Scottish Championship
Hibernian3St Mirren1

Hibernian 3-1 St Mirren

Anthony Stokes celebrates with his Hibernian team-mates
Anthony Stokes (left) marked the beginning of his second Hibs spell with a goal

Hibernian moved to within two points of Rangers at the top of the Championship with a comfortable victory over St Mirren.

Liam Henderson opened the scoring with a terrific free-kick before John McGinn increased the lead against his former club.

Stevie Mallan pulled one back with a free-kick of his own before half-time.

Anthony Stokes played the final 20 minutes and marked his Easter Road return with a late third for the hosts.

Alan Stubbs, whose side moved two points clear of Falkirk, resisted the temptation to start Stokes following his arrival on loan from Celtic given the Irishman had not played first-team football since August.

His opposite number, Alex Rae, handed a debut to Rocco Quinn, who had arrived from Ross County since their last action more than a fortnight ago.

The pre-match headlines were about Stokes, but it was another on-loan Celt who brought the Hibs fans to their feet.

Henderson was brought down on the edge of the box by Jack Baird and though referee Don Robertson initially allowed the advantage, he brought it back.

The midfielder got back to his feet and whipped a wonderful shot into the top corner. It was an outstanding effort that arched over Buddies goalkeeper Jamie Langfield.

Hibs dominated proceedings for large spells and should have doubled their lead when Jason Cummings latched on to a long ball which dropped over his shoulder leaving him one-on-one with Langfield, who stood tall to deny the Easter Road top scorer.

Cummings and January signing Chris Dagnall tested Langfield, who was single-handedly preventing the roof from caving in.

The veteran could only stem the flow for so long and after good set-up play by Cummings, McGinn stroked home.

John McGinn scores for Hibernian against St Mirren
McGinn netted against his former club

St Mirren threatened very occasionally but gave themselves a lifeline with the last kick of the opening half and it was their main threat who provided it.

Stevie Mallan has a penchant for the spectacular and he found the bottom left of Mark Oxley's goal with a superb free-kick.

The pattern of Hibs dominance continued after the interval and Paul Hanlon had one header saved and another cleared off the line while a deflected McGinn drive just cleared the crossbar.

Stokes took his second Easter Road bow with 20 minutes to play and soon tapped home after good set-up play by fellow-sub James Keatings.

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Oxley
  • 2Gray
  • 4Hanlon
  • 5Fontaine
  • 16Stevenson
  • 8Fyvie
  • 6Bartley
  • 18McGinn
  • 3HendersonSubstituted forMcGregorat 88'minutes
  • 29DagnallBooked at 71minsSubstituted forStokesat 71'minutes
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forKeatingsat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Malonga
  • 17Boyle
  • 19Keatings
  • 24McGregor
  • 27Gunnarsson
  • 28Stokes
  • 31Reguero

St Mirren

  • 12Langfield
  • 20Watson
  • 15BairdBooked at 77mins
  • 4Webster
  • 3Kelly
  • 27Quinn
  • 16AgnewBooked at 58minsSubstituted forThompsonat 77'minutes
  • 14Mallan
  • 11HowiesonSubstituted forStewartat 71'minutes
  • 25ShanklandBooked at 88mins
  • 22GallagherSubstituted forMcMullanat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McMullan
  • 8Gow
  • 9Thompson
  • 19Cuddihy
  • 32Wilks
  • 33Stewart
  • 37McAllister
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
10,160

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 3, St. Mirren 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 3, St. Mirren 1.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 3, St. Mirren 1. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Paul McMullan replaces Calum Gallagher.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Darren McGregor replaces Liam Henderson.

Booking

Lawrence Shankland (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Stewart (St. Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. James Keatings replaces Jason Cummings.

Attempt missed. Liam Fontaine (Hibernian) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

David Gray (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Stewart (St. Mirren).

Attempt missed. Steven Thompson (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Stewart (St. Mirren).

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

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jordan Stewart.

Booking

Jack Baird (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Steven Thompson replaces Scott Agnew.

Liam Henderson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Baird (St. Mirren).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) because of an injury.

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Scott Agnew (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Anthony Stokes replaces Chris Dagnall.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Jordan Stewart replaces Cameron Howieson.

Booking

Chris Dagnall (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Chris Dagnall (Hibernian).

Sean Kelly (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

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

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Andy Webster.

Attempt blocked. John McGinn (Hibernian) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Lawrence Shankland.

Attempt blocked. Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) header from very close range is blocked.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rocco Quinn (St. Mirren).

Attempt missed. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) header from very close range is too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers20162261164550
2Hibernian21153337172048
3Falkirk22137238172146
4Raith Rovers208482225-328
5Queen of Sth208482127-628
6Morton196671921-224
7Dumbarton2154121839-2119
8St Mirren2046101931-1218
9Livingston2244142435-1116
10Alloa213216940-3111
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