Scottish Championship
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Hibernian 4-1 Alloa Athletic

Martin Boyle scores for Hibernian against Alloa Athletic
Martin Boyle opened the scoring for the hosts

Hibernian moved up to second in the Scottish Championship after beating Alloa Athletic, who slipped to the bottom of the table.

Martin Boyle stylishly gave Hibs the lead and Liam Craig doubled their advantage.

Jason Cummings added a third before Iain Flannigan struck for the Wasps.

But Dominique Malonga's tap-in ensured victory for the hosts, who capitalised on Rangers' draw with Falkirk to move up the table.

Hibs now lead Rangers by a point ahead of next week's final round of league fixtures. Alan Stubbs' side visit Falkirk when Rangers will be up against title winners Hearts at Tynecastle.

The team finishing third will face Queen of the South over two legs to decide who meets the division's runners-up in the Premiership play-off semi-final double-header.

Hibernian players celebrating
Hibs will finish second if they win next week

The winner will then meet the team finishing second-bottom in the Premiership, again over two legs, with a place in the top flight the prize.

Danny Lennon's Alloa can still escape automatic relegation and indeed the relegation play-off spot if they beat Cowdenbeath next week and Livingston drop points to Queen of the South.

Hibs dominated from the first whistle against the Wasps, Jordon Forster having a header cleared off the line.

And the opener came when Boyle collected a pass from Scott Allan, raced into the box and finished low across goalkeeper John Gibson.

Craig then netted with a cross that found its way into the net.

The second goalscorer hit a post with a swerving shot from distance before Malonga raced away and picked out Cummings for Hibs' third.

Flannigan rifled in Alloa's response from the edge of the box but Forster headed back across goal for Malonga to complete the scoring.

Dominique Malonga scores for Hibernian against Alloa Athletic
Malonga netted late in the match

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Oxley
  • 6Forster
  • 4Hanlon
  • 5Fontaine
  • 17Boyle
  • 20AllanSubstituted forHandlingat 78'minutes
  • 8RobertsonSubstituted forMartinat 88'minutes
  • 10Craig
  • 16Stevenson
  • 24Malonga
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forStantonat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9El Alagui
  • 11Stanton
  • 19Handling
  • 29Dja Djedje
  • 30Cerny
  • 32Dunsmore
  • 39Martin

Alloa

  • 1Gibson
  • 30FergusonBooked at 20minsSubstituted forRutherfordat 39'minutes
  • 4Gordon
  • 14Benedictus
  • 3Docherty
  • 17Doyle
  • 16FlanniganBooked at 22mins
  • 10Holmes
  • 8McCordSubstituted forChopraat 84'minutes
  • 7Cawley
  • 19BuchananSubstituted forLayneat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Tiffoney
  • 9Spence
  • 18Hetherington
  • 25Chopra
  • 26Layne
  • 28Rutherford
  • 31Couser
Referee:
John McKendrick
Attendance:
8,328

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamAlloa
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home21
Away4
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home4
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 4, Alloa Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 4, Alloa Athletic 1.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Scott Martin replaces Scott Robertson.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Michael Doyle.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Michael Chopra replaces Ryan McCord.

Attempt blocked. Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Daniel Handling replaces Scott Allan.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Isaac Layne replaces Liam Buchanan.

Attempt missed. Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 4, Alloa Athletic 1. Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Liam Fontaine.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by John Gibson.

Attempt saved. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

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

Foul by Greg Rutherford (Alloa Athletic).

Attempt missed. Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Samuel Stanton replaces Jason Cummings.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 3, Alloa Athletic 1. Iain Flannigan (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Docherty with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 3, Alloa Athletic 0. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dominique Malonga.

Attempt saved. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by John Gibson.

Attempt saved. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Liam Craig (Hibernian) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Foul by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).

Greg Rutherford (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Hibernian 2, Alloa Athletic 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Hibernian 2, Alloa Athletic 0.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 2, Alloa Athletic 0. Liam Craig (Hibernian) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left to the top left corner. Assisted by Scott Allan.

Scott Allan (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan McCord (Alloa Athletic).

Foul by Liam Craig (Hibernian).

Ryan McCord (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Greg Rutherford replaces David Ferguson.

Attempt saved. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Liam Fontaine (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 1, Alloa Athletic 0. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Allan.

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

Foul by Kevin Cawley (Alloa Athletic).

Attempt missed. Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts35293394247090
2Hibernian35207867323567
3Rangers35199767373066
4Queen of Sth35179958401860
5Falkirk351411104845353
6Raith Rovers35126174063-2342
7Dumbarton3596203477-4333
8Cowdenbeath3574243183-5225
9Livingston3578204053-1324
10Alloa3559213156-2524
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