Scottish Championship
Ayr0Hibernian3

Ayr United 0-3 Hibernian

Hibs players celebrate John McGinn's stunning strike
Hibs players celebrate John McGinn's stunning strike, his first goal of the season

Martin Boyle's double and a fabulous 40-yard strike from John McGinn brought Hibernian revenge against the only team to beat them in the league this season.

Victory over Ayr maintained their three-point lead over chasers Dundee United at the top of the Championship.

Boyle sprang Ayr's offside trap before his shot was deflected past Greg Fleming for the opener, and a low shot with 13 minutes left doubled the lead.

McGinn's strike brought the house down, zinging beyond a helpless Fleming.

The win and its style backed up manager Neil Lennon's decision to keep top-scorer Jason Cummings on the bench again in an unchanged Hibs team.

Even when Lennon changed things late in the second half, he preferred to replace Grant Holt with Brian Graham rather than Cummings, who was only given the last few minutes as a late substitute for McGinn.

Ayr performed well in front of a 3,100 crowd swelled by a large away contingent, but in truth the Hibs goalie, Ofir Marciano, was seldom seriously troubled.

On the one occasion he was, the Israeli produced a wonder save to deny Jamie Adams' header, throwing himself to his right to turn a net-bound effort round the post.

Hibs might have had further goals in the second half but Andrew Shinnie hit the post and Holt should have scored after Daryll Meggat was short with a back-pass.

But it is McGinn's goal that will live long in the memory.

Line-ups

Ayr

  • 1Fleming
  • 2Devlin
  • 22Balatoni
  • 18Meggatt
  • 3Boyle
  • 4GilmourSubstituted forMcGuffieat 45'minutes
  • 23DochertyBooked at 86mins
  • 16AdamsBooked at 40minsSubstituted forNisbetat 70'minutes
  • 14Cairney
  • 12HarkinsSubstituted forO'Connellat 81'minutes
  • 10Forrest

Substitutes

  • 6Murphy
  • 8Crawford
  • 11Donald
  • 15O'Connell
  • 17Nisbet
  • 19Hart
  • 21McGuffie

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 5Fontaine
  • 2Gray
  • 7McGinnSubstituted forBartleyat 87'minutes
  • 8FyvieBooked at 61mins
  • 22ShinnieBooked at 67minsSubstituted forCummingsat 87'minutes
  • 16Stevenson
  • 9HoltSubstituted forGrahamat 81'minutes
  • 17Boyle

Substitutes

  • 6Bartley
  • 23Forster
  • 29Graham
  • 31Laidlaw
  • 33Harris
  • 35Cummings
  • 48Martin
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
3,100

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home3
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Ayr United 0, Hibernian 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ayr United 0, Hibernian 3.

Attempt missed. Brian Graham (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Darren McGregor (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Nicky Devlin.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Jason Cummings replaces Andrew Shinnie.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Marvin Bartley replaces John McGinn.

Booking

Ross Docherty (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Andrew Shinnie (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conrad Balatoni (Ayr United).

Goal!

Goal! Ayr United 0, Hibernian 3. John McGinn (Hibernian) left footed shot from more than 35 yards to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fraser Fyvie following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Paul Cairney (Ayr United).

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Alan Forrest (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Andy O'Connell replaces Gary Harkins.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Brian Graham replaces Grant Holt.

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

Foul by Patrick Boyle (Ayr United).

Goal!

Goal! Ayr United 0, Hibernian 2. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by John McGinn.

Attempt saved. Darren McGregor (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Nicky Devlin.

Attempt blocked. Andrew Shinnie (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Gary Harkins (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

Foul by Darren McGregor (Hibernian).

Kevin Nisbet (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Nicky Devlin.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Kevin Nisbet replaces Jamie Adams.

Andrew Shinnie (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Paul Cairney (Ayr United).

Booking

Andrew Shinnie (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Hibernian).

Jamie Adams (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Andrew Shinnie (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Cairney (Ayr United).

Foul by Liam Fontaine (Hibernian).

Gary Harkins (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Grant Holt (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Booking

Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian128312161527
2Dundee Utd1273222121024
3Raith Rovers126331813521
4Morton125431915419
5Falkirk125341614218
6Queen of Sth125341515018
7Ayr124261119-814
8Dumbarton122461218-610
9Dunfermline122371523-89
10St Mirren120481024-144
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