Scottish Championship
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Hibernian 3-0 Dundee United

Jason Cummings scores his first goal for Hibs
Cummings scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season

Two goals by Jason Cummings helped Hibernian open up a four-point lead in the Championship with victory over closest rivals Dundee United.

The striker clipped home a loose ball after six minutes and turned in his 12th of the season after superb play from debutant winger Chris Humphrey.

Tope Obadeyi's header belatedly forced Hibs keeper Ross Laidlaw into a save.

But substitute John McGinn killed off a lacklustre United with a superb solo effort on his return from injury.

Even before Cummings opened the scoring, Hibs stretched United and caused them problems.

Humphrey, the new signing making a telling debut, on the right and Martin Boyle on the left had the beating of their men and it stayed that way all night. Between them they had the rock Marvin Bartley. His dominance rarely dipped either.

That first goal came after a poor Willo Flood header out of defence and a shot by Humphrey that fell kindly for Cummings. The striker stayed cool and beat Cammy Bell with ease. It was his 11th of the season. His 12th would come soon enough.

Jason Cummings and Chris Humphrey celebrate a Hibs goal
Jason Cummings and Chris Humphrey combined for both Hibs' first-half goals

That same Humphrey-Cummings combination conjured up the second before the half-hour. Humphrey caused Paul Dixon terrible trouble and here, again, he left his marker behind, taking a gorgeous first touch on a cross-field pass that took him away from Dixon and down the right wing.

The delivery to Cummings, running free to the near post, was also precise. Cummings, sharp and hungry, knocked it past Bell for a two-goal lead that Hibs never, for one second, looked like relinquishing.

Ray McKinnon's team have been excellent for much of the season, only conceding three goals in their past 10 games. This was a different United.

They were jumpy from the start, inaccurate when they had the ball, and totally lacking in any goal threat until substitute Tope Obadeyi gave Hibs something to think about.

Obadeyi got on the end of a Lewis Toshney cross and forced a diving save from Ross Laidlaw. It was just about the first sign of creative life from the visitors. It took 77 minutes for it to happen. And it did not happen again.

McGinn's return caps perfect night

John McGinn celebrates scoring on his return from injury
John McGinn's comeback goal capped a perfect night for Hibs

The favourite son, McGinn, made a terrific return from injury a dozen minutes before the end.

Out since mid-November, it took him a few minutes to make a strong tackle in defence and only a few minutes more to score the third. All of this was greeted joyously by the home support in a crowd of almost 19,000.

McGinn took himself past Scott Fraser into the left-side of United's penalty area, measured his options and slammed his shot through Bell's legs and into the far corner.

Having their best player fit and well again, and adding more flourishes later on, put the cherry on top on what was a picture-perfect night for Neil Lennon's team.

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 31Laidlaw
  • 2GrayBooked at 85mins
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 6BartleyBooked at 49mins
  • 10McGeouch
  • 27HumphreySubstituted forKeatingsat 84'minutes
  • 15CommonsSubstituted forMcGinnat 78'minutes
  • 17Boyle
  • 35CummingsSubstituted forGrahamat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Fontaine
  • 7McGinn
  • 9Holt
  • 19Keatings
  • 22Shinnie
  • 29Graham
  • 32Virtanen

Dundee Utd

  • 1Bell
  • 6Toshney
  • 4DurnanBooked at 79mins
  • 14Edjenguele
  • 3Dixon
  • 8MurdochBooked at 44minsSubstituted forMikkelsenat 75'minutes
  • 16Flood
  • 12TelferBooked at 30minsSubstituted forSmithat 67'minutes
  • 10Fraser
  • 19AndreuBooked at 88mins
  • 23van der VeldenBooked at 52minsSubstituted forObadeyiat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dillon
  • 7Spittal
  • 11Obadeyi
  • 15Smith
  • 18Mikkelsen
  • 21Zwick
  • 24Robson
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
18,786

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home10
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 3, Dundee United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 3, Dundee United 0.

Foul by Marvin Bartley (Hibernian).

Mark Durnan (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Tony Andreu (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Brian Graham replaces Jason Cummings.

Attempt saved. Cameron Smith (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

David Gray (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by David Gray (Hibernian).

Paul Dixon (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. James Keatings replaces Chris Humphrey.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 3, Dundee United 0. John McGinn (Hibernian) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dylan McGeouch with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Lewis Toshney.

Attempt missed. David Gray (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Booking

Mark Durnan (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Mark Durnan (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. John McGinn replaces Kris Commons.

Attempt missed. Darren McGregor (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by William Edjenguele.

Attempt saved. Tope Obadeyi (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Thomas Mikkelsen replaces Stewart Murdoch.

Foul by Chris Humphrey (Hibernian).

Cameron Smith (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stewart Murdoch (Dundee United).

Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tony Andreu (Dundee United).

Jason Cummings (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by William Edjenguele (Dundee United).

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Cameron Smith replaces Charlie Telfer.

Attempt missed. Mark Durnan (Dundee United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Scott Fraser (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Scott Fraser (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Attempt blocked. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Lewis Toshney.

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

Foul by Scott Fraser (Dundee United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian20126235112442
2Dundee Utd20115427171038
3Morton187742519628
4Falkirk197662623327
5Raith Rovers186752018225
6Dunfermline195682429-521
7Queen of Sth195682229-721
8Dumbarton195682128-721
9Ayr194781828-1019
10St Mirren1926111834-1612
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