Scottish Premiership
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Hibernian 3-0 Kilmarnock

Hibernian won at home for the first time since September as they proved too strong for Kilmarnock.

Craig Samson made several excellent saves to keep out Terry Butcher's Hibs.

He kept out a Jason Cummings strike, tipped Scott Robertson's header on to the bar and parried a Lewis Stevenson shot.

But he had no answer to Hanlon's 12th-minute header from Paul Cairney's corner and eventually was beaten by Cairney's curler and a Stevenson shot.

A minute's silence was held before kick-off as both teams paid tribute to Hibernian youth player David Paul, who died seven days ago.

Both Butcher and Allan Johnston kept faith with the starting line-ups that brought about victories against Ross County and Hearts respectively on Boxing Day.

The home side were first to have a crack at goal. Collins peeled away from the Killie defence but fired his left-foot effort wide of the target.

Teenager Cummings was next to try his luck as he drove through the middle of the visitors but his shot was well saved by Samson.

Interview - Hibernian manager Terry Butcher

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Interview - Hibernian manager Terry Butcher

The pressure paid off when defender Hanlon met Cairney's cross to head home his first goal of the season.

It was Hibs' third goal in succession from a corner kick following their 2-0 win over County three days ago.

Hibs continued to create chances with Liam Craig and Robertson winning the midfield battle against their Ayrshire counterparts.

Indeed, Robertson went close when his header was knocked on to the bar by the impressive Samson.

And Craig played in Stevenson on the angle 12 yards out but his strike on goal was brilliantly tipped away by the visiting goalie.

And Samson was called into action again when Cairney sent in a terrific cross that was net-bound, only for Samson to palm the ball away to safety.

The Hibs fans inside Easter Road were enjoying watching their side, who looked sharp and were creating a series of chances.

In a rare venture forward Kris Boyd found space on the edge of the 18 yard box but Ben Williams was equal to the task and saved with ease.

Referee Willie Collum then waved away Hibs' claims for a penalty when Cairney went down inside the box after a challenge by Manuel Pascali.

Interview - Kilmarnock boss Allan Johnston

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Interview - Kilmarnock boss Allan Johnston

Craig found himself in the referee's book after pulling down Chris Johnston as he drove towards the Hibs goal.

Kilmarnock were beginning to come into the game and Boyd set up Michael Gardyne 20 yards out but his shot hit the side netting.

Hibs began the second period the way they opened up the game. Stevenson again tried his luck from 14 yards out on the angle but again Samson came to Killie's rescue.

The quality of balls into the box from Hibernian were excellent all afternoon with Cairney, Craig and Stevenson all sending in testing crosses that Samson did well to punch clear of the danger area.

Stevenson recently made his 200th appearance for the Easter Road side and he came within inches of finding the target for the first time this season with a terrific right-foot shot from 16 yards.

And with 13 minutes left Hibs wrapped up the victory as the Killie defence struggled to deal with a cross into the box and Cairney swept in a left-foot shot into the bottom corner of the goal.

It was the least the home side deserved after dominating the game.

Robertson came close to adding a third but his effort from 16 yards ended up in the side netting.

Deep into stoppage time Hibs made it three when Stevenson crowned off a terrific performance with a fine goal from 25 yards.

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Williams
  • 23Forster
  • 3McGivern
  • 8Robertson
  • 5Nelson
  • 4Hanlon
  • 11CairneySubstituted forTudur Jonesat 86'minutes
  • 10CraigBooked at 37mins
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forHandlingat 73'minutes
  • 14Collins
  • 16Stevenson

Substitutes

  • 17Tudur Jones
  • 18Maybury
  • 19Handling
  • 21Murdoch
  • 26Stanton
  • 27Zoubir
  • 29Caldwell

Kilmarnock

  • 1Samson
  • 16Clohessy
  • 2Tesselaar
  • 28Slater
  • 30Ashcroft
  • 29Pascali
  • 18McKenzie
  • 5Irvine
  • 9Boyd
  • 25GardyneSubstituted forWinchesterat 60'minutes
  • 10Johnston

Substitutes

  • 7Nicholson
  • 8Clingan
  • 11Gros
  • 12Reguero
  • 21Winchester
  • 23McKeown
  • 33Muirhead
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
9,683

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 3, Kilmarnock 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 3, Kilmarnock 0.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 3, Kilmarnock 0. Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Collins.
Foul by Daniel Handling (Hibernian).
Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Scott Robertson (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Rory McKenzie.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Manuel Pascali.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Owain Tudur-Jones replaces Paul Cairney.
James Collins (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).
Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Paul Cairney (Hibernian).
Attempt missed. Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Liam Craig.
Foul by James Collins (Hibernian).
Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 2, Kilmarnock 0. Paul Cairney (Hibernian) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.
Foul by Paul Cairney (Hibernian).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic1815302848
2Motherwell191216237
3Aberdeen1911261135
4Inverness CT1810351033
5Dundee Utd199551632
6St Johnstone18747725
7Hibernian19667-124
8St Mirren18558-920
9Kilmarnock195311-918
10Partick Thistle18369-1715
11Ross County183213-1811
12Hearts193412-20-2
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