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Hibernian 3-0 Alloa Athletic

Martin Boyle scores for Hibernian
Martin Boyle opened the scoring for Hibernian

Martin Boyle's double piloted Hibernian past Alloa Athletic to within five points of Championship leaders Rangers.

It also showed the depth of squad head coach Alan Stubbs has assembled as they chase honours in three competitions.

He made seven changes to the team that started last Tuesday's Scottish Cup replay win against city rivals Hearts.

Danny Carmichael scored between Boyle's brace, and Stubbs' men rarely looked like slipping up against a gutsy but impotent bottom side Alloa.

It was a brilliant bit of vision from on-loan Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson that created the opener with a sublime diagonal pass.

That sent Boyle clear and he rounded Scott Gallacher to mark his first start since mid-December with a goal.

Steven Hetherington ought to have levelled for the visitors barely a minute after the restart, but he could only divert a bouncing cross straight into Mark Oxley's arms.

James Keatings' lovely through-ball set up Carmichael for the second six minutes from half-time in his first start since August - his maiden goal for the Hibees.

Alloa did create a number of chances throughout the match but they lacked the quality to exploit those opportunities.

It was tough on them when Boyle completed the scoring in 76 minutes with a back post tap-in when the part-timers were caught on the counterattack.

Hibs now make up their game in hand over Rangers at home to Morton on Wednesday night while Alloa face a vital home match against second-bottom Livingston on Saturday.

Hibernian head coach Alan Stubbs: "To score so early on settled all the players down and I think from then onwards it was a matter of being professional. When our chances came we took them.

"It's great to see the changes that I made to the team get on the scoresheet."

Alloa Athletic manager Jack Ross: "I don't have any qualms over the result, but I thought our players gave a good account of themselves individually and as a team. If we'd taken one of our opportunities early in the second half, it would have gotten us back to within a goal and the game could have been different, but there is a lot to be pleased about."

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Oxley
  • 27Gunnarsson
  • 5Fontaine
  • 4Hanlon
  • 17BoyleBooked at 31mins
  • 10McGeouchSubstituted forMcGinnat 67'minutes
  • 6BartleySubstituted forThomsonat 78'minutes
  • 3Henderson
  • 21Carmichael
  • 29DagnallSubstituted forMcGregorat 81'minutes
  • 19Keatings

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 18McGinn
  • 24McGregor
  • 28Stokes
  • 30Thomson
  • 32Virtanen
  • 35Cummings

Alloa

  • 41Gallacher
  • 19FinnieSubstituted forFernsat 86'minutes
  • 3Hill
  • 6MarrBooked at 17minsSubstituted forMcAuslandat 45'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 5Hamilton
  • 7Duffy
  • 8O'Brien
  • 14McManus
  • 18Hetherington
  • 23Megginson
  • 17LayneSubstituted forCaddisat 52'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2McAusland
  • 4Reintam
  • 10Holmes
  • 11Ferns
  • 12Caddis
  • 21Crawford
  • 27Crawford
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
8,765

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamAlloa
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home21
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home11
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 3, Alloa Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 3, Alloa Athletic 0.

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

Foul by Kyle McAusland (Alloa Athletic).

Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

Kyle McAusland (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Martin Boyle (Hibernian).

Jason Marr (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Alloa Athletic. Edward Ferns replaces Ryan Finnie.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Connor McManus (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Darren McGregor replaces Chris Dagnall.

Attempt missed. Liam Fontaine (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Kyle McAusland.

Attempt blocked. James Keatings (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Kevin Thomson replaces Marvin Bartley.

Booking

Kyle McAusland (Alloa Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 3, Alloa Athletic 0. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Mitchel Megginson (Alloa Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Mark Oxley.

Foul by Liam Henderson (Hibernian).

Liam Caddis (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Attempt blocked. Liam Henderson (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Ryan Finnie.

Attempt blocked. James Keatings (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. John McGinn replaces Dylan McGeouch.

Attempt saved. Chris Dagnall (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Liam Fontaine (Hibernian) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Colin Hamilton.

Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

Connor McManus (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Steven Hetherington.

Attempt missed. Chris Dagnall (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Ryan Finnie.

Foul by Liam Henderson (Hibernian).

Connor McManus (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Carmichael (Hibernian).

Connor McManus (Alloa Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Alloa Athletic. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers25203267175063
2Hibernian24174341172455
3Falkirk25148341202150
4Raith Rovers239592628-232
5Queen of Sth2394102229-731
6Morton2477102327-428
7St Mirren2476112433-927
8Dumbarton2464141942-2322
9Livingston2545162438-1417
10Alloa2534181349-3613
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