Scottish Championship
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Hibernian 0-1 Queen of the South

Queen of the South boosted their Scottish Championship play-off hopes and consigned second-placed Hibernian to a third straight defeat.

The visitors had the better of the first half, without being able to open the scoring.

However, Mark Durnan netted from close range early in the second period to give Queens the advantage.

Hibs tried to respond without success, Dominique Malonga having a header saved by Zander Clark.

Rangers, who have played two games less, will move above Alan Stubbs' faltering side if they avoid defeat at home to champions Hearts on Sunday.

The game ended with a corner to the hosts, with every player, bar the taker, inside the penalty box but goalkeeper Mark Oxley could not find his second goal of the season.

Copying the successful formula recently adopted by Rangers at Easter Road, the visitors lined up in a 3-5-2 formation and Hibs were too ponderous in possession to find any gaps, allowing the Dumfries team their first away win since 31 January.

Queen of the South striker Gavin Reilly went close to giving the visitors the lead inside the opening minute and visiting defender Kevin Holt was also wayward with two efforts.

Queens striker Derek Lyle blazed wide before the break and after the restart substitute Lewis Kidd lashed an effort over the crossbar before the visitors made the breakthrough in the 47th minute.

Durnan finished emphatically from close range, low into the centre of goal, following fine build-up play by the Doonhammers.

Hibs striker Malonga rifled a shot over the crossbar when well placed in the 63rd minute and had a header well saved by Clark, who also denied home substitute Farid El Alagui in a frantic closing spell.

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Oxley
  • 18WatsonBooked at 85mins
  • 4Hanlon
  • 5Fontaine
  • 16Stevenson
  • 11Stanton
  • 8Robertson
  • 20AllanBooked at 75mins
  • 22FyvieSubstituted forDja Djedjeat 80'minutes
  • 24Malonga
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forEl Alaguiat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Forster
  • 9El Alagui
  • 10Craig
  • 17Boyle
  • 19Handling
  • 29Dja Djedje
  • 30Cerny

Queen of Sth

  • 1Clark
  • 4Dowie
  • 5Durnan
  • 6Higgins
  • 3Holt
  • 17Carmichael
  • 18McShaneBooked at 90mins
  • 14McKennaBooked at 10minsSubstituted forPickardat 80'minutes
  • 15PatonSubstituted forKiddat 45'minutes
  • 19LyleSubstituted forSmithat 88'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10Reilly

Substitutes

  • 2Mitchell
  • 12Kidd
  • 20Atkinson
  • 22Hooper
  • 23Smith
  • 24Smith
  • 28Pickard
Referee:
Calum Murray
Attendance:
8,773

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 0, Queen of the South 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 0, Queen of the South 1.

Foul by Liam Fontaine (Hibernian).

Kevin Holt (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Lewis Kidd.

Booking

Dean Smith (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Durnan (Queen of the South).

Attempt saved. Farid El Alagui (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Ian McShane (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card.

Keith Watson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Pickard (Queen of the South).

Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Pickard (Queen of the South).

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Dean Smith replaces Derek Lyle.

Booking

Keith Watson (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Keith Watson (Hibernian).

Daniel Carmichael (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Franck Dja Djedje (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Daniel Carmichael (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Scott Allan (Hibernian).

Derek Lyle (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Franck Dja Djedje replaces Fraser Fyvie.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Jake Pickard replaces Stephen McKenna.

Farid El Alagui (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Higgins (Queen of the South).

Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).

Gavin Reilly (Queen of the South) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Stephen McKenna (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Scott Allan (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Gavin Reilly (Queen of the South).

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

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

Foul by Kevin Holt (Queen of the South).

Attempt missed. Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts30263186186881
2Hibernian31167856292755
3Rangers29167655292655
4Falkirk32141084540552
5Queen of Sth31148950371350
6Raith Rovers31126133850-1242
7Dumbarton3196163167-3633
8Cowdenbeath3264222678-5222
9Alloa3148192547-2220
10Livingston3047193047-1714
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