Scottish Premiership - Play-offs - 2nd Leg
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Scottish Premiership play-off: Hibernian 2-0 Raith Rovers (2-1)

Darren McGregor scores for Hibernian
Darren McGregor rose to put Hibernian ahead on aggregate

John McGinn and Darren McGregor scored early goals as Hibernian overturned a 1-0 aggregate deficit to progress to the Premiership playoff semi-final at the expense of Raith Rovers.

On eight minutes, McGinn's deflected effort from inside the box cancelled out Harry Panayiotou's first leg goal, and just four minutes later, McGregor headed home Liam Henderson's corner.

Rovers pressed hard after the break but could not find a leveller.

Hibs now host Falkirk on Tuesday night.

The Hibees head coach Alan Stubbs said pre-match he was looking for his players to come flying out of the traps and they duly did so in fantastic style.

Anthony Stokes did well to create space on the left for McGinn, the midfielder took one touch and fired at goal, with the ball taking a huge deflection, finding the net off the underside of the crossbar.

And the Easter Road fans were on their feet again moments later as they took control of the tie.

James Craigan gave away a needless corner that was floated in by Henderson. Defender McGregor soared above everyone to bullet a header into the bottom corner.

The home side were in complete domination and David Gray fired a ball across the six-yard box but there was no Hibs player on hand to knock the ball home.

There was a let-off for the home side when Ryan Hardie then Louis Longridge missed glorious chances after the Hibs defence failed to cope with a looping ball by Craigan.

Raith boss Ray McKinnon introduced both Panayiotou and Mark Stewart in an attempt to change the pattern of play but it was Hibs who continued to dominate.

Henderson came close to extending the home sides lead but was denied by a wonderful save by Kevin Cuthbert.

Raith began to pour more and more men forward and Lewis Toshney headed over as he leapt above the Hibs defence.

Gray was inches away from scoring a third for Hibs but his header came crashing back off the post and was cleared away by the Rovers defence.

Referee John Mckendrick added on four additional minutes that the home side were able to play out with ease to earn them a two legged last four play-off as the battle for a Premiership place continues.

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 25Logan
  • 2Gray
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 3HendersonSubstituted forFontaineat 82'minutes
  • 8Fyvie
  • 10McGeouchSubstituted forBartleyat 66'minutes
  • 18McGinn
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forKeatingsat 81'minutes
  • 28Stokes

Substitutes

  • 1Oxley
  • 5Fontaine
  • 6Bartley
  • 17Boyle
  • 19Keatings
  • 27Gunnarsson
  • 29Dagnall

Raith Rovers

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 2Thomson
  • 55Barr
  • 5Toshney
  • 23McKeown
  • 4Callachan
  • 14DavidsonBooked at 37mins
  • 6BenedictusBooked at 51mins
  • 28CraigenSubstituted forPanayiotouat 52'minutes
  • 21LongridgeSubstituted forStewartat 65'minutes
  • 16HardieSubstituted forThomasat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Anderson
  • 9Stewart
  • 11Panayiotou
  • 15Thomas
  • 18Connolly
  • 30Robertson
  • 31Law
Referee:
John McKendrick
Attendance:
11,133

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home10
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 2, Raith Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 2, Raith Rovers 0.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Lewis Toshney.

Foul by Anthony Stokes (Hibernian).

Craig Barr (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kyle Benedictus (Raith Rovers).

Attempt missed. Joel Thomas (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Harry Panayiotou (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Liam Fontaine (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harry Panayiotou (Raith Rovers).

David Gray (Hibernian) hits the right post with a header from the right side of the six yard box.

James Keatings (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kyle Benedictus (Raith Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Liam Fontaine replaces Liam Henderson.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. James Keatings replaces Jason Cummings.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Joel Thomas replaces Ryan Hardie.

Marvin Bartley (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis Toshney (Raith Rovers).

Attempt missed. Lewis Toshney (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

Attempt blocked. Lewis Toshney (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Harry Panayiotou (Raith Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Marvin Bartley replaces Dylan McGeouch because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Mark Stewart replaces Louis Longridge.

Attempt missed. John McGinn (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Delay in match Rory McKeown (Raith Rovers) because of an injury.

Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers).

Attempt saved. Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Iain Davidson.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Kevin Cuthbert.

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

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