Scottish Championship
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Hibernian 3-2 Raith Rovers

James Keatings scores
James Keatings scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season

James Keatings' stoppage-time strike gave Championship winners Hibernian victory and left Raith Rovers a point above the bottom two places.

Keatings was left unmarked to put Hibs ahead before the break but Declan McManus fired Raith level in the second half.

Grant Holt edged the hosts back into the lead only for fellow substitute Ryan Hardie to equalise.

Keatings would have the final say, his free-kick finding the net.

The Kirkcaldy side, who visit second bottom St Mirren on Saturday, remain three points clear of bottom team Ayr United - Hibs' weekend hosts.

Despite making 10 changes to the side that lost to Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-final, Hibs dominated the opening exchanges.

Hibernian and Raith Rovers players
Title winners Hibs were welcomed on to the field by a guard of honour

Fraser Murray, making only his second start for the first team, sent a header inches wide of Pavol Penksa's left-hand post and then Brian Graham had a header from a Chris Humphrey delivery tipped over the crossbar by the keeper.

Andrew Shinnie and the impressive Murray fired just over but slowly John Hughes' side began to make an impact on the game, winger Chris Johnston warming the palms of Ross Laidlaw in the home goal.

Hibs took the lead when Shinnie played the ball wide to Humphrey, who utilised his pace to escape Kevin McHattie and cross for Keatings to smash home from close range.

Hibs boss Neil Lennon, serving the first of a two-match touchline ban, must have been encouraged by the performances of some of his fringe players as he watched from the stand, with Murray again going close with a volley.

The small band of visiting fans were on their feet when McManus fired home after getting the better of Alex Harris but referee Greg Aitken had already blown for an infringement.

Bobby Barr then had a snapshot that Efe Ambrose managed to get in the way of but the pressure from Raith eventually paid off.

The home side were slack in midfield and Barr slipped the ball through to McManus, who made no mistake from 14 yards.

McManus twice came close to giving his side the lead. His first effort from the edge of the box beat Laidlaw but came back off the inside of the post and an overhead kick from the striker was turned over by the keeper.

Declan McManus scores
McManus was a persistent threat in the second half

Hibernian introduced Holt in place of Graham and within minutes they were back in front. The Raith defence failed to cope with a ball over the top and Holt ran on to knock it home.

The visitors, though, struck back for the second time when Hardie ran through on goal and, as the home defence stood and watched, the striker took his time to round Laidlaw before blasting into the empty net.

There was one final twist after Jordan Thompson was booked for handball just outside the box, Keatings' free-kick beating Penksa to secure Hibs the three points.

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 31Laidlaw
  • 57MurraySubstituted forMackieat 88'minutes
  • 23Forster
  • 25AmbroseBooked at 75mins
  • 48Martin
  • 15McLean
  • 27Humphrey
  • 33Harris
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forBartleyat 77'minutes
  • 19KeatingsBooked at 26mins
  • 29GrahamSubstituted forHoltat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Bartley
  • 9Holt
  • 37Murray
  • 45Waugh
  • 51Dabrowski
  • 52Donaldson
  • 53Mackie

Raith Rovers

  • 36Penksa
  • 2Thomson
  • 55Barr
  • 5Mvoto
  • 3McHattieBooked at 71mins
  • 7JohnstonSubstituted forHardieat 84'minutes
  • 12Matthews
  • 21ThompsonBooked at 90mins
  • 11Barr
  • 9StewartSubstituted forCourtat 63'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 20McManusBooked at 67mins

Substitutes

  • 6Benedictus
  • 18Roberts
  • 23Brennan
  • 26Court
  • 52Hardie
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
13,604

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 3, Raith Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 3, Raith Rovers 2.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 3, Raith Rovers 2. James Keatings (Hibernian) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Jordan Thompson (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Jordan Thompson (Raith Rovers).

Hand ball by Jonathan Court (Raith Rovers).

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

Foul by Declan McManus (Raith Rovers).

Attempt missed. Grant Holt (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jason Thomson.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Sean Mackie replaces Fraser Murray.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 2, Raith Rovers 2. Ryan Hardie (Raith Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Ryan Hardie replaces Chris Johnston.

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

Foul by Jonathan Court (Raith Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 2, Raith Rovers 1. Grant Holt (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by James Keatings.

Booking

Jonathan Court (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jonathan Court (Raith Rovers).

Attempt missed. Jean-Yves Mvoto (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Ross Laidlaw.

Attempt saved. Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Grant Holt replaces Brian Graham.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Marvin Bartley replaces Andrew Shinnie.

Attempt missed. Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) header from very close range misses to the right.

Booking

Efe Ambrose (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Efe Ambrose (Hibernian).

Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Jordan Forster (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Court (Raith Rovers).

Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

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

Booking

Kevin McHattie (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chris Humphrey (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin McHattie (Raith Rovers).

Booking

Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 1, Raith Rovers 1. Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bobby Barr.

Attempt missed. Chris Johnston (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Bobby Barr (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Jonathan Court replaces Mark Stewart.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian341813354243067
2Falkirk341511855381756
3Dundee Utd34151094739855
4Morton34131294237551
5Dunfermline341012124242042
6Queen of Sth34119144449-542
7Dumbarton34911144453-938
8Raith Rovers3499163346-1336
9St Mirren34811154655-935
10Ayr34712153256-2433
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