins (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:00

Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

2:36

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Vitalijs Maksimenko.

2:09

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Kris Boyd.

1:31

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Ross Barbour.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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