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Hibernian 0-1 Kilmarnock

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.

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Williams
  • 18Maybury
  • 3McGivern
  • 10CraigBooked at 80mins
  • 23Forster
  • 5Nelson
  • 22WatmoreSubstituted forCummingsat 80'minutes
  • 26StantonSubstituted forHarrisat 77'minutes
  • 24Heffernan
  • 14Collins
  • 8RobertsonSubstituted forTudur Jonesat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6McPake
  • 7Harris
  • 16Stevenson
  • 17Tudur Jones
  • 19Handling
  • 21Murdoch
  • 35Cummings

Kilmarnock

  • 1Samson
  • 15Barbour
  • 2Tesselaar
  • 29PascaliBooked at 31mins
  • 30Ashcroft
  • 22MaksimenkoSubstituted forClinganat 34'minutes
  • 7NicholsonSubstituted forSlaterat 67'minutes
  • 20Eremenko
  • 9Boyd
  • 18McKenzieSubstituted forMuirheadat 67'minutes
  • 5Irvine

Substitutes

  • 8Clingan
  • 10Johnston
  • 11Gros
  • 12Reguero Chapinal
  • 28Slater
  • 33Muirhead
  • 83Bouzid
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
15,057

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 0, Kilmarnock 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 0, Kilmarnock 1.
Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Ben Williams.
Attempt saved. Alexei Eremenko (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Liam Craig (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).
Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
Robbie Muirhead (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Owain Tudur-Jones (Hibernian).
Robbie Muirhead (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Alex Harris (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Michael Nelson (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Manuel Pascali.
Attempt blocked. Owain Tudur-Jones (Hibernian) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Sammy Clingan.
Owain Tudur-Jones (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Craig Slater (Kilmarnock).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Jason Cummings replaces Duncan Watmore.

Booking

Liam Craig (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.
Hand ball by James Collins (Hibernian).
Attempt missed. Alex Harris (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Alex Harris replaces Samuel Stanton.
Liam Craig (Hibernian) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.
Attempt blocked. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Attempt missed. James Collins (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Craig Slater replaces Barry Nicholson.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Robbie Muirhead replaces Rory McKenzie.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Owain Tudur-Jones replaces Scott Robertson.
Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Attempt saved. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).
Attempt blocked. Scott Robertson (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Paul Heffernan (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock).
Hand ball by Alexei Eremenko (Kilmarnock).
Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by James Collins.
Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Ben Williams.
Attempt saved. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Michael Nelson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock).
Attempt missed. Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Barry Nicholson.
Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Alexei Eremenko (Kilmarnock).
Duncan Watmore (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).
Duncan Watmore (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).

Second Half

Second Half begins Hibernian 0, Kilmarnock 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Hibernian 0, Kilmarnock 1.
Foul by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).
Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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.
Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Barry Nicholson.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Sammy Clingan replaces Vitalijs Maksimenko because of an injury.
Scott Robertson (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic3730617596
2Aberdeen3720891668
3Motherwell3721412367
4Dundee Utd371610111758
5Inverness CT3715913-254
6St Johnstone3715814853
7Ross County3811720-1840
8St Mirren3810919-1939
9Kilmarnock3811621-2139
10Partick Thistle3881416-1938
11Hibernian3881119-2035
12Hearts3810820-2023
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