Scottish Championship
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St Mirren 2-0 Hibernian

Stelios Demetriou scores his second goal for St Mirren against Hibs
Stelios Demetriou's double sank Championship leaders Hibernian in Paisley

Stelios Demetriou scored two goals as bottom side St Mirren stunned Scottish Championship leaders Hibernian.

The Cypriot full-back cut in from the left to fire low shots past Ofir Marciano from the edge of the box.

Hibs, with Efe Ambrose making his debut at centre-back, struggled to create chances in the first half and missed opportunities in the second.

Saints have won four straight games in all competitions, while Hibs have not tasted victory in four league matches.

It is Neil Lennon's side's first defeat since 2 December, ending an unbeaten stretch that reached 13 games.

Martin Boyle and substitute Grant Holt had the Leith men's most glaring chances when already 2-0 down, but a combination of bad finishing and good goalkeeping by Billy O'Brien denied them a way back into the contest.

St Mirren's lead was deserved and the opening goal came after Kyle Magennis had already cracked the crossbar with a volley for the hosts.

Demetriou, a 25-year-old signed in January, scored his first Buddies goal when composed play from Stephen McGinn was followed up by a fine defence-splitting pass by Stevie Mallan, which allowed Demetriou to shoot low at Marciano's near post.

Ambrose's debut had been a tentative one as he attempted to get back up to the pace of competitive matches, and less than a minute had elapsed in the second half when Demetriou struck again.

Neil Lennon
It was a frustrating evening for Hibs boss Neil Lennon, left, who felt his side were outfought

This time Lewis Morgan fed him and his right-footed, low shot went in off the post.

The game had been billed as a battle between two midfield brothers - St Mirren's Stephen McGinn and Hibs' John McGinn - and the Buddies are certainly benefitting from the former's quality and captaincy in the middle of the pitch.

Indeed Saints might have won by more if Cammy Smith had not been spurned by Marciano, and Morgan was more accurate with another shot from 16 yards.

St Mirren manager Jack Ross: "The calibre of the opposition shows how good we had to be tonight. We didn't just win the game, I thought we were excellent, created opportunities both halves, and thoroughly deserved the win.

"I played with Stephen McGinn the first time he was here - that's the only reason we got him back, because of our relationship, he wanted to play for me and this club. I don't think he should be playing in the Championship.

"He's been outstanding, and in terms of him taking on the responsibility of the captain's armband, it's clear to see how much he's thriving on that. He's got a real desire to drag this club forward."

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon: "St Mirren thoroughly deserved to win - the hungrier team won, so I've no complaints. We've been on a very good run, but we're stepping off the gas a little bit, and you can't do that.

"We give them all the warnings before the game and they still didn't respond. All the 50-50s, second balls went to St Mirren because they wanted it more. It happens, it hasn't happened very often, it's a game gone, and we're giving other teams encouragement. We have to resurrect it very quickly and get back to where we were a week ago.

"That was the poorest we've played this season. We didn't look ready for the fight, and St Mirren were excellent - the best performance any team's played against us this season."

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 21O'Brien
  • 2Demetriou
  • 24Davis
  • 6Mackenzie
  • 3IrvineSubstituted forFjeldeat 62'minutes
  • 42MagennisSubstituted forToddat 86'minutes
  • 10Mallan
  • 22McGinn
  • 17Morgan
  • 11SmithSubstituted forBairdat 90+2'minutes
  • 9Sutton

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 4Webster
  • 15Baird
  • 16Loy
  • 20Storie
  • 23Fjelde
  • 25Todd

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 2Gray
  • 24McGregor
  • 25Ambrose
  • 16Stevenson
  • 8FyvieBooked at 72mins
  • 6BartleySubstituted forHoltat 59'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 7McGinn
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forKeatingsat 70'minutes
  • 17BoyleSubstituted forGrahamat 78'minutes
  • 35Cummings

Substitutes

  • 9Holt
  • 15McLean
  • 19Keatings
  • 29Graham
  • 31Laidlaw
  • 43Crane
  • 48Martin
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
3,441

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, St. Mirren 2, Hibernian 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Mirren 2, Hibernian 0.

Attempt saved. James Keatings (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Jack Baird replaces Cameron Smith.

Attempt missed. John McGinn (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

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

Attempt saved. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Grant Holt (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Stelios Demetriou (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Grant Holt (Hibernian).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Josh Todd replaces Kyle Magennis.

Gary Mackenzie (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Keatings (Hibernian).

Foul by Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren).

Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Lewis Stevenson.

Attempt missed. Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Brian Graham replaces Martin Boyle.

Attempt missed. Grant Holt (Hibernian) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Harry Davis (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by David Gray.

Booking

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

Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. James Keatings replaces Andrew Shinnie.

Stelios Demetriou (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Martin Boyle (Hibernian).

Attempt missed. John McGinn (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Grant Holt (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Martin Boyle (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Pal Fjelde replaces Gary Irvine because of an injury.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Ofir Marciano.

Attempt saved. Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Grant Holt replaces Marvin Bartley.

Attempt missed. Cameron Smith (St. Mirren) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Cameron Smith (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Cameron Smith (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Gary Irvine.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian26149341172451
2Dundee Utd25128535251044
3Falkirk26119642301242
4Morton25119537271042
5Queen of Sth259793535034
6Dunfermline246993035-527
7Dumbarton2669113240-827
8Raith Rovers2668122435-1126
9Ayr26510112440-1625
10St Mirren2548132642-1620
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