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Scottish Championship: Hibernian 4-0 Dumbarton

Hibernian drew level on points with Falkirk in the battle to secure second place in the Scottish Championship after a comfortable win over Dumbarton.

James Keatings scored twice in the opening 13 minutes.

The Sons steadied themselves but fell further behind to a Kevin Cawley own goal and Anthony Stokes' late strike.

Alan Stubbs' side remain in third spot in the table as Falkirk have a three-goal advantage going into the final league games on Sunday.

The home side came flying out of the traps and were one up after only seven minutes.

Stokes and Fraser Fyvie combined to set up Keatings, who had started ahead of rested top scorer Jason Cumming, and he thundered a shot into the roof of the net from the angle of the 18-yard box.

Hibs were denied a second when a Liam Henderson free-kick was parried away by Jamie Ewings, but the Dumbarton goalkeeper was helpless when the lead was doubled after 13 minutes.

A Niklas Gunnarsson effort was blocked, but the Norwegian hammered the rebound across goal, where Keatings was waiting to tap the ball home.

Henderson and Stokes both came close to adding to the tally for rampant Hibs, while Scottish Cup hero Conrad Logan, given his chance in goal, did well to keep out a Calum Waters effort in a rare attack by the visitors.

Hibernian's Anthony Stokes and Dumbarton's Mark Docherty clash
Tensions flaired as Hibernian's Anthony Stokes clashed with Dumbarton's Mark Docherty

Gunnarson missed a glorious chance for number three when he had a clear sight of goal from six yards out.

Dumbarton looked better in the early stages of the second half, but there was a real let-off for Stephen Aitken's side when Martin Boyle fired the ball across the six-yard box.

With the goal gaping, on-loan Celtic striker Stokes fired straight at Ewings and the chance was gone.

Stokes almost made amends with a free-kick from 22 yards out, but Ewings produced a fine save.

With 15 minutes left, the home side scored a third thanks to a fair slice of good fortune.

Keatings chased the ball down the left, was challenged by Kevin Cawley and the Sons striker's block soared over his own goalkeeper and into the net.

As the home side laid siege, Ewings once again denied Stokes and Lewis Stevenson cracked a shot off the post after Boyle was also denied by the goalkeeper.

However, the scoring was completed in stoppage time when Stokes reacted first after Ewings had saved a Paul Hanlon header.

The battle for second continues on Sunday when Hibs host Queen of the South, while Falkirk entertain Greenock Morton.

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 25Logan
  • 27Gunnarsson
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 17Boyle
  • 3Henderson
  • 8Fyvie
  • 18McGinn
  • 19Keatings
  • 28StokesBooked at 72mins

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 5Fontaine
  • 14Handling
  • 29Dagnall
  • 30Thomson
  • 32Virtanen
  • 35Cummings

Dumbarton

  • 19Ewings
  • 4Saunders
  • 5Buchanan
  • 22WrightBooked at 40mins
  • 3Docherty
  • 7Cawley
  • 17RoutledgeBooked at 72mins
  • 14Barr
  • 8GallagherBooked at 57minsSubstituted forFlemingat 63'minutes
  • 16WatersSubstituted forWalshat 77'minutes
  • 21HeffernanSubstituted forNadeat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Brown
  • 2Taggart
  • 9Fleming
  • 15McCallum
  • 18Lindsay
  • 23Walsh
  • 27Nade
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
6,686

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamDumbarton
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home20
Away5
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home12
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 4, Dumbarton 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 4, Dumbarton 0.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 4, Dumbarton 0. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Frazer Wright.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Darren Barr.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Kevin Cawley.

Attempt missed. Christian Nade (Dumbarton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) hits the right post with a left footed shot from long range on the left.

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

Foul by Jon Routledge (Dumbarton).

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jamie Ewings.

Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by James Keatings (Hibernian).

Gregor Buchanan (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Niklas Gunnarsson (Hibernian) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Liam Henderson (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Tom Walsh replaces Calum Waters.

Goal!

Own Goal by Kevin Cawley, Dumbarton. Hibernian 3, Dumbarton 0.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jamie Ewings.

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

Booking

Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Jon Routledge (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jon Routledge (Dumbarton).

Attempt missed. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Anthony Stokes (Hibernian).

Calum Waters (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Lewis Stevenson.

Attempt blocked. Calum Waters (Dumbarton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Liam Henderson (Hibernian).

Kevin Cawley (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Garry Fleming replaces Grant Gallagher.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Christian Nade replaces Paul Heffernan.

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

Attempt blocked. Kevin Cawley (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Darren McGregor (Hibernian) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Calum Waters.

Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Grant Gallagher (Dumbarton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers35255586325480
2Falkirk351813460342667
3Hibernian35207857342367
4Raith Rovers35178105146559
5Morton351110143941-243
6Queen of Sth35126174654-842
7St Mirren35118164251-941
8Dumbarton35106193465-3136
9Livingston3587203750-1331
10Alloa3548232166-4520
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