Scottish Championship
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Hibernian 3-0 Queen of the South

Darren McGregor opened the scoring at Easter Road with a looping header
McGregor opened the scoring with a header and added a second before the break

Hibernian sealed their return to the Premiership, beating Queen of the South to wrap up the Championship title.

Defender Darren McGregor looped home a header then flicked in a Jason Cummings corner before the interval.

Cummings was the supplier again as captain David Gray squeezed in a header early in the second half.

With nearest challengers Falkirk drawing at home to St Mirren, Neil Lennon's men cannot be caught with three games remaining.

A crowd of 17,056 turned up for the Easter Road party, ending a period of three seasons in the second tier for the Edinburgh club.

Having drawn four of their past five games, there was no sign of any malaise as the hosts started in whirlwind fashion, with John McGinn and Martin Boyle having early chances.

But the Dumfries side showed they were not simply making up the numbers as Dominic Thomas fired just wide from 18 yards.

The breakthrough came on 13 minutes as McGinn floated a free-kick to the back post, where McGregor sent a header arcing over the outstretched arms of Lee Robinson and into the net.

It was the centre-half's first goal of the season and the huge home support roared their approval.

They were then infuriated by referee Barry Cook, who called back play when Cummings was clean through on goal. Queens midfielder John Rankin was booked for a challenge on Andrew Shinnie but, rather than playing advantage, Cook blew his whistle.

The visitors almost drew level when former Hibee Stephen Dobbie got on the end of a mishit shot by Thomson, but Ofir Marciano pulled off a magnificent stop.

Hibs manager Neil Lennon
Lennon has taken Hibs back to the top flight in his debut season at Easter Road

Robinson then denied the home side a second with a wonderful save from a Boyle shot but, moments later, Lennon's side doubled their advantage.

Cummings sent in a corner that was met by the right boot of McGregor for his and his team's second of the day.

The home side continued to drive forward and scored number three just after the break.

Robinson did well to parry away another Cummings volley but, from the corner, Gray rose above the Doonhamers' defence to nod in at the back post.

Hibernian introduced Alex Harris and James Keatings but, despite carving out more openings, they could not add to their tally.

The home players left to a standing ovation and the Scottish Cup holders can now look forward to next weekend's semi-final with Aberdeen at Hampden.

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 2Gray
  • 24McGregor
  • 25Ambrose
  • 16Stevenson
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forHarrisat 66'minutes
  • 10McGeouchSubstituted forBartleyat 83'minutes
  • 8Fyvie
  • 7McGinn
  • 35Cummings
  • 17BoyleSubstituted forKeatingsat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Bartley
  • 9Holt
  • 19Keatings
  • 23Forster
  • 29Graham
  • 31Laidlaw
  • 33Harris

Queen of Sth

  • 1Robinson
  • 14JacobsBooked at 17mins
  • 5Brownlie
  • 6HigginsBooked at 76mins
  • 3Marshall
  • 39CarmichaelSubstituted forMcManusat 57'minutes
  • 15Thomson
  • 8RankinBooked at 15mins
  • 23ThomasSubstituted forMurrayat 57'minutes
  • 11Dobbie
  • 25DykesSubstituted forHilsonat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Dowie
  • 10Hilson
  • 17McManus
  • 21Leighfield
  • 24Mercer
  • 27Murray
  • 29Bell
Referee:
Barry Cook
Attendance:
17,054

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamQueen of Sth
Possession
Home57%
Away42%
Shots
Home21
Away5
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home6
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 3, Queen of the South 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 3, Queen of the South 0.

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

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jordan Marshall.

Attempt blocked. Alex Harris (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Marvin Bartley replaces Dylan McGeouch.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jordan Marshall.

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

Foul by Dale Hilson (Queen of the South).

Attempt missed. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by John Rankin.

Booking

Chris Higgins (Queen of the South) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. James Keatings (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. James Keatings replaces Martin Boyle.

Attempt missed. Connor Murray (Queen of the South) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Dale Hilson replaces Lyndon Dykes.

Attempt blocked. John McGinn (Hibernian) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.

Attempt missed. Stephen Dobbie (Queen of the South) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Joseph Thomson (Queen of the South) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Alex Harris replaces Andrew Shinnie.

Attempt missed. John McGinn (Hibernian) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is close, but misses to the left.

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

Foul by Joseph Thomson (Queen of the South).

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

Foul by Jordan Marshall (Queen of the South).

Darren McGregor (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South).

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Connor Murray replaces Dom Thomas.

Substitution

Substitution, Queen of the South. Connor McManus replaces Daniel Carmichael.

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

Jason Cummings (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Higgins (Queen of the South).

Attempt saved. Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. John Rankin (Queen of the South) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

David Gray (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lyndon Dykes (Queen of the South).

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 3, Queen of the South 0. David Gray (Hibernian) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top right corner following a corner.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jordan Marshall.

Attempt saved. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian331713351222964
2Falkirk331411853371653
3Dundee Utd33141094437752
4Morton33131194136550
5Dunfermline331012114140142
6Queen of Sth33119134347-442
7Raith Rovers3399153143-1236
8St Mirren33811144452-835
9Dumbarton33811144252-1035
10Ayr33711153155-2432
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