Scottish Championship
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St Mirren 1-4 Hibernian

James Keatings scored a hat-trick as Hibernian came from behind to beat St Mirren and stay within five points of Scottish Championship leaders Rangers.

Sean Kelly's strike put the Buddies ahead early on but Hibs quickly levelled through Jason Cummings' shot.

Keatings then netted twice with efforts from outside the box as the visitors took control before the break.

A foul on Liam Henderson led to a penalty for Hibs and Keatings completed his treble from the spot.

Two goals inside four minutes from Keatings put Hibs in the driving seat.

The forward drilled into the far corner following a quickly-taken free-kick and added another by curling into the top corner following a flowing move.

Earlier, Keatings had helped set up Cummings' 13th goal of the season, which followed Kelly's strike from inside the box.

St Mirren, who appointed former Hibs manager Alex Miller as assistant during the week, saw substitute Lawrence Shankland hit a post before Keatings claimed the match ball from the penalty spot.

The win extends Hibs' unbeaten run in all competitions to 13, winning 12 of them, while the Buddies are still searching for their first home league victory this season and remain third bottom.

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 12Langfield
  • 33StewartBooked at 12mins
  • 4Webster
  • 15Baird
  • 3KellyBooked at 76mins
  • 6GoodwinBooked at 49mins
  • 16AgnewSubstituted forHowiesonat 57'minutes
  • 22GallagherSubstituted forShanklandat 57'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 14Mallan
  • 7McMullanSubstituted forMorganat 70'minutes
  • 9Thompson

Substitutes

  • 5Conlan
  • 10Carswell
  • 11Howieson
  • 17Morgan
  • 18Mclear
  • 25Shankland
  • 32Wilks

Hibernian

  • 1Oxley
  • 2Gray
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16StevensonBooked at 52mins
  • 8Fyvie
  • 18McGinn
  • 19KeatingsSubstituted forFeruzat 82'minutes
  • 3Henderson
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forBoyleat 70'minutes
  • 7MalongaSubstituted forFontaineat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Fontaine
  • 6Bartley
  • 9El Alagui
  • 17Boyle
  • 20Feruz
  • 21Carmichael
  • 31Reguero
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
4,503

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home7
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, St. Mirren 1, Hibernian 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Mirren 1, Hibernian 4.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

Attempt missed. Liam Fontaine (Hibernian) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jack Baird.

Attempt missed. Darren McGregor (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Booking

Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren).

Liam Henderson (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Islam Feruz replaces James Keatings.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Liam Fontaine replaces Dominique Malonga.

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 1, Hibernian 4. James Keatings (Hibernian) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Cameron Howieson (St. Mirren) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Hibernian. Liam Henderson draws a foul in the penalty area.

Booking

Sean Kelly (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sean Kelly (St. Mirren).

Martin Boyle (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by David Gray.

Andy Webster (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Henderson (Hibernian).

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

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by David Gray.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Martin Boyle replaces Jason Cummings.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Lewis Morgan replaces Paul McMullan.

Attempt saved. Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

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

Foul by Steven Thompson (St. Mirren).

Darren McGregor (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. James Keatings (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Fraser Fyvie.

Attempt missed. Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Cameron Howieson replaces Scott Agnew.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Lawrence Shankland replaces Calum Gallagher.

Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Stephen Mallan.

Foul by Steven Thompson (St. Mirren).

Darren McGregor (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers1312013983136
2Hibernian1310122591631
3Falkirk1383222111127
4Raith Rovers137061517-221
5Queen of Sth146261521-620
6Morton145451315-219
7Livingston133191520-510
8St Mirren132471221-910
9Dumbarton133191124-1310
10Alloa131210728-215
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